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Best Adventure Trips 2008

by Sarah Tuff

Trekking Through Transylvania

It's day three of your traverse of Romania, and you've just hiked down 6,500 feet from sphinx-like rock formations on Transylvania's Mount Omu. Emerging from the thick forest, you see the castle looming on a cliff, a dead ringer for Dracula's haunt. Overall, the chances for goosebumps are pretty good on KE Adventure's eight-day Romanian trek. You begin by bunking in the ski town of Sinaia and hiking to the highest hut in the Carpathian Mountains, where only the chamois interrupt the views of the Prahova Valley. After the visit to Bran Castle, head off to track bears, walk along waterfalls, and tackle 8,000-foot ridges. You might find yourself singing songs with Romanian shepherds over a barbecue feast as the wolves howl. Who knew that Europe still had such raw places? If the rugged landscape, wolves, and bears sound daunting, they shouldn't. Thanks to cable cars, comfortable mountain huts, prodigious refreshments, and 10 to 13 miles a day of walking, the only frightening thing here is Dracula's legacy.

Departures: July 12–19, August 16–23, September 13–20

Price: $1,190, including lodging, meals, and travel within Romania; originates in Bucharest

KE Adventure
Tel: 800 497 9675 (toll-free)
Tel: 303 321 0085

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