Carpathian Mountains Self Guided Trek,Transylvania (Romania)

Carpathian Mountains Self Guided Trek,Transylvania (Romania) 570 , 8 Days
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Explore 4 mountains in 7 days in the magnificent Carpathian Mountains range. Trek through narrow and saw-like ridges and discover the beautiful glaciers, canyons and lakes on Romania's national parks.

Tour highlights:
Piatra Craiului mountains and National park - with its narrow and saw-like ridge the mountains are considered to be one of the most beautiful in Carpathian Mountains range.
Bucegi Natural Park is Romania's best-kept secret, rivalling Slovakia's Tatra Mountains and the Alps when it comes to trekking. Their many glaciers, canyons, caves and lakes offer a wealth of natural beauty, history and adventure.
Brasov is everything that Bucharest is not: a placid, gentle, civilised city of 300,000 people nestled in the Carpathian mountains. At present the 2-nd industrial centre after Bucharest and one of the main university, historic and tourist cities in Romania. Places of interest include remnants of a citadel built in 1553, The Black Church (14-th - l5-th centuries), the largest Gothic church in Romania and within the territory between Vienna and Istanbul.
Bran castle is no doubt one of the milestones when travelling in Transylvania. Towers, narrow corridors, hidden premises - the castle offers many interesting facts and stories, mysterious enough to incite the legend lovers.


Itinerary  

Day 1. Arrival
Transfer airport Bucharest – Brasov. Overnight in Brasov.-/-/-

Day 2. Piatra mare mountains - 7 Ladders canyon
After a short transfer you start the first trekking day in the nearby Piatra Mare (Big stone) mountains. You hike to Piatre Mare chalet (1628m) and after a short rest climb to the highest peak of the mountain – mount Piatre mare (1843m). You go down through the stunning “7 ladders canyon” with numerous waterfalls and high rock walls. Transfer back to Brasov. B/-/-
Hiking time: 7-8 hours, uphill/downhill: 800 m/800 m., appr. 16 km.

Day 3. Piatra Craiului Nmountains - Magura village
Today you start exploring the Piatra Craiului National Park. Transfer from Brasov to Bran town (30 km). Optional sightseeing in the morning - Bran Castle (famous as the count Dracula’s castle it was built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order between 1211 – 1225). The trek today is not that long, you walk from Bran to Magura village on nice trails and dirt roads among beautiful forests, meadows and idyllic countryside. Accommodation in a guesthouse in Magura Village. B/-/-
Hiking time: about 4 hours, uphill/downhill: 400 m/400 m, appr. 9 km.

Day 4. Magura Village – Curmatura chalet - Zarnesti town – Magura Village
Today you trek in the heart of Piatra Craiului National Park - from Magura Village to – Curmatura chalet (1470 m). The route climbs up to “La table” cross point where 8 different paths meet and continues on big meadows and nice coniferous forests to Curmatura hut (1470m), where you could stop for lunch break. From the chalet you continue the trek to Zarnesti town, the main gate to the National Park. From there you descend and walk to Magura village. Overnight. B/-/-
Hiking time: 7-8 hours, uphill/downhill: 500 m/ 700 m., appr. 20 km.

Day 5: Magura Village - Bucegi Natural Park - Brasov
After breakfast you have a short transfer to the starting point of the trekking in Bucegi Natural Park (20 min. drive). You start the walk in a wide forest road, and cross a small river. After a steep part in the forest (about 20 min.), you continue in the forest but on your way you pass nice meadows where a lunch break could be made. There are sheep farms on your way and in one of them you can stop to try the cheese for a small amount of money. An optional detour (1 hour) could lead you to the Evil Waterfall. You pass former hunting house and at the end you take a wide forest road again to get to the meeting point. Transfer to Brasov for accommodation – (1 h. drive). B/-/-
Hiking time: 5-7 hours, uphill/downhill: 800 m/ 800 m, appr. 14 km.

Day 6. Rest day – Brasov - Tampa mountain - Brasov
Today you will have more time for a deserved rest and a short hike is planned. Hike on the Tampa mountain (960 m). The view from the summit is spectacular, offering a nice panorama of the city. The route is easy, you can take the cable car to the top and go down by foot or the other way round. Optional Brasov walking tour by night with guide. B/-/-
Hiking time: 2-3 hours, uphil/downhill: 400/400m

Day 7. Poaian Brasov resort - Postavaru mountains
Transfer to Poiana Brasov resort (1200m) – the main ski resort in Romania (12 km). Trekking to the top of Postavaru Mountains – 1799 m and down to the resort. The route follows easy forests paths with nice meadows and great sceenary. There is also an option to use the cable car either on your way up or during the return. Transfer back to Brasov. B/-/-
Hiking time: 4-5 hours, uphill/downhill: 700 m/700 m, appr. 10 km).

Day 8. Departure
Transfer to Bucharest for departure. B/-/-

 Good to know:
♦ How the tour runs: You will be met at the airport by our local supporting agent and transferred to Brasov. After accommodation you will have an info meeting for discussing all details regarding the trek and receiving your maps and route notes.
♦ 7 Ladders Canyon" is closed on Mondays and if there are severe weather conditions
(thunderstorms, heavy rains).
♦ Routes and waymarks: You follow very well marked trails that are part of the Carpathian hiking network. Most common waymark symbols are colored stripes, triangles, circles, etc
♦ Terrain: You follow mainly forest and meadows paths and dirt roads with gradual gaining of elevation. The “7 ladders canyon” includes walking on steel ladders and bridges in a very narrow and spectacular gorge and might seem difficult or dangerous for some hikers and can be skipped.
♦ The tour can be organized for min. 2 people. Please see above for supplement to price. Tour can also be organized for larger groups of 4+ people. Please get in touch for a quote.

How to get there: Wizz Air, Blue Air, Tarom; Airberlin;

Necessary equipment: daypack (20-30l), hiking shoes, breathable clothes, waterproof gear, headlamp or torch, sun glasses, compass, etc. Changing weather in summer, requiring good rain gear just in case.

We recommend trip in the period: June - October


Price Includes:
accommodation in pensions/guesthouses with private facilities
mealplan: all days on BB (breakfast included)
maps and route notes (provided at the first accommodation)
all transfers per itinerary including transfers to the airport from/to Bucharest or Sibiu
luggage transportation
guided tour Brasov by night
24/7 emergency hotline

Not Included:
flight tickets
lunches and dinners (can be provided at the places of accommodation)
drinks
entrance fees
lift tickets
transfers different than mentioned in the programme
insurance
personal expenses
tips

Additional Services:
entrance fees for "7 Ladders Canyon" +10 lei/pp (ca 2,5EUR) and Piatra Craiului National Park +5 lei/pp (ca1EUR)
additional accommodation: on request
price for bigger groups: on request


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Carpathian Mountains Self Guided Trek,Transylvania (Romania) (Rated 4.67 / 5 Based on 351 Reviews.)
Price
570 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
175 EUR
Status
Guaranteed departure

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

These tours include trekking which is a little harder, normally on a challenging terrain. We take it for granted that you are in good condition and fit. You should be physically prepared at home to get the maximum of the tour. Most of the trekking is done at a greater height (max 3000m).

Group Size
2-8
Reservation System Code
ROSELF
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