NHSN Members’ Exclusive Holiday with Naturetrek

Book your NHSN members’ exclusive holiday to the Italian Dolomites with Naturetrek.

Enjoy an NHSN Members exclusive holiday with Naturetrek and an opportunity to experience some of Europe’s most spectacular wildlife. By taking part, you’ll help NHSN inspire wonder in young people across the North East with a percentage of each booking donated to our North East Young Naturalist Appeal.

The Italian Dolomites in Autumn

Wednesday 25 September – Wednesday 2 October 2024, £1995

Throughout this holiday, you will be based at the Hotel Gran Mugon situated in the village of Tamion in the Fassa Valley, which has been inhabited since the Iron Age. This comfortable, friendly hotel is run by a family of keen skiers who know every inch of the area. Here, as throughout Europe, farming practices have had an enriching influence on the vegetation and on the diversity of the plant communities and other wildlife.

The dramatic peaks of the Italian Dolomites are renowned for their magnificent walks, and late September is one of the best times to experience them. The weather is usually settled with a clarity to the air which makes the colours seem even brighter. Summer migrants will be moving south over the high passes, maybe in large numbers, while sought-after species such as Snowfinch, Alpine Accentor, Wallcreeper and Grey-headed Woodpecker can be easier to see. Most of the summer flowers will be over, but some treasures may remain, such as Fringed Gentian, Autumn Crocus and Pink Cinquefoil, while Larch trees and low shrubs such as Bilberry will be taking on their autumn colours.

The week will involve more walking than on the summer trips, but we will take it gently. There will be some steeper slopes, but it does not involve any strenuous mountaineering! There will be ample opportunity to slowly explore the mountain trails with their outstanding scenery while searching for iconic Alpine wildlife.
Guides will also have a moth trap at the hotel, which we may run of a couple of nights during the week.

Booking Your Trip

To book your place on this holiday, please give Naturetrek a call on 01962 733051 with a credit or debit card for a deposit of 20% of the holiday cost plus any room supplements if required. Please stipulate any special requirements, for example, room or dietary requests, at the time of booking.