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Winter Wolf Tracking in Italy’s Apennines

Cost

£ 750

Nights

3

Fitness level

Moderate

Group size

Min 4, max 8

Location

Central Apennines, Italy

 

Cost

£ 750

Fitness level

Moderate

Nights

3

Group size

Min 4, max 8

Location

Central Apennines, Italy

Winter Wolf Tracking in Italy’s Apennines

The wolf is an extraordinary, intelligent and adaptable predator, that is able to travel through long distances and survive in hostile environments and with scarce food resources. Less than 100 wolves survived in the central-southern Apennines around the end of the 1960s. Since then, the wolf has slowly expanded its area through a spontaneous recolonization process. Nowadays, seven or eight packs of wolves are living in the territory of the Abruzzo National Park.

During this four-day experience, we will explore the extraordinary social life of wolf, following the paths and the valleys of the Park, participating also in beautiful evening hikes. We will discover its role as a predator, its great adaptability to Italian territory, but also the historical and difficult relationship with human beings.

This wild landscape is also home to chamois, deer, the rare Marsican brown bear, and golden eagles. As well as welcoming people and its rustic villages.

With an expert local guide, you’ll learn about its important role as a predator, its mastery of the Italian interior, along with the historical and sometimes challenging relationship with humans here.

Day 1 Rome-Fiumicino Airport to Pescasseroli

Arrive in Pescasseroli, in the afternoon, check in the hotel and introduction of the guide. In the late afternoon, departure for an easy hike until the sunset. Dinner and overnight stay.

2 hours walking – 150 m ascent – 150 m descent

Day 2 Wolf tracking and wolf howling

Sunrise hike along the southern slope of the mountain. Historically, this area has been frequented by wolves. Packed lunch and transfer to Civitella Alfedena, visit to the Apennine Wolf Museum. Afternoon time at the hotel. Evening hike to try to hear the howling of wolves. Return to the hotel during the night using torches; dinner based on local products and overnight stay.

6 hours’ walking – 400 m ascent – 400 m descent

Days 3 Wolf tracking and wolf howling

We’ve dedicated a second day to wolf tracking in order to maximize our chances of a close encounter with wolves. If conditions are optimal we’ll use snowshoes to discover the area. We’ll rise early again so we’re on the trail at sunrise. There’s time after our morning activities to rest and relax, or to enjoy some local gastronomy. We’ll take an evening hike in the hope of hearing wolves before returning in the dark to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay. 

6 hours’ walking – 450 m ascent – 450 m descent

Day 4 Deer and Chamois tracking before departure

On our last day, we explore the Giovenco valley. From the beautiful and variegated apple orchards of Ortona dei Marsi, we will visit the areas connecting the Central Apennine national parks, where local communities are working daily to achieve peaceful coexistence with returning wildlife. Return to the valley late morning and departure of participants.
5 hours’ walking – 300 m ascent – 300 m descent


Dates

  • 27-30 Jan 2023 (7 Spots left)
  • 24-27 Feb 2023 (6 Spots left)
  • 23-26 March 2023 GUARANTEED DEPARTURE (only 3 spots left)

Details

 What’s included

  • Tour transfers. Airport transfer from Rome Fiumicino or Rome Termini and internal transfers
  • Half-board in double rooms with services, and support of an official nature guide.
  • Binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes rental.
  • Use of a thermal camera.
  • Dinner in restaurants and bivouac.
  • Snowshoes and poles rental


 Not included 

  • Lunches or packed lunches and anything not mentioned.
  • Local tax services 1.5 € per night to pay directly at the hotels
  • Additional nights in Rome or Naples.
  • Flights.


 Accommodations

Three nights in a local family-run hotel in a double or twin room with private bathroom.

 What to bring

  • Rain proof jacket and trousers.
  • Long sleeved top and trouser.
  • Layered clothing (wool and synthetics) for a range of temperatures.
  • Fleece or warm sweater and hat for cooler evenings.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Extra underwear and socks.
  • Head lamp with extra batteries.
  • Swimming trunks/suit and towel.
  • Electricity adaptor (Europlug type c and F 230 volts).
  • Personal water bottle and any favourite snacks and personal medication.

Special Dietary Requirements

Vegan, vegetarian, Gluten-free and other allergy-free meal options are available on request. Please inform us of your dietary requirements in advance of travel.

Prices

£750 per person 

Private room supplement: £100

 

Make it Private

If you want to travel with your own group of 4 to 8 people please enquire about pricing which varies with private group size.

Stays in Rome or Naples can be added to the itinerary on request along with private land transfers.

Enquire about available trips

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