Sources for Hiking Info
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Mar 10, 2013 8:51 AM Last Post By: csdcsmith
Jan 21, 2013 7:48 AM
Sources for Hiking InfoWe will be in Romania for about a month in May-June. We want some several-day hikes in the mountains and between villages as well as day hikes. We prefer to hike alone. I have several guide books and am religiously doing my Internet research, but there is no substitute for local knowledge, particularly when snow/weather conditions could be an issue.
So I would like to compile a list of local "hike consultants" that we could trust. The best is hostels with good free local info, but we would be willing to pay a modest sum if necessary.
Suggestions will be appreciated.
Jan 21, 2013 9:48 AM
Jan 21, 2013 3:58 PM
2Any that are accessible that time of year. We figure we have enough time for anywhere in the country. We like a mix of above and below tree line.
We are experienced hikers, not climbers, not fond of exposure, but we can handle some serious altitude gain and loss. We anticipate hiking in the mountain between cabanas as well as possibly hiking between small villages. We'd rather not carry tent, etc., but would be able to carry food. We will have warmth.
Jan 22, 2013 10:01 AM
Jan 22, 2013 10:58 AM
Jan 22, 2013 12:17 PM
Will we find info about these hikes in the villages, or just in the larger cities? Any particularly good sources?+
In the border town of Sighet you will find a few book shops with maps, as well as a hostel (Cowobs) who can provide you with info. In the (not so nice) town of Borsa you can probably get info about the nearby Rodna mountains. In the village of Breb there is a hostel/campsite (Babou) who can provide you with info about nearby walks and villages. Also there are 'pensiunea' in the villages, but very few of them speak English so this can be hard.
Have a good trip,
Jan 28, 2013 6:29 AM
6Another good option are the mountains and villages around the Piata Craiului National Park. Maps (and advice) can be found in Brasov at Himalaya - an excellent outdoors shop. At that time of year you'll probably still have some snow at the higher altitudes. Personally I think Magura makes a good starting point, but there are also other villages around the edge of the park, and I believe about three or four cabanas higher up within the park.
As I'm sure you've seen in your research, there is no shortage of excellent hiking through Romania. Ceahlau National Park is also fantastic, although I'm not quite as familiar with that area (I only went once, two summers ago). A big strength of Mattijs' suggestion in Maramures are the villages around (as I imagine you've also read about).
Jan 28, 2013 7:02 AM
7Am I correct that Maramures is more rolling hills than mountains?
Jan 30, 2013 12:37 AM
8Depends on where you go. In the old traditional part where the nicest villages are (roughly the area consisting of the Cosau, Mara and Iza-valleus), it is more rolling hills, with some higher points with Mount Gutai as one of the highest and most famous (1500 metres high). In the (north-) east of Maramures are the Rodnei Mountains with peaks till 2300 metres.
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