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Via Ferrata and Hiking in Romania

An action-packed weekend exploring caves and gorges in the stunning Crisul Repede Nature Reserve and Padis Karst Plateau. 1 day off work.



Fly To

Debrecen International Airport



This trip will eliminate your perception of time as you fill every moment with something new.

From a 1-hour via ferrata route to climb, to the most astonishing crystal caves to discover, and the most magnificent gorges to witness; this trip will reunite you with nature in an adrenaline-packed way.

This nature adventure includes:

  • 2 days hiking including via ferrata
  • Crystal show cave
  • 1-night guesthouse stay
  • 1-night mountain cabin stay
  • Local, certified guide
  • Safety equipment for via ferrata
  • All meals during the trip
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

**Perfect for: **
Those looking for an active challenge that will reconnect you with nature and fill your weekend to the brim.

The Independent's Joe Minihane popped over to Romania to try this mini adventure. His take? "A no-brainer for anyone who loves their adventures untamed and out of the ordinary." Read more about his experience.

What's Included


Airport Transfers



Local transport

Meals as described


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Saturday: Crisul Repede Nature Reserve and via ferrata

Your guide will meet you at Debrecen Airport and take you to a local restaurant for a welcome lunch before the drive to Crisul Repede Nature Reserve (2-hour drive).

After a short training session, you’ll get kitted out with your via ferrata safety equipment ready for the 1-hour via ferrata climbing route ahead. The route is a moderate one but still challenging enough to kick-start the adrenaline.

When you reach the ridge, you’ll be greeted with a magnificent aerial view of the impressive Crisul Repede gorge; the perfect backdrop for some once-in-a-lifetime selfies.

Once your feet are back on the ground, you’ll be transferred to Rosia village, where you’ll spend the night at a friendly local guesthouse. Get to know the group over dinner around the campfire and enjoy some local plum brandy, they call palinka.

2-3 hours climbing and hiking

Sunday: Galbena Gorge

Today you’ll explore one of the most impressive gorges of the Carpathians, Galbena Gorge.

The route will take you through 250m-high hanging cliffs, tunnels and waterfalls, and will deliver some spectacular views along the way.

On your return, you’ll discover the Focul Viu ice cave, the third underground glacial in Romania and a true sight to behold.

Tonight, you get stay surrounded by the beauty of the nature park as you retire to a cosy mountain cabin at Ponor Fortress. Relax after dinner with a game of chess or perhaps some less taxing old-school card games.

30-minute cave visit, 3-4 hours hiking around Cetatile Ponorului

Monday: Apuseni Nature Park

The morning stars with a half day of hiking in the Padis Karst Plateau, in the heart of Apuseni Nature Park. This area is a true paradise for hikers and trekkers so stop for a spot of lunch before you explore the delights it has to offer.

In the afternoon, you'll visit one of Bihor’s four show caves, known as the Crystal Cave.

Entering through the old Farcu mine, you’ll reach the unique limestone structure of the Crystal Cave; the dimensions of the cave are modest but the real beauty is in the brilliant world of cave crystals.

You’ll also see Cetatile Ponorului; one of the most impressive karst phenomena in Eastern Europe. With impressive caves and fascinating collapsed sinkholes, this is considered one of Romania’s natural wonders. From here, you’ll move on to Ponor Glade; this tranquil area is animated by a stream which comes to the light from a mysterious karstic spring before disappearing into the ground.

After a long and rewarding day, you’ll be transferred back to Debrecen airport in time for your flight home.

7-8 hours hiking

Please note the itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather conditions and fitness levels. If the weather conditions means hiking (including some serious scrambling) in Galbena Gorge is not possible for safety reasons, it will be replaced with another hike in the area.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.


Your first night will be spent at the Traditional Casa Experience Guesthouse. The accommodation here is simple and offers a home-from-home stay in an enchanting setting. Linen is provided and you will have your own bathroom with a shower and WC.

On the second night, you will stay at Cetatile Ponorului Mountains Cabin. Rooms here sleep two people and have their own bathroom and free WiFi. In the evenings you can enjoy the complimentary board games.


The Apuseni Mountains, also known as Western Carpathians, are a world unto itself. The varying landscape is home to a number of modest peaks, breath-taking karstic landscapes and traditional villages. You will meet people whose unique way of life is still a long row of traditions and customs and whose stories are as old as the mountains.

This world of deep forests and large silky meadows, impressive gorges and canyons, legendary waterfalls and fascinating caves, is home to an abundant variety of animals and plants. This trip will introduce you to the unique nature of these mountains.

Meeting Point

Start Point

Debrecen Airport - 13:00

Your adventure begins at Debrecen Airport with your airport transfer at 13:00. Please schedule your flight to arrive more than 30 minutes before this time. Your host and driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area. If you’re not able to join this transfer, your host recommends arriving the day before and spending the night in Debrecen city centre. You can book any flight and easily get to/from Debrecen centre via a 10 minute taxi.

Finish Point

Debrecen Airport - 18:00

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Debrecen Airport at 18:00. You’re free to book any flight that departs after 20:00. Alternatively If you would like to be dropped off in Debrecen city centre, please let your host know when booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Snacks and drink
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip is a very active one and is quite demanding in terms of effort. You need to be fit but previous experience is not necessary for any of the activities. There are options to adjust the length and difficulty of this trip according to your needs or weather conditions.

Average temperatures around 15 degrees during the day and 5 degrees during the night (higher during the summer), in Padis you can experience a lot of rain.

Typical Romanian food, with a mixture of meat and vegetables, different types of soups and desserts.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • Via ferrata safety equipment
  • Zipline safety equipment
  • Mountain boots (3 seasons),
  • Warm socks
  • Warm first layers (wool or similar)
  • Fleece
  • Rain and wind jackets/trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • Day trip backpack

Other recommendations are:

  • Camera
  • Mobile phone
  • Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

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