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Love in Every Step Romania Trek

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About the Challenge

The Carpathian Mountains stretch for 1500km through Central and Eastern Europe. Our wonderful, varied trek takes us to little-visited Central Romania, where these beautiful and awe-inspiring mountains provide some of the best trekking in Europe – and a memorable challenge for us! We take in steep mountain passes, ancient forests, sweeping valleys and striking rock formations en-route to Omu Peak (2507m), the highest point in the region. These spectacular mountain landscapes are also culturally rich, dotted with Transylvanian castles and small towns little-changed since medieval times. Our route is tough at times, but the wild, inspiring landscapes are a just reward for our efforts. We will also be able to visit some of the charity’s life-changing projects, a privileged insight into the work enabled by your fundraising.

Love in Every Step Romania Trek

  • We fly from London to Bucharest and transfer approx 2 hours north to Sinaia, a small town on the edge of the Bucegi Mountains, part of the Southern Carpathians. The town is famous for its eye-catching 17th-century monastery. We have time at our hotel to freshen up and relax a little before dinner and a full trip briefing. Night hotel.

  • Our challenge kicks off with a scenic taxi ride from Sinaia to the start of our trek at approximately 1400m. We trek uphill through trees; it is fairly steady though there are some steeper sections and it can be rough underfoot in places. The first few hours are uphill, and it will be tiring on the legs, but it’s a wonderful, varied day with magnificent views and gets us well into the spirit of the challenge! As we reach the day’s highest point – the peak of Varful cu Dor (2000m) – we have time to soak up the views, then drop down through woodland and grassy plateaux with great views over Bolboci Lake. A scenic afternoon follows, round the lakeshore before climbing relatively gently beside a stream and through more woodland to Pestera. Night hotel.

    Trek approx. 7-8 hours, Distance approx. 22 km

  • Before we hit the trails we take the opportunity to visit one of the region’s highlights – the Ialomitei Caves and monastery. The caves, created by water from the limestone rock, are fascinating and include an area where bones of long-extinct cave bears were found. We then head out – uphill again – on good tracks towards striking rock formations, sculpted by wind and rain. The most well-known are the Sphinx and the Babele (old ladies). The views are magnificent, though the terrain will be hard on any leg muscles still suffering from yesterday’s efforts. From here we follow undulating paths, dropping down to Piatra Arsa, the national training centre and hotel for Olympic athletes. Night hotel.

    Trek approx. 5-6 hours, Distance approx. 8 km

  • A big day, and a beautiful day of walking as we head to our highest point! We trek steadily uphill towards Caraiman Peak, surrounded by wonderful vistas of the mountains and the beautiful Prahova Valley below us. Our surroundings become more rugged, with dramatic sharp peaks quite distinct from the rolling moorland lower down. From many miles away we can see the Heroes Monument – also known as the Caraiman Cross – a memorial built after the Great War. At almost 30m high, it can be seen from many miles around and is lit up at night. After time to soak up the views, we continue trekking along a ridge to Omu Peak, the highest point in the Bucegi Mountains. It’s also the high point of our challenge! We then return steadily downhill across the high mountain plateau, tired but elated, back to our hotel at Piatra Arsa. Night hotel.

    Trek approx. 9-10 hours, Distance approx. 21 km

  • This morning sees us walking down out of the mountains, leaving them behind with a mix of relief and regret! We drop back into the lovely Prahova Valley, enjoying the views. Our trek ends at the impressive neo-Renaissance Peles Castle, a wonderful backdrop to our celebratory photos. After lunch we then drive back to Bucharest where you will have time to explore this great city in the afternoon before meeting again for dinner. Night hotel.

    Trek approx. 2-3 hrs, Distance approx. 7 km

  • Today we will take you to visit some of the vital work made possible by your support. You will meet some of the families we are working with in and around Bucharest as well as visit a number of the institutions we are working hard to close. This is an emotional but inspiring day and will be followed by a Q&A session with the HHC Romania team. After a truly rewarding day we head back to our hotel for our last night in Romania and a big evening of celebrations to mark our achievements. Night hotel.

  • Free time to explore Bucharest before transferring to the airport (1 hour) and our return flight home.

Prices may vary depending on date.

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    Payable on booking

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    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

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    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • Accommodation is usually on a twin-share basis in hotels or camp. Occasionally we may use hostel-style accommodation. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller.

  • Accommodation is usually in well-located, comfortable 2-3* hotel(s); standards are generally very good though there may be some variation.

  • The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we enjoy a buffet-style lunch-stop, other times we might have packed lunches. On some trips we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at the hotel, depending on accommodation. In some regions there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally on travel / free days, giving you the opportunity to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit different budgets.

    Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we may be in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. They are also trained in expedition first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides with a wealth of knowledge about the region; they have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip.

  • An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly, and encourage you when things get tough. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local lifestyles. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. In some destinations we work together as a team with local guides to help set up or break camp, or prepare meals. Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something!

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain.

    Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

Trek Training Weekend


£160 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Trek Training Weekends take place in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. This training weekend is designed to put you through your paces to enable you to gauge fitness levels and gain advice from our experienced leaders.


grade | CHALLENGING (1)

Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

CHALLENGING trips involve full days of activity, and are designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, but are achievable for most people with a commitment to training and a can-do attitude.

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