Hiking Tours in the Piatra Craiului Mountains-8 days-MountainGuide-Sibiu

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Piatra Craiului rises above the town of Zărneşti, having the shape of a huge handsaw oriented from West to East and which belongs to the Cental Carpathians.
The general features which make these mountains so wonderful are given by their lonely summit covered in woods and the diversified landscape; cliffs, pyramids, towers, valleys, natural arcades, all of these form a great natural spectacle.

Why should you gon on a hiking tour in the Piatra Craiului Mountains?
*  The Piatra Craiului Massif is a natural park created in 1971, a treasure that must be protected.
* It is formed by the longest and most typycal calcar summit in the Carpathians – 25 km; it also has numerous valleys and the highest summit in the Carpatians.
* There are over 1.300 species of plants here, 150 of them are protected, the most impressive is, of course, the Piatra Craiului Garden Pink.
* Here we can admire amazing natural monuments like: Cheile Dâmbovicioarei,  Prăpăstiile Zărneştiului, Zaplazul, Turnurile Dianei, Cerdacul Stanciului sau Acul Crăpăturii.
* Close to the park, there are two villages Măgura and Peştera, where time seems immortal and  people are so nice and hard working.

Technical details:
Difficulty level: Active – the tour is generally dedicated to experienced tourists;
Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
Ideal time of year: June, 1st – October 15th
No. of persons: 4-10 pax

Day 1. Welcome in Romania
Arrival in Sibiu, a former Saxon medieval town, declared in 2007 European Capital of Culture.
Cultural guided tour in the historic center of the city (about 2 hours).  
We’ll end our first day with a traditional Romanian dinner.

Day 2. First hiking tour in the Piatra Craiului Mountains.
Route Trail: Sibiu – Zărneşti City – Prăpăstiile Zărneştiului – Curmătura Cabin ( 1470 m ) – Crăpăturii Saddle – Piatra Mică Peak ( 1816 m ) – Zănoaga Glade –Curmătura Cabin.  
Auto transfer till the bottom of the  Piatra Craiului Mountains.
Length of the hiking tour: 5-6 ore
Level difference: +1031 / -346 m
Difficulty level: Medium
Dinner and overnight at the Curmatura cabin.

Day 3: Curmătura Cabin (1470 m) – Turnu Peak (1923 m) – Padina Popii Peak (2025 m) – Ascuţit Peak (2150 m ) – Padinile Frumoase – Curmătura Cabin(1470 m).
Length of the hiking tour: 5-6 hours
Level difference: + 680 / - 680 m
Difficulty level: Medium
Dinner and overnight at the Curmatura cabin.

Day 4:  Curmătura Cabin – Padinile Inchise -  La Găvan - Brâna Caprelor –Diana refuge – Plaiul Foii Cabin.
Length of the hiking tour: 6 ore
Level difference: + 482  / - 1103 m.
Difficulty level: Medium
Dinner and overnight at the Plaiul Foii cabin.

Day 5: Plaiul Foii Cabin ( 849 m )– Şpirla refuge – Umerii Pietrei Craiului – Marele Grohotiş – Cerdacu Stanciului – Curmătura Foii ( 1367 m ) - Plaiul Foii Cabin.
Length of the hiking tour: 7-8 ore
Level difference: + 801 / - 801 m.
Difficulty level: Medium
Dinner and overnight at the Plaiul Foii cabin.

Day 6: Up on the  La Om Peak (Piscul Baciului Peak)  - 2238 m - Highest peak in the Piatra Craiului Mountains
Plaiul Foii Cabin – Şpirla refuge – Zaplaz – La Lanţuri –Grindului – Vârful La Om( Piscul Baciului- 2238 m) – Refugiul Grind -  La Table – Vlăduşca Glade –Botorog Spring – Bran .
Length of the hiking tour: 8-9 ore
Level difference: +1389 / - 1458 m.
Difficulty level: Hard
Dinner and overnight in Bran.

Day 7: Bran Castle – Dracula, “The Impaler”
Bran – Măgura Branului – Măgura village – Peştera village – Joaca Saddle – Prăpăstiile Zărneştiului – Zărneşti – Sibiu
Length of the hiking tour: 5 - 6 ore
Level difference: + 510 / -620 m.
Difficulty level: Easy.
Dinner and overnight in Sibiu.

Day 8: Good bye Romania.
Spare time, Shopping
Transfer to the  International Airport in Sibiu
End of the tour.

The price includes:
- 3 nights of accommodation in pension.
- 4 nights of accommodation in mountain cabins.
- Full-board
- Lunch packages (sandwiches, fruit, water) for all the trekking days
- Welcome  dinner and departure dinner in a fancy Romanian restaurant
- Transportation (in a bus, according to the number of tourists)
- Professional mountain guide (English, German and Spanish speaker)
- Professional cultural guide (English, French, Spanish speaker) for Sibiu
- A souvenir gift

Price does not include:
-  Accident/life insurance
-  Special equipment
-  Flight ticket
-  Other expenses that haven’t been mentioned

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