RECONNECT WITH NATURE IN RUCAR, CARPATHIAN MOUNTAINS

The Carpathian Mountains are one of the wildest and most beautiful parts of Europe. Wolves, bears and lynx roam the vast forests – almost the whole original flora and fauna is still present. There is no other place of comparable size left in Europe, where you can experience such contact with stunning nature.

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Sunset at Richita Hide

Half day program, difficulty: low

Driving up Dambovita Valley from the village of Satic, the landscape changes quickly and you dive into wild forests, where signs of deer, bear, wolf or even lynx are common.

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Visit the FCC restoration sites on the massive clear-cuts, which have destroyed about two thousand hectares of forest prior to FCC’s engagement in the area. FCC started this ambitious rewilding project by fixing eroded tractor tracks and replanting the next generation of trees, which will convert the forests back to their original composition.

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In the late afternoon we arrive at Richita hide, which was built in 2016 and can hold up to 20 people (10 min walk from the vehicle) for evening observation of wildlife in the surroundings. At night, we return you to the village of Satic.

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Booking ended


Landscapes and wildlife in Fagaras Mountains

Two days guided tour and accommodation in one of our hides. Difficulty: low / medium

Day 1

We start our tour in Podul Dambovitei and not far from the village is Coltul Surpat cave, which is home to many bat species.

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From there we continue by car up the Dimbovita Valley to Pecineagu Lake. On the way we stop to discover the work of FCC’s ambitious restoration work with erosion control and replanting of a new forest generation, which will convert the forests back to their original composition. We continue along a bumpy forest track deeper into the valley and will experience astonishing landscapes with wild forest and alpine grasslands.

We eventually reach Comisu Valley where the car leaves us and we will hike from here in about 20 minutes to Bunea hide. The hide was built in 2016 and has a spectacular setting above Pecineagu Lake. We will be greeted there with a welcome drink and will spend the next 18 hours here. We check camera traps installed in the surrounding for the recent presence of wildlife and look out for all kind of forest-dwelling birds. During the evening, we try to observe wildlife in the surrounding area and will have a magnificent menu for dinner. Sleep in our comfortable beds in one of the rooms with magnificent view upon the surroundings.

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Day 2

Wake up at the crack of dawn and observe with a cup of hot coffee or tea any wild- or birdlife, which is in the area. Eventually, get a tasty breakfast served in the hide and embark on a short hike through a neighbouring semi-virgin forest down to Pecineagu Lake.

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Footprints of deer, wild boar, bears, or wolves are common and our guide will explain you the various tracks. After a good hour, we will be back at the vehicle and you have the choice to either hike up to Comisu Mountain (ca. 2 hours, 500 m vertical climb) or drive all the way up into the headwaters of the Dimbovita river to Valea Vladului. Lunch on the way and back at the village in the afternoon.

Booking ended


3 mountains, 3 landscapes in 3 days

3 days guided programme Overnight at local guesthouse and one night at Bunea hide - Difficulty: medium

Day 1

We start our tour in Podul Dambovitei and not far from the village is Coltul Surpat cave, which is home to many bat species.

We continue further up Dambovita Valley and drive up Richita Valley, which is part of Piatra Craiului Mountains to visit FCCs restoration work. Following the massive clear-cuts there prior to FCCs appearance in the area, which have destroyed about two thousand hectares of forest, FCC started to convert the forests back to their original composition by halting erosion and replanting a new forest generation. Visit Tamas meadow with its stunning view and hike around the area whilst searching for tracks of deer, wild boar, bear, wolf or even lynx. If you’re lucky you might even get a short glimpse on one of them. Lunch up at Tamas meadow.

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In the late afternoon, we arrive at Richita hide, built in 2016, and will stay there for the evening, trying to observe wildlife. At night we descend back to the car and drive back to the village for a good dinner at the guesthouse.

Day 2

After a rich breakfast, we drive up the valley again to Pecineagu Lake, then enter into the wild forests which form parts of Iezer Papusa Mountains, and search for tracks of wildlife. In the afternoon we reach Comisu Valley where the car leaves us and we will hike from here in about 20 minutes to Bunea hide. The hide was built in 2016 and has a spectacular setting above Pecineagu Lake. We will be greeted there with a welcome drink and will spend the next 18 hours here in this unique place. We check camera traps installed in the surrounding area for the recent presence of wildlife and look out for all kind of forest-dwelling birds. During the evening, we try to observe wildlife in the surroundings and will have a magnificent menu for dinner. Sleep in our comfortable beds in one of the rooms with magnificent view upon the surroundings.

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Day 3

Wake up at the crack of dawn and observe with a cup of hot coffee or tea any wild- or birdlife, which is in the area. Eventually, get a tasty breakfast served in the hide and embark on a short hike through a neighbouring semi-virgin forest down to Pecineagu Lake.

