Romania Carpathian Mountains Charity Challenge

Trek the majestic Carpathian Mountains, discover the centuries old traditions of the region, meet the friendly locals and enjoy rural Romania with its ancient villages, monasteries and castles.

Challenge Highlights

  • Raising vital funds for your charity
  • Trekking through the Piatra Craiuli National Park
  • Stunning landscape of the Bucegi Mountains
  • Walking through ancient villages to gain an appreciation of the subtle landscape of the Carpathian Mountains
  • Experience genuine cultural exchange with the local people
  • Exploring Bran Castle

Overview

Straddling central Romania and covering a third of its territory are the majestic Carpathian Mountains or Transylvanian Alps as they are also known. Aside from the stunning beauty of the mountains and the rolling foothills, the rich traditions of the region continue to flourish through the warm and friendly locals and their way of life which has changed little through the centuries. You will walk through a timeless landscape to reach ancient villages, monasteries and castles including the famous Bran castle. This fully escorted charity trek offers an opportunity to cross the Carpathians and gain an intimate appreciation of rural Romania whilst raising vital funds for charity.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Bucharest Airport you will need to clear customs and make your way to Bucharest city centre where at 14.30, you will meet your guide in a centrally located spot. As we have fundraisers arriving from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost. Once you have met your guide you will transfer by private vehicle to your guest house in Bran for the next two nights. Along the way your guide will give you a briefing about the upcoming challenge. Tonight you will enjoy your first group dinner.

Meals:  D

After breakfast you will meet your guides for a short transfer to your days starting point. Today you will trek to the famous Bran Castle. The trek starts with a slow ascent through green pastures and traditional farm land before joining a shaded forest track. You will gradually ascend before the forest opens up to reveal a magnificent hill top where you will stop for lunch and take in the wonderful views below! After lunch you will follow a good terrain before descending a very steep hill. The descent is paired with fantastic views of Bran Castle so take your time, go slowly and take it all in. When you reach Bran you will have time for an optional guided tour of the castle. Most people know Bran Castle as “Dracula’s Castle”, from Bram Stoker’s novel. This story is loosely based on Vlad Tepes who ruthlessly defended this part of Transylvania, and in the process, the legend of his rather gruesome killings inspired the story of Dracula. Bran Castle it’s an amazing example of 14th century Gothic architecture that looks like it was carefully placed on top of a mountain. You will transfer back your accommodation this afternoon.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you will transfer to the Piatra Craiuli National Park. Your walk starts with a nice steady climb following woodland trails that are picturesque and rich in birdsong. You will soon approach a sheepfold where you can stop and taste the traditional cheese “burduf” being made here at this remote Cheese house. Your guide will give a talk on cheese making, before you continue to your lovely lunch spot. After lunch you will make your way downhill through open hills before entering a large wooded area along the river. You follow an old track to The Jurassic Zarnesti Canyon where you will meet your vehicle and transfer back to your hotel for dinner.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast you will check out and have an early morning transfer to the Bucegi National Park. Today’s walk takes you through a mix of quaint villages where traditional customs and cultures still exist and picture post card landscapes. You will pass by one of the oldest houses in this area, which is nearly 200 years old. Along the way you will stop in a lovely local house where there is a small museum detailing the villages you are walking through. Depending on the time of day it may also be possible to visit two local Orthodox Churches. Pass the villages you continue on through a mixture of steep woodland climbs that lead into large fields and quiet roads as you make your way to Fondata where you will stop for lunch. From Fondata you follow the trail through to the village of Sirnea, and then finally onto the finishing point at Pesters, where your bus will be waiting to take you to your guest house for the night.

Meals:  B,L,D

You have your final walk today. Leaving the guest house you will begin with a slow steady climb to the top of the ridge passing many Sherpa Huts along the way to La Bisericuta. From here you have spectacular views of the Bucegi Mountains and the Valley Bangaleasa below. There will be plenty of time to take photos before you slowly descend into the Valley and the Bucegi National Park. From here you will trek to a second ridge and onto the lunch spot at Poiana Gutanu Meadows for a well deserved rest and packed lunch. Continuing on this afternoon you will make your way back to the guest house for a celebration dinner.

Meals:  B,L,D

After saying farewell to our hosts we will transfer back to Bucharest, also known as "the Eastern Paris" via Peles castle in Sinaia. You have an optional visit into Peles Castle before continuing onto Bucharest, where the trip concludes. You will arrive back into Bucharest around 15.00. As we have fundraisers departing from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost.

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • Farewell Celebration Dinner
  • 5 Breakfast, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • English speaking local guides
  • 5 nights Guesthouse on twin or quad share basis
  • Group first aid kit
  • Private transportation throughout
  • Luggage transfer

What's Not Included

  • Meals not mentioned
  • items of a personal nature
  • Entrance to Bran and Peles castle
  • tips
  • travel insurance
  • Single Supplement
  • Beverages including bottled water, aerated drinks and alcohol
  • International flight
  • Airport transfers

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
Duration:6 Days
Activities:Trekking
Charity Challenge
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5845