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In Apuseni Nature Park, famous for the beauty and diversity of the karst landscape, wild nature appears in all its grandeur. Gorges, waterfalls, glades, karst springs, potholes, caves and underground glaciers, endless spruce and beech forests.
A trip in the Padis Karst Plateau area, one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the country will provide, for sure, a unique experience. Because the karst landscape is the result of the interaction between water and limestone, during this trip we will follow the route of a creek that connects, in a way, two spectacular and full of charm tourist spots Ponor Glade – with its picturesque Ponor Karst Spring – and Ponorului Fortresses Karst Complex.
Ponor Glade – a polija, in karst terms – is a large glade surrounded by heights covered with spruce forests and crossed by a creek that “miraculously” disappears in the underground through several drainage holes situated in the river bed.
Ponorului Fortresses is, with no doubt, the most impressive karst phenomena in Romania. Formed by three huge rocky sinkholes hidden in an immense forested depression, 300 m deep and 1 km wide, hosting on of the symbols of the Western Carpathians karst – the 70 m high gothic cave portal in Sinkhole I.
The details regarding departure place will be agreed together with the tourists in advance.
Arrival at Padis/Scarita Saddle at 10.30. Preparations for the trip.
Hike to Ponor Glade through Glavoi Glade. Visit Ponor karst spring and the drainage holes.
Return to Glavoi Glade – rest and picnic break.
Time for circuit hike: 2 – 2,5 h
Hike to Ponorului Fortresses Karst Complex. Route: Sinkhole I, Sinkhole III (optional visit to Sinkhole III), exit from Sinkhole III, balconies (panorama view points), return to Glavoi Glade. Short rest and then return to the car.
Time for circuit hike: 3,5 – 4 h
Leave Padis around 18.00.
Group of 2 pers. – 145 lei/pers.
Group of 3 pers. – 115 lei/pers.
Group of 4 pers. – 95 lei/pers.
Group of 5 pers. – 85 lei/pers.
Gorup of 6 pers. – 70 lei/pers.
Group of 7 pers. – 65 lei/pers.
Group of 8 pers. – 60 lei/pers.
Children aged under 14 (included) benefit from 50% discount.
Prices displayed are base prices.
Base prices do not include transport. We can organize transport on demand.
Base prices do not include picnic. Tourists can bring their own foods/picnic or, if they wish, we can provide a picnic lunch with bio foods purchased from local farmers in the area.
Booking to be done at least 7 days before departure day.
Payment to be done on booking day.
If cancellation is done at least 3 days before departure day, the amount paid is refunded 100%.
If the cancellation is done in less than 3 days before departure day the amount paid is refunded 50%.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for additional info!
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