Day three saw us tasked with a longer (9 hours!), slower but equally challenging trek where the views were, again, spectacular. And just like that the trekking was complete, 15hrs over two days, thousands of kilometres ascended and everybody returning to the hotel intact.
For our final evening in Romania, we treated ourselves to dinner and a night out in the local town of Brasov, which I’ll refrain from explaining too much –apart from the undisputed highlight being Tim Salmon, fresh from his successful debut DJ Set on our coach journey, plucking up the courage to take to the decks in a local club – being kicked off very promptly. DJ Salmon would have to wait for his headline shot.
Before heading back the next day we managed a swift tour around the home of Dracula, Brann’s Castle, led by our trekking guide-turned-Romanian Historian, Florin, before heading to the airport to say our goodbyes and board the plane home.
Overall, a fantastic trip to an underappreciated part of Europe that raised over £10,000 for the wonderful Terrence Higgins Trust; a hearty success for a very worthy cause and views that would stay etched into our minds forever.