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Hiking in the Western Carpathians

Unforgettable people and stunning scenery

The Apuseni Mountains in Transylvania consist mainly of limestone. Therefore, you will find a number of caves. The area has remained largely untouched by industrialization. That’s good, because it allows you to experience the authentic and unaltered life of the villagers up close.

Day 1: Sibiu - Bucium

After arriving in Sibiu / Hermannstadt will be waiting for your travel companions at the airport. In the late afternoon we drive over Karlburg / Alba Iulia by Ampoi River valley to the village Bucium Poieni (at an altitude of about 1200 m) in the Apuseni Mountains. During the dinner, there is a detailed introduction to the end of the next day. Check-in for the next six nights in stylish guest house.

First, we want to explore Tree Village / Bucium and its surroundings. The community consists of six scattered villages whose inhabitants live like centuries mainly from gold mining and agriculture. We learn about local traditions, the history of the region – the gold mining has been around for over 4000 years – but also about the life of today’s inhabitants. We go on a hike to the natural monument “Narzissenwiese” / “Poiana Narciselor” in Negrileasa Valley. Here in the spring of yellow flowers grow countless and often one encounters here migrant shepherds with their flocks.

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On a day hike (about 6 hours, with not so large height differences) we want the natural monument “Detunata” explore. After a picnic lunch we reach the basalt columns of Detunata, a unique geological phenomenon in Europe with lots of wildlife. Then we go back to the village and visit a wood carver. In the horse-drawn carriage we put the rest of the way back. Dinner in a mountain hut, with a family from the village.

Day 4: Poienile Mogos - Mamaligani - Bocesti - Valea Barnii

Today we visit typical villages of the country Pimp (moderate hike, about 7-8 hours). In Mogos area (Poienile Mogos Mamaligani, Bocesti, Valea Barnii) the traditional architecture of the houses stands out whose roofs are covered with straw. We invest a portion of the return path back to local transport. Dinner in the pension.

Day 5: Rosia Montana

The minibus will go to Rosia Montana (Alburnus Maior), one of the oldest towns in Romania, even the Dacians and Romans dug in for gold. Today’s walk takes 4-5 hours in and around the village. We will visit the village with its multicultural heritage (churches of nine different religions) and archaeological finds from the Roman period. We are presented with the project “SOS Rosia Montana”. Then we visit the gold rush era of the so-called gold route. Evening return to Tree Village.

Day 6: Scarisoara Ice Cave - Ordancusei Gorge

We’re going to Garda, the starting point for today’s hike (about 6-7 hours, medium weight, height differences up to 800 m). Together we will visit the Scarisoara Ice Cave. This natural monument is the largest ice cave in Romania and the second largest in Europe. For about 4,000 years buried here 75,000 cubic meters of ice with a thickness of up to 20 meters in the 105 m deep and 700 m long cave. Then we walk through the imposing Ordancusei gorge, in which more than 50 caves up to 150 m high cliffs are located. One of them, “Poarta lui Loanele” was equipped from the local Speläologenverein the only cave museum in Romania. Return to Tree Village.

Day 7: Lupsa - Huda lui Papara Cave - Turda - Sibiu

After breakfast it’s all about Abrud and Campeni after Lupsa. Here we will visit a small museum about the lifestyle of the rural population in Aries Valley. After lunch at the Huda lui Papara cave we make our way to Turda, where we visit the salt mine. Then we drive back to Sibiu. Dinner and overnight in the lower old town of Sibiu.

Day 8: Departure

Depending on the return date you have time at leisure in the city. The numerous cafes and restaurants invite you to linger. Transfer to the airport.

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