Hiking the Northern Ridge of Piatra Craiului Mountains is, for sure, one of the most popular tours. We will hike the ridge in one day, but we’ll have a training day, also, to be sure that your fitness level and skills are the requested ones. We will spend the previous night at Curmatura mountain hut, to be closer to the ridge.
Fit trekkers will enjoy the challenges, reaching the highest peak in the area (Piscul Baciului-2238m) and traversing some technical passages. Previous experience, training and good fitness level is mandatory to complete the entire route. Because of the route profile, we’ll have to complete the tour till the end of the day.
In the morning, I will meet you up in the front of Zarnesti Tourist Information and Promotion Center. After a short introduction and briefing, we’ll follow the trail through Crapaturii Valley that will lead us to Crapaturii Saddle and, further on, to Curmatura mountain hut. After check in and lunch, we’ll have the final preparation for the ridge day (normally, we hike the route on Piatra Mica, to be more comfortable with the heights); dinner and accommodation will be provided at Curmatura mountain hut.
Next day, early in the morning, we’ll leave the hut and we’ll start our ascent to the ridge. Once arrived in the ridge, during the clear days, we’ll enjoy the all around panoramas. Walking the ridge will be challenging and demanding; it will request all our attention as long as falling is not an option. We will have to pass some points by scrambling (not technical – climbing equipment is not necessary). After reaching the highest summit of Piatra Craiului Mountains (Piscul Baciului-2238m), we’ll descent and we’ll hike back to the town of Zarnesti, through the canyon of Prapastiile Zarnestilor.
After completing the Northern Ridge of Piatra Craiului Mountains, you will be addicted for the other half: Southern Ridge.
- Group Size: 2-6 people
- Specialty Category: Hiking&Trekking
- Difficulty: Difficult Trail
- Season: June-October
- Airfare included: No
- Tour Customizable: Yes
- The cost mentioned (240€) is calculated for a group of 6 persons.