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The Mountains of Romania

Trekking and walking in the Carpathian Mountains
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This guide describes 27 short treks of 2-6 days and 10 day walks in the mountains of Romania. Although there is a slight focus on Transylvania, most of the main massifs are included, with chapters covering the Mountains of Maramures, the Eastern Carpathians, the mountains around Brasov, the Fagaras, the region between the Olt and the Jiu, the Retezat, the mountains of Banat and the Apuseni. Also included is an ascent of Moldoveanu, Romania's highest peak at 2544m. There is a wealth of advice to help you plan your trip and organise the logistics of your walk or trek. Some routes avail of the network of mountain huts; others offer opportunities to camp in attractive wild locations. Overviews and a route summary table make it easy to choose an appropriate excursion. Each route includes clear description and mapping, as well as notes on accommodation and access (some can be accessed by public transport, although others require either pre-arranged pick-up or hitchhiking). There are fascinating insights into Romania's colourful culture and history and appendices containing hut listings, useful contacts and a helpful glossary. The graded routes are as varied as Romania's diverse landscapes. They take in rolling hills, craggy karst peaks, glacial lakes and Europe's last virgin forests, with other highlights including Transylvanian castles, wooden churches, the Piatra Craiului ridge and the spectacular Sapte Scari (Seven Ladders) and Turda Gorges. Historic towns such as the medieval towns of Brasov and Sibiu and the spa resort of Vatra Dornei offer easy access to the mountains; other routes visit remote villages that have changed little over the centuries, where self-sufficiency is still very much the way of life. All in all, the guide is a perfect companion to discovering the unspoilt beauty of Romania's enchanting mountain regions.
Map key Overview map Author preface Introduction Geography Vegetation and wildlife History Language Culture Climate When to go What to take Getting there Local transport Accommodation Food and drink Health and safety Money Staying in touch National parks Rules and regulations Maps Waymarking Water, food and other supplies Using this guide The Mountains of Maramure? The Rodna Mountains Route 1 ?etref Pass to Rotunda Pass The Gutai and ?ible? Mountains Route 2 Breb-Creasta Coco?ului-Neteda Pass Route 3 Gro?ii ?ible?ului to Arcer, ?ible? and Bran Peaks The Mun?ii Maramure?ului Route 4 Repedea to Prislop Pass The Eastern Carpathians The Land of Dorna Route 5 The Suhard Route 6 The Rar?u-Giumal?u Route 7 The C?limani The Ceahl?u Route 8 Izvorul Muntelui to Durau The H??ma? Massif and Lacu Ro?u Route 9 B?lan to Lacu Ro?u The mountains around Bra?ov The Post?varu Massif Route 10 Bra?ov to Rasnov The Piatra Mare Massif Route 11 Dambu Morii-Piatra Mare Peak via ?apte Sc?ri Gorge Route 12 Timi?u de Sus-Cabana Piatra Mare via Tamina Gorge The Baiului and Grohoti? Route 13 A north-south traverse of the Baiului Route 14 Across the Baiului and Grohoti? The Ciuca? Massif Route 15 Cheia to Bratocea Pass The Bucegi Mountains Route 16 Poiana Bra?ov to Omu Peak Route 17 Into the Bucegi from the Prahova Valley The Piatra Craiului Mountains Route 18 The Northern Ridge Route 19 The Southern Ridge The F?g?ra? Mountains The Iezer-P?pu?a Massif Route 20 The Iezer-P?pu?a Circuit Route 21 From the Iezer-P?pu?a to the F?g?ra? The F?g?ra? Chain Route 22 Traversing the F?g?ra? from east to west From the Olt to the Jiu The Cindrel and the Parang Route 23 From P?ltini? to Sta?iunea Parang The Cozia Route 24 The Cozia Circuit The Buila-Vanturari?a Route 25 Cheia Village-Buila-Vanturari?a ridge-B?ile Ol?ne?ti The Retezat Mountains The Retezat Route 26 Carnic to Cabana Gura Zlata via Bucura Lake Route 27 Poiana Pelegii to Carnic via Bucura Lake The Valcan Massif Route 28 From the Valcan to the Retezat The ?arcu, Godeanu and Retezatul Mic Route 29 Jigora Saddle to Cabana Buta The Mountains of Banat The Domogled-Valea Cernei national park Route 30 B?ile Herculane to Domogled Peak and back Route 31 B?ile Herculane to Stanca lui Sisi and back The Semenic Route 32 The gorges of the Semenic The Apuseni Mountains The Trasc?u and Muntele Mare Route 33 The Gorges of the Trasc?u Route 34 Po?aga de Jos-Sc?ri?a Belioara-Runc Route 35 Runc-Sc?ri?a Belioara-Lunca Larg?-Runc The Padi? Region Route 36 Statiunea Vartop-Cet??ile Ponorului-Padi?-Pietroasa Route 37 Garda de Sus-Sc?ri?oara ice cave-Padi?-Cabana Varasoaia-Stana de Vale Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Accommodation Appendix C Useful contacts Appendix D Language notes and glossary
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