Armeniș, Romania·August 8 - 12 2023

Wilderness Trail

Reconnect to nature with a unique group along an an organic path of endless exploration.

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Overview

Join wilderness guides Georg Messerer and Sam Lee for a unique 4-night journey into the iconic Southern Carpathians rewilding landscape tracking bison, bear, and wolf and learning about this last vestige of untouched European wilderness. Come and be part of this boutique group to trek far into the Southern Carpathian’s untouched mountains allowing us to meet true wild-ness in both the land and deep within ourselves.

Highlights

Reconnect with nature

Reconnect with nature

Learn by doing

Learn by doing

Discover more about birding, tracking, trailing, rewilding, European natural processes, sleep-out, observation, listening, bird language, night walks.

Have an impact

Have an impact

Contribute to a local rewilding fund, support traditional local agriculture and contribute to the local economy, ethical conduct in nature.

Hosts

Whether it's in the wild or at the table, our experienced and knowledgeable hosts are conscious to create a welcoming space of comfort where each participant can relax and enjoy nature.

Georg Messerer

Georg Messerer

Georg is a German-South African certified wilderness guide, tracker and trainer who spent over 4 years in the Bison Hillock discovering the bison's way of life and designing the first bison tracking safaris in Europe. Georg will lead you on a journey of transformation and guide you to experience wild nature like never before. He speaks fluent English and German.

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Sam Lee

Sam Lee

Apart from being an enthusiastic rewilding advocate and wilderness guide, Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene, too. Sam is  a highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, passionate conservationist, song collector and successful creator of live events. Alongside his organisation, The Nest Collective, Sam has shaken up the music scene by breaking boundaries between folk and contemporary music and the assumed places and ways folksong is appreciated. Sam's helped develop its ecosystem inviting in a new listenership interrogating what the messages in these old songs hold for us today. With his latest critically acclaimed album, Old Wow, he’s summonsed up a truly compelling and emotional album that takes his work to yet another level. Likewise in 2021, Sam releases his debut novel 'The Nightingale, notes on a songbird' telling the epic tale of this highly endangered bird and their place in culture folklore, folksong, music and literature throughout the millennia. 

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Schedule

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DAY 1

Schedule in a nutshell

Day 1 - Midday arrival - lunch and welcoming surprise  - trail brief & packup - transfer to mountains in 4x4s - set up camp - dinner - Nightwalk

Day 2 - Wilderness trail 

Day 3 - Wilderness trail

Day 4 - Wilderness trail daytime - afternoon return from mountains to Campus - dinner with the locals - overnight in beautiful rural hub -  last night fireside 

Day 5 - Farewell breakfast - mid-morning departures

What's Included

What's Included

All local accommodations in a local guesthouse, with heating, bathroom, and hot water All food at the accommodation and on the trail (handmade by local producers, sourced from small-scale farming) All transfers from basecamp to and from the mountains in 4x4 from the Armeniș Visitor Center located in the village, to where the nature safari starts and the bison roam freely All guiding

dehydrated trail food produced and sourced locally by WeWilder's community kitchen

guiding

local transfers

community experience

farewell breakfast

airport transfers

Tickets

4 nights

4 nights

Experience for up to 8 people per group

FROM$1,844.26/pp

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Where bison roam free & wild

We are based in the Southern Carpathians near the Bison Hillock rewilding area, where over 100 bison roam free across one of Europe's most bio-diverse natural landscapes. Experience the wilderness for yourself and activate your everyday nature awareness, thus contributing to this rewilding project by engaging the local community and supporting local green services.

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Trip Tips

Sleep out under the open sky

Sleep out under the open sky

We will sleep around a comforting campfire along the trail with only a bivouak and a sleeping bag. We will replace the heavy canvas from the tents with the seemingly endless starscape above and feel the strong group bond and trust that is nurtured along the trail.

Take only photos, leave only footprints

Take only photos, leave only footprints

We stay true to the wilderness philosophy of taking nothing but photos, leaving nothing but footprints, killing nothing but time and creating nothing but memories. Your guide will ensure that this experience unfolds on the highest possible standards with regards to ethics, both within the group and the environment.

