Dracula`s trek (Bucegi Mts.) – 7 days

Bucegi. trekking. summer

This is a medium blue/red trekking tour over Bucegi Mountains. We will reach the highest point (Omu peak, 2,505m alt.) and visit caves and canyons. Of course, we wont miss the famous Dracula`s castle and other fortresses which are surrounding the mountains. The last day is dedicated to discover Brașov city.

We offer this trip as either an open trip, on which you can sign up by yourself and join a group, or as a private program for just you and your friends/family.

GROUP SIZE AND FITNESS

This is a trip for medium experienced and fit walkers. Most important prerequisites are a very good level of fitness and stamina. Agility and a sense of adventure are also very helpful.

For this tour, we can take a maximum of 8 trekkers/1 guide.

We are happy to run the trip with as few as a single trekker. However, as you will see from the fee structure, the price varies with the number of trekkers.

OUR DETAILED PROGRAM (7 days)

Day 1: arriving in Bucharest (international airport).

Transfer by car in Prahova valley (2 hours). Discovering Bucegi Mts. beauties: castles, sight seen of eastern part of Bucegi Mts., Romanian food and drinks. Overnight in the valley (pension).

Day 2: trekking in Bucegi Mts.

Bucegi. trekking. summerHeight: +820m

Estimated time: 5-6h

First part of the day, easy walk through forest, for gently warming up.

The  second part is more strenuous, with short exposed sections (chains), as we will walk uphill to a mountain hut. Overnight in the hut (app. 1.700m alt.)

Day 3: peak day

Bucegi. trekking. summerHeight: +785m

Estimated time: 7-8h

Today we will reach the highest point of Bucegi Mountains: Omu Peak, 2.505m alt.

According to the weather and group experience, there are 3 different routes with more or less exposure.

Omu hut is the highest one from Romanian mountains, above 2.500m, nearby the peak. The actual building is since 1923 (!). A modest hut but still offering food and drinks in summer season.

After a deserved lunch break, we will follow the Obârșiei valley. A short visit of Ialomița waterfall and we will end our trek day to a nice pension for overnight (1.509m alt.).

Day 4: caves and canyons

Bucegi. trekking. summerHeight: +420m/-420m

Estimated time: 5-6h

Peștera – Padina area is a limestone one, with many specific phenomenons.

This day is dedicated to visit few caves and canyons along the Ialomița valley, including the Ialomita cave, an iconic objective in the area.

At the entrance in the Ialomita cave, the faithful ones and the monks from the neighbouring villages (Pietrosita, Moroeni, Bran, Moieciu s.a.) have built Eastern Orthodox monastic dwelling several times.

The churches and the cells, being made from wood, have had burned out four times during the four centuries of existence. The last fire had destroyed everything in 1961.

Starting from 1993, August the 1st, the whole complex was completely rebuilt.

Overnight in the pension.

Day 5: in Dracula`s castle backyard

Bucegi. trekking. summerHeight: +400m/-800m

Estimated time: 6h

Easy walk up to a saddle, from where you can enjoy the view of Piatra Craiului Mountains and the whole Țara Bârsei” county. Somewhere down there is Bran Castle – known also as Dracula`s castle, situated near Bran village.

Here we are leaving the old Walachia region and enter in Transylvania.

We will walk on an easy downhill path, below the western rocky edge of Bucegi Mountains. After we enter into the forest, we will end our walk in the valley, where a car will wait for us.

Overnight in the valley (pension).

Day 6: City break – Castles and fortresses

Bran CastleThis day is dedicated to visit the major historical objectives in the area: Bran castle and Râșnov fortress.

Famous Bram Stoker’s character – Dracula, is a Transylvanian Count with a castle located high above a valley perched on a rock with a flowing river below in the Principality of Transylvania.

Bram Stoker never visited Romania. He depicted the imaginary Dracula’s castle based upon a description of Bran Castle that was available to him in turn-of-the-century Britain.

Today, this castle is a private museum (owned by Dominic Habsburg, son of Romanian princess Ileana) being a national monument and landmark in Romania.

The Râșnov fortress was first mentioned in documents in 1335, when Bran county (Burzenland for local saxons) was again ravaged by the Tartarian armies, except for two fortresses: Râșnov and Tâmpa – Brașov. These two couldn’t be conquered.

Visitors can wander the grounds to see a church, jail and nice views of Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains.

Transfer by car to Brașov (20 minutes).

Overnight in Brașov (pension).

Day 7: city break –  Brașov

Brasov. trekking. summerThis is the last day of our tour and is dedicated to visit Brașov city.

Brasov was founded by the Teutonic Knights, being one of the “7 fortified cities” in Transylvania (Siebenburgen). In one day you can relax in the city visiting some of the most important objectives in Brașov such as: the Council Square, the Black Church, the Ecaterina Gate or the fortified towers.

Brasov is the only Romanian city where you can start hiking in the mountains from the center of the city.

 

Day 8: transfer to Bucharest and departure