Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|8 September - 15 September 2019||On Sale|
Take a walk on the wild side on the Bear Necessities Trek Transylvania 2019, a life-changing challenge trekking for five days through the Carpathian Mountains. Open to all fitness levels, this trek pushes you out of your comfort zone and into an enchanting world of Gothic architecture, fir-tree forests and limestone peaks. We stay mostly in simple lodges and tents, so no frills or luxury - just the Bear Necessities and the adventure of a lifetime!
As if this trek couldn’t get any better, we even get to explore Dracula’s Castle and stay the night nearby (look out for vampire bats!) We finish with an exclusive visit to a cruelty-free bear sanctuary and some free time in the Gothic city of Bran.
Self fund your challenge or support a charity of your choice and discover the true wilderness and staggering architecture of Romania.
Don’t want to fundraise? No worries.
This trek is an Open Challenge – this means you have the option to self fund your participation and there is no minimum fundraising requirement. You are, of course, more than welcome to commit to a minimum sponsorship target instead and fundraise for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice; but it’s completely up to you.
If you choose sponsorship for Bear Necessities, we do encourage you to support an animal or wildlife charity; but if you hold another cause closer to your heart, you are welcome to support any type of charity or hospice you like.
Places for this pawsome trek are going fast, so sign up now and start getting excited!
Download the Bear Necessities Trek info pack
Get all the information you need about this incredible challenge in the beautiful Bear Necessities Trek Transylvania info pack here.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship amount for your chosen animal or wildlife charity.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen animal or wildlife charity.
Pay the balance
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the Bear Necessities Trek Transylvania 2019. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.
You will of course need a pair of walking boots. We'll supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.
This challenge isn't called "bear necessities" just because of the bear sanctuary. Apart from the hotel on the first night, we'll be staying in simple huts and lodges and camping in tents throughout the rest of the challenge. All camping equipment is provided.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge personal travel insurance, visa, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of. You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity trek in Romania. Each participant needs to organise their own tourist visa if needed. Currently, UK citizens don't require a visa to enter Romania. If this changes, we will let you know and provide you with all the information you need.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.