Piatra Craiului National Park

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Piatra Craiului National Park

Piatra Craiului National Park
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Jazzumbo
Campulung, Romania1,311 contributions
Spectacular Limestone Ridge above the Clouds
Sep 2019
Pictured from a helicopter, Piatra Craiului looks like a giant dinosaur skeleton surrounded by forest. The massive white limestone ridge crosses the mountain from North to South. The highest Peak (La Om) is 2.238 meters altitude, offering stunning views.
Unlike many reviewers, we started our hike from South side of the mountain, which is less packed with tourists. After parking the car at Brusturet chalet, we hiked trough Valea Seaca gorges to the Grind shelter and started to climb the Eastern slopes to the summit (La Om, 2.238 m altitude). The slope is very steep and requires some effort. There are spectacular views all the way up. The clouds and fog will play a dramatic show for you, fighting the limestone walls.
We took a snack on the summit and followed the red spots marked pathway on the Southern Ridge to Saua Funduri. This is a really breath taking trail. Sometimes is so spectacular, it's beyond imagination.
From Saua Funduri we descended to Brusturet chalet, tired but happy.
It's essential to take water with you, as much you can carry, as there are no water sources on the way. It's important to have good weather condition, so don't hike the Southern Ridge during winter time or during a rainy foggy day if you're not trained. Check the weather forecast before going there!
Brusturet chalet is reachable from Podu Dambovitei or Sirnea. You can hike the Southern Ridge from Curmatura chalet as well, but you need more time.
The name of this white limestone mountain (Piatra Craiului) means "The Stone of the Prince"
Written October 16, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Indygoflow
Dublin, Ireland190 contributions
Challenging walks
Aug 2019
Few notes:

1. You won't meet any bears. You won't even see any. Nor lynx. What's more stressful is when you meet shepherd dog blocking your way. They don't act like normal dogs so it's hard to see their intentions. Best to avoid them and simply go around.

2. Ticks - almost every meadow has loads of them falling from the trees! I was paranoid after one landed on my neck. Protect yourself!

3. Piatra's ridge is quite challenging. We walked from Magura village up to the refuge on very top and it was way too much for one day. If we had to do this again we would stay overnight at Cabana Curmatura.

4. If you get to "Shelter November 7" with a plan to walk to La OM peak, please plan it well ahead as you need good weather to do it because there is no path down. It's either make it or break it from that point.

5. Recommended apps: komoot, muntii nostri, google earth (for 3d view), view ranger

This park is better than Bucegi Mountains. It provides more alternatives and has beautiful forests.
Written September 30, 2019
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Ian and Elizabeth
4 contributions
Beautiful Scenery! Fantastic Guide! Active Trave!l
Jun 2019 • Couples
Marian, owner of Active Travel, was our guide on day hike in Zarnesti Gorge and arranged our accommodation and other tours. Fantastic service! Highly recommended.
Written June 30, 2019
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gogs12
Sveti Ivan Zelina, Croatia36 contributions
Beautiful nature
Jun 2019 • Solo
Green pastures, pine woods, and bare rocks at the top. The mouintains look impresive, but to go to the crest and some of the peaks, be prepared for a difficult climb, with some via ferrata parts. But there are about 30 marked trails within the park, ranked from easy to very difficult, so everyone can chose what trail suits them the best. Some trails are not that well marked (probably the ones less popular), so I had help from Muntii Nostri app to find my way when I was in doubt.
Written June 19, 2019
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Missy_NZ
Hanoi, Vietnam31 contributions
Gorgeous!
May 2019 • Couples
We walked the loop up to Curmatura Chalet and back. We paid 10Lei for two people on the website. We were never asked for tickets but the cost is very reasonable and goes towards maintaining the area so was happy to pay. It took about four hours (2.30-6.30). Is definitely an intermediate track as it is quite steep at times. I wouldn't recommend it in bad weather as I imagine it could get quite muddy. We left the car at the car park with a small fountain and took the trail up through the forest. It was a steep incline and took about an hour to reach the top. We emerged at a gorgeous meadow with panoramic views. The walk from this meadow to the Curmatura Chalet was an additional 45 mins to an hour and was pleasant and less strenuous. We didn't stop at the chalet although it appeared open. We then took the yellow path down (you come to a crossroad where you can choose to follow either blue or yellow markers down. They were both signposted as taking 1.30-2hrs. We crossed meadows following streams and then a track down through the forest. It was a little steep at times. At the bottom we emerged at a road path through the gorge and we followed this perhaps another 50 minutes back to the car. We came across only a few other people and couldn't believe how tidy the track was (hardly any litter). Highly recommend!! Gorgeous scenery and well-marked paths. Wear good shoes.
Written May 31, 2019
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Gen S
Perth, Australia126 contributions
Beautiful Park with spectacular mountains
Aug 2018 • Family
We took a self-guided two day hike from Brasov via Zanesti. Although the maps were not always accurate, most locals, taxi drivers etc were very friendly and many spoke sufficient English to point us in the right direction.