Fitness level required

Fitness level required

For the Wilderness Trail, a high level of fitness is required. Participants will need to be able to walk in a mountainous region for up to 4 hours during an activity with a heavy backpack, as we are carrying all our supplies for the days of the trail ourselves. Following bison and other mammal tracks can lead us into difficult terrain, including steep slopes, crossing mountain streams, or thickly vegetated areas. The usual altitudes covered lie around 600-1000 m a.s.l. Although the activities are not aimed at hiking and covering distance, participants may have to hike to reach hotspots of wildlife activity. Please get in touch, should you have questions regarding the itinerary and your level of fitness.

Conscious of your comfort zone

Conscious of your comfort zone

Although we operate in a mountainous area and this trail includes hiking with a heavy backpack, we are conscious to not overload you with weight, exhaust you along the trail or to push you far outside your comfort zone. We are conscious to provide you with a meaningful, well hosted wilderness experience and emphasize that the moment we arrive, we have already reached our destination. There is no urge to reach any summits, and no time pressure to do so. While part of the experience may challenge the boundaries of some participants' comfort zone, such as sleeping under the stars without a tent, we are highly conscious about this and strive to recreate that space of comfort for each participant to relax and enjoy nature.

What to bring

What to bring

Day backpack, sleeping bag, head-torch, water container (min. 2 l) e.g. a Camelback, camping crockery (bowl/plate & mug) and cutlery (Spork and knife), isomat warm clothes, rainproof gear and shoes, binoculars, camp shoes (e.g. sandals), personal medicines, some snacks from home if you like, small field notebook and a sense of adventure. Should you not own a sleeping bag and/or an isomat, please contact us as, as we can provide a minimal amount of sleeping bags and isomats.

10% of revenues are dedicated to creating a community conservation fund

10% of revenues are dedicated to creating a community conservation fund

This is an instrument that keeps giving back to nature by funding small conservation projects to help maintain the wildness of the area. The fund is managed by WWF involving locals in choosing and implementing the local projects. From small river restoration projects to reducing pressure on certain habitats, we give back 10% of what you pay to nature.

Reviews

The WeWilder experience opened up a gateway for me to become aware of deeper aspects of Life. Learning about wildlife tracking, trailing, sit spots and sleep-outs transformed my relationship with myself and the more than human world and offered me the possibility to start understanding Life in a unique way. This experience put me on a path of eco-awakening and ever since I've encountered the gaze of the Wild Bison I have been nurturing my relationship with Nature in ways that I did not have access to before.

Paul, Experience Designer

Previously my appreciation of nature was superficial because I didn't know what I was looking at or even how to look. Now I learned a small but important hint in how to start seeing, listening.Thank you for opening my mind and senses. It is not an exaggeration that I feel I'm excited about life again, thanks to the WeWilder experience.

Nini, Graphic Designer

WeWilder activated my “biological sensitivity” in such a way that I—the guy that secretly despised birdwatchers no earlier than September 2020—ended up looking with loving eyes at any ruffled tit in the park.

Șerban, Advertising Company Director

Thank you for this awesome experience and for teaching me new things I never thought I would be interested in or intersect with! :)”

Bogdan, Architect

Bison Hillock offers you a lifetime experience that drives you from the comfort of an authentic house to the beauty of wilderness. A perfect location to reconnect with you and nature.

Otilia, Entrepreneur & Marketing

You'll Be Staying Here

WeWilder Campus

WeWilder Campus

The three, easily accessible tiny houses on the WeWilder campus are embedded in nature and offer unique views over the campus orchard and the Armeniș commune. Following high sustainable standards, the architecture is modern with roots in local tradition. Each unit provides integrated, private bathroom facilities and a kitchenette. The tiny houses are ideal for couples, small groups or individual travelers looking for an immersive, meaningful and unique local experience.

Wild Nature

Wild Nature

We will sleep each night under stars around a fire with nightwatches to keep the group safe, and create a strong group bond that will allow for a unique night experience surrounded by untamed nature only

Wilderness Trail

Armeniș, Romania· August 8 - 12 2023· 4 nights

FROM$1844/pp