Dear ERA Members, dear Rambler/Hiker Friends,
it is our pleasure to invite you to the biggest tourist meeting in the Carpathian Basin!
Our organisation, the Transylvanian Carpathian Society (EKE), was founded over 125 years ago. Its goals are walking/rambling/hiking, to get familiarised with local history and the protection of the environment. EKE has branches in 16 Transylvanian cities, and each year one of the branches organises the biggest EKE event: the national itinerant camp. Each year, the participants are able to familiarise themselves with the geographic, touristic attractions, landmarks, architectural and cultural heritage, traditions of a particular region. During the past couple of years, the number of participants has reached 1,300-1,500. So far most of the participants came from Romania and Hungary, however since our organisation was granted membership in the European Ramblers’ Association, this year we would like to open our doors to international participants as well. In 2019 the EKE’s 28 th National Itinerant Camp is organised by the Tîrgu Mureș branch, the venue being Sovata (Mureș County), a resort town famous all over Europe and special due to its salt domes and its heliothermic lake that is unique in Europe and rare worldwide. First of all, we would like to invite to this meeting the members of the ERA and anybody else that would like to visit Transylvania and to get to know one of its regions and would be interested in establishing connections with the local community and its traditions.
Our tour offer is rather diverse; thus, we hope that regardless of age everyone would find something to enjoy. There are going to be difficult and moderately difficult hikes in the Eastern Carpathians (1,000-2,100 m), tours that explore the history of WW1 and WW2 and their monuments, pilgrimage- tours on the St. Mary Trail (the Transylvanian El Camino). We are also going to visit the ruins of old castles within the surrounding mountains and the landmarks of the Salt Country (Sóvidék): salt lakes of Sovata, salt mine of Praid and the Salt-pass. Our local history tours also have a wide selection: medieval castles, Transylvanian Saxon cities and fortified churches that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage (Sighișoara and Biertan). We are going to visit the castle that belonged to Prince Charles’ great-great-grandmother and a town founded by Armenians. There are also going to be cycling tours, mushroom-picking tours, as well as photo and night-time tours, riding horse-drawn carriages in Corund and getting in touch with the local trades, but also wine and palinka (traditional fruit brandy) sampling in the surrounding villages. Children and young adults, as well as those who still feel young, can choose from our creative activities, such as rope gardens, raft making, rock climbing and many other exciting challenges under the guidance of the Outward Bound personnel. The guided tours are in Hungarian, but many of the tour guides speak English or other European languages and where there shall be a lack of language skills the hospitality will make up for it.
Location: the Outward Bound Youth Centre and its surroundings in Sovata, GPS coordinates: 46.58677N, 25.081542E, elevation: 475 m, 3 km from Sovata resort centre.
Accommodations: own tent on the territory of the camp, simple, semi-nomadic conditions. People with more needs may find accommodations in Sovata and its surroundings.
Within camp hot meals and the possibility of buying provisions are ensured, mobile signal is good.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
|1||Mátyás (Matthias) hike 1||Lunca Bradului - Valley of Ilva - Negoiu Unguresc peak (2081 m) - Pietrosu peak (2102 m) - Valley of Ilva - Lunca Bradului||30 km||+/- 1500 m||10-11 hrs||5+||✔||✔||✔|
|2||Mátyás (Matthias) hike 2||Little Tihu creek - Tihu saddle - Bistriciorul peak (1990 m) - and back||22 km||+/- 1241 m||11-12 hrs||5||✔||✔||✔|
|3||Saca Mare 1||Cireșului-ridge - Cerepes-stone-field - Table-stone - Saca Mare peak (1776 m) - Cencio - Sebes creek||29 km||+1400 m / -1250 m||10-12 hrs||5||✔||✔||✔|
|4||Firtușu||Păuleni - Firtuşu - Cuşmed-stone - Şiclod-stone - Șiclod||23 km||+837 m / -1021 m||9-10 hrs||5||✔||✔||✔|
|5||Saca Mare 2||Bucin - Saca Mare peak (1776 m) - Table-stone - Cerepes-stone-peak - Cerepes-stone-field - Cireșului-ridge - ski resort||21 km||+750 m / -1100 m||9 hrs||4||✔||✔||✔|
