We love mountains! We love to hike them, to bike them, to climb them. What about you? What if you get to experience the most important mountains of Romania by approaching each one in different ways?
Imagine yourself tired after a full day hiking in the Transylvanian Alps, on Romania’s second highest peak (2535m) and relaxing the next day by doing some sport climbing in Piatra Craiului or horseback riding in Iezer Mountains and toughen yourself for a mountain bike ride in beautiful rural areas.
It is like operating on interior lines in wars and being able to rush immediately at the weak spots to cover them up.
So, booking this tour means:
- You hike in the highest mountains of Romania, the Transylvanian Alps: ridges, summits, glacier lakes, it is all there just in one day. And this comes with the following included: a spectacular stairway through a canyon, driving on the “most beautiful road in the world” – as the Top Gear labeled it a couple of years ago – and the longest stare to the bottom of the most impressive dam of Romania.
- You hike the most spectacular ridge in Romania – namely the King’s Rock exposed ridge.
- You lead a horse on mountain roads and trails in Iezer.
- You have lots of fun by sport climbing routes of your choice in the beautiful gorges of Dambovicioara, in Piatra Craiului.
- And you bike through probably the most beautiful rural area of Romania, searching the bike line through mountain houses and grass trails.
|DEPARTURE TIME||9.00 the first day|
|ARRIVAL TIME||22.00 at the end of the 6th day|
|Estimated duration of hikes||around 10 hours|
|Maximum height||2535 m|
|Elevation gained||about 1000 m|
|Individual equipment needed||
|Accommodation||We will spend five nights accommodated in guesthouses.|
|Meals||We will eat in the mornings and evenings where we will be accommodated. During the days, some sandwiches and chocolate bars and/or biscuits will help.|
|INCLUDED|| Transport from and to Bucharest by car
6 breakfasts and dinners
5 nights’ accommodation
Professional Mountain Guide
All climbing gear (harness, carbines, rope, runners, belaying device etc.)
Bike maintenance kit (spare camera in case of flats, repairing kit, etc.)
|NOT INCLUDED|| Other meals
Pieces of individual equipment
Bike; If do not have it, we can rent it for you at an additional 15 Euro/day cost.
|Discount policy||For group bookings we apply a discount based on the number of the participants. Please book the tour and/or contact us to negotiate the discount.|
Other good to know issues:
- If you are a beginner we will learn you the basics of mountain biking and let you have the fun of it. Of course, you still need to know in advance how to ride a bike.
- If you are a beginner we will learn you the basics of sport climbing and let you have the fun of it. If you are advanced already you can do the routes of you choosing.
We take the highway towards Pitesti and then Curtea de Arges lovely city. In half an hour we will be then at the beginning of the Transfagarasan road. We will leave the car at a bend in the road and start our hiking tour. We slowly gain height following the river until the trail forces us to the steep banks and then it all starts: the first waterfalls and ladders and bridges come into view. Be prepared with the camera while paying attention where you put your feet on. You will want to take pictures at every corner.
And it goes like this, for about more than an hour. We might even need to pass through the water at some points along the route.
Finally, we feel sorry for actually finishing the canyon route. The remaining route takes us back in an arch to the most impressive dam lake. We must stop to see it, the vertical drop is huge. Then, by following the road, we descend to the cars.
We head then north following the “most beautiful road in the world”. We will spend the night at one of the guesthouses on this road.
In the morning, as early as we can but no later than 8.00, we continue on this road (opened only from June to September) getting dizzy from time to time because of the sudden steep bends of the road and passing through 1Km tunnel we end up on the North side of the mountain at Balea Glacier Lake. Now you should be cold and the only way to warm up is to start the hike.
We are now in Fagaras. This is the biggest, highest and probably most sought mountain massif in Romania in the summer months, while in winter it becomes a challenge. The range it is not called for nothing the Transylvanian Alps. And we are going to have a go for its second highest peak, Negoiu – 2535, following the ridge trail.
