24th June to 1st July 2023

Făgăraș Mountains

Creating the Yellowstone
of Europe

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.

You can view the full deck for this journey here.

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. Barbara, Austrian-born, and Christoph, from Bavaria, 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 Carpathia 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

€8,375 / $8,375 PER PERSON  
Based on two people sharing
includes 20% donation to fcc
Small group experience
Limited to 14 guests

INCLUDED

OVERNIGHT IN Sibiu
TOUR OF Sibiu
WILDLIFE TRACKING
DAILY TREKS WITH NATURALIST GUIDE
ACCOMMODATION THROUGHOUT 
ENGAGEMENT WITH BREEDING PROGRAMME
AIRPORT TRANSFERS
FULL BOARD THROUGHOUT
DEDICATED HOSTING BY CHRISTOPH & BARBARA PROMBERGER

DATES

24th June to 1st july 2023
7 nights
Limited availability
subject to application (REGISTER BELOW)

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

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.