Walking with wolves in an unspoilt National Park...
Two hours drive from Rome in the remote valleys of the Apennine Mountains of the Abruzzo National Park wolves and bear still roam the hills. The bears hibernate over winter but on still nights the wolves can be heard howling and an experienced local guide can find wolf tracks in the snow. There is no danger but excitement can be had knowing you are close to these magnificent creatures.
On this holiday we spend our time snowshoeing through remote valleys, always accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide. On one day we will concentrate on the spectacular geology, on another look out for deer and chamois. We will walk to Rifugo Prato Rosso (‘red lawn’). It is from here that we have the best chance of coming across signs of the wolves that live in this remote valley. We can also have a warming lunch in the refuge.
We visit Val Fondillo where we might see the characteristic signs of bear, particularly trees with bark removed where the bears scratch themselves. There is no mistaking the marks when you see them.
Depending on snow cover we may walk rather than snowshoe on occasion. Whatever the snow conditions be prepared for wintry landscapes of remote scenery. The Abruzzo mountains are as wild and remote as any area in Europe. Pescasseroli is a town with all facilities yet we do not have to walk far to get back to nature.
Grade 5 walks will be full days, of up to 6 hours, and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent, paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. This holiday is from our Winter Spirit programme and will involve either a Winter Sport or Winter Walking.