The excursion will take place during one day. The participants will be trained in the ABC’s of survival, ecological education, and mountain orientation with or without compass. We want to encourage people to get close to nature by spending time outside in the open air. We will help them to develop their hiking skills on mountain trails with medium levels of difficulty.
A further aim of these excursions is to develop the participants’ self esteem and trust in their own abilities – proven through new knowledge and gaining awareness of the need for nature protection.
09.00 – meet at the entrance to the Zarnesti Gorge
09.15 – visit the Zarnesti Gorge including the following: the very steep Prepeleac path, God’s Wall, climbing area situated near Climber’s House
10.00 – hike the Ecological Education Path designed by the Piatra Craiului National Park Administration, where we will present illustrative information about the area
11.00 – visit the traditional Curmatura sheepfold
12.00 – lunch at Curmatura chalet
13.00 – mountain orientation workshop
Mountain orientation workshops comprise interactive games, in which participants are taught orientation with and without map and compass, Romanian tourist signs, and the ABC of survival.
16.00 – return to Botorog Spring and depart
Includes: lunch at Curmatura chalet, specialised guide for the Ecological Education Path created by the Piatra Craiului National Park Administration, specialised mountain orientation trainers. At extra cost we can provide transfer by car from Zarnesti rail station to Zarnesti Gorge. In the evening you could also visit the bear watching hide (optional) in groups of minimum three and maximum eighteen persons per evening.
Essential equipment and clothing needed
Besides ordinary travelling clothes you will also need: a small backpack, comfortable walking boots with good ankle support, water bottle, waterproof jacket and warm sweater, sunglasses, sunscreen and sun hat.
Medical and Health Requirements
To the best of our knowledge the Romanian Government does not currently require you to have any special vaccinations. Please consult your family doctor (G.P.) before your visit to Romania. All our activities imply physical effort, walking long distances at medium and high altitudes and possibly climbing. Please check with your doctor if your health allows you to participate! Participants must be at least 10 years old. Participants under age must have parents’ written agreement.
You must have travel insurance which must include:
- Accident and medical treatment
- Medical repatriation
- Loss of or theft of baggage, personal belongings, money, credit cards, etc.
- Cancellation, curtailment or change to programme
You must ensure that your insurance is suitable for adventure activities such as: climbing, abseiling, horse riding, skiing, high altitude hiking, or any other activity as specified in the programme itinerary.