Trek

East Transylvania Traverse

Country: Romania Region: Transylvania

East Transylvania Traverse

£595

7
DAYS

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Overview

  • Off the beaten track – unexplored Transylvania
  • Walk through the magical 7 Ladders Canyon and Ceahlau
  • Mystical Dracula Castle in Piatra Craiului
  • Family run mountain houses with great hospitality

If your idea of heaven is a Transylvania trek, we have the perfect Romanian walking holiday for you. It’s located near Brasov where the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. A fascinating trip to 7 Ladders Canyon and Ceahlau Massif should be at the top of your wishlist. Sure, there are plenty of better-known tourist attractions for your Transylvania holidays, but these two are lesser known and so much more enjoyable.

The amazing 7 Ladders Canyon was naturally carved from the Jurassic limestone. It has seven gorgeous waterfalls, and the highest one is a massive 115 feet tall. Throughout the canyon, there is a trail that has metal platforms and stairs for easily navigating the area. Located in the the Piatra Mare Mountains, the canyon’s altitude averages 980 meters. It’s also on the 7 Ladders River not very far from Valea Timisului. Once you’ve been there, you’ll surely agree that it offers the most spectacular gorges of these local mountains.

Ceahlău Massif, which is often called Olympos of Moldova by the locals, is one of the most magnificent Transylvania holidays destinations in the Eastern Carpathians. The most amazing of all the rock towers of Ceahlău Massif is Panaghia, a must-see sight on any Transylvania trek.

The great outdoors awaits you in picturesque unseen Transylvania, so sign up today for the time of your life. These are the Transylvanian tours that you can be sure you’ll never forget.

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrive in Bucharest or Cluj and transfer to Transylvania

Upon your arrival, a representative from FrozenGround will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to your accommodation. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in.

Wizz Air operates direct flight every day from London to Cluj

Accommodation: Izvorul Muntelui mountain hut

DAY

2

Hike in Ceahlau Massif

Urlatoarea Waterfall – Fantanele mountain hut – Toaca Peak

The Ceahlau Massif is one of the most notorious mountain ranges of Romania, often called “The Romanian Olympus”, due to the many legends about these mountains. Our guide is a great storyteller.

Accommodation: Dochia Cabana mountain hut

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 8 hours

DAY

3

Hike in Ceahlau Massif

Each rock on the top, interestingly shaped by nature, has its own dramatic legend.

Poiana Maicilor-Fantanele mountain hut then transfer to Dambu Morii.

Accommodation:  Good standard hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 3-4 hours

DAY

4

Hike in Piatra Mare Mountains

Walking through the Seven Ladders Canyon.

Please note that on day 4 you need to pack for 2 days as we sleep in mountain hut. You will not have access to your main luggage. More details in “What you Carry”.

Accommodation: Piatra Mare mountain hut

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 4-5 hours

DAY

5

Hike in Piatra Mare Mountains

Piatra Mare Peak – Piatra Surii – Predeal/Bran

Accommodation: Good standard hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 6 hours

DAY

6

Piatra Craiului National Park and Dracula Castle

Walking around rural villages in Patra Crailuiu Mountain. Visit Dracula Castle in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Good standard hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 3-4 hours

DAY

7

Bucharest at leisure & departure

After breakfast, according to our planes schedule, we will transfer to Bucharest and make our departure.

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Facts

Trip Cost Includes

  • Good standard accommodations as per itinerary
  • 7 breakfast with tea/coffee
  • Private transport as per group size
  • Luggage transfer as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour/trekking guide

Trip Cost Doesn't Include

  • International flight ticket
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide

Meals

Breakfast included

We stay at good standard hotel or mountain hut every day with restaurant facilities. Alternatively your tour guide take you to a good restaurant nearby where possible. You should allow approx. £ 10 per meal including some refreshment.

We also help you to arrange your lunch pack from the hotels or mountain hut, which cost you £ 4-6

Accommodation

3 nights in mountain hut / 3 nights in 3* hotel

We will spend 3 nights in good standard hotels with restaurant facilities. All rooms in hotel are en-suit and arranged on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. In hotel, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost.

