Day Hiking Transylvania
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 17, 2012 6:05 AM Last Post By: Travalero
Nov 3, 2012 7:44 AM
Day Hiking TransylvaniaHi,
I'm planning trip to Romania in early April, and I was hoping someone who lives there/has been can verify the info I've collected.
1) A Google search has come up with average temperatures around 50 F during the day, 30 F at night for Brasov - is this right for that altitude?
2) From guide books, it seems there are a lot of trails leading straight from Sibiu and Brasov. So I'm assuming I can just walk from city center to a trail head. Is this true, and are there enough different trails to entertain me for 5-10 days?
3) If I want to get a bit further out, it looks like I can take a mini bus for very cheap (<5 euro) out to a smaller village from Brasov or Sibiu. Do these villages typically have private rooms to rent, cheap hotels, or hostels?
4) I've never hiked in Europe before, so the idea of "huts" is still foreign to me. In the Transylvanian Alps, are they just uninsulated shelters? Is there any kind of reservation system, and is there any fee?
From everything I've read, it seems like a perfect place to hike all day and crash at a hostel at night - no tent needed. The pictures I've seen look gorgeous, so I'm very excited for the trip. Just wanted to verify that I'm not making any blatant mistakes in the planning stages.
Nov 3, 2012 9:29 AM
11. That's about 10C during the day, -1C at night? Temperatures in early April should be a bit higher than that in Brasov itself, but they're about right for higher up in the mountains
2. Yes, there are trails starting directly from Brasov, from Sibiu less so.
But I don't think they would be enough for 5-10 days. If hiking is your priority it would be best to change base every few days.
3. In many villages, although not in absolutely all, around Brasov and Sibiu you can find fairly affordable guesthouses (pensiune)
4. Mountain huts (cabana) aren't simple shelters, they're actual accommodation units.
The conditions they offer vary very much, ranging from hostel-like to small hotels. Prices are usually low.
Reservation is usually done by phone and is a good idea for the ones located on busier trails, especially if you go during the weekend. But in general they won't turn you away even without reservation.
Nov 3, 2012 3:23 PM
Nov 12, 2012 4:45 AM
3Your informations are basically correct. Brasov area is nice, Sibiu area as well, easy access from and to all main cities, including Bucharest, but a bit crowdy for my tastes, as this are popular mountains resorts in Romania. I would suggest to you to try *Stana de Vale*( there are buses from Sibiu to the closest main city in Stana de Vale region that is Oradea - about 7 hours drive from *Sibiu*(here I suggest to visit Paltinis region and get acommodation in Rasinari village), also Bistrita region - about 5.30 hours from Oradea, and seek for Pasul Tihuta region(within 28 milles from Bistrita city) where you can also stay on Hotel Dracula, but I assure you no vampires will attack you, or you can stay on many, many huts/villas you will encounter(named here "agricultural pension") Probably, if this suits your budget it wouldn't be a bad idea to rent a car(starting from 20-25£/day). I suggest to you to have bears deffensive tools, because in the past summer several incidents were reported due to bear-humans encounter caused of the dry season it has been in Romania and lack of food for the wild animals that were obligated to search close to human community areas, so you need to be careful from that point of view. From Bistrita, if you wish, you can head south to *Sfantu Gheorghe*(within 160milles distance) and seek for Valea Zalanului region, a place where Prince Charles comes every year for the undisturbed rural sites. Have a nice trip and enjoy your stay in *Transylvania*!
Nov 14, 2012 10:20 AM
4For easy access from town to mountains try Sinaia. There are some trails up the mountain, or once on top, at Corta 2000 (meters) from the ski station there are some hikes. It's also a nice unpretentious little town, warmer/friendlier feeling than the historical Sibiu, and just big enough to give you a choice of places to eat/drink, and is esily accessible by train from Bucharest. But there could be even more trails in my opinion. Sinaia was also the only town of those we went to that had that wonderful "Dracula style" of houses (kind of like the film the Addams Family). If anywhere near Sibiu you need to hire a car for one day (min) but 2 or more better, and drive the Transfagarasan Highway - stunning, but problem if you're going in April, as usually only open from later June to end Aug. We used Economy Car Rental, who used Autonom in Sibiu, and they were great. There are villages on the far side from Sibiu that are as plain as anything but have wonderful private home accommodation. Try Pensiune Nicky for really nice rooms and a warm and inviting family (Nicky & Cornelia Tarasi) in a truly rural setting with no trimmings. It is near to Curtea de Arges, and on a nice circular route from Sibiu.
Nov 17, 2012 6:05 AM
5There are lots of great hikes in Romania.
In April though few areas might not be accessible yet due to avalanche dangers etc.
My advice would be not to miss Piatra Craiului (starting point Plaiu Foii guest house after passing through Zarnesti)
Another great starting point is Busteni (nearby Sinaia) with excellent options to hike Bucegi mountains.
Which ever you'll choose you won't regret it.
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