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Footprints of deer, wild boar, bears, or wolves are common and our guide will explain you the various tracks. After a good hour we will be back at the vehicle and will continue to hike up from there to Comisu Meadow/Fagaras Mountains (ca. 2 hours, 500 m vertical climb) or if you wish even further up to Comisu Peak at 1883 m. Here you have the view over a magnificent landscape with Dambovita Valley, Iezer-Papusa Mountain, Piatra Craiului, and the peaks of the Fagaras Mountains.

From there we descend back into the valley and drive you to the village.

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Booking ended


Mountain Wilderness

Five-day program in the Carpathia project area, hiking and overnight at the hides. Difficulty: medium / high

Day 1

We will meet in the city of Zarnesti and drive you right into Lerescu Valley, from where we will hike 30 min up along a creek to the Lerescu Ridge, which forms the Northern boundary of the Carpathia project area. From here we continue the hike up to Comisu Peak, where a splendid view of Piatra Craiului, Iezer-Papusa, and the Fagaras Mountains awaits us.

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We will check the camera traps, which are set up in the surroundings of the two hides on Comisu Meadows for recent presence of wildlife. After an extended lunch we will hike down towards Pecineagu Lake in Dambovita Valley and arrive at Bunea hide. The hide was built in 2016 and has a spectacular setting above Pecineagu Lake. We will be greeted there with a  surprise drink and will spend the next nights here in this unique place. The Bunea hide is equipped with a private bathroom with shower. We check again camera traps installed in the surrounding area and look out for all kind of forest-dwelling birds. During the evening, we try to observe wildlife in the surroundings and will have a magnificent menu for dinner. Sleep in our comfortable beds in one of the rooms with magnificent view upon the surrounding area.

Day 2

Wake up at the crack of dawn and observe with a cup of hot coffee or tea any wild- or birdlife, which is in the area. Eventually, get a tasty breakfast served in the hide and embark on a hike through a neighbouring semi-virgin forest down to Pecineagu Lake. After about an hour we are back at the vehicle, which will transport us to the high end of Valea Vladului. We spend the day hiking up into the alpine with a fantastic view over the mountains around, trying to see marmots and chamois, and return in the afternoon back to Bunea hide, where we spend another evening trying to observe wildlife and experiencing the unique atmosphere of the location.

Day 3

Wake up at the crack of dawn again for a cup of hot coffee or tea and try your luck once more to observe any wild- or birdlife showing up. After breakfast served in the hide, we explore today the South side of Pecineagu Lake and hike up to Pecineagu meadow, where we have again a splendid view over the mountain world. Look out for tracks of wildlife and keep your eyes open – there is a decent chance we might see red deer or bears on the way.

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Return in the afternoon back to Bunea hide, where we spend another evening trying to observe wildlife and experiencing the unique atmosphere of the location.

Day 4

Wake up at the crack of dawn again for a cup of hot coffee or tea and try your luck again to observe any wild- or birdlifein the area. After breakfast served in the hide, we drive up the valley to the very end of Otic Valley and hike up to Varful Rosu (2,469 m), highest peak of the Iezer-Papusa Mountains. All day hike with chances to see bears, red deer, chamois, or golden eagles.

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Return in the afternoon back to Bunea hide, where we spend our last evening here trying to observe wildlife and experiencing the unique atmosphere of the location.

Day 5

A last morning at the hide trying our luck again to observe any wild- and birdlife. After breakfast in the hide, we leave Bunea and descend down Dambovita Valley until we reach Richita Valley, which is part of Piatra Craiului Mountains to visit FCCs restoration work. Following the massive clear-cuts in the area prior to FCCs appearance in the area, which have destroyed about two thousand hectares of forest, FCC started to convert the forests back to their original composition by halting erosion and replanting of a new forest generation. Visit Tamas meadow with a stunning view and hike around the area whilst searching for tracks of deer, wild boar, bear, wolf or even lynx. If you’re lucky you might even get a short glimpse on one of them. Lunch up at Tamas meadow.

In the late afternoon, we arrive at Richita hide, built in 2016 and will stay there for the evening, trying to observe wildlife. At night we descend back to the car and drive you to Zarnesti (or another village of your choice in the surrounding).

Booking ended


GUIDED TRIPS, WILDLIFE WATCHING AND OVERNIGHTING AT THE HIDES

One day guided trip including evening at Richita hide 50 euro/person
(without transportation)
Two day programme, guided trip and overnight at Bunea hide,
full-board included 200 euro/person
(without transportation)
Three day programme, guided trip and overnight in local guesthouse and at Bunea hide, full-board included 350 euro/person
(without transportation)
Five day programme, guided trip and overnight at Bunea hide, full-board included 600 euro/person
(without transportation)
4×4 car rental, driver included 100 euro/vehicle


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