The Skiing-Tour in Transilvania of the Four Carpathian Mountains:
Baiului, Bucegi, Piatra Craiului and Iezer
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This tour in Transilvania is meant to take you to the most beautiful areas and places, accessible on skis. The views are extraordinary and trips are not the most difficult. The routes were chosen to avoid the risk of avalanches during winter months. Depending on the weather and snow conditions, the itinerary might have minor changes, keeping the character of the trip.

Accommodation during your stay will be in different locations. As the trip advance into the heart of the mountains, you will go from hotels or minihotels to mountain chalets or huts, guesthouses. Some will have private bathroom, some others shared bathroom (one bathroom for 2-3 rooms) or mountain hut type shared facilities.

In case the extremely bed weather conditions do not allow us to operate the trip on the planned routes, some alternate trips will be suggested.

Note: The itinerary for any day is subject to minor changes upon weather conditions.
(land only services)

1st day - Arriving day:
Arrival at Otopeni Airport, Bucharest. Transfer north to Buşteni or Azuga. At dinner, the guide will present a briefing of the whole trip, together with a short introduction of Romania.
Accommodation: hotel in Busteni or Azuga
Distance by bus: 2-3 hours

2nd day: The warm up run in Baiului Mountain Azuga (940m) – Culmea Sorica – Vârful Urechea (1715m) – Vârful Băiuţul (1826m) – Vârful Baiul Mare (1908m) – Vârful Cumpătul (1651m) – Sinaia (740m)
Our warm up day is on The Baiului Mountain. Once we go higher up on the ridge, we will be able to enjoy a magnificent view over the Bucegi Mountain. The Bucegi Massif will be our host for the following 2 days. The guide will take us up to Culmea Sorica then over several peaks all the way up to Urechea Peak (alt. 1715meter) - Băiuţul Peak (alt. 1826m) – Baiul Mare Peak (alt. 1908m) – the highest for today’s trip. Our descent will go over Cumpatul Peak (alt. 1651m) down to the town of Sinaia well known as the Pearl of Carpathians. The town Sinaia was named after St. Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai. Once, the famous Orient Express train use to regularly call here and it still does once a year on its way from Paris to Istanbul (Constantinople).
Accommodation: hotel in Sinaia
Distance ski-touring: 7-8 hours

3rd day: The Bucegi Mountain Sinaia – Alt. 1500m – Cabana „Valea cu Brazi” (1500m) – Cabana „Vârful cu Dor” (2030m) - Vârful Furnica(2107m) – Cabana Piatra Arsă(1950m) – Cabana Padina(1525m)
We start our day using the cable-car for the first half of the ascent. When it gets snowy, we will continue our ascent on skies. Once we got up to the Bucegi plateau, we will start our way down.
Accommodation: cabana Padina
Distance ski-touring: 4-5 hours

4th day: Up to the very peak Cabana Padina(1525m) – Şaua Strunga(1909m) – Colţii Ţapului(2168) – Vârful Bătrâna(2181) – Vârful Guţanu(2246m) – Vârful Doamnele(2402m) – Vârful Omu(2502m) – Cabana Omu – Cabana Babele(2200m) – Hotel Peştera(1610m) – Cabana Padina(1525m)
Today it will be a longer day but will offer great views over the Piatra Craiului Mountain (King’s Rock), to the west. From Omul Peak (alt. 2505m) one can admire every mountain in the surroundings as well as the glacier valleys: Morarului and Cerbului that begin just under the „Omul” hut. From here we start our descent towards the wind carved stones of the Biddies and the Sphinx in the Babele hut area. We continue our descent to our hut for overnight.
Accommodation: cabana Padina (alt. 1525m)
Distance ski-touring: 8-9 hours

5th day: Wild part of Bucegi to Dracula’s Land Cabana Padina(1525m) – Şaua Strunga(1909m) – Vârful Strungile Mici(1968m) – Vârful Bucşa(1848m) –Valea Bângăleasa – Moeciu de Sus
We start our way up to Strunga pass (1909m) and ski over to the wild part of Bucegi Mountain. The area is not as accessible and it is preserved unspoiled. Our descent will take us to the famous mountain village of Moeciu.
Accommodation: family run guesthouse in Zărneşti (alt. 730m)
Distance ski-touring: 5-6 hours
Distance by bus: 45 min from Moeciu to Zarnesti

6th day: Into the most beautiful mountain - Piatra Craiului Zărneşti(730m) – Cabana Gura Râului – Fântâna lui Botorog – Prăpăstiile Zărneştilor – Cabana Curmătura(1470m)
A shorter day to relax and enjoy “Piatra Craiului” massif, which is considered one of the most interesting, beautiful and wild mountain of Romania. It is also a National Park. Its spine ridge is 25km long and the highest peak is Piscul Baciului (alt. 2238m). Skiing through Prăpăstiile Zărneştilor (Zarnesti Gorge) we can admire the magnificent cliffs on both sides, in some parts 2-300 meters high lime stone cliffs.
Accommodation: Cabana Curmătura (alt. 1470m)
Distance ski-touring: 3-4 hours

7th day: At the foot of Piatra Craiului Mountain Cabana Curmătura – Vârful Mărtoiu(1450m) – La Table – Cheile Brusturetului – Cabana Brusturet(1000m) – Peştera Dâmbovicioara – satul Dâmbovicioara
Today, after passing over a few hills at the bottom of the mountain, we will ski through the narrowest and the most beautiful gorge of this area, the Brusturetului Gorge. We reach Dâmbovicioara Cave, a well known cave that we can visit.
Accommodation: family run guesthouse in Dâmbovicioara Village
Distance ski-touring: 6-7 hours

8th day: Into the Iezer Mountain sat Dâmbovicioara(1000m) – Cabana Voina(950m) – Cabana Bătrâna(1100m) – Refugiul Iezer(2135m) – Crucea Ateneului(2300m) – Vârful Văcărea(2068m) – Cabana Voina
For our last day, we explore the Iezer Mountain. It is one treasure of The Carpathians, overlooking down from its peak, Iezerul Mare (alt. 2462m), and overwhelming the Subcarpathian hills with its size. It is not the easiest day, but the views offered from the alpine meadow are unique over the Piatra Craiului Westwand.
Accommodation: Cabana Voina
Distance ski-touring: 7-8 hours

9th day: Transfer to Bucharest Airport & time to say goodbye
Transfer to Otopeni for the flight back.
Distance by bus: 3-4 hours, with stops on the way

Starting from:
875 Euro/person
for minim 6 participants

with all services included

Tour will include:
  • Everyday meals as Breakfast and dinner
  • all transfers - land only
  • all accommodation as specified in the itinerary
  • meals as per itinerary
  • entrances to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • service of an experienced / professional English speaking guide
Tour will NOT include:
  • flight tickets, insurance
  • drinks, personal expenses, visa cost if necessary
  • gratuities

Number of participants: at least 2

Travel dates: Saturday - Sunday, December - April

Duration: our standard programme is 9 days long, but other durations are available on request.

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