Walking in the wintery territory of wolves, bears and deer in an unspoilt national park, always with an expert local guide.
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. Bears hibernate over winter however, on quiet nights wolves can be heard howling. Our guide will help identify animal tracks in the snow and detect the sounds of a large variety of birds. Wild deer are frequently seen.
On this holiday we spend our time snowshoeing through remote valleys, always accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide. One day we concentrate on the spectacular geology, another day we look for deer and chamois. We will walk to Rifugio Terraegna, 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 and spectacular scenery. The Abruzzo mountains are as wild and remote as any area in Europe. Pescasseroli is a town with excellent facilities yet we do not have to walk far to get back to nature.
As with all winter activities snow cannot be guaranteed. However, the walks are equally impressive in snowshoes or walking boots. Fitness should not be an issue for those who take regular exercise and follow our advice on pre-holiday preparation.