A once in a lifetime wolf tracking wilderness adventure following the tracks of one of the most elusive predators in the Alps!
Location: Southern French Alps - (actual location is secret)
This is a once in a lifetime 3 day wolf tracking holiday following the tracks of one of the most elusive predators in the Alps, the wolf as it prepares for the hard winter months ahead.
The wolves, were originally wiped out of France at the beginning of the 20th century. However, there has always been a population in Italy and gradually over the years, the Italian wolves have migrated back into the French Alps.
The first official sightings of wolves in the French Alps were in 1992 and 1993 in the Alpes Maritimes. The wolves have continued to spread west and north looking for new territories and the Southern Alps, with its wild and unspoilt mountains rich in chamois, mouflon, wild boar, deer and other prey is a perfect habitat and now home to the highest concentration of wolves in France. Read more on the history of wolves on our blog.
Wolves remain very controversial and as such we keep the actual destination of our wolf tracking trips secret. Have a read of the BBC' Wildlife magazine's analysis of the Wolves in the Alps
The best time to track wolves is when there is a little bit of snow on the ground as it is easier to follow signs and tracks over long distances.
Your high mountain guide and tracker, Bernard has been following the colonisation of the wolves in the area for 20 years. With a wealth of local knowledge and access to a network of other local wolf enthusiasts, you won't get a much better insight into these elusive animals.
He will take you on a 3 day adventure following tracks and signs of wolf activity in the area and give you a rare insight in to the lives and behaviour of the other animals as they live under the threat of the wolf. This is a tracking holiday so we will be following signs of wolves and spending some time wildlife watching and interpreting what we see.
However, it isn't a wolf park and the territory of each pack or solitary wolf is enormous. So, please be aware that although you may be lucky and find signs straight away, you may not find anything and there is no guarantee you will see or hear a wolf.
All signs of wolf activity; prints, howling, poo etc that we find will be recorded and sent into the official 'wolf network' who monitor the colonisation of wolves in the French Alps to help in their research.
If you are looking for a wildlife holiday in the Alps and are interested in wolves and nature then you will love this tracking adventure. Wildlife photographers will have a ball!
Please note that the fixed departure date trips are based on a group size of 4 - 6. We prefer to keep the groups small (maximum 6 people) to minimise disruption and noise and also feel you get a better quality trip. However it is possible to cater for smaller or larger groups and families. Please contact us for a quote.
Our wolf tracking kit list should give you an idea of what you'll need on this adventure!
The arrival and departure location for the trip is Gap which has train links from Paris (including an overnight sleeper), Marseille, Lyon, Valence and Grenoble. We have found that the night train from Paris to Gap is the most popular mode of transport for getting here, so have arranged the itinerary based on an early morning arrival on the first day. There will be an opportunity to shower don't worry!!
If you prefer to travel the day before and stay in a hotel or stay an extra night at the end of the trip, we can easily arrange this for you and collect you from there in the morning.