Transylvania Trek

A short but spectacular snowshoe-trek to the snowy forests and mountains of wild Transylvania, where you'll discover a pristine winter wonderland.

Snowshoes allow you to negotiate the deep snow of the sheltered lower slopes as you follow paths through silent forest and, in sharp contrast, head high above the tree-line into the frozen mountain wilderness surrounding Lake Balea (2034m). Sleeping here in the Hotel of Ice – a remarkable construction beside the frozen lake – is a real highlight, and a truly unforgettable experience. This is a remote region of the Carpathians and you are unlikely to meet more than a handful of other trekkers. For a unique adventure in untouched natural wilderness, look no further

Trek Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly London to Sibiu

Late arrival in historic Sibiu, in central Romania. Transfer to hotel and relax!


Day 2: Sibiu – Lake Balea

Drive approx. 1.5 hours; Trek / snowshoe approx. 3-4 hours

After breakfast, you'll leave Sibiu and be driven through farmland and villages with colourfully-painted houses. Before long you'll see the Tranfagarasan ridge of the Carpathians looming; on a clear day these snow-covered peaks look spectacular. You will join the Transfagarasan Road – Romania’s highest pass, dubbed ‘best road in the world’ by Top Gear – as it climbs through pine forest on increasingly dramatic hairpin-bends. In winter the upper reaches are closed; so you'll go up as far as the cable-car station. The lower slopes are perfect for your snow-shoe introduction! Thick powdery snow covers the valley tracks, and you'll weave between snow-laden boughs as you explore this winter wonderland. Back at the cable-car station, a 15-minute ride will take you above the treeline and through the open, exposed snow fields of this glacier-sculpted valley to Lake Balea. The lake itself is covered in thick ice and snow, and indistinguishable from the rest of this beautiful valley basin. There will be time to check out the chapel and hotel, constructed every year from ice from the lake and, depending on time, explore the lake’s surroundings. Enjoy dinner in the hotel of ice before bedding down for the night in a room carved out of thick ice – an incredible experience. Night hotel

Day 3: Lake Balea – Rasinari

Trek / snowshoe approx 3-4 hours; Drive approx. 2 hours

Another day of exploring the winter wilderness. There are plenty of options and, after assessing the weather and conditions, your experienced guides will lead you through this harsh but beautiful landscape. You'll then take the cable car back down the mountain; looking down onto the thick carpet of snow-covered trees is truly magical. Look out for agile chamois on the dramatic rocky ridges above; their tracks can often be seen in the wide saddle above the treeline. Then you'll be driven south to Rasinari village, at the foot of the Cindrel Mountains. Time permitting, you can explore the narrow winding streets and distinctive colourfully-painted buildings. Night guesthouse

Day 4: Snow-shoeing Cindrel Mountains

Snowshoe approx 5-6 hours

A short drive will take you to a small mountain resort, where you'll glide silently on ski-lifts above the thickly-forested conifer slopes. These perfect Christmas-card landscapes are perfect for snow-shoeing, with plenty of trails covering the gentle hills. Although the open slopes are popular with skiers and snowboarders, the forest is still and peaceful. Your route will depend on the conditions, but we aim to take in one of the many peaks for unsurpassed views, before descending to the lower slopes, sheltering in one of the many shepherd’s huts for lunch. Back in picturesque Rasinari, you'll celebrate the end of your winter adventure. Night guesthouse/hotel.


Day 5: Fly Sibiu to London

You'll be driven the short distance back to Sibiu. An attractive riverside city with much of its medieval fortifications still intact, and a beautiful historic centre, Sibiu is justifiably proud of its culture and arts. It’s a wonderful place to explore. After lunch you'll transfer to the airport for your flight home

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