Excursii la munte


Return to Nature- Live like 100 years ago

Romania Transylvania Guide 

Located in the center of Transylvania, Trascau Mountains show a great variety of limestone landscape pattern and very rich fauna and flora, including large predators. 
The area takes the shape of an open air museum. Here is possible to see a multitude of examples of popular traditions and customs: water mills, oxen-pulled carts and houses that are hundreds of years old, all the above in perfect harmony with the landscape.

We will walk through Trascau Nature Park for 8 days. Our guides, specialized in protected species, herbs, mushrooms and geology will show you nice landscapes, protected species and the traditional way of life.

During the first 3 days we will stay at a local farm and we will sleep at the local guestroom house. Farm have animals that you can see, feed or even take care.

Romania is the richest country in Europe regarding biodiversity. It is unique because it hosts five biogeographic regions: Continental, Steppe, Alpine, Pontic and Pannonian, that determine a high level of biodiversity: a lot of alpine species combined with Mediterranean species.

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Here lives the largest bear population in Europe (Excepting Russia), according WWF. According to the last studies, the bear population in Romania is estimated at 5,600 individuals (40% from Europe's population).

The wolf population is around 2,900 individuals, representing 31% from Europe's wolf population. There is also detected a large population of Lynx.

 

In the vegetable garden you can be actively involved in looking after and harvesting the vegetables. We should see the traditional way of working the field, like grass mowing and gathering.

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The meals are prepared from fresh local products (vegetables, milk, butter, cheese, eggs, jam). You should assist our host in the preparation of traditional recipes and you should share your own recipes, too.

 On the last 4 nights we will sleep in a remote chalet in the mountains, hosted by Apuseni Mountain Club, an organization who’s aim is to protect the biodiversity of this area and to help the locals by promoting responsible turism in the area. 

We will have shared beds and outdoor toilet.

On our trail you should collect forest fruits, mushrooms and herbs, assisted by our specialized guide.

 On our returning way to Cluj we’ll cross the famous Aries Valley, developed on 60 km long.

A city tour of Cluj- Napoca Town will conclude our trip.

Because of the fragmentation of the landscape, motorized vehicle access is limited to the extremity of the massif. Therefore, the trip will involve walking, backpacking or traveling in animal-pulled vehicles.

According to ecotourism principles we try to use the local's services, like hosting at locals and buying the local products. We are trying to limit the motorized transport as we can. In the same way, we try to respect their traditional way of life and to respect their believes.

Additional refreshments will be provided on the trails.

The main equipment will be provided by the organizers: sleeping bags, sheets and towels.

The tourist will need only personal equipment such as: backpack, boots and appropriate clothing, raincoat, personal hygiene items. 

Training requirement: moderate training- 6 hours/day walk on the mountain paths.
There are accepted families with children over 11 years old. 

Price includes: transfer by car from airport to the mountains and back, 3 meals a day, starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day, guiding and all the expenses related with guiding, accommodation in guesthouses in rooms with 2 or 3 beds and shared bathrooms. 

English and German language guide.

Price do not include: insurance and other personal costs.

 

Length of the tour: 8 days.

Price:

 

409 GBP/person or

499 Euro/person.

We accept groups of 7-8 tourists.

 

How to get in Romania.

Valid periods: 1st May- 15th October 2014.

Starting periods: 2nd May, 12th, 24th May, 2nd, 14th, 23rd, 5th, 14th, 26th July, 4th, 16th, 25th August, 6th, 20th, 29th September, 4th, 13th October 2014.

 On request, we can offer you tailor-made trips, according to your preferences. 

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About Transylvania

The first state was called Dacia, conquered and annexed by the Roman Empire. Hungarian tribes occupied Transylvania, during the 9th century. Staring form year 1000 right up to year 1920, Transylvania was part of the Kingdom of Hungary and of the Habsburgic Empire.
The southern borders of Transylvania were settled in the 12th century by colonists from the Holy Roman Empire. These German settlers, known as Transylvanian Saxons created splendid fortified churches. In 1526 the Kingdom of Hungary was defeated by an invading Turkish army. The heart of the country was conquered by the Turks, while its western parts passed, together with the Hungarian crown, to the Habsburgs in Vienna. Transylvania became an independent principality, paying tribute to the Turks, but ruled by Hungarian princes. This principality, now mainly protestant, became for a time the center of Hungarian culture. At the end of the 17th century the Turks were expelled from Hungary by a coalition of Christian armies, and Hungary regained its unity. The Habsburgs kept a certain degree of autonomy for Transylvania but ruled it directly from Vienna.

Tranditional Food

Some traditional dishes : Bean soup with smoked meat, beef Peasant soup, chicken noodle soup, polenta with cheese, cabbage rolls. In Romanian cuisine, pork meat  plays a major role. Transylvania is famous for its plum brandy and for its natural juices and jams.
The breakfast consists of homemade bread with butter, cheese, salami, boiled eggs, ham, jam. As drinks you have coffee, milk or tea. Besides these, you can serve cereals. Lunch is consisting of soup, followed by a menu of meat (pork, chicken, beef) and garnish vegetables (potatoes , rice , mushrooms). It is served with tomato salad or cabbage. Italian dishes were recently introduced, mostly pasta and pizza. If you want drinks, you can choose sparkling water, soda, beer, wine and plum brandy, natural brandy. For desert you can serve cakes, pies, ice cream.
Dinner consists of a single dish , usually meat, cooked with vegetables and salad . Those who would not eat meat will serve natural salad with cabbage , onions , lettuce , olives, cheese , known as bulgarian salad or other dishes prepared without meat. Being most of the time on the road, lunch will be very frugal, but we will compensate with a huge dinner.

Restaurant Prices

Regarding the prices in the restaurant for lunch, here are some informative prices: soup- 3 euro, steak- 6 euro, Bulgarian salads- 3 euro, cakes, ice cream- 2 euro, juice- 1 euro, mineral water- 1 euro, beer (500 ml)- 2 euro, a cup of wine- 2 euro.