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.
WHEN TO GO April – June; September – October (winter also possible)
GROUP SIZE Minimum 6 people
DAY 1 – TO THE MOUNTAINS
Land in Bucharest and transfer out of the city, into the Carpathian Mountains. After a beautiful drive, arrive in the village of Bran.
Atop the ridgeline 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 TENT team who will set the scene for the trip.
This evening is for relaxing, settling in and enjoying the beautiful vistas around: relax over a sunset dinner and enjoy some lovely local Romanian wines.
DAY 2 – FOUNDATION CONSERVATION CARPATHIA
After a short drive, 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 – COBOR BIODIVERSITY FARM
After a hearty breakfast in the wild, take to the sky to see the mountains of Romania by helicopter. Fly to Cobor Biodiversity Farm, which is located in the heart of the Transylvanian hills, taking the scenic route, of course.
The farm has been developed by FCC, 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.
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 in to cosy bedrooms.
DAY 4 – DEPARTURE
If you wish, rise early to take a final walk through the hills or enjoy some early morning bird watching.
After a leisurely breakfast, choose from a range of excursions for the final day. Hike out into the Carpathians in search of wildlife, explore 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.
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!
WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED OUR TRIP – IMMERSIVE AS ADVERTISED. WELL DONE AND THANK YOU. OUR HEADS ARE FULL OF WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY PROJECT YOU HAVE. WE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY RETURN.
FERRERS VYVYAN, 2018
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.