Jan 7, 2014

Snowshoeing in the Carpathians: A Winter Holiday Getway in Romania


The Carpathian Mountains, among the longest and most varied mountain chains in Europe, are located in East Europe, with the larger portion nestled conveniently in Romania. They are the popular setting for many hiking vacations and ski- or snowshoe-adventures in the region, attracting visitors from around the globe. The skiing available in the Carpathian Mountains is recognized as just as good as Alpine skiing, but though heavily visited, region lacks the insurmountable crowds of tourists found in the Alps.

In recent years, snowshoeing has become a favorite pastime for tourists visiting Romania. It blends hiking, rural and adventure tourism together with more traditional winter activities. This gives those who participate to such tours a little taste of everything active holidays in Romania have to offer and makes for a very memorable winter holiday getaway. For those who may be new to the idea of guided walking holidays and to snowshoeing in general, we have some helpful suggestions to prepare you to make the most of this unique experience.

winter walks in transylvania - holidays-active

Preparing for a snowshoeing tour:

  • Dress in layers for comfort
  • Practice the basics first before the hike
  • Warm up muscles for safety
  • Use the poles to reduce fatigue
  • Bring a camera to capture the beauty forever

These are just a few basic tips to get someone new to the snowshoes in the right mindset for his/her journey. The walking guides will provide additional information and assistance to give participants in this activity the most enjoyable experience possible.

Romania is a country filled with natural beauty and plentiful, yet exotic wildlife. It is not uncommon for people taking hiking vacations in Romania to catch glimpses of brown bears, wolves, and lynxes and chamois, a goat-antelope animal, especially if they venture to the higher elevations. The Piatra Craiului and Bucegi Mountains, subdivisions of the Carpathian Mountains, are a treasure trove of natural experiences.

piatra craiului - snow holidays-active wildlife

For those interested in rural tourism, visiting the village of Fundatica, well-known for its pastoral traditions, is one of the high points of the snowshoeing tour offered by Active Holidays. In Fundatica, they have worked hard to preserve the traditional lifestyle involved in herding sheep and cows and visitors are warmly welcomed.

in piatra-craiului - national park with snow - hiking in romania

For those who enjoy guided walking holidays through beautiful landscapes, this is an experience par excellence. Romania remains an only partially discovered retreat and has not yet lost its romantic beauty or its closeness to the natural world and traditional life. Few tours in Romania offer the opportunity of snowshoeing to such a rural and natural paradise and Active Holidays’ tour guides will be sure to offer you the experience of your lifetime.

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