Italy
Winter Wolf Tracking in the Apennines

Track wolves and other wildlife at the secluded and magical mountain setting of the Abruzzo’s. Learn more about this elusive predator from our expert guides.

The wolf is an extraordinary and intelligent predator. 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 and nowadays, seven or eight packs of wolves are living in the territory of the Abruzzo National Park.

During this three-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, and its 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 how to follow traces and about the Apennines and its importance.

Tracking wolves in the mountains

DAY TO DAY PROGRAM

Day 1 Welcome: Arrival 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.

Day 2 Following tracks: 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.

Day 3 Panoramic views and local delicacies: At dawn, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Pianoro Le Forme, at the foot of Mount Meta and of the Mainarde mountain range. There will be a hike until Passo dei Monaci to try to spot deers and chamoises. In the afternoon return to the valley, a cup of hot chocolate, a tasting of local products and departure of travellers.


TRIP DETAILS  

  • 3 days /2 nights. An extra day and night are option when you book a private tour
  • Season: November to April 
  • Accommodation: Two nights in local family-run hotel in a double room 
  • Guide: Umberto, Valeria or Marco  
  • How to get there: Closest airports are Rome Fiumicino and Pescara Airport. You can rent a car from the airport for an easy 3 hr drive to the town of Pescasseroli, or request to book a transfer from/to the airport with us. You can also reach Pescasseroli by train (to Avezzano) and bus: www.tuabruzzo.it
  • Languages: English, Italian 

PRICE  

  • Scheduled group tour (4-8 people):  € 220,00 pp  
  • Private tour (starting 2 people) - flexible dates 
    • 2-3 people: € 595,00 pp (4 days / 3 nights) 
    • 4-8 people: € 470,00 pp (4 days / 3 nights) 
    • 2-3 people: € 470,00 pp (3 days / 2 nights) 
    • 4-8 people: € 295,00 pp (3 days / 2 nights)
  • Next trip dates are
    • 27 november 2020  
    • 18 december 2020 
    • 15 january 2021 
    • 12 February 2021 
    • 26 February 2021 

Price includes: Half-board in double rooms with services, support of official nature guide. Binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes rental. Use of a thermal camera. Dinner in restaurants and bivouac. Internal transfers 

The cost does not include: Lunches or packed lunch and anything not mentioned. Transfer from and to Rome Fiumicino or Pescara Airport. Flights

What to bring: We reccomend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, daypack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, non smelling mosquito repellent. Personal toiletries/medicines and a sense of adventure!


OUR RESPONSIBILITY

Rewilding Europe Levy: 5% of your booking sum goes to the local Rewilding Europe organization. 

In the Central Apennines rewilding area Rewilding Europe is working with local partners to develop large “coexistence corridors” by connecting the local economy with wilder nature in five corridors collectively covering more than 40,000 hectares. 

By reducing the damage caused by such wildlife, and by allowing communities to benefit from it, people living here will become ambassadors for the area’s wild nature. 

Rewilding Europe is working with local partners to reduce bear mortality and conflict by installing traffic accident prevention measures, removing old fencing, restoring and improving signage, and distributing new mobile electric fences.

By working to establish a vibrant nature-based economy in the Central Apennines rewilding area, Rewilding Europe is providing local communities with an economic incentive to protect such wildlife. 

Read know more about rewilding work in the Central Apennines here.

CONTACT OUR SAFARI EXPERT


Aukje Van Gerven

OUR LOCAL PARTNER

Meet Valeria

Since she was a child she walked along the paths through the forest of the mountains where she was born. Her curiosity led her to explore and get to know the territory.

While listening to stories from older people in the area, Valeria learnt the importance of the local traditions and how necessary it was to preserve traditions and value the past. 

Her love of nature and for the Abruzzo mountain’s became her passion, which intern became her profession. She is now a nature guide, environmental interpreter and nordic walking instructor, and one of our expert guides in the Italian Apennines.

‘The mountain’s bring you closer to nature, and to yourself’

Wildlife Adventures guide