TRAIL RUNNING ON THE UNBEATEN PATHS OF THE CARPATHIANS
Guided trail camp 5 days/ 4 nights – medium level difficulty
Piatra Craiului and Bucegi mountains are two of the most amazing Romanian massifs for trail-running. Their easy access didn’t affect their wilderness and splendor, that’s why we invite you to discover their rich fauna and flora, warm clearings and spectacular landscapes. We will take you on the unbeaten trails, where human rural activities, sheepfolds, and ancient small houses will also fascinate you. A mix of technical trails, pleasant downhill and high altitude running will make from this camp an adventure to remember.
DAY 1 – Reception in Bucharest
Meeting at the airport or at your hotel in Bucharest and private transfer to the mountains, Moieciu de Sus village (186 km, ~3.5 hours ). Technical meeting, presentation of the area and of the trails.
Accommodation in traditional guesthouse at the foot of the mountain
DAY 2 – King`s Stone Mountains and castle discovery
After the breakfast, short transfer to the start of today`s trail.
Slowly adapt to the terrain of Piatra Craiului (King`s Stone). Woods and narrow shadowed paths lead us to the beginning of a sustained uphill towards the limestone ridge. We taste the heights and the views and begin a long descent to the traditional mountain hut Curmatura . We can have a coffee break here only to continue the amazing enjoyable descents to the Jurassic canyon of Zarnesti. The gorges framed by 200m high stone walls will surely impress. We continue the course with another ascent to reach picturesque mountain villages, pastures and amazing paths on the peacefully high hills.
The final descent takes us to Bran, the famous village where we can optionally visit Bran Castle. This 14th century building is also associated with Vlad Tepes, better known as Vlad the Impaler, who is believed to be the real-life inspiration for the character of Dracula.
Short transfer to our accommodation place, same one as the day before.
TRAIL: km, m D+, m D-
DAY 3 – Impressive ridge running
Piatra Craiului Mountains consist in a 25 km long limestone crest and wild forestry surroundings. This ridge is the longest and most spectacular in the Carpathian Mountains. Today we will experience technical ridge running in this stunning places. After leaving the stony ridge behind, fairy-tale trails through meadows, woods and scattered villages will lead us straight above our village, Moieciu de Sus. We pass the border between Transylvania and Walachia and views over Bucegi Mountains are getting more and more impressive. We finish today`s run directly in front of our hotel.
Accommodation in the same place as the day before.
TRAIL: km, m D+, m D-
DAY 4 – The heights and steep slopes of Bucegi
It`s time for Bucegi massif with his impressive waterfalls, stone walls, chain segments, long ascents to over 2300m high and even longer descents. We start straight from our hotel, on the wild eastern part of the massif and we cross to the other side. Steady long climb to the highest point of the camp. 2507m Omu Peak will delight us with stunning views over Prahova valley landscapes and hot soup. Postcard winding paths on which speeding up is possible takes us close to our new overnight place in Brasov.
Fringed by the peaks of the Southern Carpathian Mountains and resplendent with gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture, as well as a wealth of historical attractions, Brasov we`ll delight us by its unique lively atmosphere. Brasov Downtown was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1211 on an ancient Dacian site and settled by the Saxons as one of the seven walled citadels.
Accommodation in …. close to Brasov city-center.
TRAIL: km, m D+, m D-
DAY 5 – Transfer to Bucharest
Transfer to Bucharest Airport or Bucharest city center (190km, ~ 3.5 hours).
On the way we can visit Peles castle according to your flight departure time.
End of the trip.
Guided trail camp 5 days/ 4 nights
GUIDES 1 English speaking local guides, high-class trail runners with first aid kit for the entire period of the circuit at every 5 runners
STARTING POINT Bucharest international Airport or hotel in Bucharest
END OF TRIP Bucharest international Airport or hotel in Bucharest
- 3 nights in Moieciu de Sus village
- 1 night in Brasov town
GROUP SIZE Minimum of 5 people. Maximum of 16.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Medium to high. Requires good experience in trail-running and good physical shape
TRANSFERS All transfers are by private mini-bus
INCLUDED The guides, the nights, transfers, 1 festive dinner
NOT INCLUDED Insurances, the meals, the optional activities and the personal expenses
PRICE € 530
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT € 110
SUPPLEMENTS Extra – night in Bucharest central 3*** hotel € 70/room
Danube Delta extension 3 days / 2 nights € 240/person