Get ready to discover and explore the smallest national park in Romania: Buila Vanturarita.
Also called Oltenia from under the mountain, Buila is the perfect place for adventure!
If you want to wander through forests with tales to tell, walk on narrow paths above the gorges, see the beautiful monasteries hidden in quiet places…this is the thing!
Where: Buila Vanturarita National Park
Highlights: Buila refuge, gorges, hidden monasteries, adventure, meadows
Available: May – November
Type of activity: trekking, visits at cultural objectives
The hike is rated as: medium – difficult
Day 1: Early departure from Bucharest and heading to Ramnicu Valcea and then Pietreni village.
The first stop is at Costesti. Here we will see the famous rocks that seem to grow from nowhere, called trovanti. After that we’ll drive and then stop in the pitoresque village of Pietreni.
Situated at the foot of the mountains, the village is known for the beautiful St. Nicholas Monastery and the beautiful natural landscape.
From Pietreni we’ll follow the route that will finally lead us to Cheia hut, deep in the heart of the forest.
The first stop is the beautiful and quiet Scarisoara meadow. From the meadow we will enter the forest again and march our way to another viewpoint from where the high peaks of Buila begin to unravel.
After a strenuous climb we will be rewarded with beautiful meadows full of flowers and limestone rocks, scattered everywhere.
Take your time and enjoy the views because there is plenty to see. Highlights include Parang Mountains, far in the back, and the Parson’s chimneys. Speaking of the chimneys, soon we will descend through them! Straight down, no doubt about it.
Further on, at the foot of the chimneys, we will find the Buila refuge, situated in a large meadow. From there you have a glimpse of the wild and untamed Buila ridge.
The landscape will change soon, as we go down through the forest, through 3 awesome meadows. The scenery looks like a place lost in time…
As we move on, we get to see the limestone ridge, that looks very imposing.
We are close to the hut now. The final section of the route will take us down, through the thick forest, all the way to Cheia hut.
Accommodation at Cheia hut.
Day 2: The menu for today…is long! The first highlight is Cheii Gorge. The adventure(and they don’t call it adventure for nothing) will take us on suspended and narrow trails, above the gorge. The trail will offer amazing viewpoints that will take your breath away!
After a hike through the forest we’ll get to the next point, Pahomie Monastery. The unique construction of the church is an attraction for many tourists.
Moving on, we get to the next beautiful monastery, called Patrunsa. Situated in a beautiful meadow, at the foot of the mountain, the place is very quiet and perfect for daydreaming..
The day is not over yet. From Patrunsa we still have a long way to go and things to see, before we get back to Pietreni village. The route will take us through the forest, up and down, and soon we will reach Scarisoara meadow. From Scarisoara we will slowly descend back to Pietreni village.
End of program.
IMPORTANT: The program can be altered on the spot, depending on weather conditions and other relevant aspects such as the physical condition of the participants.