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Individual Hiking Trip With Donkey in Transylvania

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination(s): Romania  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Farm Stay & Ranching  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 295 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 545 Euro (EUR)

An individual hiking trip means you hike by yourself (without guide) and lets you choose when and with whom you travel. Upon arrival you'll receive a detailed description, maps and tourist documentation. All accommodation is for you reserved in full board and patrons know you're coming (and warn us if you shouldn't show up). Groups can vary between 2 and 8 persons. The hiking trip takes place in the Apuseni Mountains.

The donkeys will take care of your luggage. Especially families with children and seniors will enjoy the formula. We provide one donkey per adult person. They carry special bags, mounted on a wooden frame. You don't need backpacks. Your entire luggage will be stored in the special bags. The donkey is not the stubborn animal as mostly said. On the contrary, they like company and are very sweet.

If you treat your donkey well, you will have in him or her a helpful partner to make your trip. It’s a round trip, that means that you sleep most of the time at different places, mainly at farms. You'll sleep in guestrooms. At all places you'll have full sanitary conditions, every night you'll enjoy the typical meals from the country. The Apuseni Mountains offer the tourist a fantastic nature scattered with lovely villages.

During your trip you walk over forestry tracks or secondary roads. The first day of your trip we will instruct you very well how to deal with your donkey, how to store the luggage, what he or she needs. The next day you make a short round-trip around the farm to see if everything goes well and the 3rd day starts your real trip. The farmers at all the locations are well instructed and will help you out in the beginning.

Tour Itinerary (7 day program: "The Somesu Cald Trail"):

Day 1: Arrival, acquaintance, introduction in the village Risca where you sleep the first night in guest rooms. The village is located at 1000m altitude. If there is some time left we introduce you the donkey and give you instructions.

Day 2: Instructions and you make your first trip with the donkey. It’s a short round trip in the village as a test to see if everything goes well. You return to the same guest family for the night. Distance 12-km, level difference 300m, 4-5 hours hiking.

Day 3: Hiking trip to the village Rusesti. You leave your guest house and walk between small farms on the plateau near the Somesu Cald Gorge. From the settlement Lapustesti (church has a nice painted interior). You descend a 7 km long winding road to the village Rosesti. From here it’s just a few km to the village Rusesti where you stay in guestrooms. Distance 16-km., level difference 150m climbing, 600m descending, 6-7 hours hiking.

Day 4: From Rusesti you have to climb to one of the highest settlements of the Apuseni Mountains, the village Marisel at 1200m. You’ll have beautiful panoramas. There is an altitude difference of 600m between the 2 villages. You sleep in the village Marisel at a local farm. Distance 12 km, level difference 600m mostly climbing, 5 hours hiking.

Day 5: Hiking trip to the village Belis. You walk between the farms in the widespread village Marisel. After that you descend to the lake Fintinele, a large hydro lake built on the confluence of the Somesu Cald en Belis Rivers. Level difference 150m climbing and 300 m descending, Distance 9km, 4 hours hiking

Day 6: Hiking trip to Risca. You walk between little farms, hay and grassland. You walk over the settlement Risca-Plej and back to your guest house. Level difference: 250 m climbing, 300 m descending, Distance 12km, 4-5 hours hiking.

Day 7: The trip ends after breakfast.

Tour Itinerary (9-day program: "The wedding veil trail"):

Day 1: Arrival, acquaintance, introduction in the village Risca where you sleep the first night in guest rooms. The village is located at 1000m altitude. If there is some time left we introduce you the donkey and give you instructions.

Day 2: Instructions and you make your first trip with the donkey. It’s a short round trip in the village as a test to see if everything goes well. You return to the same guest family for the night. Distance 12-km, level difference 300 m (climbing and descending), 4-5 hours hiking.

Day 3: Hiking trip to the village Belis, It is a trip between small farms, between farmland, hay land and small patches of forest. Level difference 250 m (climbing and descending) Distance 12km, 4-5 hours hiking.

Day 4: Hiking trip to Rachitele. A trip through the huge evergreen forest at the north side of lake Fintinele, Level difference 500 m (climbing and descending), distance 15 km, 6 hours hiking.

Day 5: Roundtrip to the wedding veil waterfall. the 30 m high waterfall was named after a girl throw her form the waterfall after her fiancé left here the night before the wedding. The waterfall lies in the Stanciu valley, about 6 km form the guest house. Distance 14 km.

Day 6: Hiking trip to the village Sancraiu, It is a trip over the 1200 m high Ruginoasa hill, First a steep climb then a long descend with very rewarding panorama's over the Calata valley. Level difference 250 m climbing, 600 m descending, distance 22 km, 7 hours hiking.

