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Făgăraș Mountains

Reviving Europe’s Second
Largest Mountain Range

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

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.

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

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.

Your Hosts

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. The Austrian-born couple founded the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project (CLCP), Equus Silvania equestrian centre and Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC). 

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

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. The couple founded the Carpathian Large Carnivore Project, Equus Silvania equestrian centre and Foundation Conservation Carpathia.

Christoph and Barbara Promberger 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

DETAILS

PRICE ON REQUEST 
Based on two people sharing
Small group experience
Limited to six guests

INCLUDED

OVERNIGHT IN BUCHAREST
TOUR OF BUCHAREST
WILDLIFE TRACKING
DAILY TREKS WITH NATURALIST GUIDE
ACCOMMODATION THROUGHOUT IN THE MOUNTAINS
ENGAGEMENT WITH BREEDING PROGRAMME
AIRPORT TRANSFERS
FULL BOARD THROUGHOUT

DATES

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Limited availability
Travel subject to application

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.

The Field Report