A CONSERVATION JOURNEY
FOUNDATION CONSERVATION CARPATHIA
Just two and a half hour’s drive north of Bucharest lies Europe’s most extensive unfragmented forest, home to the continent’s largest population of wolves, bears and lynx.
Upon arrival to Amfiteatrul, your stunning ridge-top lodge with 360’ mountain views, you will be greeted by your host Stefan Robu, and enjoy a relaxing dinner and your first night in the Carpathian Mountains.
Over the coming days, you will discover much about the rich culture, heritage and natural history of the region.
The adventure includes a spectacular helicopter flight over the Făgăraș Mountains, walks through ancient forests and overnight stays in remote and comfortable wildlife hides deep in the forest, where you will have the best chance to get close up to large carnivores and other critters.
You can read a first hand experience by Jane Dunford in Country & Town House online magazine here.
A first hand review by by Sean Newsom in The Times here.
A first hand review by James Kay in Lonely Planet here.
A first hand review by Jane Dunford for NOW online here.
A first hand review by Michelle Jana Chan in Vanity Fair here.
DAY 1 | TO THE MOUNTAINS
Arrive in Bucharest and transfer north out of the city into the Carpathian Mountains, straight up into the hills surrounding the village of Bran to Amfiteatrul, a stunning mountain lodge with panoramic views of Piatra Craiului and Bucegi National Parks.
This evening is for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful vistas around: take a stroll along the ridge before sunset drinks and dinner with some local wines.
DAY 2 | FOUNDATION CONSERVATION CARPATHIA
After breakfast, enjoy the morning exploring the paths, meadows and flora surrounding the lodge.
Lunch will be a picnic, followed by a further walking excursion in the afternoon, soaking up the atmosphere of the surrounding hills and mountains.
After lunch, meet members of FCC’s core team of conservation experts, and learn more about the project first-hand.
DAY 3 | COMISU WILDERNESS HIDE
Following breakfast, take to the sky and fly by helicopter to the Comisu Wilderness Hide. The flight gives a unique vista and overview of the incredible Făgăraș Mountains, and FCC’s project area.
After landing on Comisu ridge at the edge of alpine meadows, the day will be spent exploring various trails through the mountains, valleys and forests.
As the evening draws in, with sunset colours that can be truly spectacular, relax at the hides where you will have a strong chance of experiencing local wildlife including bears, wild boar, foxes, Red and Roe deer.
There is no better way to understand the importance of conservation than exploring and being out in the wild and watching wildlife roaming free.
DAY 4 | BUNEA HIDE
Wake up at dawn for the chance to see more wildlife. After breakfast, hike through stunning virgin forests to Bunea hide, overlooking Pecineagu Lake.
After lunch, take a walk to check FCC’s camera traps for wildlife sightings. Along the trails search for animal prints – wolf tracks may be in evidence.
Look for bears, wild boar, and other fauna from the comfort of the hide. All the while, hear from specialists about the large carnivore conservation, monitoring, and management activities of FCC. Enjoy a final supper made with organic ingredients and local wines.
DAY 5 | DEPARTURE
If you wish, rise early to take a final walk through the hills or enjoy some early morning bird watching.
After breakfast, transfer back to the airport in Bucharest for your flight home.
SUCH A TRIP AMOUNTS TO MORE THAN A HOLIDAY. IT IS ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE ONE OF EUROPE’S LAST GREAT WILDERNESSES, PAIRED WITH AN URGENT CALL TO DO WHAT YOU CAN TO HELP SAVE IT.
MICHELLE JANA CHAN – 2018
TAILOR YOUR TRIP
Take to the sky and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Carpathians – see the most expansive virgin forests in Europe in all their glory.
Get up close to Romania’s magnificent wildlife by taking a private tour of the conservation area on horseback.
Spend the night in a spectacular wildlife hide, tucked away in the middle of the forest – look out for bears, boar and deer and go to sleep listening to the howl of wolves!
FOUNDATION CONSERVATION CARPATHIA
Romania has 250,000 hectares of virgin forest, mostly in the Southern Carpathians, which constitutes the largest unfragmented forest area in Europe. They contain an extraordinarily high number of indigenous species, one third of all European plant species and are home to the largest European populations of large carnivores.
Founded in 2009, Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC) was established with the goal of stopping illegal logging and of protecting a significant area of Carpathian forest for future generations by creating a completely protected area. The FCC’s ultimate intention is to return its landholdings to the public domain for permanent protection in the form of a national park.
The European Nature Trust (TENT) has been working with FCC for over 10 years to help purchase forests and alpine meadows in the Romanian Carpathians and to protect them as one of Europe’s foremost wilderness reserves.
We look forward to continuing our support of FCC and the wonderful Carpathia project. The benefits of creating a wilderness reserve in the Carpathians extend far beyond the unique biodiversity of the environment – to the surrounding local communities and to the entirety of Europe, and, ultimately, the rest of the world.