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Hiking Cindrel Mountains, RomaniaThe Cindrel Mountains have a rich wildlife, with abundant deer, many birds and butterflies, and if you are lucky you may even see a brown bear or wolf here. The forest is delightful, with stretches of beech and oak, together with pine and birch making walking a diverse experience as no one species dominates. In summer the beech forest affords welcome shade.

Your last night is spent in the small, charming city of Sibiu where we have put together a short cultural walk for your last day. Sibiu is truly a delightful city with superb central squares and still has its original walls. “Must See” places include the Open Air museum at Astra Park, the City Centre with its three central squares, churches and museums and the Council Tower from you can view the city and the surrounding mountains. The Cibin Market sells local produce and has a section devoted to the excellent local cheeses. We recommend extra nights here to further explore this fascinating city.

The Area

The trek takes you through the villages dotted within the foothills of the mountains, and the villages range from quaint agricultural settlements (with frequent horse and cart traffic) to smart settlements where newly prosperous Romanians and Germans have built new houses amongst the orchards and farms.

Whilst lodging in these villages you will generally stay at a Pensiunea where you will often eat with the family and drink their home made wine and schnapps. Invariably you will be made very welcome, as they are proud of their country and region, and are naturally courteous people.

The Walking

Our detailed walk notes will assist you at times when the waymarks may be infrequent, however the route is reasonably well way-marked. The walking on this trek is graded moderate due to distances (however the terrain is very gentle) as the routes take you through beautiful meadows and along wooded trails. Walking these paths is an excellent opportunity to discover the natural heritage of Romania and to immerse yourself in the unique culture of the local peoples’ ancient way of life with their well-preserved traditions.

Luggage Transfer

The luggage is transferred for you from hotel to hotel, leaving you free to travel with a day rucksack only.

Walk Grading

Self-guided – Moderate. Total ascents = 3544m. Total descents = 4447m. Total distance = 55.75 miles. 

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Cindrel Mountains

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On this trek we have selected small family run accommodations (or Pensiunea) with the exceptions on nights 4 & 7. All rooms have a private bathroom, mostly with showers rather than a bath tub. You will be assured of dinner with Romanian specialities and country breakfasts. You will soon realise the welcoming nature of Romanian hospitality, as in most cases the owners will welcome you personally into their cherished accommodations.  

Here is a brief description of our normal hotels, however, if full, we may change the hotel to something similar.

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Day 1: Arrive at Sibiu airport and transfer to your first hotel in Sibiel in just under 20 minutes (included). Overnight Sibiel.

Day 2: This walk is a delightful introduction to Romania and the Cindrel Mountains. You will walk to a beautiful Romanian Orthodox Church and follow a track to traverse transhumance meadows before descending again through beech woods to Sibiel. Overnight Sibiel.

Ascent: 766m. Descent: 695m. Distance:  8.5 miles. Time: 4.5 hours.

Day 3: Your route today takes you across the edge of the Sibiu Depression to the charming village of Fântânele where you take forest tracks across the Cindrel Mountains before descending to the larger village of Orlat. Overnight Orlat.

Ascent: 753m. Descent: 820m. Distance: 12.5 miles. Time:  7 hours.

Day 4: After a short transfer, this circular walk begins in Păltiniş and takes you on a high level route through pine forest and clearings, with spectacular views of the surrounding Carpathian Mountains. Overnight Păltiniş.

Ascent: 560m. Descent: 560m. Distance: 7.25 miles. Time: 3.5 hours.

Day 5: This walk takes you on another high level route through pine forest and clearings, presenting ever more breath-taking scenery of the vast landscapes as you descend to the attractive river village of Rășinari in the foothills. Overnight Răsinari.

Ascent: 500m. Descent: 1360m. Distance: 11 miles. Time: 6 hours.

Day 6: This is an easy walk through typical Romanian countryside in the foothills of the Cindrel Mountains. You will pass through farmland and orchards to the village of Cisnădioara. From there you will walk up a river valley then back down a wooded ridge and meadows to the gypsy village of Prislop and then back to Răşinari. Overnight Răsinari.

Ascent: 930m. Descent: 930m. Distance: 13 miles. Time: 7 hours.

Day 7: Today’s walk takes you to the Astra Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization, an open-air exhibit which showcases Romania’s rich folk history in a lovely park to the south of Sibiu. From here you walk to the centre of Sibiu, a smart Transylvanian town with a gorgeous central square, passing your hotel on the way. Overnight Sibiu.

Ascent: 35m. Descent: 82m. Distance: 3.5 miles. Time: 2 hours.

Day 8: Depending on your flight departure time you may be able to further explore the fascinating city of Sibiu before your transfer to the airport (included). Alternatively, add some extra nights in Sibiu to fully appreciate this city full of culture.

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This trek is available between late April & early October due to the risk of snow during the winter months. With a mild climate, this trek can be comfortably walked throughout Spring, Summer & Autumn; July & August may be too hot for some. The Autumnal colours of the abundant flora and fauna across the mountains are stunning in September/early October.

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The nearest airport is Sibiu which welcomes non-stop flights from London Luton 5 times a week. Connecting flights are available from other UK airports.

From Sibiu airport you will be collected and driven to your first hotel in Sibiel which will take approx. 20 minutes (included). You will also be transferred from your last hotel in Sibiu back to Sibiu airport on your return (included).

Alternatively, you can fly into Cluj which welcomes non-stop flights from Birmingham, Dublin, Liverpool, Luton and Doncaster; transfers to/from Cluj incur an additional supplement (see prices).

You could also fly into Bucharest airport which is furthest away but welcomes the most flights from the UK including Birmingham, Dublin, Liverpool, Bristol, Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Doncaster and Glasgow; transfers to/from Bucharest incur an additional supplement (enquire within).

Intercontinental flights are welcomed into Bucharest airport.

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Romania- Cindrel Mountains


  • 5 Nights accommodation with half board* & 2 nights with breakfast only
  • Transfers between Sibiu airport and first/last trek hotels
  • Baggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)
  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

*Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast


  • ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London Luton to Sibiu  (exact prices for your dates are available on request)
  • Supplement per person for transfers between Cluj airport and first/last trek hotels = £130
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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices may differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices

All prices valid for 2018

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 5 nights half board* & 2 nights B&B in a shared twin/double standard room. 

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