Carpathians Self-Guided Village Hike in Romania

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Enjoy a unique self-guided village to village hiking adventure in the Carpathians and discover the gorgeous landscapes of Piatra Craiului and the Bucegi Mountains, as well as the unique mountain culture of Romania.

Private

Carpathian Mountains

8 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Discover the gorgeous mountain villages of Romania.
  • Spend a week in following trails in the gorgeous Carpathian wilderness.
  • Enjoy walking through forests, meadows, and reaching lovely waterfalls too.
  • Taste delicious homemade dishes at the towns you stop in.

Description

This exciting self-guided trekking adventure in the Carpathians will take you to several villages in the region. As each day progresses, you will discover the stunning landscapes and mountain culture of Romania.

The tour begins and ends at the Bucharest airport, where you will be picked up and dropped off. From there, you will be transferred to Magura village, where the actual adventure begins. In Magura, you will meet one of our guides, who will give you the trekking instructions. This is a self-guided tour, so once you have your maps and explanations, you will be ready to set off. Below, you can find a detailed day-to-day description.

Some of the highlights of this tour include exploring the Piatra Craiului National Park and discovering the Bucegi National Park and the Seven Ladders canyon. You will also have the chance to visit Bram castle, not to mention the lovely towns of the Carpathian mountains.

Keep in mind that to join this trek, you need to be comfortable walking in uneven and uphill terrain for several hours each day. Therefore, you will need an excellent fitness level to participate. Of course, a spirit of adventure is a must too!

If you’re interested in this Carpathian villages trek, please send your request and we will be sure to answer shortly with any additional information you need!

Itinerary

Day 1: Magura mountain village

3-hour transfer from Bucharest airport – Magura village.

You will meet our guide who provide you all the info about the tour.

Accommodation and dinner at a 3* local guesthouse for 2 nights.

Day 2: Piatra Craiului National Park - Pestera Village – Curmatura chalet (1470 m) - Magura village

Breakfast.

From the guesthouse you will trek around 2 km to Pestera, the next mountain village. You reach to a junction and from there you turn to the right and continue the trek towards “La table” point (this is a cross point where 8 trekking routes meet).

From there you follow the same sign, follow nice and large meadows, hardwood and pine forest to the bottom of the Piatra Craiului Mountain (“Rock of the King” or “King’s Stone”) for about 30 minutes.

The road turns into a forest. You reach to a junction in about 30 minutes, you turn to the left and follow the forest road that climbs into the forest. After 20 minutes with no signs, you will see 2 signs, red and yellow triangle which go to the Curmatura chalet (about 1 hour). From the guesthouse to Curmatura chalet you will walk between 3 and 4 hours on a medium route. You can have lunch at the chalet and then you continue the trek to Zarnesti town, the main gate to the National Park, following the yellow dot (2 hours of descending – easy). At some point, you will reach a small metal bridge (on your right), you cross the spring and walk up about 30  minutes to the guesthouse in Magura village.

(6-7 hours, medium effort, uphill/downhill walk: 500 m/ 700 m, appr. 16 km).

Day 3: National Park Piatra Craiului - Magura - Pestera - Sirnea-Fundata

Breakfast. Walk crossing the most authentic and beautiful mountain villages from the bottom of Piatra Craiului Park  until you reach Sirnea, the first touristic village of Romania.

You will reach Fundata, meet the locals and then continue to the nearby guesthouse.

(4-6 hours; easy to medium, uphill/ downhill walk: 200 m/ 200 m).

At the end of the tour you walk about 1.500 m on national road to the guest house (no other way).

Accommodation and dinner at a 3* guesthouse for 2 nights.

Day 4: Easy Hike

Breakfast. Enjoy a nice hike on one of the ecotrails in Fundata village (3 – 4 hours, easy to medium, uphill/downhill walk: 300 m/300 m).

Day 5: Moieciu de Sus

After breakfast, you will head to Moieciu de Sus village following one of the most beautiful ecotrails in the area. You will cross meadows separated by fences, with breathtaking views over the Bucegi Natural Park.

