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Republicii 34A, Sinaia, 106100, Romania
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Easy Hiking (?) in the Bucegi near Sinaia

by global-nomad

Hu there,
I'm planning a family trip to Romania next July.
I would like to go from Sinaia by the cable car to Cota2000, then walk to Piatra Arsa Cabana, from there walk down to Pestera Hotel and Monastery and to the Ialomita Cave.
My questions:
* I understand that there is a chairlift I can take from the hotel back to Babele (and from there to Busteni). Is that true?
* How long will it take to get from Cota2000 to the hotel/monastery?
* How difficult is the walk? We have in our party a 64-yrs old, she is not very sportive but is game for anything... Or is this walk unsuitable?

Many many thanks!

RE: RE: Easy Hiking (?) in the Bucegi near Sinaia

by radu_c

Hi there,

Yes, you can take a cable-car from Pestera Hotel back to Babele Hut. And yes, you can take another one from Babele to Busteni.

The hike from Cota 2000 to Pestera is not very difficult, think of about one hour from Cota 2000 to Piata Arsa (I recommend not hiking up on Furnica small peak but taking the path that goes around the peak joining Cota 2000 and Piatra Arsa practically without without any altitude variation (the track I'm talking about goes on the Eastern part of the peak). This part of the trip will take about one hour.
from Cabana Piatra Arsa (=Piatra Arsa Chalet = , lit., The Burned Stone Chalet :) ) to Pestera Hotel there is a slighlty more difficult part, is a continous descend but you have to take care in case of rain or bad weather. However, don't worry, is nothing really difficult. Just have good mountain boots, a rain coat (just in case), some water (you can refill from Piatra Arsa). This part normally takes about two - two and a half hours, let's say you might think of about three hours. Just as an idea, I descend this by bike (is true I reach in the middle of some cut trees and have to carry the bikes, but if you take care about not loosing the marked path you'll be fine )

Enjoy your trip in Romania !
All best,
Radu
hiking in Romania ? http://www.outdoorHoliday.com

RE: RE: Easy Hiking (?) in the Bucegi near Sinaia

by global-nomad

Hi Radu,
Thank you very much for the detailed answer. That's really helpful!
So I think this is really going to take the best part of the day (calculating also the times at the cable cars, and stopping for lunch). I hoped we could do this AND Peles at the same day... :-)
Is the Ialomita cave interesting at all? Or should we just turn back at the hotel?
Thanks again,
G-N

RE: RE: Easy Hiking (?) in the Bucegi near Sinaia

by radu_c

Unfortunately is almost impossible to do all this AND Peles Castle in only one day ! This also because they close pretty early at Peles (the exact hour also depends on season).
But...you could reserve the next day for visiting Peles, Pelisor and Sinaia Monastery.


The cave, sometimes mistakenly named Ialomicioara Cave (mistakenly because Ialomicioara River meets Ialomita in the south, after Ialomita leaves the mountains) is a nice one. It deserves a visit, especially if you won't have time to visit Peles Castle.

All best,
Radu
www.outdoorholiday.com

RE: RE: Easy Hiking (?) in the Bucegi near Sinaia

by global-nomad

Thank you very much, Radu!

g-n

RE: RE: RE: Easy Hiking (?) in the Bucegi near Sinaia

by radu_c

Unfortunately is almost impossible to do all this AND Peles Castle in only one day ! This also because they close pretty early at Peles (the exact hour also depends on season).
But...you could reserve the next day for visiting Peles, Pelisor and Sinaia Monastery.


The cave, sometimes mistakenly named Ialomicioara Cave (mistakenly because Ialomicioara River meets Ialomita in the south, after Ialomita leaves the mountains) is a nice one. It deserves a visit, especially if you won't have time to visit Peles Castle.

All best,
Radu
www.outdoorholiday.com

Travel Tips for Sinaia

Downtown Sinaia

by iwys

To cater for the visitors to Peles Castle and the ski slopes a modern town has sprung up, mainly along one main street lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. At weekends, especially during the ski season, it is packed with young Romanians, mostly students from Bucharest who come up by train.

Mountain Biking

by monica71

Mountain Bikes are available for rent from Sinaia, so go ahead and rent one for the day from Montania if you like. Montania also gives the option to hire experience guides that can accompany small groups of people on the mountain bike trip, so feel free to ask them about this.

You can go on bike to Cota 1400 with no problems at all. There are several other trails that you can take. They are very well marked, so don't be afraid that you will get lost. Just follow the signs and you will be fine.

I also heard that Montania now organizes mountain bike trips to Omu Peak, the highest peak in Bucegi. I did not have a chance to ask them about it since this is a new thing that added after my last visit to Sinaia, but feel free to do so if you are there.

Walking in the Wild Carpates

by Arjan_van_Leest

If you are near the castle and you have a few hours left just follow the trail and go into the real Carapates. The nature here is stil very rough and virgin: a lot of old trees and little human presence. During our 4-hours trip we have spotted no one. There is a possibility to meet some great mammals like wolves, wild boars and brown bears. Also the oehoe and kingfisher are inhabitants of this paradise.

Go there and experience the real nature. Don't forget to bring some water with you; a map and compass will be handy.

Peles Castle

by Andraf

Surrounded by a beautiful landscape Peles Castle is the main attraction in Sinaia and has become one of Romania's most popular tourist attractions. Closed to public during communism, the palace is visited by Romanians and foreigners alike - in fact the line for Romanians was 4 times longer when I was there. One can visit the palace only as part of a guided tour, hence the two lines. Guided tours in English are also available.
The castle was a summer residence for King Carol I of Romania. It was built between 1875 and 1914 in a Germanic neo-Renaissance style. The complex contains two smaller palaces, Pelisor and Foisor. The interior is a mix of multiple styles; it is lavishly adorned and very beautiful.

Sinaia Monastery

by antistar

The monastery is how the town got its name. In the 17th century Prince Mihai Cantacuzino went on a pilgramage to Mount Sinaia, and when he returned he started building the monastery in what was to become the town of Sinaia.

It's a small complex, but most people crowd around the main monastery building itself. You can slip through side doors into the quite courtyard and find a wonderful crumbling old church inside. This was built a couple of centuries later, but has some wonderful neo-byzantine murals.

The monastery is free to visit. Getting inside the main building is a bit confusing, but seems to be free as well. I certainly didn't pay. Lots of people were queuing up to buy incense, postcards and other tourist nicknacks.

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