Arrival in Bucharest and meeting with your guide. Transfer by car/minibus to Sinaia mountain resort, located at the feet of Bucegi mountains, hosting the Peles Castle, built by the king Carol I of Romania in the 19th century, as his summer residence.
Dinner & accommodation in a 3* hotel.
Day 2 – Bucegi Natural Park (~1,500 m climb, ~ 7 hours walking)
All day trekking in Bucegi Natural Park – with its landforms in a strong contrast: one steep and rocky slope of 500 – 900 m and, at its higher elevation, the Bucegi Plateau with altitudes between 1600 m and 2400 m. It is the most eastern mountain of the Southern Carpathians rising up from the surroundings with its imposing cliff wall in the shape of a horse shoe. Its geological structure is based on crystalline rocks and conglomerate.
The Bucegi is believed to be the Dacians’ (ancestors of Romanians) holy mountain Kogainon, on which their God – Zalmoxis resided in a cave. On the plateau, the wind and rain have turned the rocks into spectacular figures known as the “Sphinx” and “Babele” (the old ladies), whose existence supported the mystical role of the mountains.
After a steep climb through the forest of about 4-5 hours we reach the Bucegi Plateau. From here, the route is mainly flat, taking us north, where we discover the Sphinx and Babele rocks. We have picnic lunch.
Accommodation at Babele mountain chalet at 2,200 m altitude.
Day 3 Bucegi Natural Park (~400 m climb, ~1800 m descent, ~ 8 hours walking)
In the morning we start our 2 hours climb towards Omu peak at 2,505 meters, the highest peak of Bucegi mountains. After we reach the peak and take the time to enjoy it, we start our long descent on the west side of the mountains towards Bran village. Picnic lunch on the way.
Dinner and accommodation in a 3* guesthouse in Bran village.
Day 4 Bran – Piatra Craiului National Park – Bran (~ 400 m climb, ~4 hours walking)
This is an easier day. In the morning we visit Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s castle, due to its link to the famous novel of Bram Stoker, and then we have an easy walk at the foot of Piatra Craiului Mountains - The King’s Rock is often called the “Pearl of the Carpathians” due to its huge, tower-like, lime cliffs. This is the only place in Europe where we can find the Dionthus collizonus (Piatra Craiului Carnation flowers). Deers, wolves, stags, bears, wild boars and chamoix inhabit this area, the whole region being declared a national park.
Piatra Craiului National Park is also home of the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project, as although the Romanian Carpathians cover a little part of Europe, they are home to almost one third of all European large carnivores. Authorities estimate that the number of bears in the Romanian Carpathians is over 5,000, and that there are also about 3,000 wolves, and some 2,000 lynx!
In the evening return to Bran. Presentation of the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project.
Dinner and accommodation in Bran village.
Day 5 Bran – Victoria – Fagaras Mountains (~ 1400 m climb, ~7 hours walking)
Transfer by car/minibus to Victoria town. From here we start our walk in Fagaras mountains, stretching over 72 km are the longest and the highest mountains in the Carpathian range, with 8 peaks above than 2,000 m altitude. Their surface was modeled by glaciers, leaving glacier valleys divided by sharp crests, some glacier lakes being still visible.
We have a long walk of about 7 hours, up to Podragu chalet, situated at 2,136 m of altitude. Picnic lunch.
Accommodation in big rooms with 18-20 bunk beds (without mattress – so camping mattress and sleeping bags should be individually carried). The chalet has WCs and running water, but no showers.
Dinner at the chalet.
Day 6 Fagaras Mountains – Moldoveanu Peak (~ 400 m climb, ~ 5 hours walking)
This would be the probably the rewarding day of the trip - reaching Moldoveanu - the highest peak in Romania (2,544 m). From the chalet we have a steep climb and after a difficult effort we arrive on top. We have a 360 degrees view around until we reach the 2,544 m altitude. Picnic lunch.
We descend back to Podragu chalet and have a well-deserved dinner.
Day 7 Fagaras Mountains – Sibiu (~ 1.600m descent, 6 – 7 hours walking)
Depending on the weather, two different routes can be chosen.
Either descending back to Victoria town (on a different path than the one for climbing up), and the minibus can wait for us here for the transfer to Sibiu, or hiking towards Balea Chalet (2,040 m altitude) and leave from here by minibus to Sibiu. It will be decided closer to the trip.
In the afternoon transfer by car/minibus to Sibiu, which was in 2007 the European Capital of Culture.
Here we have dinner and we are accommodated in a 3* hotel in the city centre. The access to the swimming pool is included.:)
Day 8 – Sibiu - Bucharest
Sibiu is known to exist from the 12th century, rising in prominence to become an important trading town. It was inhabited by Saxon merchants who formed themselves into guilds, fortifying the town to protect its wealth. Sibiu is packed full of fascinating sites to explore, from its ramparts and towers to its passageways linking the two parts of the town together.
City tour and then transfer to the airport in Bucharest for the flight back home.
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