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On the trail of the large carnivores

One day itinerary
"Wildlife" three day itinerary
"Ranger" seven day itinerary
"Three days in wild nature" winter itinerary
"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.

  

"EXPERT IN WILDLIFE" WINTER ITINERARY

It can be quite easy to get near to wildlife in winter. We will travel by cross-country ski or snow-shoes, exploring areas frequented by wild animals at this time of the year. Skis and snow-shoes are essential in winter in the Piatra Craiului area as we usually have deep snow.

We will explore wild forest habitats and sleep one night at a hunting lodge in the forest in the vicinity of bears and wolves. Accommodation is rustic and simple with shared bedrooms, no running water, and an outside toilet. You must bring a good sleeping bag and sleep mat.

We will visit the last remaining virgin forest in the Piatra Craiului National Park. At the end of the week we will visit the most interesting historic site in the Barsa Country: Bran Castle (mythically linked with Dracula), as well as Rasnov Fortress and the old fortified city of Brasov. For wildlife conservation reasons, we must be a minimum of three persons and maximum of eight each day.

First day:

- meet at guesthouse
- visit Zarnesti and Coltii Chiliilor monastery

Second day:

08.30 - meet at guesthouse
09.10 - exploring a large carnivore area in the Piatra Craiului National Park
11.30 - visit a traditional sheepfold at Curmatura. Picnic lunch on route
13.00 - exploring the habitat of the chamois
16.30 - return to guesthouse

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Third day:

08.30 - meet at guesthouse
09.20 - walking large carnivore trails in the virgin forests of the Piatra Craiului National Park. Picnic lunch on route
16.30 - return to Zarnesti


Fourth day:

08.30 - meet at guesthouse
09.00 - walking large carnivore trails in the forests of the Barsa Valley. Picnic lunch on route
17.00 - accommodation at forest hunting lodge
18.00 - wildlife observation

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Fifth day:

6.00 - wildlife observation
08.00 - sandwich breakfast
08.30 - walking large carnivore trails in the forests of the Barsa Valley. Picnic lunch on route
17.00 - return to guesthouse


Sixth day:

Cultural progremme
08.00 - breakfast
08.45 - visits by minibus to Bran Castle, Rasnov Fortress and the old fortified Brasov city. Picnic lunch on route
16.30 - return to guesthouse
17.00 - barbeque

Seventh day:

08.00 - breakfast
09.00 - depart

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Includes: full-board accommodation at a three star guesthouse for 5 nights, specialised wildlife and mountain guides, fees charged for walking in the forest to make wildlife observations, and all local transport. Not included are hire fees for cross-country skis or snow shoes. If you don’t have your own, we can provide these for hire. All persons in the team should have similar equipment.

On one night we will sleep at a hunting lodge in the forest in simple, rustic accommodation with shared bedrooms, no running water, and an outside toilet. You must bring a good sleeping bag and sleep mat.

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