Discovering the wolf sleeping in a mountain hut

A weekend to discover the wolves

Cicerana's Ecorifugio in winter
  • Cicerana's Ecorifugio in winter
  • On wolf tracks
  • Following wolf tracks
  • Wolf track
  • Wolves pack
  • Cicerana's Ecorifugio

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 and the observation in nature.

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Program

First day
arrival at PESCASSEROLI at 10.30 am, meeting with the guide at the Ecotur office. Excursion to know the habitat, the prey and the signs of the presence of the wolf. Possibility of wildlife observation. Packed lunch at the expense of the participants. Arrival at the refuge expected in the afternoon. 18.00 short evening excursion "on the trail of the wolf" to try to hear the howl. Dinner based on local products and reading stories of "men and wolves". Overnight.
Second day
7.00 am attempt to observe wildlife in the area of ​​Cicerana. 08.00 am breakfast and following excursion in the area of ​​Cicerana between woods and large clearings to get to know and investigate the age-old man-wolf relationship / conflict. We will follow the paths of the wolves, we will visit their territory. Lunch based on polenta in a refuge. Return scheduled for 16.00 and departure for the places of origin.
The program may undergo changes or due to adverse climatic conditions or due to the particular needs of the participants.

Accomodation

Equipment

Hiking boots, wind jacket (possibly gore-tex) waterproof hooded windbreaker, backpack, water bottle, flashlight, hat and gloves, wool or fleece, sunglasses, long pants and "stacks", sun protection cream, camera, binoculars, towel ans sheet sleeping bag. During excursions it can be cold so it is recommended to dress in layers.

Meeting

Appointment in Pescasseroli, Ecotur in Via Piave 9 tel. 0863/912760, arrival at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday

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. TUA). For all those who come from the South, the arrival station is Castel di Sangro and then connecting bus to Pescasseroli.

Movies

  • Wolves in the snow

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When

Starting

Saturday 7 December - 18 January - 8 and 22 February - 14 March

Return

Sunday 8 December - 19 January - 9 and 23 February - 15 March

Duration

2 days-1 night

Dates

December 2019 Saturday 7 and Sunday 8

Difficulties

Level

Medium/Easy

First day in altitude: 300 m; Distance about 8 km

Second day. Difference in height: 200 m;Distance: about 10 km

Interest

5

Cost

€ 120 per person (2 days / 1 night)

The cost includes

Half-board in room with toilette, Guided excusrion with professional mountain guide, snowshoes rental

The cost does not include

Transport and transfers, the lunch into the mountain hut and anything not mentioned in "The price includes";