Highlights

* hiking in the wilderness of the Apuseni Nature Park
* landscape diversity
* off the beaten treks
* tasting the local plum brandy
* sleeping under the start

Tour information

duration : 3 days – 2 nights
validity: May – September
min. group size recommended: 2 participants
level of difficulty : average

Rates

2 pax         182 eur / pers.
3 pax         125 eur / pers.
4 pax         119 eur / pers.
5 pax         96 eur / pers.
6 pax         83 eur / pers.
7 pax         74 eur / pers.
8 pax         66 eur / pers.
* For more than 8 participants, prices available upon request.

Package includes:

* transportation by car or minibus;
* gas and parking fees
* English, French or Romanian speaking guide
* palinca tasting
* meals & accommodation for the guide

Package does not include:

* accommodation (in chalet or wild camping)
* meals and drinks
* personal expenses
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The Carpathian Mountains are located in Eastern Europe and spread across seven countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Austria and Romania. With an area of 209,000 km2, around 10 times the size of the Wales. The majority of the Carpathians (more than 60%) are in Romania.
The Carpathians are distinguished from their surrounding regions by there unparalleled biodiversity. An important factor is that the Carpathians receive twice as much rainfall as the surrounding areas. The mountain streams, creeks and rivers feed a great quantity of water into the Danube. In Romania, 80% of the water supply comes out of the Carpathian Mountains. The Carpathians are home to an abundance of life forms and landscapes, including high mountains, hills, mountain meadows, coniferous, deciduous and mixed forest and valleys. There are a lot rare plants growing here, including many endemic species! Reptiles and amphibians thrive in the humid lowlands and numerous birds, insects and small mammals call the Carpathians their home. Small numbers of beavers and otters are found in the brooks and streams; Alpine marmots and Chamois inhabit the higher hills.

Tour description

Day 1             Cluj – Apuseni Mountains: transfer and trekking
In the morning, the car transfer from Cluj to Apuseni Mountains will take about 3 hours. This day we do a first tour following the yellow cross. We’ll reach the Lumea Pierduta sector (the Lost World) where, in the wild forest, we’ll discover several pit caves, among which Gemanata. Difficulty: low. 7,5 km, 2 -3 hours. Overnights at the chalet or wild camping.
Day 2             Trekking in Padis
In the morning we’ll start one of the most beautiful marked Padis circuits, following the yellow point. At the start of the tour, we’ll get high up the Cetatile Ponorului (Ponor’s Forteresses) cave, till we reach the sector La Balcoane from where we’ll have a spectacular view on both entrances of the cave. We will go on towards Bortig pit cave (a glacier at the bottom of a 40 meters deep cave) and we’ll pass through Galbena Gorges. From here, the marked path which will bring us back to Padis Chalet passes through Poiana Florilor (Flowers’ Glade) and by Focul Viu ice cave (the Living Fire). Difficulty: medium, with several difficult segments. 19 km, 9-10 hours. Overnights at the chalet or wild camping.
Day 3              Trekking in Padis
In the morning we will start another circuit, that of Somesul Cald Gorges (Warm Somes). First we will pass by a karst lake in Poiana Varasoaia (Varasoaia Glade) then get into the gorges through the 260 meters long cave Cetatile Radesei. After having enjoyed the scenic landscape of the gorges we’ll get back to the car and head back to Cluj. Arrival upon Cluj in the evening.

Additional information

Appropriate outdoor clothing we recommend: walking boots, hiking pants, midlayers, waterproof jacket, sleeping bag (if you opt for wild camping)
Clothes and equipment we can provide upon request: tents, mattresses.

Note

This tour may partially be subject to weather conditions.