Explore the Old Paths of Bihor Mountain

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The Bihor Mountain is part of Apuseni Natural Park, a protected area that preserves wild landscapes, thousands years old caves and impressive waterfalls. While this mountain does not rival in height with other parts of the Carpathians, its flora, fauna and scenic hiking trails offer a memorable and unique experience.

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Trails across the mountain ridge

Hiking across the ridge will give you easy access to the highest peaks, Curcubata Mare or Bihor Peak (1,849 meters), Vladeasa Peak (1,836 meters) and Muntele Mare (1,826 meters), the last one offering panoramic views over Apuseni Mountains and the valleys of Zarand and Beius.

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Hiking here is anything but an ordinary experience, as some of these mountain trails are 100 years old, being in fact some of the oldest hiking routes in the country.

Millenary caves and impressive waterfalls

The Bihor Mountain does not only offer great hiking itineraries, but also plenty of secret caves, gorges and waterfalls that are more than worth your time. You can visit Vartop Cave that preserves human footprints 62,000 years old or Cetatile Ponorului, an ensemble of caves with wide spectacular entrances.

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Plus, an easy trail we’ll take you to the waterfall Varciorog, an excellent place for a rest before you start your next hiking route.

Iconic flora and fauna

The trails of the Bihor Mountain will help you observe diverse species of plants and animals. Here you will find deciduous and coniferous forests, short shrubs and mountain flowers. And when it comes to fauna, this mountain preserves many species, including brown bears, martens, wolves, foxes, deer and different species of bats hidden in the caves of the mountain. However, you have no reason to worry. As long as you keep to the hiking trail, the chances of seeing a bear or a wolf are close to zero.

Travel tips

Depending on your time, you can choose between different trails to explore the Bihor Mountain. It is recommended to have at least the basic mountain equipment, water supplies, even though you’ll find some water sources on the mountain.

If you don’t have enough time, but you still want to hike on the ridge, you can take the cable car from the ski path Vartop from Arieseni, Alba County, then follow the red point through the forest and then the path to the peak. This way, it will take you about four hours to reach the top.

More: www.parcapuseni.ro

If you’d like to go on a hiking tour in Romania, check our active tours on www.uncover-romania-tours.com

About the author

Andra is a tour guide, amateur photographer and travel writer who promotes Romanian destinations and ecological behavior. You can find Andra Tudor on Twitter

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