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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. We have time to visit the castle before lunch, then drive to Bucharest where you will have time to explore this great city before 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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    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

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    Payable 8 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.

  • 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 are often 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.

  • All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size), who is there 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 number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but an average-sized overseas group would be led by two leaders and a doctor. 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 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, medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders 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 is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • Clothing

    We could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be 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.

  • Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. 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 will 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.

  • Can I book my own flight?

    If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements for meeting the rest of the group, though we can advise you. We need to know if you do not require our group flight as early as possible; please complete the form in the information pack you’ll be sent with your booking confirmation.

    Do I need travel insurance?

    Yes, you must have adequate travel insurance cover in order to participate in any overseas challenge. Most charities allow you to organise this independently as long as your insurance company is aware of the nature of what you are doing and that it is a charity event. Some charities have their own specific policy. Alternatively it can be arranged through us, via Insure2Travel.

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 | intense (3)

This trip includes some very challenging terrain and tough conditions, usually at altitude. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!
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