OFF-GRID | MOUNTAINS | FOREST | BROWN BEARS

Creating the Yellowstone
of Europe

Făgăraș Mountains | CARPATHIA

The journey is an immersion into the great forest wilderness, staying at outposts deep in the Făgăraș Mountains and experiencing close encounters with the region’s extraordinary flora and fauna in ranger-led hikes.

15TH - 23RD
June 2024
EXPERIENCE

Helicopter flight over the Făgăraș Mountains

hike in the ancient beech pastures of Nucșoara

Bear & bird walking tours

horseback riding in the Strâmba Valley

Starlit glamping with a private chef & wine tasting

INCLUDED

OVERNIGHT IN Sibiu
TOUR OF Sibiu
WILDLIFE TRACKING
DAILY TREKS WITH NATURALIST GUIDE
ACCOMMODATION & transfers 
ENGAGEMENT WITH BREEDING PROGRAMME
FULL BOARD THROUGHOUT
DEDICATED HOSTING

DETAILS

2024 dates soon to be released
7 nights
subject to application (REGISTER BELOW)
€8,375 / $8,375 PER PERSON  
Based on two people sharing
INCLUDES A 20% DONATION TO FCC
 SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE
LIMITED TO 14 GUESTS ONLY

Preserving the Wilderness Christoph and Barbara Promberger in Carpathia

Uncover the natural beauty of the Făgăraș mountains, their intact forests, wildflowers and rich biodiversity, home to an extraordinary number of indigenous species

WHAT TO EXPECT

Carpathia is Europe’s most ambitious nature restoration project, to date.  Barbara and Christoph Promberger, alongside their experienced team of wildlife scientists, naturalists and botanical specialists, have a vision to restore the deep valleys, soaring mountains and rebounding forest to its wild and prosperous state. This journey is an expedition deep into the wilderness, tracking lynx, boar, eagles and European brown bear whilst, alongside naturalist guides, learning about the extraordinary diversity of endemic plants and wildflowers that pattern and enrich this unique landscape.

CONSERVATION IMPACT

Over the past 20 years, many parts of the Carpathian forests went from nationalised to privately managed, resulting in thousands of hectares being illegally logged, as well as many large carnivores being hunted. In 2009, a group of 12 philanthropists and conservationists founded the Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC), with the mission to protect the integrity of the precious Carpathian ecosystem by forming a National Park. FCC’s vision is a world-class, emblematic wilderness reserve and non destructive economy around the Făgăraș Mountains with the ultimate goal to create a thriving biodiverse and socio-economic ecosystem. 

YOUR HOSTS

MEET YOUR HOSTS:
CHRISTOPH AND BARBARA PROMBERGER

Actively working to conserve large carnivores in Romania since 1993
Established the world-renowned Carpathian Large Carnivore Project (CLCP)
Founders of Equus Silvania equestrian centre and guesthouse in the Transylvanian Carpathians

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Christoph and Barbara Promberger

Christoph and Barbara Promberger have dedicated their careers to protecting large carnivores, conserving biodiversity, and fighting illegal logging in Europe’s last remaining virgin forests.

Christoph and Barbara first came to Romania in 1993 as biologists working on a project to study and protect the large carnivores in the Carpathian forests. When this project ended in 2003, the couple were so encaptivated by the Carpathians’ incredible wilderness that they decided to stay in the region and set up Equus Silvania, an equestrian centre and small guest house near the national park.

After witnessing the devastating destruction of illegal logging on a hike through the forest in 2007, the Prombergers then started their passionate mission to protect and conserve the biodiversity of Europe’s last remaining virgin forest wilderness. By 2009, the Prombergers had founded Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC) together with a group of 12 philanthropists and conservationists.

A GLOBALLY UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE
ON CONSERVATION IN ACTION

Frequently Asked Questions:
Journey to Romania

What is the climate like in Romania in June?

June is a wonderful time to visit Romania - temperatures are warm and rainfall is relatively  low. Colourful wild flowers adorn the mountainside in the Carpathian Mountains making it one of the best months for hiking and spotting incredible flora and fauna. Temperatures can fluctuate in the mountains ranging from 12-25℃ (54-77℉) and there can be occasional rain showers.

Can you organise an extension to this Hosted Journey?

Absolutely! We would be delighted to put together a bespoke itinerary for you should you wish to extend your stay in Romania or visit another country before or after this journey. Whether you would like to spend more time in Romania’s historic capital Bucharest or visit one of its European neighbours, please contact Katya ([email protected]) to start curating your bespoke itinerary.

