hiking in the Southern Carpathians  
on demand for groups from 6 tot 14 persons 

trips can take place between 1 May and 31 October

The Bucegi mountains
the sfinx in the Bucegi mountains
Ialomita monastery
Piatra Craiului mountains in the background
Piatra Craiului mountains
Piatra Craiului mountains
Between Magura and Bran
Bran castle
Risnov fortress
terraces in Brasov
Brasov at night

The hiking trip links 2 of Romania's main mountain regions. The Bucegi Mountains and the Piatra Craiului Mountains. The Bucegi Mountains are known for their colorful diversity in plants and it's strange erosions. They are the most visited mountains in Romania. 

You make a hike to the highest top, the Omu peak at 2505m and a roundtrip through the beautiful nature reserves. Most foreign visitors are amazed about the enormous variety of wild plants and flowers all over Romania. You will find all kind of orchids, gentians, campanulas and 12% of the plants are endemic to the Carpathian Mountains. You have a good chance to make nice pictures of the wild chamois. 

Piatra Craiului Mountains are Romania's most loved mountains, a small but beautiful limestone ridge from where you have superb views over the surrounding country. The mountain ridge has the biggest bio-diversity of the country. 

Brasov is built at the base of the Carpathian Mountain ridge to protect the fertile Burzenland from the east. Nearby other fortifications were built at Risnov (Rosenau), Rupea (Reps) and Bran. The unique location at the foot of the mountains and the short distance to the ski resort Poiana Brasov just 10km away made from Brasov a fascinating tourist attraction year round. A part of the old fortifications can still be seen and visited today. There is a funicular running up the Tampa hill from where you have superb views over the town. There is the magnificent Black church (the biggest Gothic building that far east) and there are several museums. 


 

The trip starts in Sinaia and goes over the Bucegi Mountains, - Plateau Bran, the Piatra Craiului Mountains, Bran, Risnov and ends in Brasov

 

 

The trip is made with luggage transport. Accommodation is provided in hotel or guestrooms with private bathroom (except in Zarnesti where you have rooms with shared bathrooms). Meals (breakfast, lunch-packet, dinner) are included except lunch and dinner day11.

 

 

Peles Castle in Sinaia

 

 

The program

 

 

 


Day 1:  

Arrival in Sinaia, visit Peles castle and Sinaia Monastery. 


 


Day 2:  

Hiking trip from Sinaia in the Bucegi mountains. You climb the Bucegi mountain by the Piatra Arsa and cross the Cocora Mountains. Descend in the Ialomita Valley and visit of the monastery and cave. You stay overnight in Hotel Pestera (there is even sauna and swimming pool) In the evening you have a very good chance to see brown bear. Accommodation hotel rooms** Hiking 6-7 hours, 1200 m climbing, 450 m descending.

 

 


Day 3: 

Trip Pestera - Ialomitei waterfall - Glaciara Obīrsia valley -
Mecetul Turcesc limestone cliffs - Omu peak (2505m) - descent via Gaura valley to village Moieciu de Sus. It is a very spectacular trip where you climb the highest peak of Romania, the Omu with 2507m, you hike in the famous glacier valley Gaura where you have a very good chance to see chamois on the vertical walls of the Doamnele and Gaura Mountains. Moieciu de Sus is a picturesque mountain village at 1000m altitude. You sleep in guestrooms with private bathrooms. 

Hiking 9 hours, 1100 m
climbing, 1500 m descending.

 

 


Day 4: 

Roundtrip from Moieciu de Sus along the Grohotisului Valley, the Strunga saddle at 1909m, the western flanks of the Bucegi with the Batrina peak at 2181 m and Coltii Tapului at 2168 m.  A fascinating trip along the vertical limestone cliffs of western wall of the Bucegi mountains. You will have spectacular views over Bran country, the Iezer Papusa Mountains south-west, the Leaota mountains to the south and the Piatra Craiului ridge to the west. Back it goes at the foot of the vertical walls of the Bucegi ridge along the Gutana sheepfold and through a lovely evergreen forest back to the guesthouse. 