The first hour is tough. The second is a pleasure following the ridge. The end of the third one will find us having a short meal just beside Caltun glacier lake. At this point Negoiu is overpowering us and you must wonder which is the way through these vertical walls. But some chimneys, one of them called the Devil Chimney, solve the problem for us. In five hours since we started we should be breathless both because of the effort and of the view from the peak of Negoiu, the last one being simply spectacular in all directions.
We return to Balea on slightly different route which follows a trail underneath the ridgeline.
We will stay at the same guesthouse, as in the previous evening.
Again, we need to be on our way by 8.00 in the morning. But this time to change the mountain after a two hour and a half driving, back the way we came and then from Curtea de Arges to Campulung Muscel, the first capital of the medieval Romania. Nothing but an old church will remind of this though.
We start our horseback riding day in the small village of Namaiesti. The horses are prepared and off we go. All the time, you will be guided by locals who know what is doing. Actually, the horses are so well taught that you do not have to do too much, except enjoy the exercise. Yes, even if you are a total beginner.
The rural road that we take first will turn into a gravel road which winds on top of the hill with beautiful vistas all around.
The target for the day is a shepherd house from where you get to almost touch Iezer Mountains. Piatra Craiului is also not far away, but it will have to wait for another day. At the shepherd house, a local cooked late lunch is expecting you, polenta, cheese and roasted sheep.
After 5 hours of horseback riding we return in Campulung in spend the night in one of the most beautiful historical houses of the city.
We split day 2 in 2:
- The first half of the day we will do some sport climbing in the local crags near Dambovicioara village. The crags we know match all levels of skills and confidence. You may want to come to learn the sport as a beginner or to practice it using a top rope for more confidence or you may want to lead some climbs. We will bring the full gear you need for the climbing and we will set prepare the climbing routes. We will discuss first about the equipment, about techniques, about safety rules, etc. Then you climb, we belay.
- The second half of the day we have in mind something truly special: a series of abseils through a wonderful canyon, called Oratii. If you did not abseil before, do not be fearful! We will ensure that everything goes in total safety going through the procedure with you and checking that all is done correctly. By the way, just relax yourself, the abseils are not vertical. And the canyon itself worth the entire experience. First, we need to hike up about forty minutes until we reach the entrance to the river bed which dug the canyon. We follow the river bed and in less than 30 minutes we will reach the first abseiling station. Then the fun starts.
For the night we will stay in Dambovicioara village.
We start early in the morning, at 8.00 AM and drive to the Brusturet motel. It is where we leave the car(s) and start hiking. In less than an hour the entire ridge comes into view. From a shepherd house the real effort starts because the trail gets steeper and aims directly for the beginning of the ridge. We meet the ridge in about 2 to 3 hours after the beginning of the hike. This is where the word amazing fits perfectly and it will stay like this for all the time we will be on the ridge because of the ridge itself and because of the view the surrounding mountains offer. And this will be for four hours.
The ridge trail is a demanding one requiring constant focus and from time to time easy scrambling. The exposure is high and the drops are huge. We finally reach the mid section of the mountain ridge near Grind shelter and on the highest peak of the mountain (Piscul Baciului – 2238m).
We head directly down from the peak and in about three hours we will back at the car(s) tired for sure but still under the spell of Piatra Craiului.
First, we reach Zarnesti, a small town situated just beneath the spectacular mountain of Piatra Craiului. From there we continue along a 10 km country road up to the Magura village. We spot a place to leave the car(s) and, after preparing ourselves, we start biking. The view is magnificent and we will have it all day long. Our intention is to cross the Magura village and reach Pestera village.
This is where we leave our bikes and pay a visit to the known cave. We must, because the Romanian name of the village means exactly this – the Cave.
The point of a mountain bike tour is not necessarily to make a sport event out of it but to cover long distances while making sport as well as enjoying the landscape. This is exactly what we will do. You may want to stop often to look at the amazing views as well as to the beautiful old mountain houses which are framed by the surrounding mountains. This is where rural landscape blends most with the natural landscape.
We end the mountain biking session when you feel like ending it or there is no more daylight to see the road ahead of us.
On the way back we will stop for a fully deserved dinner. We estimate to arrive in Bucharest by 22.00, depending on the traffic.