Day 7: Hiking trip to Manastireni, It is a trip over open grassland in the heart of the kalotaszeg region, homeland of the ethnic Hungarians. There are some beautiful churches along the trail. The reformed medieval fortified church in Valeni and the wooden Orthodox church in Bica. Level difference 150 m, distance 14 km, 5-6 hours hiking.

Day 8: Hiking trip to Risca. You leave the plans and walk back to the village Risca where your trip started. It is a hike over a huge plateau and a decent along the Risca River, Level difference: 400 m, mostly climbing, distance 12 km, 4-5 hours hiking.

Day 9: The trip ends after breakfast.

Tour Itinerary (15 day program: "The mountain trail"):

Day 1: Arrival, acquaintance, introduction in the village Risca where you sleep the first night in guest rooms. The village is located at 1000 m altitude. If there is some time left we introduce you the donkey and give you instructions.

Day 2: Instructions and you make your first trip with the donkey. It’s a short round trip to the surrounding villages Risca de Sus and Risca Ples as a test to see if everything goes well. You return to the same guest family for the night. Distance 12-km, level difference 300 m, 4-5 hours hiking.

Day 3: Your first big trip. You leave the village Risca to Dealu Mare and Lapustesti (church has a nice painted interior) from where we descend a 7 km long winding road to the village Rosesti. From here it’s just a few km to the village Rusesti where you stay in guestrooms. Distance 19 km, level difference 450 m mostly descending, 6-7 hours hiking.

Day 4: From Rusesti you have to climb to one of the highest settlements of the Apuseni Mountains, the village Marisel at 1200 m. You’ll have beautiful panoramas. There is an altitude difference of 600m between the 2 villages. You sleep in the village Marisel at a local farm. Distance 12 km, level difference 600m mostly climbing, 4-5 hours hiking.

Day 5: Roundtrip in Marisel. You make a nice trip in the village. Marisel is a very long village with farms built all over the huge plateau. It is an easy hike which gives you lots of time to see the people in their daily chores. Distance 10 km, 3-4 hours hiking.

Day 6: From Marisel the road goes over the ridge to Poiana Horea. Just by leaving the village you arrive at the battleground from the anti Hungarian revolution of 1848 and you’ll see the cross of Avram Iancu, placed there as a monument for the local hero of that revolution. From here you enter the forest and you'll have a splendid trip over open grassland and dark forest till the village Poiana Horea where you stay in guest rooms for two nights. Distance 18 km, level difference 450 m, mostly descending, 6-7 hours hiking.

Day 7: Day of rest.

Day 8: Trip to the settlement Doda Pilii. The trip brings you over the ridge to the Lake Fintinele. You arrive there near the village Giurcuta de Sus, a small settlement at the border of the Lake. From here it goes through the forest again to Doda Pilii. You sleep in hotel rooms for 2 nights. Distance 12 km, 4 hours hiking.

Day 9: Roundtrip to the Humpleu Cave entrance. A day of leisure. It is a short trip along the Firei Valley (4 km) to the impressive cave entrance. The gallery collapsed and you can enter the 35m high portal, but not further then 30 m. Total distance 8 km (2 hours)

Day 10: Trip to Rachitele. You climb first the hill to the settlement Dealu Botii from where you have superb views over the Fintinele Lake. It's a small dirt track through forest, open pastures and hay land. From Dealu Botii you descend to Rachitele, a village of wood harvesters that lies at the confluence of 2 rivers. You sleep in guest rooms in the village. Distance 17 km, 7 h hiking

Day 11: Roundtrip to the Rachitele Waterfall. The waterfall is an impressive 35 m high and lies about 6 km out the village in the Stanciu Valley. It's a nice and easy trip along small farms and in the forest. Distance 13 km, 4-5 hours hiking

Day 12: You leave Rachitele over the Ruginoasa mountain. You pass the villages Margau and Bociu. You walk to Sancraiu, an ethnic Hungarian village where you sleep in guestrooms.
Total distance: 18 km, 5-6 hours hiking

Day 13: You leave Sancraiu and go along the road to the village Calatele and Valeni. Valeni is just as Sancraiu an ethnic Hungarian village. There is a very famous church on a beautiful location on the hill. It’s a walled church dating back to the 13th c. There is a lovely graveyard around the church. From Valeni it goes to Manastireni, another ethnic Hungarian village, again with a famous church from the 18th century. You sleep in guestrooms. Distance 14 km, 5-6 hours hiking.

Day 14: From here the road climbs to Risca, where you meat again your guest family from the beginning of the trip. Distance 12 km, level difference 500 m mostly climbing, 5-6 hours hiking.

Day 15: The trip ends after breakfast.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Special rates for larger groups or families
- Children < 12 50% off
- Trip cost includes all accommodation in full board, all equipment, donkey, documentation, detailed itinerary, maps.

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