Hiking 8 hours, 1250m climbing, 1250m descending. 

 

 

 

 

Day 5:  

Hiking trip from Moieciu de Sus through the karst landscape of the  Fundatica mountains. You come along the authentic village Fundata, known for its famous smoked cheese and the different natural syrups made from forest fruits. It goes further to the village Sirnea where the lovely wooden farms are scattered over the mountains.  Accommodation in guestrooms in Sirnea. 

Hiking 7-8 hours, 550 m climbing, 450 m descending.

 

 


Day 6:  

Trip to the natural park Piatra Craiului. You climb the Curmatura depression and descend to the foot of the vertical cliffs of the Piatra Craiului ridge. You'll walk over small meadows with sheepfolds and along the Vladusca valley. After that through the spectacular Pisicii canyon only 2-3m wide and with 150m high vertical walls. After that you come in the fascinating canyon Prapastiile Zarnestilor, with even higher vertical walls. It goes further to the village Magura where you stay in guestrooms for the night. 

Hiking 6-7 hours, 450 m climbing, 750 m descending.

 

 



Day 7:  

Roundtrip on the Piatra Craiului ridge.  You climb the 
Crapaturii valley till the Crapaturii saddle at 1600m from where you have superb views over the whole Piatra Craiului ridge. Further you come in a region with a very abundant flora with some very rare flowers and you arrive at the Piatra Mica peak above 1800m. You descend again by the the Zanoaga meadow and the karst spring Fintana lui Botorog. Accommodation again in Magura. 

Hiking 8-9 hours, climbing 1100m, descending 1100m.

 

 

 

 

Day 8:  

Hike from Magura to Bran. It is a trip along the famous Tohanului hill. Hike through the forest, over open meadows, scattered patches of forest, hay and farmland. You climb the Magura Mica hill and descend to the former border walls between Transylvania and Wallachia. Bran is worldwide known because its medieval castle was a long time promoted as Dracula castle. The original fortress was built by the Brasov merchants to protect them against invading Tartars, Turks and migrating people (1377). Once was here the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Later the fortress was transformed to a castle and in the beginning of the 20th century Queen Elisabeth lived in the castle. You can visit the castle and it looks as it was during the reign of king Carol and Queen Elisabeth.  Accommodation in Bran. 

Hiking 5-6 hours, 600m climbing, 600m descending.

 

 


Day 9:  

Hiking trip from Bran to Risnov. Hiking trip along the Oprisului ridge and the villages Bradul and Sohodol and the Panicerului valley. You arrive in the village Risnov where we visit the fascinating Risnov fortress. The original fortress was built by the Teutonic knights in wood. They were demanded by the Hungarian king to protect the country against invading Tartars and migrating people. The oldest parts of the medieval fortress are built in the beginning of the 14th century.   It is  very large fortress and the whole village could find shelter within the walls in around 30 small houses. The fortress got in decline but is being restored since a couple of years and looks again as it was in the middle ages. Accommodation in guestrooms in Risnov. 

Hiking 5-6 hours, 300m climbing, 450m descending.

 

 


Day 10:  

Hiking trip over the ski resort Poiana Brasov to the medieval town Brasov.  The trip starts through the forest and along the Cernit ridge. You come along the Rasnoavei cave and the Paginilor church. nearby is a rock formation in the shape of a shepherds hat and the legend tells that at that place, named  Templul Idolilor, the people had the right to make offerings. nearby you have nice views over the Postavarul and Bucegi massifs. You descend from Poiana Brasov and enter directly the historic center of Brasov. Accommodation in guestrooms in Brasov. 

Hiking 7 hours, 600 m climbing, 650 m descending.

 

 


Day 11:  

breakfast, end of program.

 

 

 

Price (minimum 6 persons, max. 14) 11 day program (10 nights)

645 Euro pro person, includes accommodation in full board for 10 nights, guiding, entrances and cable lift pass, tourist documentation. Luggage transport