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Trekking and Culture in Maramureș

Country: Romania Region: Maramures

Trekking and Culture in Maramureș

£595

5
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Overview

  • Last remaining, largely unspoilt region in Europe
  • Stress free holiday environment with genuine hospitality
  • Epic hike in the rugged and scenic Rodnei Mountains
  • Cultural wealth-preserved in mediaeval isolation

FrozenGround newest trekking holiday gives you the chance to explore the beautiful mountains and valley of Maramures and the tradition of the local people. The time has stopped in this remote area of Romania. This is evident in the clothing that people wear and the lifestyles that they lead. This is a particularly good place to visit during times of celebration such as Easter. The small timber houses that are found here are in stark contrast to the large entrance gates and high wooden church steeples. This Transylvania tour allows you to explore the beautiful villages of the Rodnei Mountains and visit the traditional businesses that operate here such as rug and hat makers, and wood carvers. There is also the opportunity to ride the last steam train up the side of the mountain.

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrival to Cluj then transfer to Maramures

Upon your arrival, a representative from FrozenGround will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to the hotel in Borsa. 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: Hotel Victoria

Meal: Dinner

Drive: 3 hours

DAY

2

Whole day hiking in the Rodnei Mountains

We will start in Borsa and take the ski-lift up the mountain to an altitude of 1380m above sea level. The hike will take us to the lake at the Bistrita river’s spring where we can hav picknic that have been provided by the hotel. In the afternoon, we will climb the Gargalau Peak and see the Horse’s Waterfall which is over 80 meters high.

Accommodation: Hotel Victoria

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Walk: 8 hours

Drive: 15 min

DAY

3

Natural and cultural day trip

The visit to the Carpathian Forest Railways will last from 9:00am to 14:30pm and this will include a lunch break. In the afternoon, we will visit the Maramures style wooden church in Jod.

Accommodation: Hotel Victoria

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive: 2 hours

DAY

4

Whole day hiking in the Rodnei Mountains

We will be transported through the Lala Valley by a 4×4 which will take us to 1300m above sea level which will be the starting point of the trek to Ineu Peak (2279 m). If the fitness of the group allows, then the hike will continue to the ridge of the Prislop Pass.

Accommodation: Hotel Victoria

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Walk: 10 hours

Drive: 1 hour

DAY

5

Transfer to Cluj Airport to catch the departing flight

On the way to the airport, we will stop in Bistrita to carry out some sightseeing in the Saxon town. There will be a chance to visit the old marketplace and see the tower of the Lutheran church which reaches 70m high.

Meals: Breakfast

Drive: 2 hours

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Tour Facts

Trip Cost Includes

  • Good standard accommodations as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and 3 course dinner with soft drinks and local aperitif
  • Professional, English speaking guide throughout the journey
  • Private transport as per group size

Trip Cost Doesn't Include

  • International flight ticket
  • Lunch
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Admission fees
  • Tips for guide

Meals

Half Board

Breakfast and 3 course dinner (soup, main, dessert) included. We serve soft drink and local aperitif with each meal.

At lunch time, we stop at a restaurant. You should allow approx. £ 10 per meal including some refreshment. Alternatively, we help you to arrange your trekking lunch pack from the hotel we stay, which cost you £ 3-6.

Throughout the trip we will enjoy the taste and flavours of the Romanian/Hungarian cuisine. Your meals will be freshly prepared, the ingredients invariably organically grown or produced, without the use of chemical fertilisers or pesticides, often in the hosts’ garden.

Accommodation

4 nights in 3* hotel

We will spend 4 nights at the comfortable Hotel Victoria in Borsa. 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.

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 2279m, but 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 litre 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.

What you Carry

While you are trekking you only have to carry a backpack with water, snacks, extra socks, waterproof light jacket and your camera. Your main luggage will be stored at the accommodation where we will stay.

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 guarateed to run with minimum of  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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