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Roaming About in Wild Transylvania

Country: Romania Region: Transylvania

Roaming About in Wild Transylvania

£630

8
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Overview

  • Walking holiday in the pearl of Eastern Carpathians
  • Wild and ferocious beauty of landscape at Fogaras
  • Geological attractions around Lake St. Anna
  • Feel the atmosphere of times long gone at Dracula`s Land

Who wouldn’t be intrigued by roaming about in the regions of action and seeing crumbled ruins that inspired the whole Dracula franchise?

On our first day in Transylvania, we visit Lake St. Anna and the Mohos Peat Bog. We quickly find out why it was well worth getting up and out there early. We revel in the enchanting nature of the surrounding area dominated by the early light of dawn—and the silence, which is so loud we feel it in our bones as we look about and observe all the intimate details of wildlife in the area.

By the Cave Büdös, we find ourselves surrounded by lush fresh and green forest that completely engulfs the sulfurous cave. We walk around among the bubbling bursts of gas that erupt from castle ruins, a sight and sensation that really bring out a moment of historic atmosphere in those presently quiet and calm meadows.

Then we visit the Eastern Carpathians. This magnificent mountain range extends in an arc across Central and Eastern Europe. We understand this mountain range to be home to huge populations of brown bears, chamois, lynxes and of course Count Dracula’s “Children of the Night”, with the largest population located in Transylvania. The diverse landscape constantly amaze and create increasing wonder as every glance reveal a new and different aspect.

The second part of the trip we find ourselves in a completely different world. Clambering up onto the dizzying curves of the Transzfăgas, a torturous highway that wends its way through the mountains through the Făgăras Mountains. The higher altitude is to be expected but there is a great deal more to be anticipated. From those altitudes, the views blow us away. We come down from Negoiu Peak with a new understanding of our insignificance in this vast and unfathomable universe.

We constantly feel the atmosphere of times long past, the rule of former kings, and listen to stories about counts, monks, and other often merciless leaders. These unique and inexplicable feelings will make us almost feel that we never want to return to our so-called civilized world

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrive in Bucharest and transfer to Transylvania

Upon your arrival, a representative from FrozenGround will be waiting outside the airport gates and transfer you to Targu Secuiesc.

Accommodation: Good standard hotel

DAY

2

Lake St. Anna – Mohos Peat Bog – Cave Büdös (Stinky)

If you’re going to Lake St. Anna, or to the Mohos Peat Bog, it’s worth getting up early. Dawn is still dominated by the nature of the surrounding area. Nothing breaks the penetrative silence and you can observe the intimate details of life in the area, details that immediately disappear as soon as you see the first group of rowdy humans. Then we go to Cave Büdös. Almost unique, as in Europe, one can only experience similar sights in the Italian volcanic regions. Maybe not in the same way, because here you can find yourself in the middle of a lush, fresh, green mixed-forest, right in front of the sulphurous cave. Walk around the bubbling gas bursts, from the castle ruins that emanate an ancient atmosphere to the untroubled meadows.

Accommodation: Good standard hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 4-5 hours

DAY

3

Bicaz Gorge – Lake Red (Killer) – Chohard Peak

This is the pearl of the whole Eastern Carpathians, without exaggeration. The landscape here is so diverse that wherever you look, there is something interesting, original and beautiful. The lake has developed after a mount slide and the pine trees of the old forest are still visible. A huge rock guards above and standing on it gifts you with a view of the same variety. Feel the grip of the terrifying cliffs of the Békás-Canyon (Bicaz Gorge), standing in front of the Pokol Tornáca (Hell’s Porch) with a somewhat anxious feeling. This is the day of the extremes when you fall from amazement to desperate anxiety, then to endless tranquility.

Accommodation: Good standard hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 4 hours

DAY

4

Hasmas Peak

Why is this place so beautiful? We can’t explain… this is for one to see and to feel. You must be there in the silence of the cool pine forests, or behind the grazing cattle in the meadows, or at the top of the highest cliffs of the crag. A unique feeling, when you think that you never ever want to return to the so-called civilized world.

Accommodation: Good standard hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 6-7 hours

DAY

5

Fogaras Mountains – Lake Balea

Day 5: Fogaras Mountains – Lake Balea

The journey cannot erase the tranquil atmosphere of Transylvania experienced in the previous days, but today you find yourself in a different world. Cambering upwards on the dizzying curves of the Transfogaras you can already imagine the scenery of the high-altitudes, but a lot more awaits than you have anticipated: the wild and ferocious beauty of the landscape. Sights of lovely lakes soften the sharp walls and you can’t get rid of the feeling that in this context people are so small and insignificant.

Please note that on day 5 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: Negoiu Cabana mountain hut

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 4 hours

DAY

6

Negoiu Peak

If on the previous day, you thought the high-altitude would not be able to surprise you then today you must realize that it deserves a lot more respect. It proves you need to approach it with humility; to reach it after exhaustion and it can easily shake you off, like a tree that loses its autumn leaves before preparing for the winter sleep. You can only trust your guide, a person who had already experienced all the whims of the mountain, and who knows when and how to approach them: like approaching the throne of a whimsical king.

Accommodation: Negoiu Cabana mountain hut

Meals: Breakfast

Drive: 7-8 hours

DAY

7

Dracula Castle – Rural village life

This is a day of travel and relaxation. You need to work your way out of today’s cluttered labyrinths, but for a few hours you can return to certain episodes of the historically multicultural Transylvania. You can feel the atmosphere of times long gone at the headquarters of former kings, or listen to stories about counts, monks or cruel leaders; then walk between the thick stone walls of the Dracula castle, completely safely this time.

Accommodation: Good standard hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY

8

Bucharest at leisure & departure

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

Meals: Breakfast

Additional Nights and Extensions

Tour Facts

Trip Cost Includes

  • Good standard accommodations as per itinerary
  • Two night in mountain hut with breakfast
  • 7 Breakfast with tea/coffee
  • Private transport as per group size
  • English speaking tour/trekking guide
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary

Trip Cost Doesn't Include

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

Meals

Breakfast only

We stay at good standard hotel every day with restaurant facilities. Alternatively your tour guide take you to good restaurant in the city or village. 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 £ 3-5.

Accommodation

5 nights in 3* hotel / 2 night in mountain hut

We will spend 5 nights in comfortable, at least 3 star hotels in Gheorgheni and Târgu Secuiesc. All rooms in hotels 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 spend two unforgettable nights at the Negoiu Cabana mountain hut in Fogaras, just beneath Nogoiu Peak (2535m). There are 2,4 and 6 bed rooms available as well as simple restaurant facilities. Please note that sometimes twin share rooms not available.

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.

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 dificulty level.

Reasonable level of fitness will be required because the trek goes up to altitude of 2500 m, 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. Heavy rainfall can happen anytime in higher altitude and on the ridge. Temperatures are generally bit cold in the morning, but sunny, nice warm in the daytime, especially in the main season.

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 two night staying in Negoiu mountain hut (days 5,6 and 7) your main luggage will be stored either at our next accommodation in Bran 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 4 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.

Additional Nights and Extensions