As the sun rises over the snow-capped mountains, the crisp winds meandering over the rocky hills and mountain grass, gently wake you up to one of the most ethereal views Romania has to offer. As you regain your breath slowly, a thin layer of cloudy mist coats the mountain tops, adding character to the soul-shaking panoramic view of the Carpathian Mountains. At this point you find yourself in the presence of the most exquisite view of the Romanian Carpathians.
This is the Transylvania Traverse. One of the most scenic hiking trails in the Carpathian Mountains, a vast 209,000-km² mountain range which holds one of the largest tract of unfragmented forest left in central Europe. This special place is one of the last authentic medieval landscapes where forest, meadows, wildlife and humans still live in harmonious sync with nature. The soft climate invites you to take a trip back in time through the region’s rich culture and history.
This challenging, yet memorable adventure in the high Carpathians of central Romania carries you on twisting trails, from hut to hut along the main ridge of the Făgăraş Mountains. This is one of the longest continuous high mountain traverses in Europe, spanning over Romania's three highest peaks (Moldoveanu-2545m, Negoiu-2535m and Vistea Mare-2527m). If you're more of a weekend trekker, you can opt for a hike in the Bucegi, Piatra Craiului, Fagaras Mountains or Moeciu de Sus – Bran area. These tours usually start on Saturday mornings and end on Sunday afternoons.
Thanks to the nature of the landscape, human activity and tourist attractions in the area, you can gift yourself a rich experience suiting your preferences. The trek can be customised to pass through mountain areas that offer accommodation in chalets or boarding houses, or you could spend the night in a tent or at an authentic sheep farm, mountain shelters or even hunting lodges.
It all depends on how and where you want to spend your time. Most of the treks are open during all seasons, and snowshoes must be used for an easier walk during winters.
Whether you choose to go on a weekend trek or a multi-day one, you can’t go on this adventure all by yourself. You will need a trustworthy companion to help you get things through.
This lightweight and sturdy backpack is the perfect fit for taking head-on the Transylvania Traverse. You can stuff in all your adventuring gear in the Caribee Nevis 65 Hiking Pack, which is more than enough for the time you’ll be spending up there.
As a true companion it helps you through the harshness of the trek due to its innovative technologies. It keeps your back cool and dry by providing unrestricted airflow across your back. The XT harness makes the frame stiffer as the load increases, ensuring that the weight gets transferred directly to the hipbelt, so you don’t lose that nimble spirit.
Also, before taking off, round up your Romanian adventure by visiting the splendid medieval town of Sighisoara, one of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites, situated right in the Transylvanian heart.
Explore and taste the rich Transylvanian treasury of castles, monasteries, and fortified Saxon churches in the world’s only surviving medieval landscape.
Photo Credits: Iulian Cozma & http://www.mountainhikingholidays.com
Video Credit: Travel Channel's Wild Carpathia Documentary