The Transylvanian Alps make up the southern end of the Carpathian Mountain Range, the third longest mountain range in Europe which arcs from the Czech Republic in the north west, through Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, the Ukraine and Serbia, to Romania. They are home to this truly amazing trek, which is ideal for those who are less keen on camping, as we stay in mountain huts and lodges.
The chance to visit a remote and less well known area of Europe, and to trek for four days in the Transylvanian Alps over tough and challenging terrain;
Explore the southern end of one of Europe’s mightiest mountain ranges;
Enjoy challenging yourself with a three Peak Summit challenge over 4 days - Omu (2505m), Batrana (2181m) and Piscul Baciului (2238m)
Stay in local mountain huts/guesthouses hosted by the local families (NO CAMPING!!!);
Visit the famous Bran Castle, closely linked to vampire legends!!
A final night celebration in the ancient Saxon town of Brasov to salute the group’s impressive achievement.
Day 1 – UK to Bucharest and Sinaia Mountain.
We fly from London to Bucharest with our Tribal Tracks leader, where we will then be welcomed by our Romanian team. From the airport, we head to Sinaia mountain resort (we can have lunch along the way depending upon our flight times). If time allows, in the afternoon we will explore Sinaia mountain resort and visit Peles Castle; this elaborately decorated, fairytale- like Romanian royal palace is one of the most striking castles in Europe.
Overnight 3* hotel/guesthouse located central in Sinaia mountain resort. Dinner.
Day 2 –Bucegi Mountains – Omu Summit 2505m
After breakfast, our adventure begins, as we travel by cable car to the Bucegi Mountain plateau. These mountains are on the Eastern border of Southern Carpathians, the second highest group of mountains in the Carpathian Mountain range, reaching heights of over 2500m. We can enjoy magnificent 360 views and admire quirky rock formations such as ‘The Old Ladies’ and ‘The Sphynx!’
The first part of our trek takes us to Cross of Heroes, located on the summit of Caraiman Mountain. The cross is a historical monument built between 1926 and 1928, as a tribute to the Romanian soldiers who died during the First World War, and it has been designated as the tallest cross in the world placed on a mountain peak, according to Guinness World Records.
From the Cross of Heroes we head to our first summit in our three peak challenge, Omu Peak (2505m), the highest summit in the Bucegi Massif. In the afternoon we will descend to Ialomita Valley and spend the night in a local mountain hut.
Overnight in Padina Mountain Hut or similar. Full board. 24 km trek distance.
Day 3 – Batrana Mountain
This morning after breakfast, we leave the Iamolita Valley and trek towards our second summit, Batrana Mountain (2181m), where we are rewarded with awesome views across the entire Tara Branului (Bran County) and Piatra Craiului Massif. After lunch, we trek onwards and then descend Moieciu de Sus village where we will spend the night.
Guesthouse in Moieciu de Sus village. Full board. 22 km trek distance.
Day 4 - Tara Branului (Bran Country)
Tara Branului (Bran Country) is the old gateway between Transylvania and Wallachia, a strategic point and former trade centre. The name is better known because of the famous Bran Castle, commonly regarded as the home of Dracula!!
Our route traverses the Romanian mountain villages of Moieciu de Sus, Fundata and Sirnea that are scattered across the valley. It is an excellent opportunity to experience the very simple, quiet and traditional Romanian way of life; most of the villagers in this area are still involved in sheepherding and farming.
Guesthouse Pestera village. Full board. Trek distance 22km.
Day 5 – Piatra Craiului Mountains
Our final day is a tough one. We start our trek on the Northern Ridge of Piatra Craiului Mountains and the day that follows will be a demanding but a truly exceptional experience. Fittingly, our final summit is the highest peak in the area is Piscul Baciului, 2238m. After summiting, and taking a little while to reflect upon our achievement, we descent to Zarensti, for a well-earned rest and a night in a local guesthouse.
Zarnesti 3* guesthouse. Full board. Trek distance 19km.
Day 6 – Bran Castle and Brasov
In the morning we will drive to Bran village and visit Bran Castle, famous for its association with the blood sucking vampire, Count Dracula. Bran Castle perches dramatically on a hill in Transylvania, its burnt-orange-tiled turrets and steeples rising above a crown of trees in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. Here, we learn to separate fact from fiction and learn all about this fascinating place.
In the afternoon, after lunch, we will explore the beautiful Saxon city of Brasov: the old city, founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211, is one of the best-preserved cities in all of Europe. The city harmonious mix of traditional charm and modern city life.
We spend the evening in a lovely hotel is Brasov itself, rounding off our trip with a celebration evening!
4 Star hotel Brasov. Full board.
Day 7 – Bucharest to London
We depart Brasov and head to Bucharest for our flight home (approximately 2.5 hr transfer).
Breakfast and lunch.
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