Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise

Weekend with the bear

With bearwtching attempt and ovenight stay in a mountain hut

From Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 June 2024

A weekend dedicated to the observation Marsican brown bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus) in its natural habitat. The exclusive Ecorifugio della Cicerana, located at 1560 meters above sea level, is the ideal place as a starting point for excursions to aim fauna. Here bears have found their ideal habitat, with its dense woods, karst environment full of cavities and large clearings as grazing areas. We will wait patiently for the appearance of the magnificent plantigrade. We will enjoy the starry sky after sunset and will enjoy the warm hospitality of the Lodge. During observations of fauna you can also spot other animals: deer, wild boar, deer and with a little 'luck even the wolf. We advise everyone to carefully read the rules of the "Ecosofia", to help guides to perform a stakeout in full respect of the animals.


First Day Passo del Diavolo - ECORIFUGIO della Cicerana
After a short trip by car, to the path we climb to the plateau of Cicerana share in 1560 where he placed the Lodge. Accommodation in Lodge. Late afternoon bearwatching. Return to the hut in the evening. Dinner at mountain hut and overnight.

Second day ECORIFUGIO della Cicerana - Vallone LAMPAZZO - Sorgente Puzza - Passo del Diavolo
Rise early. Breakfast and new bearwatching . Excursion in the wild Vallone of Lampazzo, until it reaches the old forest of VAL CERVARA. From here you take the descent to Passo del Diavolo. Packed Lunches. Expected return in the early afternoon.

The program is subject to changes at the specific request of the participants or to adverse weather conditions.

DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM First day. Passo del Diavolo - Ecorifugio of Cicerana. Elevation gain: 200 m. descent: 0 m. Journey time: about 2 hours. Distance: about 4 km.

Second day. Ecorifugio of Cicerana - Vallone Lampazzo - Sorgente Puzza -Passo del Diavolo. Elevation gain: about 350 m. descent: about 400 m. Journey time: about 5 hours. Distance: about 11 Km.

ACCOMODATION: at Ecorifugio della Cicerana

EQUIPMENT: Hiking shoes, light raincoat or poncho, hat, water bottle, backpack, long pants, jacket, t-shirt parts, flashlight, sweatshirt, binoculars,sun protection cream, sleaping bag or sheet sleaping bag, towels and pillow case. During the ambushes can be cold so we recommend dressing in layers.

MEETING: Appointment Pescasseroli at Ecotur in Via Piave 9 tel. 0863/912760. Check in at 14.45 by own car.

COST: € 100 per person - € 80 from 7 to 12 years old

THE COST INCLUDES: Full board in dormitory (breakfast and dinner at "Rifugio della Cicerana" and packed lunch of the second day, drinkable water and 1/4 of wine for dinner) assistance of Nature guide.

THE COST DOESN'T INCLUDE: Transport and transfers, extra drinks, and anything not mentioned in "the price includes"

BOOKING AND INFOS: Tel +39 0863912760 Cell and WhatsApp +39 3773579475

Place: Abruzzo National Park
Towns: Lecce nei Marsi (AQ), Pescasseroli (AQ)
Province: L'Aquila Region: Abruzzo
Organization: Ecotur
Info Email: Info Line: 0863912760
Weekend with the bear
Where to sleep in:
Cicerana, Pescasseroli
Where to eat in:
Lecce nei Marsi, Pescasseroli
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