Day by day itinerary
Price & Departure
Special notes and info
ROCK CLIMBING SCHOOL FOR BEGINNERS IN TRANSYLVANIA
For the perfect Adventure Travel Tour learn to climb in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, an absolute paradise for both beginners and professional rock climbers alike. The Carpathians remain largely undiscovered, covering approximately one third of Romania’s entire land mass and the mountains are covered by forests with remote villages, plateaus, rivers, streams, thousands of waterfalls and countless fresh water springs.
Transylvania Lives’ Rock Climbing School offers students professional instruction in some of Europe’s most remarkable natural environments, and the Adventure Travel Tour includes visits to several sites significant to the culture and history of Transylvania. The climbing lessons take place in some of the deepest gorges with huge walls over 200 metres high, spectacular ceilings, deep crevices, and fantastic clear faces. The course is specially designed for beginners with little or no experience, whilst offering a chance to climb in different areas and on different faces that offer new challenges to help you adapt and fine tune your skills.
Our guides are highly experienced climbers and fully qualified climbing instructors. The food provided by the Rock Climbing School is organic and locally grown; a tradition we wish to help preserve. Also, any vegetarians out there will be catered for with REAL alternatives.
Day by day itinerary:
Day 1 Transfer from Bucharest
Day 2 CLIMBING SCHOOL
- Brasov, at 10 min distance from downtown. The place is called Pietrele lui Solomon (Solomon's Stones).
– close to Poiana Tapului ( auto access)
– in Cheile Rasnoavei, close to Rasnov, 20 km from Brasov, 12 km from Predeal (auto access)
– in Piatra Mare Mountains (approx 1 hour by foot, crossing a spectacular canyon)
– in Costila area – Bucegi Mountains (approx 2,5 hours by foot from Busteni)
Who can participate?
Anyone! There are routes for beginners and for all ages, weights and skill levels.
What equipment do you need?
Sport clothes and shoes. We will provide the technical equipment (ropes, harnesses,etc)
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Day 3 HOROABELOR VALLEY
The route is in Pestera – Padina area, Bucegi Mountains. We can go there by car, or by foot.
Accomodation: Pestera hotel (***), Padina chalet, camp.
Anyway, we will need accomodation for one night.
Even you are not a sports person, you can cross the valley in about 4 hours. Horoabelor Valley is a canyon, IA - UIAA difficulty level. For the begining we will go up next to the waterfalls, after this we will advance through a canyon, which is dry most of the time of summer and autumn seson. In our way we will have to overcome rocks, natural bridges, traverses secured by cables. We will reach the top of Bucegi mountains and return to the accomodation place is just a walk.
Outdoor sport clothes.
Is is recommended to have extra shoes and pants, if you get wet. We will bring technical climbing equipment, just in case....
Day 4 VALEA LUI STAN (STAN'S VALLEY)
The route is close to Vidraru dam, 20 km from Curtea de Arges, 170 km from
Stan's Valley is a canyon, enjoyable in a hot summer day. You will have to climb some stones, next to the waterfalls and to cross the river several times.
Even you are not a sports person, you can cross the valley in about 4 hours. In your
way, you will have to climb several metallic stairs, and it is possible to have height weakness.
What equipment do we need?
Extra shoes and pants is a must. Many water spots can be avoid, but why would we do it, if it is hot outside?... I will bring technical equipment, just in case.
Day 5 VIA FERATA
The route is in Rasnoavei Gorge, about 20 km from Predeal or Brasov. The route is
equiped with an iron ladder and crosses a vertical wall (300 m high).
For anybody who has a minimum phisical condition and doesn't suffer of height
weackness. You will need 3 hours for this climbing.
Sport clothes and shoes. The guide will provide the climbing technical equipment
( ropes, harnesses, crabs)
Day 6 BRANA AERIANA
The route is in Bucegi Mountains, above Busteni town. It is a long route, 1000 m high, but technicaly easy. (IA, UIAA difficulty level). We will advance through a realy wild area, with a spectacular scenery.
For anybody who has a reasonable phisical condition and wants to try more than a touristic route. You will have to climb about 10 hours, from Busteni to the top of Bucegi Mountains, than back to Busteni.
What equipment? Mountain clothes and boots.
The guide will bring technical climbing equipment, just in case.
Day 7 THE CHIMNEY FROM COSTILA WALL AND COSTILA GALBINELE RIDGE
The route is in Bucegi Mountains, above Busteni town. It is a long route, on a spectacular ridge: 700 m high, III A – UIAA difficulty level. Access from Busteni: 3 hours by foot.
If you are a beginer climber, or you have a good phisical condition, you can do this route in about 10 hours (including access and return to Busteni). If you don't want to be hurry, we can spend the night before climbing route at Costila shelter.
You need your own clothes and boots(recomended climbing shoes). We will provide all
technical climbing equipment (ropes, harnesses, crabs, etc)
Transfer to Bucharest
English speaking guide/coach. Climber and climbing coach, National Champion, with over 20 Year experience in climbing, Dan is one of the ethical climbing pioneer in Romania, making first red point ascent for dozens routes, in all climbing areas in Romania. The first romanian ascent of: Ushba Peak, Caucaz Mountains, and Korjenevskaya Peak (7.105 m), Pamir Mountains, the first romanian ascent of „Schmidt” Route– North Face of Matterhorn, degree Extreme Dificile and Petites Jorasses – „Piola” route, degree Extreme Dificile +; International first ascent – „Taina” route, Aladaglar Mountains, Turkey, degree Extreme Dificile;
Member of international expedition MOL, on K2.
US$2168 / £1478 / CA$2692 /AU$ 3198 / € 1634 /person, for a group of minimum 2 persons
Price includes: accommodation in 2, 3 star hotel or country-inn, daily breackfast, transportation with mid size standard European car (Renault Scenic, made in 2004, air conditioned)
We accept MasterCard and Visa on our on-line secure internet payment form, MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Diners Club and American Expres by fax and by phone. We also accept payments by Moneybookers, bank transfer and Western Union.
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Special notes & info
- Once you realise the price of good beer and wine you will probably not want to return to your country.
- Brasov is a well known city for the night life opportunities.
- Plenty of English is spoken and you will find that people are friendly and open to share with you the local culture.
- No visa is required and you can get green card extension insurance from your insurer to cover Romania.
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