Once in the Park we hiked the low grade difficulty yellow and white flagged route, which took us through some wonderful pine forests, open woodlands and farmland to the Curmatura Cabana, about a 5 hour trek. The Cabana was a most welcome sight, offering a basic set menu of delicious and hearty food, fit for tired travellers.

The toilet was outside as was the brisk, cold (mountain water) shower. It is essential to book as the Cabana was full and turning people away. The tourist centre in Brasov (if open) can arrange.

Many visitors were from northern European countries, visiting this and other Romanian Parks as they are less busy and cheaper than others in Europe, especially during the winter ski season.

The next day we followed the medium difficulty 'blue and white' flagged route, which took us back down the mountain and through a spectacular limestone gorge, before winding back to Zanesti.
Written January 23, 2019
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Ina G
166 contributions
The most beautiful mountains of Romania
Jun 2018 • Friends
There are easy hiking places in this area. The mountain top hike La Lanturi is not for the faint hearted- it requires alpinist experience, proper equipment and tremendous effort. But if you do make it to the top, the views are breathtaking. This is the only mountain in Romania where the chamois are friendly and you might see them following you on the path. Mountain biking trails also available.
Written August 6, 2018
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Kestutis N
Vilnius, Lithuania20 contributions
The pearl of Carpatians
Aug 2018 • Family
Piatra Craiului National park is the best choose. There you can still hear bels in the mornings or a day from grassing herbivorous. Wonderful mountains trail if you will take it through the gorge, Cabana Curmatura and Piatra Mica. Staff of the national park friendly nature and mountains lovers and ... speak English! For accommodation we did choose Mosarel pension and that was perfect decision.
Written August 6, 2018
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Marius G
London, UK66 contributions
A change of pace from the big city
May 2018 • Couples
Located about a 40 minute drive from central Brasov, this is a great place to visit if you've been stuck in a city for most of your year (FYI London doesn't have air this fresh anywhere!). We had our own car and getting there was straightforward with a sat-nav. The roads are bordered on either side by rolling green pastures which local farmers are constantly driving sheep, cows and a few horses across.

You can park up almost anywhere and start exploring but remember to buy an explorers ticket otherwise you could be fined. For a small fee of 10 lei you're covered for 7 days and you're helping to fund the protection of this environment (well, maybe. It's Romania but I choose to believe!).

There are a few hotels and restaurants along the drive so you'll always find somewhere to rest and eat.

Remember to take some water with you if you go walking/hiking. You don't want a cranky and dehydrated girlfriend on your tail!
Written May 20, 2018
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Nitzan T
21 contributions
Graet walk
Mar 2018 • Friends
We took a long walk in the area.
Nice place , amazing view , clean.
We spent a day there and i would do it again when in the area.
Written April 5, 2018
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