Discovering the wolf...with a overnight stay in a hut

A weekend discovering wolves with a night in a hut

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A special way and completely different than usual to spend the weekend, totally immersed in nature in the Abruzzo National Park, to discover the wolf. Excursions in search of the most significant traces of the predators, the Apennine Wolf, that in the Park has found the perfect place to live and reproduce. One predator extraordinary that fortunately has returned to repopulate the mountain areas in Italy. We will know the wolves, we will study the life and habits, we will try listening through the evening excursion to wolf-howling. The overnight stay at the comfortable Ecorifugio of Cicerana, placed in one of the most remote and wild areas of the park, will allow us to experience in close contact with nature and will serve as an ideal starting point for our excursions.

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Program

First day: Arrival in Pescasseroli to 18.00, meeting at the Ecotur office, transfer to the hotel. 20.00 dinner and to follow the presentation of the program.

Second day: 8:00 am breakfast. Hike on the tracks of the wolf, in one of the spaces frequented by this animal. Packed lunch. Late afternoon evening excursion "on the tracks of the wolf" wolfhowling, an 'evening excursion to hear the howl of the wolf, a reminder that evokes unique feelings and instincts. But in reality, this is an extraordinary means of distance communication between schools or between members of the same herd. 20:00 return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Third day: 8:00 am breakfast. 9:00 am departure for a visit to the centuries-old forest of Difesa di Pescasseroli, where trees can reach 500 years and have taken over the centuries twisted forms and imaginative. Packed lunch. Afternoon excursion on the tracks of the wolf, to learn about habitats, behavior and signs of presence. Dinner and overnight stay at Ecorifugio della Cicerana.

Fourth day: 8.00 am breakfast. 9:00 am xcursion to the venerable beech forest up to Moricento Field (UNESCO heritage). Lunch at the refuge. Afternoon departure for the return trip Cicerana - Passo del Diavolo. Departure for the return destinations.

The program is subject to changes or adverse weather conditions or particular needs of participants.

Accomodation

In doubles, triples and quadruples in family-run B & B + one night at hut

Equipment

Walking shoes, waterproof jacket (preferably Gore-tex), gloves and fleece or wool hat, backpack, water bottle, pants far, binoculars, head light, sheet sleaping bag. During the stalking it can be cold, so it is recommended to dress in layers.

Meeting

Appointment in Pescasseroli, Ecotur in Via Piave 9 TEL 0863/912760; 18.00 on Saturday Thursday December 7

How the reach us

Highway 24, Rome, Pescara branch to exit Pescina, continue to Pescasseroli. A Pescasseroli you can also get by train to Avezzano (line Rome - Pescara) and bus connection with Pescasseroli or directly by bus from Rome (Piazzale Tiburtina Soc. ARPA) For all those who come from the South, the arrival station is Castel di Sangro and then connecting bus to Pescasseroli.

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When

Starting

Thursday December 7

Return

Sunday December 10

Duration

4 days/3 nights or 3 days/1 2 nights or 2 days/1 night

Dates

December 2017 Fronm Thursday 7 to December 10

Difficulties

Level

Medium/Easy

First day: about 5 km difference in altitude 200 m
Second day: 9 Km difference in altitude 300 m
Third day: 11 Km difference in altitude 500 m
Fourth day: Km 8 difference in altitude ascent 250 and descent 300 m

Interest

5

Cost

€ 250 (3 nights) - € 185 (2 nights) - € 115 (1 night) per person

The cost includes

Half-board in rooms with services + one night at Hut (for more details about the hut please look at this link Ecorifugio della Cicerana). Sleeping bags overnight stay (it is recommended to obtain the personal sheet sleeping bag that can alternatively be purchased at the refuge at the cost of € 10).Support of Nature guide

The cost does not include

Transport and transfers, lunches and anything not mentioned in "The price includes";