SkyFly via ferrata. Circuits of Cheile Turzii and Piatra Secuiului - 2 Days

The circuits of Cheile Turzii and Piatra Secuiului are some of the most popular outdoor activities from Apuseni Mountains (Western Carpathians).

Cheile Turzii (Turda Gorge) is a natural reserve (on Hășdate River) situated 6 km west of Turda and about 15 km south-east of Cluj-Napoca, in Transylvania.

The canyon, formed through the erosion of the Jurassic limestone of the mountain, is 2 900 m long and the walls have heights reaching 300 m. The total surface of the canyon is of 324 ha.

Cheile Turzii contain one of the richest and most scenic carst landscapes in Romania. More than 1000 plant and animal species (some of them rare or endangered, like the wild garlic or some species of eagle) live here.

Piatra Secuiului located in the proximity of Rametea village is a kind of unique mountain. Despite of its low altitude (maximum 1128m), it can be considered quite challenging, but once arrived on the top, the scenery surrounding the mountain will leave us breathless.

Before booking your place, please don’t forget to have a read of my Terms and Conditions.

The trip to Cheile Turzii and Piatra Secuiului is going to offer you the opportunity to experiment a via ferrata route, but also some picturesque circuits to enjoy the scenery and the unique flora of this areas.

This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

KEY INFORMATION:

  • Tour Duration: 2 days
  • Meeting point: Cheile Turzii hut (transfers to the place can be arranged in advance)
  • Group Size: 2-5 people
  • Specialty Category: Via Ferrata
  • Difficulty: for hiking - T2-Mountain Hiking; for via ferrata - PD - Moderately Difficult
  • Season: May - November
  • Airfare included: No
  • Tour Customizable: Yes
  • The cost mentioned (90 €/person) is calculated for a group of 5 persons.

Day 1
Cheile Turzii

In the morning, I will meet you in the car park located in the front of Cheile Turzii hut. After the initial check of the equipment, we'll hike along the trail entering into the gorge and following Hasdate river.

After crossing the river, several times, and admiring the majestic walls on the sides, we reach the entrance into Sky Fly via ferrata: here we put on the climbing harnesses, helmets and via ferrata kits and you'll receive the safety briefing.

The via ferrata route is not a long demanding one, but it offers fabulous views of the gorge and traverses Hili's cave and its amazing arch. The final part is an easy scrambling just before reaching the Northern shoulder of the gorge and the marked trail that will accompany us during the circuit.

After a short break on the top, we'll head off to the West (direction to Petrestii de Jos village) and soon we descend back to the river, where we'll stop for lunch.

In the afternoon, we'll hike the Southern shoulder of the gorge and we'll be back at Cheile Turzii hut for driving to our accommodation.

Day 2
Rametea village and Piatra Secuiului

After breakfast we'll drive to the beautiful village of Rametea, very popular because of it architecture that was very well preserved.

From here we will hike to the summit of Piatra Secuiului (1128m). It will take around 1 hour for reaching it and the path is steep and rocky, but also very rewarding.

Arrived on the top, we'll have plenty of time for taking excellent photos and for admiring the scenery.

Later, we will keep going along the ridge, to complete the loop that will end once we'll be back in the village.

Cost includes:

  • Guiding services provided by a fully qualified international mountain leader/national mountain guide, fluent in English.
  • Rental of specific equipment: climbing harness, climbing helmet, via ferrata kit.
  • Rental of trekking poles (very recommended during the trek).

Cost doesn't include:

  • Transfers to/from Cheile Turzii hut (arrangements can be done, in accordance with the size of the group and your overall program).
  • Meals (Basic menus are available at the huts. It's very recommended bringing a lunch pack with you).
  • Any kind of accommodation.
Cost From EUR  90/person
90
Total 90 EUR

Trip Facts

  • 1128m
  • up to 5 pax
  • arrangements can be done on request
  • arrangements can be done on request

Contact Details

  • Bana Florin George PFA
  • International Mountain Leader /Tour Guide
  • TransylvaniaRomania
  • +4(0)721273729

Member of:

SGLM

Internationally affiliated to:

UIMLA

Reviews

  We booked Florin a few days before visiting Bran in Transylvania to take us up Piatra Craiului mountain. He was very quick to respond and extremely helpful and informative from the get-go, advising us on different routes (difficulties, terrain etc) but also allowing us to make decisions about what we wanted to do and see.

His knowledge of the local area and of Romania as a whole was brilliant, especially for people just arriving in the country. Not only this but he was also very easy to get along with and to talk to - we didn't feel uncomfortable at any point or feel like we were just being led, we chatted for pretty much the whole day and he was more than happy to answer all the questions we had.

Perhaps most importantly, we felt like we were in very safe hands with Florin, and I doubt that we would have gotten very far if we had decided to just go it alone.

Definitely recommended for anyone hiking around Romania, and we would certainly book him again if we wanted to do some serious walking!

Ryan B
11/29/2015
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