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Villages, Castles and Mountains

Country: Romania Region: Transylvania

Villages, Castles and Mountains

£650

8
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Overview

  • Five-day trekking in Carpathian Mountain
  • Explore rural villages – Dracula and Peles Castle
  • Hike up to Omul, Ciucas and Piatra Craiului Peaks
  • Staying at the best available mountain hut

This Transylvania trekking holiday which is available from FrozenGround explores three different, spectacular regions of the Carpathian Mountains. Transylvania is a destination of picturesque landscape with a very various relief and climate. Visiting the mysterious Dracula Castle and the magnificent Peles Castle are making this Transylvania tour the perfect destination for an unforgettable walking holiday.

Piatra Craiului – This is one of the best-loved mountains in Romania and is also known as the Rock Of The King. Hikers and nature lovers are particularly fond of this area because of the views that you can get from the 25km ridge. There is also the chance to glimpse wildlife in the forests that include brown bears, wolves, stags and foxes.

Bucegi Mountains – These mountains are very popular for hiking, climbing and winter sports. The Prahova Valley is dominated by these mountains which have steep slopes and high compact blocks. Another popular landmark in this area is The Heroes Cross. This was built on Caraiman Peak between 1926 and 1928 to commemorate all those that were killed defending the country in the First World War.

The Ciucas Mountains give you a real step back in time when you experience the rural areas that have not changed in hundreds of years. It is hard to appreciate how beautiful and rich this landscape is until you have experienced it yourself, something which this trek will enable you to do.

An unforgettable journey… A step back in time that will surprise you.

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrive in Bucharest and transfer to hotel

Upon your arrival, a representative from FrozenGround will be waiting outside the airport gates and transfer you to Bran through Prahova Valley. During the journey, you will see the eastern walls of Bucegi Mountains (more spectacular) –  a good teaser!

Accommodation: Standard hotel in Bran

DAY

2

Hike in Piatra Craiului National Park

After breakfast, we will start our first day trip through the Zărneşti Strait reaching the Curmătura house. The road through Defileul Zărneşti promises continuous sights. In the grip of 150 – 200 metres cliff, we pass near some waterfalls, cave openings and rock layers which draw attention to themselves.  After we reach the clearing, suddenly the whole block of Piatra Craiului towers above us. There are two peaks. We will climb the smaller peak (1815m).

Accommodation: Standard hotel in Bran

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 7-8 hours

DAY

3

Explore rural mountain villages and Dracula Castle

Even in Transylvania, the sight of scattered individual farms, surrounded by mountains is unique.  People still live like they lived in the earlier centuries, and the Dracula castle rather complete this atmosphere. After breakfast, we start out our day by driving to the village of Peştera, which is at 20 minutes’ drive from our accommodation. From here, we start our trip on the road between houses to Măgura village, hike the mountain that dominates the village, and back to our car. In the afternoon, we discover the mystical world of Dracula Castle.

Accommodation: Standard hotel in Bran

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 4-5 hours

DAY

4

Day hike in the Bucegi Mountains to Mălăeşti Valley

If you ask us about our preferred place in the Carpathian Mountains, we will answer without hesitation that it is the Mălăeşti Valley. It is also many other people’s favorite place too! The glacial valley surrounded by high walls offers a true alpine landscape.

After breakfast, we start at Râşnov city, from where we reach the Mălăeşti shelter, situated in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Carpathians. From there we walk up to the top of the glacial valley and we then descend on the same road from the house.

Accommodation: Standard hotel in Bran

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 6-7 hours

DAY

5

Hiking in Ciucas Mountain

After breakfast, we pack our bags, because we will be moving to another accommodation, and head to Bran – Bratocea Pass. Also, because the pass is already at 1,270 metres, we will not pass through forests.  Already within the first 10 minutes of walking, we will see a beautiful panorama, which will remain with us all the way. A fairy-tale cliff towers lined landscape.  From the top of the mountain, all the middle Carpathian Mountains can be seen. At sunset and sunrise all the mountains are covered in red, and we will be there to immortalise this spectacular view.  We follow the Bratocea crest to the highest peak of the Ciucaş Mountains which is 1,954 metres.

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: Cabana Ciucas mountain hut

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 6 hours

Drive: 1.5 hour

DAY

6

Peles Castle and discover Brasov

After we have our breakfast at the retreat house, we will descent the mountain using off road vehicles.  Today, we can rest our feet before the last day’s great march. From here, we will travel by car to visit Romania’s most exquisite castle – Peles Castle, which was the summer residence of Romanian royalty. This magnificent castle appears to be extracted directly from a Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale.

In the afternoon, we will take a walk and have some free time in Brasov.

Accommodation: Standard hotel in Brasov

Meals: Breakfast

Drive: 3 hours

DAY

7

Bucegi Mountain – Omul Peak (2505m)

After breakfast, we go to Buşteni city. From here we take the lift to Platoul Bucegi.

One of the characteristic features of the Platoul Bucegi is the Babele (old ladies) rocks, formed through the millennia by wind and water. Another must see at the Platoul Bucegi is the 33 metres tall cross, that was built in memory of the World War Heroes, not only for its meaning, but for the panorama which opens from there. We find ourselves above the Eastern Walls of the mountain, and look down to the cities, which is visible far beneath us. This is an indescribable feeling.  Practically we are above Romania’s tallest mountains … 1,500 metres above anything.  Not accidentally the Sphinx rock became the symbol of these mountains. It has mystical, interesting, and a photogenic shape.

If the weather conditions permit, we will climb at the Omul Peak (2505m). Otherwise, we will descend from the Caraiman Cross to the lift, which will take us down from the mountain.

In case of a strong wind, and the lift is not working, as an alternative to this day’s program, we will take a 4 – 4.5-hour tour which include Gura Diham house – Poiana Izvoarelor house – Diham house – Gura Diham house. This tour is also very spectacular.

After a long and eventful day, we will go back in Brasov at our accommodation.

Accommodation: Standard hotel in Brasov

Meals: Breakfast

Walk:  8 hours

Drive: 1.5 hours

DAY

8

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
  • One 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

6 nights in 3* hotel / 1 night in mountain hut

We will spend 6 nights in comfortable hotels in Bran and Brasov. Most 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 an unforgettable night at the best mountain hut in Transylvania. Cabana Ciucas mountain hut has descend restaurant and room facilities.

 

Date and Price

Available Tour Dates

If these dates don’t suit you get in touch and we arrange your own departure.

General Info

What to expect

This trip graded as demanding difficulty level.

Good level of fitness will be required because the trek goes up to altitude of 2500 m, no more than 15 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.

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 Ciucas mountain hut (days 5 and 6) 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 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.

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