Bear Trek Transylvania – The Carpathians, Europe’s most important wildlife stronghold.
If you love being amongst unspoilt wilderness, or yearn to be where wildlife thrives then the Carpathians in Transylvania offer you spectacular mountain scenery and nature in abundance. This is the most extraordinary wildlife habitat remaining in Europe and home to the largest population of the majestic brown bear. The Carpathian mountains retain their ancient conifer and beech forests, only subtly affected by man’s activities.
Your trek will take you into the heart of the Carpathians, pass the mysterious land of Dracula, where you will traverse across meandering plateaus, climb through endless forests reaching the limestone ridges and mountain summits with their spectacular viewpoints. Not just one, but two of the dramatic peaks of the Carpathians – the Bucegi Massif and the Piatra Craiului offering one of the most spectacular ridge walks in Europe. Rich in flora and fauna you will be exploring the habitat of the bear, wolf, lynx and the higher terrain of the chamois.
This thrilling challenge is designed so that you can both appreciate the lives and habitat of the bear and most importantly, aid the majestic residents of the Libearty Bear Sanctuary. Many of which were taken from their forest homes to live miserable lives entertaining humans, abused and in cramped conditions.
This is our chance to give back, as well as raise awareness of the conservation effort required for Europe’s most important wildlife stronghold. In return the trek finishes with a day meeting the bears with an expert guide to show us the work of the sanctuary, followed by dinner at the house and an evening spent warmed by a fire with a cosy night in a tepee amidst the Zarnesti Countryside.
All the money you raise will go direct to the Libearty Sanctuary and the continuing rescue of bears in need. Your sponsorship will also help fund the education of the Romanian school children and future generations, of the bear’s tremendous importance to Romania and to Europe.
You will be guided by the exceptional Clubul Montan Altitudine of Romania, the experts of the 7 Peaks of the Carpathians and affiliated with the Romanian Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing. This is an opportunity to not only learn and discover nature, but also to ethically traverse through the wilderness, to push your limits under expert guidance and to reach your peak! as well as two of Romania’s most beautiful summits.
Should the flora be of particular interest, The Piatra Craiului National Park is a paradise for plant species with an identified 1170 species and subspecies and home to an impressive number of mountain orchids – 48 of the 53 species found in Romania. The Piatra Craiului National Park is of great importance to flora conservation, especially the endemic species of the Carpathians.
Day 1) Arriving at Bucharest Airport, welcomed by your guides and transferred to Sinaia. Accommodation provided at a centrally located guest house. Arranged dinner to meet your Trek team mates and learn about the challenge ahead.
Day 2) After breakfast we leave the guest house and taken to base camp at the foot of Bucegi Massif (luggage transferred to destination) Ascend to Piatra Arsa (1950m) for our Cabin/hotel accommodation.
Day 3) Depart Piatra Arsa – Ascend to the Bucegi summit (2500m), for spectacular viewpoints and refreshments at Cabana Omu. We then descend through stunning terrain off of the Bucegi massif to Bran and sneak a peak at Dracula’s Castle. We start our next ascent up the Piatra Craiului Mountains to Pestera, reaching our cabin accommodation at Cabain Casa Folea (1190m).
Day 4) Depart Pestera, heading to the summit at Piscul Baciului (2237m) for spectacular viewpoints and a special visit to the bats cave on the way. We then descend to reach Curmatura (1470m) for the evening where we spend the night camping in tents.
Day 5) Waking from your tent in the Piatra Craiului mountains, depart Curmatura and descend to reach the final destination of the Libearty Bear Sanctuary! To be guided by an expert at the sanctuary, meet the many formidable brown bears and see the incredible achievement’s for their welfare. How your fundraising efforts help these previously abused bears have a peaceful and playful future in the sanctuary’s forests. Dinner will be served at the sanctuary’s house, spend the night in a tepee and warmed by a fire amongst the countryside of Zarnesti, feeling thrilled about what you have achieved.
Day 6) Leave the sanctuary and taken to a Hotel in the City of Brasov, the medieval city with many attractions. Here you will have ample choice of things to do, places to eat and if you are still feeling active, head for Tampa’s Nature Reserve with stunning viewpoints of the City. An evening celebratory dinner spent in Brasov and comfy last night in a hotel.
Day 7) Transfer to Bucharest airport for departure (or optional further night in Bucharest)
Dates: Saturday 20th September 2014 – 27th September 2014 / Registration completed by July 30th 2014.
Kit List: Good trekking boots, base/mid/outer layers, approx 40L backpack, wool/technical socks, sunglasses, suncream.
Cost: Registration fee of £400 fully pays for your trip in Romania, then a compulsory minimum pledge/sponsorship of £600 goes direct to the Libearty Bear Sanctuary. We will send you a personalised fundraising page together with profile and goal. Please check out our Top Ten Fundraising Tips
Included: Accommodation, transfers, guides, sleeping bags, tents, a vegetarian diet and refreshments. (For any further alcohol and/or meat requirements, please allow yourself an extra estimated £40)
Not Included: Return flights to Bucharest Assistance with choosing your flights and booking of optional extra accommodation can be provided)
To secure your place, please use our online booking form: BTT Booking Form. When a booking form is received we will ask you to check flight availability before asking you to pay registration. An initial £200 deposit is required to secure the final arrangements and receive your very own fundraising page. For any other enquiry, please use the enquiry form below.