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Rarau Mountains

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Oradea, Bihor, Romania

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    €560 EUR per trip
  • Duration

    7 days

  • Avg Distance

    60 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    May through October

  • Starting Location

    Oradea

  • Price Includes

    Guide

  • Notes

    Bring mountain tent, sleeping bag, waterproof boots, isolier, rucksack, aluminium flask, rain cloak, thick clothes; must be in very good physical condition

Highlights

  • See The Lady Stones, a bizarre bunch of stones.
  • Explore the Rarau hermitage, a very old monastery.
  • Hear the symphony of nature, the song of the birds, accompanied by the rustle of pine forests.

Guide

Trip Info

A trekking trip in Rarau Mountains offers the traveller marvellous landscapes where the pine trees and spruces bring with them the charm of the North. Here, at dawn, the traveller has the opportunity to hear the symphony of nature, the song of the birds, accompanied by the rustle of pine forests. In the mists of evening, the valleys and wind-torn clouds, including emerging from time to time, silhouettes of Lady Stones, take you into the world of fairy tales. Night sky with moon and stars, sunrises and sunsets, summer storms and winter blizzards bring in Rarau, each in their own way, mysterious and meditative beauty, all against a landscape that combines shades of gray-white limestone with dark green of coniferous forests and alpine meadows at the open, colorful embroidered with mountain flowers.

We start at Oradea and travel by train or bus to Vatra Dornei, where we stay overnight in tent or chalet, depending on weather conditions. Our trek starts the next day as we make our way to Chalet Giumalau. We’ll stay overnight in tent or chalet.

The third day will see us trek four hours to Rarau for an overnight stay in tent or chalet. In the morning, we will explore the bat caves before heading to The Lady Stones for overnight. The fifth day will see us travel to Cimpulung Moldovenesc for the night.

Day six will see us visit the wood monasteries at Maramures. See Rogoz, Ieud, Barsana, Desesti, Surdesti and the merry cemetery at Sapinta. We will rest for the night. In the morning, we will return to Oradea.

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