A CONSERVATION JOURNEY
FOUNDATION CONSERVATION CARPATHIA
An immersive journey through the untamed wilderness of Romania. With fantastic company, great hospitality and fabulous food along the way, The European Nature Trust invites you to join them deep in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains in support of Foundation Conservation Carpathia.
More than half of Europe’s virgin forests and around a third of all its large carnivores are located in the Romanian Carpathians – making them one of the most valuable natural areas left on the continent. The rich and diverse wildlife mixed with medieval villages and a traditional lifestyle creates a unique experience for all visitors to the region.
We grant exclusive access to areas otherwise not available to the public, and to witness first hand the incredible work that is taking place to restore and protect this remarkable wilderness.
All-inclusive experiences: all accommodation, food, alcohol, transfers, helicopter experience, guiding, trekking, activities and hosting is included.
Wild places provide clean air, pure water and healthy soils – essential for life on earth. Yet still, only 3% of charitable giving is directed to environmental causes.At the European Nature Trust (TENT) we create unique experiences that connect people to nature and raise funds for leading conservation organisations.
FOUNDER & TRUSTEE
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Land in Bucharest and transfer north out of the city, into the Carpathian Mountains. After a beautiful drive, arrive in the village of Bran – the rumoured home of Dracula’s Castle. Stop for a look around the village and a wander through the market before continuing to the evening’s accommodation.
In the hills above the village is the Inn on Balaban, a stunning mountain lodge with panoramic views of two mountain massifs. Settle in and then enjoy a welcome talk from the FCC team who will set the scene for the trip. Relax over a sunset dinner and enjoy some lovely local Romanian wines.
DAY 2: FOUNDATION CONSERVATION CARPATHIA
Hike through some of the stunning remaining virgin forests and learn about the large carnivore conservation, monitoring, and management activities of FCC. In a few years, the Fagaras Mountains shall become the largest forested National Park on the continent!
That evening, walk up to one of FCC’s spectacular wildlife hides. Perched on one of the south-eastern ridges of the Fagaras Mountains, the hide is hidden in the middle of the forest overlooking Pecineagu Lake. It provides all the comforts you could need – expect a lovely home-cooked dinner and good glass of wine. Spend the evening looking out for bears, boar, deer and other wildlife and keeping quiet to hear the howls of wolves – trust us, you will not have had an experience like it before!
DAY 3: EXPLORE THE FAGARAS MOUNTAINS
After a hearty breakfast in the wild, take to the sky to see the mountains of Romania from above. Transfer to Cobor by helicopter, taking the scenic route, of course.
Arrive at the Cobor Organic Farm which is located in the heart of the Transylvanian hills. The farm has been developed by Foundation Conservation Carpathia, who donated 500 ha of abandoned farm land to the project which is now a showcase for how proper management of grasslands can conserve biodiversity, create jobs for local people, produce high-quality food and services, and create profits for a conservation project all at the same time. In parallel, three ruins were restored into guesthouses, using traditional architecture and combining them with modern comfort.
In the afternoon, meet FCC’s executive directors and founders, Barbara and Christoph Promberger, and learn more about the project first hand. Tour the farm and observe the variety of bird species such as lesser spotted eagle, golden oriol, hoppoe, great grey or red-backed shrike, stonechat and many more; and discover the 250 plant species of the meadows surrounding the farm. That night, enjoy a healthy organic dinner together before settling into your cosy bedrooms.
DAY 4: DEPARTURE
After a leisurely start, choose from a range of excursions for the final day. Trek out into the Carpathians on horseback with the team from Cobor and Equus Silvania (a leading ecotourism business in Transylvania) or explore the medieval city of Sibiu, famed for its cobbled streets and Saxon heritage.
Transfer back to the airport in Sibiu for an evening flight home.
*Required equipment: Hiking boots, binoculars, rain gear and day bag.
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!
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