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On the trail of the large carnivores

One day itinerary
"Wildlife" three day itinerary
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"Expert in wildlife" winter itinerary

The staff of Professional Team are specialists in Carpathian Large Carnivore observation. We have been taking foreign visitors to watch bears at special observatories, and trekking on mountain paths that offer excellent wildlife viewing, for a number of years. We are often able to observe red deer in the rutting season (15 September - 15 October), capercaillie during their mating season (April - May), and chamois on the high ridges of the Carpathian Mountains.

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Because bears can be dangerous at close quarters, we will be accompanied by a Ranger at bear watching locations. In order to minimise the impact on the wildlife we require a minimum of three persons and maximum of eighteen persons per evening. We will leave the bear watching hide to return to the guesthouse before sunset. These bears are truly wild and we have a 70 - 75% chance of seeing them at the hides. However we cannot guarantee sightings!

When hiking on unmarked paths we will be accompanied by Rangers .

The trainers of the Professional Team Company are members of the Zarnesti Mountain Rescue Team and Romanian Ski-Climbing Federation. We are professionals certified by the Romanian Mountain Guides Associations and we have considerable experience in wild-life observations.

We are authorised by the Romanian Ministry of Tourism - National Tourism Authority as “Local Guides” (certificate no. 2295/2005) and “Mountain Guide” (certificate no. 2467/2005). At all times during our adventure activities special attention is given to safety aspects and procedures.

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!

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.



If you have more time available to spend in nature and around wildlife, we offer you a new experience in the Piatra Craiului National Park. We are specialised in wildlife observation. You have a good chance of seeing large carnivores but we make no guarantees! In order to minimise the impact on wildlife, groups will be between 3 and 8 people.

First day:

- meet at guesthouse in Zarnesti / Magura area
- gentle acclimatisation hike through hay meadows to Coltii Chiliilor monastery

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Second day:

08.30 - hiking on the trail of Carpathian large carnivores
11.30 - visit traditional sheepfold at Curmatura
12.00 - picnic
13.00 - enter the domain of the chamois around Piatra Craiului ridge
14.30 - ascend the rocky northern slopes of Piatra Craiului
17.30 - hike back down to guesthouse

Third day:

08.30 - meet at guesthouse
09.20 - follow trails of large carnivores in the virgin forests of the Piatra Craiului National Park. Picnic lunch on route
17.00 - drive to bear watching hide
22.30 - return to Zarnesti
23.00 - departure

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Includes: specialised wildlife and mountain guiding, full-board accommodation in a luxury guesthouse for two nights, and use of bear watching hide. These bears are truly wild and we have a 70 - 75% chance of seeing them at the hides. We cannot guarantee sightings!

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