|6||God’s Chair||Bistra Mureșului - Zapodia Ursului hilltop - God’s Chair saddle - God’s Chair (1380 m) - Zapodia cu Pod creek - Valley of Bistra||20 km||+/- 850 m||8-9 hrs||4||✔||✔||✔|
|7||Albert Wass hike||Sălard - Sărăcin stone - Ferigelor meadow - Sărăcin plateau - Funtinel meadow - Ferigelor creek - Funtinel creek - Lunca Bradului||16 km||+636 m / -613 m||8 hrs||4||✔||✔||✔|
|8||Repaș plateau||Camp - Juhod-creek - Sicbert-field - Repaş-plateau - Iszapos-creek - Sebes creek - Camp||25 km||+/- 750 m||8-9 hrs||4||✔||✔||✔|
|9||Becheci - war history hike||Șilea Nirajului - Becheci peak (1080 m) - Sovata||18 km||+650 m / -750 m||8-9 hrs||3||✔||✔|
|10||Fortress of Vityál||Câmpu Cetății - Cald-creek - Fortress of Vityál - Eremitu||20 km||+753 m / -808 m||8-9 hrs||3||✔||✔||✔|
|11||Verőfény||Bucin road 11 km - Bogan plateau - Bogdan stone (1297 m) - Verőfény-top - Bucin plateau||14 km||+800 m / -290 m||9 hrs||3||✔||✔||✔|
|12||Lajos Áprily hike||Camp - Ilieși - Áprily fountain - Fortress of Rapsonné - Bucin road 5 km - Praid - Áprily Memorial House - Salt gorge||14 km||+/- 500 m||8 hrs||3||✔||✔||✔|
|13||Pilgrim hike||Camp - Șiclod stone - Hermitage - Sărățeni||15 km||+/- 500 m||7-8 hrs||3||✔||✔||✔|
|14||Family hike Sovata||Camp - Tiucas-hill - Sovata salt lakes tour - Salt Route - Belvedere tower - Ghera spring - Camp||10 km||+/- 315 m||4 hrs||2||✔||✔||✔|
|15||Family hike Câmpu Cetății||Câmpu Cetății - Lacul cu Arini (Alder-Lake) - Castle Mountain - Spring of the Fairies - Câmpu Cetății|
on Thursday and Friday from Sovata to Câmpu Cetății travel by Mocăniță (narrow-gauge railway)
|5,6 km||+/- 200 m||4 hrs||2||✔||✔||✔|
|16||Family hike Praid||Praid Salt mine||3 km||3 hrs||2||✔||✔||✔|
|17||Family hike Corund||Corund aragonite museum, snail hill, local craftsmen||2 km||+/- 100 m||1 hr||2||✔||✔||✔|
|18||Photography-hike||Abud - Eremieni - Torba||10 km||+/- 150 m||2||✔||✔||✔|
|19||Mushroom hunting||Câmpu Cetății - Valley of Niraj||6 km||+/- 200 m||4 hrs||2||✔|
|20||Night hike||Camp - Mill-creek - Sebes creek - Small field - Tiucas-hill - Camp||6 km||+/- 250 m||3 hrs||2||✔|
|21||Bike tour 1 - Fortress of Rapsonné||Camp - Juhod-creek - Áprily fountain - Fortress of Rapsonné - Áprily-fountain - Bucin road 5 km - Praid - camp||23 km bike, 4 km hike||+/- 390 m bike, +/- 120 m hike||5-6 hrs bike, 1 hr hike||🚲||✔|
|22||Bike tour 2 - Becheci hill||Camp - Stâna de Vale - Sovata - Săcădat - Written-stone - Becheci peak (1080 m) - Great Becheci meadow - Reștad - Sovata - camp||34 km||+/- 780 m||6-8 hrs||🚲||✔|
|23||Bike tour 3 - Saca Mare mountain||Camp - Stâna de Vale - Sebes creek - Repaș plateau - Cencio-plateau - Saca Mare - Nirajului-valley - Câmpu Cetății - Săcădat - Sovata - camp||60 km||+/- 1350 m||10-12 hrs||🚲||✔|
|24||Local history tour - Valley of Târnava Mică||Ghindari - Sângeorgiu de Pădure - Bezidu Nou - Crișeni - Vețca||125 km by bus||8-10 hrs||🚌||✔||✔|
|25||Local history tour - Valley of Niraj||Eremitu - Călugăreni - Sâmbriaș - Miercurea Nirajului - Sânvăsii - Bâra||100 km by bus||9-10 hrs||🚌||✔||✔|
|26||Local history tour - Sándor Petőfi||Călimănești - Sighișoara - Albești - Ispán well - Cristuru Secuiesc||170 km by bus||11 hrs||🚌||✔||✔|
|27||Local history tour - Castles||Gurghiu - Brâncovenești - Gornești||4 km hike, 140 km by bus||9 hrs||🚌||✔||✔|
|28||Local history tour - Valley of Târnava Mare||Bălăușeri - Sighișoara - Criș - Mălâncrav - Biertan - Dumbrăveni||240 km by bus||10 hrs||🚌||✔||✔|
|29||Local history tour - Saint Ladislaus||Reghin - Herina - Bistrița - Chiraleș - Arcalia - Țigău||250 km by bus||11 hrs||🚌||✔||✔|
|30||Horse-drawn carriage tour||Sărățeni - Chibed||1 km hike, 10 km by carriage, 20 km by bus||8 hrs||🐴||✔||✔|
|31||Horse-drawn carriage gastro-tour||Corund - Valea lui Pavel - Fântâna Brazilor, turf bog - Corund feast at a homestead||22 km by carriage, 25 km by bus||6 hrs||🐴/🍽||✔|
|32||Programs for youth (above 15 years)||Raft building, hike, rappel||15 km hike, 4 km on raft||+/- 500 m||9-10 hrs||🏕||✔||✔||✔|
|33||Programs for kids (10-14 years)||Raft builiding, climbing wall, tyrolean||2 km||5 hrs||🏕||✔||✔||✔|
|34||Wine tasting||Călimănești, Simén Mansion, wine tasting with cold buffet, between 18-22 h (6-10 PM)||72 km by bus||4 hrs||🍷||✔||✔|
|35||Palinka tasting||Chibed, Orbán palinka distillery, between 18-22 h (6-10 PM)||24 km by bus||4 hrs||🥛||✔|
|5+||Very difficult hike|
|4||Moderately difficult hike|
|🚌||Local history tour|
|🍽/🍷/🥛||Food and drink tasting|
|🏕||Kids and youth programs|