What kind of activities will we be doing?

You will immerse yourself in nature during hikes or horseback rides, discover flora and fauna during botanical, bird and bear watching tours, visit local conservation projects and listen to inspiring talks from local experts. Most days will round off with a sundowner in your idyllic surroundings, before enjoying a dinner of traditional Romanian fare and local wine with your fellow guests.

Where will we be staying?

This journey incorporates a range of accommodation from modern hotels, to traditional guesthouses, to private glamping under the stars. As you are venturing into the wilderness, luxury amenities may not be available at all locations, but we have carefully selected the accommodation to ensure it will be a comfortable journey with access to everything you need.

What happens after I book?

Once you have booked your trip the journey begins! Prior to departure, our team will share your personalised itinerary via the Safari Portal App which will contain all of the information about your journey. We will share reading and watching recommendations and updates from the field, so that you can begin your learning journey from home. In the days prior to your trip, you will be connected with your hosts and fellow guests on a whatsapp group as the excitement builds! The JWP team will be on hand in the lead up to and during your journey to assist with any questions you may have.

What is the best international airport to arrive at and depart from?

International flights are not included and are to be booked separately. The best airport for you to arrive at is Sibui International Airport. And the best airport for you to depart from is Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport.

Who looks after us during our journey?

You will be joined on this journey by a JWP host, Katya Payne. She will be on hand to assist with any questions or requests prior to or during your journey.

Can this journey be organised for a private group?

This journey to Romania from 15th-23rd June 2024 has been designed to bring together a small group of curious and likeminded people who want to deepen their understanding of and engagement with one of the most ambitious conservation projects in Europe. However, if you are unable to join the journey in June or would like to organise a transformative impact experience in Romania (or elsewhere) with a private group, our Journey Planners would be delighted to organise this for you. Please reach out to the JWP team on [email protected] to begin creating your unique impact journey.

Journeys to champion the
wild and celebrate conservation

Where will your impact journey take you?

As a mission-led business our journeys are designed to be transformative, on the traveller and on the people and places you engage with.  When you book a journey with us you become part of our growing community of changemakers – the curious, the intrepid, those looking to engage with the natural world on a deeper level.  To learn, exchange and realise change.  

A journey starts with a discovery call with our expert team.  These journeys are personal  – they offer connection and insights into cultures, wildlife and landscapes in wild corners of the world – for an experience that has a positive impact, long after you return home.

At a Glance: European
Wilderness Reserve

> 25,400

hectares of alpine meadows and forests restored and protected

2,000,000

saplings planted to re-grow original forest ecosystem

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Bison now freely roaming in the Făgăraș mountains

OUR FOCUS - The Făgăraș Mountains

The Carpathian Mountains in Romania form some of the most biodiverse contiguous forests in Europe, home to large populations of carnivores and an extraordinarily high number of indigenous species. Over the past 20 years, many parts of these forests went from nationalised to privately managed, resulting in thousands of hectares being illegally logged, as well as many large carnivores being hunted. In 2009, a group of 12 philanthropists and conservationists founded the Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC), with the mission to protect the integrity of the precious Carpathian ecosystem by forming a National Park. FCC’s vision is a world-class, emblematic wilderness reserve and non destructive economy around the Făgăraș Mountains with the ultimate goal to create a thriving biodiverse and socio-economic ecosystem. Since its inception, FCC has obtained over 6,2765 acres (25,400 hectares) of forests and alpine meadows in the southeastern Carpathians, with the purpose to protect and restore.

Our news from across the globe

At a Glance: Fundación
Rewilding Argentina

1,850,000

…acres (or 750,000 hectares) of land protected.

264,000,000

…metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent sequestered.

370,658

…acres donated for new parkland creation.

OUR FOCUS - THE IBERÁ NATIONAL PARK:

This extraordinary wetland, the largest in Argentina, is home to 30% of the biodiversity in the country including endangered species such as the pampas and marsh deer, the maned wolf and grassland birds like the strange-tailed tyrant.

In 2005, what was to become one of the largest rewilding programs in the Americas was started, with the goal of restoring keystone species that had been extirpated from Iberá through hunting and habitat loss and were extinct in the region, the Province or, in some cases, the country. 

As the rewilding program developed, the cultural identity of Iberá began to recover alongside the ecosystems and natural processes, impacting a total population of 100,000 people who surround the park.

Today, Iberá stands as one of the world’s most successful ongoing conservation missions.