Get ready to discover the rural Romania through some of the most beautiful traditional villages in Bran area! Enjoy the bucolic landscapes, the hospitality of the locals, the delicious Romanian meals!
Get ready for adventure and dare to challenge yourselves to climb on the highest peak in Piatra Craiului Mountains!
Where: Pestera Village and Piatra Craiului Mountains
Highlights: national parks, hiking, adventure, photography, rural experiences
Departure point: Bucharest
Available: May – November
Type of activity: trekking and visits in traditional mountain villages
The hike is rated as: medium – difficult
Day 1: Prepare for a visit in two of the most beautiful traditional Romanian villages in Brasov County!
After a drive through Bran and Moeciu, we will take the turn and go up in the mountains. The landscape will change soon and the road will take us to a remote but very picturesque village situated between Bucegi Mountains and Piatra Craiului Mountains.
The name of the village is Pestera. Situated at the foothills of the mountains, surrounded by forests, the village kept its traditional look, making it a point of interest for tourists from all over the world.
If you add the very well-known guesthouse of Mr. and Mrs. Folea and their hospitality, the puzzle is almost complete.
The first day will find us exploring the paths of Piatra Craiului Mountains. We will do a trek up to Grind Refuge (1620 m alt.), situated in a beautiful meadow from where we will contemplate the amazing limestone ridge of Piatra Craiului.
A quick stop is required here because the view towards Bran County and Bucegi Mountains is stunning.
Our journey becomes more adventurous now, for we are preparing to go up on the highest peak in Piatra Craiului: La Om (2239 m alt.). The route goes continuous uphill for 2 hrs. Ain’t gonna be easy, that’s for sure, but the view from the top will leave you…breathless! Sharp and narrow ridges, 360 degrees views, forests, deep valleys…it’s all there!
From the top we will slowly get down to the refuge and then back to Pestera Village. Now it’s time to taste the delicious traditional meal the hosts have prepared for us.
Accommodation in Pestera village, at a guesthouse.
Day 2: The second day is meant to take us even deeper in the heart of the rural life. Thus, we will visit another beautiful village, called Magura. Close to Pestera, the village offers different and great views towards Bucegi, Zarnesti Gorges, the North Ridge of Piatra Craiului.
The road through the village is very winding and the landscape keeps changing. The road will eventually take us in Zarnesti Gorges, in Piatra Craiului National Park.
After a short walk through the gorges we will return to Bucharest, but not before we stop in the small village of Zarnesti, where we will enjoy a traditional romanian meal.
End of program.
IMPORTANT: The program can be altered on the spot, depending on weather conditions and other relevant aspects such as the physical condition of the participants.