The walking route starts from Fundata to the local church. From there, you follow one of the ecotrails (T3) to the center of Moieciu de Sus village. Continue on a steep climb via the T8 ecotrail, which starts from the Community Center. The climb becomes smoother and reaches a small plateau where there is a rocky formation called “The Top of the Church” – “Varful Bisericutei”.

(4-5 hours, medium effort, uphill/downhill walk: 400 m/ 400 m, appr. 14 km).

Accommodation and dinner at a 3* guesthouse in Moieciu de Sus village for 1 night.

Day 6: Brasov

Breakfast.

Transfer from the guesthouse to the starting point of the trekking tour in Bucegi Natural Park (about 30 minutes of driving).

Follow the yellow triangle sign, on a wide forest road, for about 1 – 1 ½ hours.

After that, you will cross a small river and start to climb a steep forested section for about 20 minutes until you reach a nice meadow.

After resting a while, you will then continue the route, until you reach a big meadow with a former sheep farm on the right side.

Optional: from this point in about 1 hour, round trip, you can visit the “Devil mill waterfall”following the red cross sign.

Back in the meadow, you will follow the metal poles with blue triangle sign, crossing the meadow from left to the right, in diagonal, uphill. You go mainly up from there and in about 1 hour you reach a forest road and then a sheep farm. You can stop to taste the cheese made here (from June to September) for a small extra cost.

From the sheep farm, continue following the red triangle sign. At some point, after 1 km from the sheep farm, you will see a big rock with a sign on it. You follow the sign, pass nearby a former hunting house and in about 1-1 ½ hours, you will reach the main forest road, where the meeting point will be. Transfer to Brasov (about 40 minutes).

(5-6 hours, medium effort, uphill/downhill walk: 800 m/ 800 m, appr. 14 km).

In the morning, you can visit Bran Castle (Monday is opened at 12:00). Accommodation at a 3* hotel/guesthouse located nearby the city center for 2 nights.

Day 7: Seven Ladders Canyon

Breakfast.

Short transfer from Brasov to the starting point of the last trekking day: Piatra Mare Mountain (10 km).

Head to the Seven Ladders Canyon (Canionul Sapte Scari) – an interesting karstic phenomenon – in the Piatra Mare range, part of the Southern Carpathian Mountains.

This stunning gorge is famous for its steep ladders that take you up the rock walls past a series of rushing waterfalls. On arrival, set off along meadow and forest paths, reaching the canyon after a 45-minute hike. Head inside, and spend the next 15 minutes or so crossing the bridges and climbing each of the near-vertical metal ladders that take up the gorge. As you go, enjoy thrilling close-up views of the tumbling waters and the towering rock walls around you. After your trek, choose between a 1.5-hour return route or a longer 2 to 3 hour trail, walking back through forests and glades to your meeting point. After your hike, your tour ends back at your Brasov hotel.

Day 8: Farewell

Breakfast. Transfer to the Bucharest airport.

 

Details

Accommodation

7 nights accommodation with breakfast at 2/3 star pension or guesthouses with private facilities, twin or double rooms

Meeting point

Bucharest airport

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About the guide

We offer unique private and small group tours from general touring to wildlife viewing, to wilderness trips around Romania. Our main goal is to promote responsible, sustainable and durable tourism in Romania. Active Travel is committed to creating more opportunities to showcase the natural beauty of Romania while preserving these natural assets for future generations. Conservation and tourism do not have to be at odds. We have a vision for ecotourism that brings people into contact with nature, not in conflict with nature.


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Prices per person

Group of 2

EUR 659 Each

Group of 3

EUR 577 Each

Group of 4

EUR 577 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Breakfast

- Dinner

Price details

INCLUDED:

7 nights accommodation with breakfast at 2/3 star pension or guesthouses with private facilities, twin or double rooms

5 homemade dinners at the local guesthouses from the mountain villages

maps and route notes

all transfers per itinerary with a car or minibus

luggage transfers

NOT INCLUDED:

2 dinners and lunches

entrance fees for Piatra Craiului National Park (1 euro/person), Bran Castle (10 euro/person), Bucegi Natural Park (4 euro), 7 Ladders Canyon (3 euro), flight tickets, drinks, personal expenses

Single room supplement: 170 euro




 

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