1 or 2-day Hiking Tour from Cluj: Wild Trails in Apuseni Natural ParkWith: Radu 8
What you need to know about this hiking tour from Cluj-Napoca:
- This is a private hiking day trip from Cluj-Napoca into Apuseni Mountains. Duration: 10-12 hours
- Included: transport by car (1,5h one way from Cluj), professional mountain guidance, snacks, sandwich and bottled water
- Hike on wild and beautiful trails in Apuseni Mountains depending on your fitness level and preferences. Difficulty: medium - above medium (for best places). Trail will be agreed with the guide
- [Tour extension] Stay 2 days in the mountains to summit Vladeasa peak at 1,836m altitude or go in Scarita Belioara Natural Reserve (extra 135 Euro/person, includes accommodation at a local guesthouse and 3 meals))
Minimum hiking equipment needed (boots, trailrun shoes, rain jacket, thermal coat, comfortable pants, small backpack 15 - 20L).
All optionals are available at extra cost on booking page. For bookings over 4 people, please contact Romanian Friend.
You can read more about Apuseni Natural Park in the 'Main Attraction' section of the website.
Moments to expect during this hiking day trip from Cluj-Napoca:
Hike on wild trails in Apuseni Mountains: go through caves & feel like an 'outlaw'
This hiking trip from Cluj-Napoca will be full of adventure: we will pass through caves, hold on to chains and go through narrow passages to get to the other side. We trek through virgin forests and make our way to the top of the cliffs to admire beautiful views of Romania's Carpathian Mountains! You will also experience the 'outlaw' feeling because this is where the anti-communist resistance went into hiding from the feared Securitate!
The newest charted trail: White Cliffs Circuit
I am part of Vladeasa Mountain Rescuers and we recently marked a new hiking trail in the Apuseni Mountains because of its beauty and wild feeling. I will guide you on this newly marked hiking route few people know of to the top of the White Cliffs at 1600m. On our way you will get superb views of the entire area the whole time! It's one of the best hiking trails in Romania!
Bride’s Wail Waterfall
It is the most emblematic waterfall in the Apuseni National Park and the biggest one in the area. Rachitele village became well known because of this wonder of nature. It is a 30m tall waterfall with an interesting local legend. We go trekking to see it and I will tell you all about it!
Enjoy a traditional lunch
At the end of our trip we'll enjoy a well-deserved delicious lunch with homegrown products & local dishes cooked by locals!
[Tour extension] do a 2-day hiking trip in Apuseni Mountains
If you extend this trip to 2 days then we have more time to go hiking in the area! We can summit Vladeasa Peak, the second highest in Apuseni Mts. at 1,836m altitude or go hiking in Scarita Belioara natural reserve which has superb wilderness views, uniques in these parts!
Extra 135 Euro/person (includes accommodation in a double room at a local guesthouse, 3 meals, guidance and transport)
Optional: 600m zipline circuit
If you want some adventure we can go to a zip-line circuit that has 7 individual elements and a height of 20m above ground. You'll pass over forests, rivers and ridges to enjoy incredible views! Availability depending on weather conditions. 10 Euro/person extra cost
- Starting point: Cluj-Napoca
- Nearest airport: Cluj-Napoca International Airport
- Nearest train station: Cluj-Napoca
- Landscape: Mountainous, Countryside
Reviews from travellers
We had a wonderful and challenging hike through the Apuseni mountains with our guide, Radu. He is a very nice guy and a pleasure to go hiking with.
The tour with Radu was excellent. We did a mix of climbing in the mountains, but adapted to explore some local villages and rural culture. Radu is a great guy, and interesting, relaxed company for three days. The trip included overnight stays in a very comfortable guesthouse with tasty home-cooked food.
We had a great 2 day hiking trip with Radu. He is a very knowledgeable guide and took us on two hikes with beautiful scenery. You should try it! Marius from Romanian Friend made a great recommendation with this tour, quick responses and very good service.
It is wonderful experience, totally recommended to go there and enjoy the beautiful Romanian nature. The tour guide Radu is an excellent person, you will enjoy the activity and talking with him. Romanian Friend was supportive with my questions and booking, totally recommend!
Apuseni park was beautiful in Autumn, I'm so glad I did this tour. Radu was an excellent guide, who allowed me to set the pace for the hike and customised the day based on my fitness and what I wanted to see. Definitely would recommend this tour and Romanian Friend website to others!
It was perfect! Booking through Romanian Friend was easy, confirmed very quickly & my guide; Radu was great, very friendly & supportive.
A very nice experience. Radu was amazing, we couldn’t have had a better guide :)
Great resource for anyone planning to visit Romania! I found it very easy to book through Romanian Friend and the communication was excellent prior to, during and after our trip. The blog post for first-time visitors and Cluj city guide Marius sent us were a nice touch, and we found both very helpful! And the hiking tour with Radu - excellent, beautiful and a unique experience in Romania's Carpathians, also seeing local village life. Would absolutely recommend these guys. Well done!
I had a really great hiking tour with Radu – he was very good company and I greatly enjoyed not only the tour itself but also our conversations. What’s more, he’s very passionate about the outdoors, and was always encouraging yet not pushing during our hike. It was nice to enjoy views from the mountains in remote areas, a welcome change from the cities indeed. In addition, communication with the people from Romanian Friend and Radu was excellent, and I was able to do the trip on very short notice. Definitely can only recommend and thanks for setting it up so easy!
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