Apuseni Mountains

  • the-pit apuseni mountains  - © pixabay user Paul Cosmin
  • Ponorului cave entrance  - © wiki user Andreea Markus
  • ruginoasa, apuseni mountains  - © pixabay user earlysunset
  • Scarisoara  - © wiki user Tetcu Mircea Rares
  • Scarisoara - ©  wiki user Tetcu Mirea Rares
  • Apuseni  - © pixabay user earlysunset
  • Apuseni Mountains 2016  - © wiki user Nicu Farcas
  • Cetatile Ponorului cave entrance - ©  wiki user Raluca Pauta
  • Pestera Scarisoara - © wiki user Beradrian

Key information: Apuseni Mountains

  • Excellent walking in exceptionally beautiful scenery of high mountains, cliffs and rocky drama, and more than 80 glacially-gouged lakes.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest6
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating85

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,000m+
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

Apuseni  - © pixabay user earlysunset


The Apuseni are limestone mountains on the north-western borders of Transylvania. While they aren’t huge (1,400m-ish, highest 1,849m), they make up for that with superb scenery of peaks, cliffs, spires, gorges, many vast cave systems, huge and famous sink holes, karst plateaux, even waterfalls. Much of it is covered in fine, unspoilt forest.

There are plenty of good walking trails, and you can spend several rewarding days here.

There are firms which offer guided tours, including Responsible Travel, which offers an extensive expedition here.

The Padis Plateau is particularly exciting, a rugged karst area with many classic features including disappearing streams, vast sink holes and huge caves; it has a cabin complex at its heart, so a good walk/out can be made.

There is also an exciting sounding 6km ridge walk which takes in Bohodei Peak (1,650m).

While in the area, the extraordinary Scarisoara ice cave (said to be the biggest in the world) is well worth a visit, as is the Ponorului Fortress complex of pot holes.

The Galbena Valley, of gorges and waterfalls, is also too good to miss.

Bradt’s Transylvania is the guidebook, packed with valuable information, although little detail on walking routes. Find relevant books on Amazon.

This page is at an early stage of development. Please help us by recommending your best walks, making suggestions and sending photos! Thank you!

For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Transylvania walk page.

Other accounts: share your experiences

Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Scarisoara  - © wiki user Tetcu Mircea Rares

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

Ponorului cave entrance  - © wiki user Andreea Markus...

Responsible travel matters, a lot. How you travel will make a real difference - for better or worse. PLEASE consider this when making plans. Read more

Our partners Responsible Travel 

have carefully chosen expeditions 

and holidays around the world.    

Great walking, and much else...

Walkopedia Sponsor

See their site for inspiring ideas.

For £100 off your trip, contact them quoting WW50

All material on this website is © Walkopedia Ltd 2008 - 2019, unless specified otherwise.