Carpathian Walking & Bears

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Seeing wild bears from a hide was a real highlight, especially the mother with two cubs. The visit to the Bear Sanctuary provided an interesting comparison, and it was moving to learn about the stories of the bears living there. Our hikes took us through some beautiful scenery and it was great to encounter local shepherds (and at one point sample some some local cheese!). The visit to the monastery in the rocks was also really interesting, and made all the more enjoyable by the company of the friendly dog who decided to join us for the trek.

What did you think of your group leader?

Udo was a great tour leader with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm about the people and wildlife of Transylvania. He took the time to get to know everybody in the group and always made sure to take plenty of breaks during hikes to ensure no one got left behind! He was very personable and had a great sense of humour, which made the trip all the more fun.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Make sure you take a spare pair of shoes! Mine got wet on the first day and took a little time to dry off, so it was handy to have a second pair. It's also worth bringing a few snacks to add to your lunch if, like me, you sometimes crave the odd chocolate bar (lunch typically consists of cheese / ham sandwiches and fruit, and is prepared by guests at breakfast time).

Is there anything else you would like to add?

This was my first Exodus trip, and I hope it will be the first of many.