“The true taste of wilderness”


Apuseni Nature Park – Bihor Mountains (Apuseni Mountains)


The Apuseni Nature Park is a place of tradition and wilderness, and one of the largest, well-cured places in Europe. The picturesque ‘Padis’ area is considered to be one of the most beautiful carst landscapes on the continent. It is the perfect place to be for any true nature lover. Its hundreds of caves, secular luxuriant forests, glades covered with flowers offer an unforgettable experience for any true nature lover.



Day 1: Drive from Cluj-Napoca to Padiș area (3.5 hours). After we accommodate with the guesthouse, depending on the hour we arrive. we can have a short hike to Poiana Ponor which is considered one of the most impressive meadows in Romania. Peace, relaxation and beauty are the main words for this place. We can also do it in the night as we will be able to admire the Padiș fog, a very spectacular phenomena which happens in the summer.

  • Hiking 2 hours 
  • Difficulty easy  (blue)
  • Accommodation in Cetățile Ponorului guest house.

Day 2: This day will start with a good breakfast and with one of the most impressive attractions in Padis: Cetățile Ponorului and the Galbenei rock (Piatra Galbenei. Cetățile Ponorului is the symbol of Padiș, a geological masterprice formed by three  huge holes in the earth surface (called doline). Each hole can be explored, enjoying high vertical limestione walls surrouding us.

  • Hiking 6 hours 
  • Difficulty moderate (red – elevation 650 meters)
  • Accommodation in Cetățile Ponorului guest house.

Day 3: This is the day when we will hike through the breathtaking Galbenei Gorge and Chasm of Borţig, where lays the second largest Glacier in Romania. The Glabenei Gorge trail is indeed spectacular and it’s considered to be one of the most impressive hiking trails in Romania. Accommodation in Padiș.

  • Hiking 8 hours 
  • Difficulty moderate towards intense (red – elevation 1000 meters)
  • Accommodation in Cetățile Ponorului guest house.

Day 4: This day is dedicated to some short hike at another impressive site, Cetățile Rădesei. We will enter the mountain through a 30 meter portal and we will hike around 45 minutes through the cave, exploring the inside waterfallsa and canyons and we will come out on the other side of the mountain. One of the best hiking routes in Romania!

  • Hiking 4 hours 
  • Difficulty moderate (red – elevation 350 meters)
  • Accommodation in Padiș

Day 5: Before we return to Cluj Napoca we will visit two of the most impressive caves in Romania: The Bears Cave and Meziad Cave. After you will be stunned by the underground formations.

Transportation: We will leave from Cluj-Napoca, and return to the city by private car or minibus (depending on the size of the group)

Recommended group size: 1 to 7 people

Flexibility: The tour is flexible and can be altered on the spot, depending on the group request, number of days available, weather condition, and your physical training. The modeate hikes can be modified in easy based on your request.

Fore more details regarding the tour please contact me at: contact@activeweekends.ro

  • Type: Hiking/caving/sightseeing
  • Recommended gear: Hiking boots/rain coat/small backpack/hiking sticks/water bootle/headlamps
  • Difficulty: Moderate and difficult
  • Distance from Cluj: 3.5 h drive