The 3+ days of walking across Maramures, can be done exclusively up in the mountains, at 1-2000 m altitude, or, if prefer, you can choose to walk between villages, on small paths and roads, reaching also the ridges which separate Iza, Cosău, Mara and Vișeu valleys, at 500-1000 m altitude, through a mixture of arable land, orchards, hayfields, pastures, isolated trees and agro-terraces, laboriously constructed centuries ago, bounded by hedges, wooden fences or streams crossed by footbridges.
Also, you can mix both styles, reaching also, one by one, some of best region’s sights, such: the Merry Cemetery, Bârsana Monastery, the UNESCO wooden churches, Vaser Valley steam train, traditional villages, farmers, crafts workshops, alcohol distilleries or water mills…
You are invited to choose the tour length, level of difficulty and the landmarks must-see list, and we will propose the best itinerary.
You can walk from 1 up to 9 hours by day, on a elevation from 0 to 2700 m.
Here is a 5 days tour sample, starting every day from Sighetu Marmației but, if wish, you can choose to start from Breb, Bârsana, Botiza or any other settlement from the Land of Maramures.
Day 1. Drive by car from Sighetu Marmației to Gutin Pass (1 hour away), then hike 2-2,5 hours to the Rooster’s Crest natural reserve, an impressive rock and great point of view. Picnic lunch there and then return to Pass by Chendroaiei Pond, a marsh where grows an insectivore plant. Hiking time: 5-6 hours. Elevation: 800 m. Total time: 7-8 hours.
Day 2. Drive from Sighetu Marmației to Breb village (30 min.). Walk around the village, meeting many local farmers and special craftspeople at their homes. Lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the medieval wooden church, then climb 100 m to a point of view. Walking time: 5-6 hours, elevation: 200 m. Total time: 7-8 hours.
Day 3. Drive from Sighetu Marmației to Borșa Complex (1,5 hours), where from we climb by cable chair lift to 1400 m altitude, to a point of view, then go down to Horses Waterfall, 100 m tall, one of most high and beautiful of Romania, then back by foot to the car. Picnic or restaurant (great panorama) lunch. Return to Sighet with stops at a devilish mask maker and a group of mills. Time spent just for the waterfall hike: about 4 hours, total time, about 8-9 hours.
(Option 3A, only for advanced hikers, with extra fee: drive to Borșa – 1,5 hours. Leave the car at Pietroasa monastery (950 m altitude) and climb the steepy footpath to Iezer lake, then to Pietrosu Rodnei Peak (2303 m altitude, the highest summit between Tatra mountains from Slovakia/Poland and Bucegi mountains, from Southern Carpathians). Wonderful point of view. Picnic lunch. Follow the same way to go down to car, then back to Sighet. Elevation: 2700 m. Hiking time: 8-10 hours. Total time: 11-13 hours).
Day 4. Drive from Sighetu Marmației to a village found 1 hour away, on Iza Valley. Then, follow a beautiful crest, for 1,5-2 hours, up to a summit. All the way really great views all around and very rich flora. Picnic lunch. Return to car. Hiking time: 4 hours, elevation: 400 m. Back to Sighet, with stops at Bârsana Monastery, at a traditional weaver and at a wooden carving workshop. Total time: 7-8 hours.
Day 5. Drive from Sighetu Marmației to Ruscova Valley (1,5 hours). Climb the mountain on a dirt road then on footpath, to one of most isolated and high hamlets of Romania, where people live without electricity, road acces, shops or other facilities. A really unique and special place. Picnic lunch. Go back to car. Then, on the road to Sighet, stop at an interesting monastery, where we will have a chat with the monks. Hiking time: 4-5 hours, elevation: 1000 m. Total time: about 9 hours.
Moreover, you can make Sighetu Marmației town by foot, hike on the Volcanic Plateau, Sighetu’s mountains, Săpânța waterfalls, the region’s oak tree forests, to the hidden caves or lakes, an ancient volcano, to see an alpine sheepfold, on Țibleș mountains virgin forests, Farcău, Toroiaga, Pop Ivan or Gargalău peaks, follow a thematic trail on Vaser Valley, a former WWI road up at 1700 m high or on the former railway bed from Mara valley, discover Iza spring area, the Rodna mountains main crest, do hikes around Poienile Izei, Glod, Botiza, Ieud, Săliștea de Sus or Săcel villages, and the list can be extended up to 10+ days of walking around Maramures…
Don’t forget, you can tailor your itinerary (with or without our advice) and choose the sights to see, your walking parteners and also the places where to stay and eat.
Approximate fee for the 5 days Walking Tour of Maramures: 450 euro/person (for a group of 2 people; for larger groups or single travelers, ask for the price). The price includes the guiding fee, entrance tickets and the local transportation, but excludes the accommodation and the meals.
Approximate fee for the 6 days All Inclusive (5 full walking days/6 nights) Walking Tour of Maramures, including the accommodation (based on 2 persons sharing a double room), breakfast, lunch and dinner, guiding fee, all entrance tickets and the local transportation, but excluding the extra drinks&snacks during the day: 750 euro/person (for a group of 2 people; for larger groups or single travelers, ask for the price).