Tales of wolves and shepherds

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Evening hike following the tracks of the wolf. Milky way shines above us, fireflies dance in the wood, wolves howl near us. Walking in an enchanting wood, we will observe the plateaus in which wolves live until the sunset. Then, several tales will keep us company during the dinner, in the shelter, near the fireplace.

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SCHEDULED EVENTS

Every weekends from June to September

GENERAL PROGRAMME

FIRST DAY

Meeting in Pescasseroli (L’Aquila) at 03:00 p.m.. Introduction of the guide in our offices in Largo Molinari and moving by car to the starting point of the path. We will walk along a forest full of beautiful beech trees, with mosses and lichens, and we will walk along a wild valley where you can experience the wild fauna. We will be able to observe from an high point a plateau in which wolves live and we will wait for their passage. The arrival in the shelter is in the evening, walking under an enchanting starry sky and seeing fireflies dancing in the wood. Dinner with local products and overnight stay.

 

SECOND DAY

After a hearty breakfast, departure for an high-altitude hike, through plateaus populated from shepherds who experienced the transhumance in the past. There are always beautiful views and if there are good weather conditions you can see Gran Sasso d’Italia, Mount Velino and the Majella Massif. During the path you will hear tales of a thousand-year history, full of wisdom. During the path it could be possible to spot the fauna of Abruzzo National Park. Packed lunch and return to Pescasseroli in the afternoon.

TERRAEGNA SHELTER

The newly renovated Bisegna refuge offers warm Italian hospitality, cuisine and a magical spot to rest in the mountains. Set high up in the mountains, resting on the saddle between Pescasseroli and Bisegna, the mountain refuge offers guests a unique setting to rest and spend the night. The area is home to great wildlife including bear, wolf, wild boar and deer to name a few.


COSTS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Guide and organization
Headlamps, binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes
Food and accomodation in a refuge

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Any transports
Extra and personal expenses


WHAT TO BRING

We reccomend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, backpack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, light raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, non smelling mosquito repellent. We always recommend wearing a t-shirt to spare in your backpack.

HOW TO REACH US

Pescasseroli is the most important village of Abruzzo National Park, the oldest Italian protected area; it has guaranteed a life in harmony with nature for almost a century. You can easily reach it by car through three access points. FROM ROME (Highway A24 Rome – L’Aquila): from Rome highway A24 until Pescina exit, proceed on SR83 or on SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM PESCARA (Highway A25 Roma – Pescara): from Pescara highway A25 until Pescina exit, go on towards SR83 or towards SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM NAPLES (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): from Naples highway A1 until Caianello exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed on SR83 until Pescasseroli.

You can arrive by bus thanks to daily connections from Castel di Sangro and Avezzano. Check the timetable on the the website www.tuabruzzo.it. Connections by train are only until Avezzano station. For those who come from Rome it is possible to check the timetable of Prontobus company that connects Roma and Ciampino airports to Abruzzo.

 

Highlights

  • The real opportunity to see or to hear wolves
  • Dinner in a mountain refuge near the fireplace and in a relaxing atmosphere
  • A starry sky among the top of Mount Marsicano, in an area where light pollution is absent
  • Tales of shepherds from Abruzzo region who lived in this mountains for several centuries

Route

  1. Pescasseroli
  2. Rifugio di Terraegna
  3. Montagna Grande