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Winter Wonderland in Transylvania

Country: Romania Region: Transylvania

Winter Wonderland in Transylvania

£595

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Overview

  •     Discover ancient villages from dog sled
  •     Four days winter hike in Carpathian Mountains
  •     Listen to wolf howl in the evening
  •     Stay in rural mountain hut

A winter wonderland, snow sparkling, dogs softly trotting ahead of you, the dogsleds runners gliding under you, the huskies breath in the crisp, clean air. By sharing our passion for sled dogs & trekking, we aim to give people a true feel & love from Transylvanian mountains.

East Carpathian is a destination of picturesque landscape with a very various relief and climate. Hargita and Hasmas Mountains is one of the most spectacular mountains in the region. A large network of forestry roads and single trails, superb landscapes, are making these mountains the perfect place for an unforgettable walking holiday.

Come with us and let our beautiful & affectionate Siberian Husky sled dogs steal your heart and make your outdoor adventure a romantic escape or a family vacation.

 

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrive in Bucharest and transfer to Transylvania

Accommodation: Hotel Ozon in Harghita Bai

Drive: 5 hours

DAY

2

Snow hiking in Harghita Mountain

Our tour starts at Mădăraş village, which is along the Mădăraş stream on a forest road made for sleights, which is also goes through a magnificent pine tree forest. Near the forest border, at approximately 1,700 metres we arrive to the origin of the Pârâul Săritor which is covered 1-2 metres of snow in winter time. From here, we continuing our hike to the 1,801 metres high Mădăraşi-Harghita Peak.

As we admire the breath-taking panorama, usually the crossing wind will put an end to our astonishment, so we start our descent towards the retreat house, where we will serve our dinner, and will have a good night sleep.

Accommodation: Hotel Ozon in Harghita Bai

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 4-5 hours

DAY

3

Snow hiking in Harghita Mountain

On the second morning, we will return to the ridge we visited the day before, descending at a long slow hill to Băile Harghita.  Our path will take us through the untouched snowy alpine pastures, where we will also pass through the secular pine tree forest. After passing the Ciceu-Harghita Peak, we will see many interesting, volcanic rock formations. Late afternoon we will arrive at Băile Harghita.

Accommodation: Karpatia Hotel 3*

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 6-7 hours

DAY

4

Dog sledding tour

This is a unique opportunity to experience the solitude, remoteness and picturesque beauty part of Transylvania that few people will ever see.

Our sled dogs are part of our family, and each of them are special ones! All our dogs have unique and wonderful personalities. If you are unfamiliar with the breed, let us assure you there is no friendlier (or active) dog than the Siberian, they absolutely LOVE people and attention.

Accommodation: Karpatia Hotel 3*

Meals: Breakfast

DAY

5

Snow hiking tour in Hasmas Mountain

We leave our car in the parking lot next to the city church in Bălan, and begin our approximately 1,000 metres hike by the Fierarilor (Covaci) River. Our path firstly follows one of the streets of the miner city, then passes in front of the informational indicator that points out that we are at the entrance of the Hăşmaşul Mare National Park.  From this point onwards, the path is steeper, and then becomes a gentle slope that leads through the foothills.  At the same time with the rarefaction of the pine forests, the outlook to the Vârful Ascuţit Peak, situated on the East side, gets even better.  We can see the so-called Devil’s mills rocks, and above us is the Piatra Singuratică Peak, in the distance, we could also see the Ciucaş Mountains.

After about an hour of walking, we will reach the Piatra Singuratică Peak, where our path will turn to the left and will go through a pine tree forest, with rock formations, which is sometimes an icy terrain, near many springs.  From here, we can see our tour’s primary destination, the 1,530-metre-high Piatra Singuratică Peak.

After a short rest, and a few sips of water from the crystal clear spring, we are off towards the retreat house, on a path that is on a former route of the steep ski run.

Arriving at the retreat house, everybody can choose on his own if he/she wants to take a few minutes of rest, or wants to eat the food from his/her backpack. Also, there is the possibility of leaving all unnecessary things from our backpack, because after hiking the Hăşmaşul Mare Peak, we will return to the retreat house.

With a short descent from the retreat house, we reach the Şaua Curmătura, and after that, we walk through an alpine pasture, full with rock formations we climb up the mountain and reach the Hăşmaşul Mare Peak. We turn off from our path, and going through cliff edges with dense juniper bushes, experiencing breathtaking views, we will reach the 1,796 meters high peak, the highest peak of the entire Hăşmaş Mountain.

Under our feet is the Olt River Valley, and on our right, is the Oatra Ascuțită, Curmătura and the rock formations of the Cheile Bicazului, farther away the Harghita Mountains. We can see the Ceahlău Mountains, Călimani Mountains, and in cold dry weather we will see the Rodnei Mountains, Făgăraşi Mountains, the Bucegi Mountains and the Piatra Craiului Peak, too.

Looking back, there is a breathtaking view of the Piatra Singuratică and Ocsem rocks, the Ciucaş valley, and farther away from the Sfânta Ana Lake. We are going to sleep in a mountain hut at the foot of the Hasmas Peak.

Accommodation: Egyesko mountain hut

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 6-7 hours

DAY

6

Snow hiking tour in Hasmas Mountain

On the second day, we will have a chance to walk around the entire massif and experience its beauty and wildlife.

Accommodation: Karpatia Hotel 3*

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 5-6 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

Drive: 5 hours

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Tour Facts

Trip Cost Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast as per itinerary
  • Private transport as per group size
  • English speaking tour/trekking guide
  • Dog sledding tour with guide
  • Snowshoes

Trip Cost Doesn't Include

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

Meals

Breakfast included

However 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. £ 10-15 per meal.

We also help you to arrange your lunch pack from the hotel we stay, which cost you £ 4-6.

Accommodation

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

We will spend 3 nights at the comfortable Karpatia Hotel in Sindominic and 2 nights at Hotel Ozon in Harghita Bai.  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 spend a night in the rural Hasmas Mountain. Accommodation in this area is usually simple dormitory style. 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. Food are available to buy.

 

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 in winter

This trip is graded moderate. Snow conditions dictate whether we will hike with snowshoes or hiking boots along with the duration of walks. The walking routes and daily schedule will be selected by the group leader to best fit weather and group fitness conditions. Temperatures are generally quite cold, averaging 0’C in the valleys, though crystal clear skies and sunny daytime are common in winter, especially in the mountains. In the mornings tend to be a little more foggy and nicer in the afternoon. Snowfall can happen any time between December and April.

 Equipment

The following is fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip: trekking trousers, waterproof and windproof over trousers/rain pants, thermal base layer shirts, casual shirt and/or T-shirts, fleece jacket, waterproof and windproof jacket, warm jacket (down), sunhat, warm hat, sunglasses, warm gloves or mittens, head torch with spare batteries, sun protector, toiletries, antibacterial hand wash, small towel, shampoo.

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.

Please note that on day 5-6 you might need pack for 2 days as we are sleep in the mountain hut.

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 person.

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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