Trekking in Transylvania
Day 1 Brasov
Welcome to Romania. There are no activities planned for today until 6pm when you will meet your CEO for an important welcome meeting. Please look for a note at reception informing you of the location of the meeting and please bring along your passport, travel insurance documents and a pen. After this, you may like to join your CEO and fellow travellers for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2 Carpathian Mountains/Brasov (1B)
In the morning transfer to Poiana Brasov resort. Here take the cable car up to Postavaru Peak at 1800m where the first day of walking begins. The hike today is a gradual descent through clearings and deep forest all the way to Tampa, the mountain above Brasov. A final descent will lead to the old centre of Brasov. In the evening return to the hotel in Brasov. Hiking time approximately 5 hours with a 1000m climb.
Day 3 Bucegi Mountains/Bran (1B,1D)
This morning we make our way to Bran village, before we continue our hiking in the Bucegi Mountains. These mountains are considered a spiritual place, special to the ancestors of the Romanian people. We start walking through fields filled with mountain flowers and woodland before we arrive at open plateaux. As we get higher up into the mountains, there is likely to be some scree slopes and some ridge walking. However, we are rewarded by spectacular views. Be sure to look out for the strange rock formations here, including the Sphinx, which resembles it's Egyptian counterpart. At the end of our hike we return to Bran where we spend the night. Hiking time approximately 7 hours with a 1200 m climb. Approximate travel time Moieciu de Jos to Bran, 10 minutes.
Day 4 Piatra Craiului National Park/Bran (1B,1D)
After breakfast an included visit to Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle. The beautiful 14th century castle was renovated in the 19th century by the royal family of Romania. After the castle set off for a hike in the rounded landscape of Bran county with a perfect view of Bucegi Mountains to the east and Piatra Craiului Mountains (The King’s Rock) National Park to the west. Piatra Craiului (The King’s Rock) National Park - one of the most beautiful mountains in Romania. The park is very rocky, consisting of a thin high limestone strip, 22 km long, which is so unusual that it is considered to be a geographical accident of the Southern Carpathians. t is also home of The Carpathian Large Carnivore Project, as, although the Romanian Carpathians cover less than 1.5% of the European surface west of Russia, they are home to almost one third of all European large carnivores: The authorities estimate that the number of bears is over 6,000, that there are about 3,000 wolves, and some 2,000 lynx. Hiking time approximately 5 hours with a 600m climb.
Day 5 Fagaras Mountains/Podragu Hut (1B)
This morning travel west towards Sibiu, it is approximately two hours to Victoria town and Fagaras Mountains (Transylvanian Alps). Start climbing through the woods and reach the alpine meadows. At the end of the climb lies Podragu Hut, next to Podragu glacial lake, at 2130m altitude. The refuge is a very basic trekking hostel. It is shared dormitory accommodation and may share with members of the opposite sex. Bedding is basic, and recommended a sleep sheet here. There are common shared bathrooms, but expect the hot water to be intermittent. Although basic, this is a great chance to wake up deep in the Romanian mountains and enjoy the company of other international hikers. Please note that today you will take what you need for the next two nights, our overnights will be in mountain huts. In the evening of day 7 you will be reunited with the rest of your luggage. Hiking time approximately 7 hours with a 1500m climb.
Day 6 Moldoveanu Peak /Podragu Hut (1B)
Starting at Podragu hut, follow the Moldoveanu Peak circuit, completing the trek to the highest peak of Romania. This is a full day climb and with changeable weather conditions it can be a treacherous undertaking. Make sure to have walking boots for this hike. From the top of Romania, views stretch out across the Fagaras mountain range and beyond, a great end to the journey. Hiking time approximately 6-7hours, with a 600m climb.
Day 7 Viscri (1B,1D)
From Podragu Hut descend back to Olt Country and transfer to Viscri village. Viscri is a German village, like most of the Saxon settlements nestled between the dense oak forests that cover the hills of central and southern Transylvania. It is included in the UNESCO heritage list and it can be considered an enormous open air museum. It is also one of the villages in Romania where Prince Charles of Wales bought a traditional house. Tonight we are accommodated in a village guesthouse and are treated to a traditional meal. Hiking time 6 hours walking with a 1500m descent.
Day 8 Brasov (1B)
In the morning we visit the fortified church in the village and then we take a horse pulled carriage ride around the village. We will meet a family of wood burners before exploring the surrounding meadows and forests. In the afternoon transfer to Brasov where the tour ends on arrival at around 4PM.