We will also spend 3 nights in wilderness in mountain hut. Normally we have double room on twin share basis, but sometimes dormitory style, 4-6 beds room available only.

Some of the mountain huts are quite rustic with only basic washing and toilet facilities due to their remote positions. However, what they may lack in terms of facilities is more than compensated for by their atmosphere and their mountain locations. The huts are very hospitable and a great way of meeting Romanian and other eastern European mountain walkers. All mountain hut has simple restaurant facilities.

Date and Price

Available Tour Dates

Flexible departure! Have you got any dates in your mind? Click here to contact us.

General Info

What to expect

This trip graded as moderate difficulty level.

Reasonable level of fitness will be required because the trek goes up to altitude of 1900m, no more than 10 km daily walk.

The amount of time that is spent walking will vary from half day to full day walking depend on the group fitness level and weather and trail conditions. Many of the trails that we are following will have uphill sections and there will be opportunities to take part in longer walks. The exact trails that we take and the distance of these may have to be changed at short notice due to the weather.

 Equipment

The following is fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip:30-40 litre daypack, trekking trousers, waterproof and windproof over trousers/rain pants, thermal base layer shirts, fleece jacket or warm jumper, waterproof and windproof jacket, shorts, warm hat, sunglasses, warm gloves or mittens, socks, underwear, sunhat, sun protector, toiletries, wet wipes, antibacterial hand wash, small towel, earplugs, first aid kit, head torch with spare batteries, 1 liter water bottle.

Trekking pole is not essential, but can be useful on the challenging ascent and descent. Good pair of boots are one of the most important on the gear list. You need to make sure that your boots are braked in before trek.

Despite blankets and pillows are provided in mountain huts, we recommend to bring a lightweight sleeping bag, particularly for the autumn and winter departure.

What you Carry

While you are trekking you only should carry a backpack with water, snacks, extra socks, waterproof light jacket and your camera.

Remember your main luggage will not be with you on every nightstop so ensure your day bag is large enough to carry everything you might need. We recommend a 30-40 litre rucksack. In practice, you should not need to carry more than about 8 kg (extra clothes, towel, toiletries, sleeping bag).

For one night staying in Piatra Mare mountain hut (days 4 and 5) your main luggage will be stored either at the next day accommodation or in the supporting vehicle.

First Aid

A medical kit will accompany each group. You should also bring your own personal first aid kit, which should include the following: broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, Diamox (altitude), diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralyte).

Visa and Vaccination

No visa required for British passport holders. There are no specific health risks.

Altitude

This trekking holiday not involves high altitude.  During your trip, you will reach altitudes of 2000-2500 metres.  Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude, but we are here to help you if you have any concern about altitude.

Climate

The main season trekking season in Transylvania is from Jun to September. During this period, we can expect daytime, valley temperatures of between 20ºC and 25ºC, dropping to 12ºC at night, sometimes less dependent on the altitude we stay.  Rainfall is usually quite low except in the mountains, spring and summer are the wetter seasons. The Carpathian Mountains can be blanketed in snow until mid to late May at higher altitudes.

Winters are quite cold, with average highs even in lower-lying areas being no more than 3 °C and below −15 °C in the highest mountains.

Tour Leaders

All our tours are escorted by well trained, knowledgeable and English spoken local guides.

Group size

This holiday is guaranteed to run with minimum of 2 persons.

Private trip

If you`d rather share the moments just with your partner, family or friends then we can help to arrange a trip as private departure just for you and your group on your chosen date.

Preparing Yourself Physically

Being properly physically prepared for trekking and its serious physical challenges is very important. First, assessing your own individual physical condition and training accordingly is a significant must. Basically, handling a rigorous trek will be much easier the more fit you are at the onset. For a training program that is well-rounded, be sure to include aerobic cross-fit training, hiking (at high altitudes if possible) and strength training.

Preparing Yourself Mentally

Making the hardest portions of your trek achievable could simply come down to mental stamina. Many trekkers tend to make the mistake of overlooking their mental preparation. Keeping a positive mind-set and never ignoring your body’s signals are significant considerations on your trek.

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