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2-day Trekking in the Ciucas Mountains in Prahova County, near Cheia

2-day Trekking in the Ciucas Mountains in Prahova County, near Cheia
Hiking in the Ciucas Mountains
Hiking in the Ciucas Mountains
Hiking in the Ciucas Mountains

Join UMILA Mountain Leader Ioan on this 2-day trek and discover the Ciucas Mountains great views, near Cheia village.


Carpathian Mountains

2 Days

Jan - Nov


All levels


* Amazing views from the top: more than 10 mountain ranges, on a clear day!

* Interesting rock formations, combined with alpine meadows full of flowers

* Narrow gorges through the forest, giving an intense sense of wilderness


Located near Cheia mountain resort, in the Prahova County, the Ciucas Mountains offer a lot of possibilities for hiking and trekking. You can choose from an easy 5-6 hour day hike to 7-9 hours trip or even treks of 2 or more days in the area. I can adapt the trip to your group level and wishes.

The trip is available all year long, but you should come from May to July if you like flowers: this mountain is famous for the Rhododendron flowers (the mountain becomes pink in June!). Or you could come in September – October if you like colored forests, or anytime in winter, if you want to climb safely a spectacular rocky white peak.

For a 2-day trip, we will start the ascent near Cheia village -about 150 km from Bucharest- and reach the highest peak, Ciucas (1954m). From the highest peak, you can see more than 10 mountain ranges all around on a clear day and lots of flowers if you come in spring! On the second day,  we will visit the Gropsoarele ridge.

On the first day, we will spend the night at the Ciucas mountain hut, located at about 1600m, offering great conditions for sleeping and eating. It is also possible to sleep in the tent up on the mountain. You can check the 2-day trip detailed itinerary below. 

This 2- day trip described above requires medium physical shape and normal mountain equipment. From spring to autumn beginners can join too. In winter, the trip would be more demanding because of the snow (snowshoes and/or crampons may be necessary), but the views are even better with snow. However, I can adapt the trip to the group’s needs and also to weather conditions, which can become difficult sometimes.

Please note  1-day trip or more days trip are also available. If you want to spend more days in the area, we have plenty of mountains to visit, so just ask me about it!

So what are you waiting for? Just send me a request and let’s start planning together a great trek in the Ciucas Mountains. 

If you’d like to explore a different area in Romania, you can check out my hiking tour in the Baiu Mountains, near Sinaia.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

The price includes guiding fee, guide's expenses and some digital photos of you and your group (if requested). The price does not include transportation, accomodation in the hut (starting from 20E per person), meals and gear rental if necessary (snow shoes for instance).


Day 1: Cheia village - Ciucas Peak (1954m) - Ciucas hut

We will start our trek near Cheia village and go through a small gorge and through the forest to reach Bratocea Pass (1260m). From there we will soon be out of the forest and enjoy views all around. We will follow Bratocea ridge to get to the highest peak  (Ciucas Peak, 1954m), and from there we will descend on a different route to the Ciucas mountain hut.

From the highest peak, on a clear day you can see more than 10 mountain ranges all around! The position of this mountain, located among the Carpathians, is fantastic.

On the first day, we will have to walk for about 6-7 hours, with about 1000m of positive altitude difference.

Day 2: Gropsoarele - Cheia village

The second day we don’t have to climb much (about 400m) to get to another high peak in the area, on the second ridge of the mountain: Gropsoarele. We will have different views up there, and a lot of flowers if you come in spring.

We will follow the rocky ridge for a while, enjoying the view, and then we will enter the forest and descend back to Cheia village, after 5-6 hours of walking.

If you want to spend more days in the area, we have plenty of mountains to visit, so just ask about it!



More info

Equipment needed: mountain boots (3 season/winter), rain and wind jacket, spear t-shirt and socks, water and food, head-lamp, etc (we will discuss more about this later).

1- day trip or more days trip are also available (please ask about prices).

Meeting point

We can meet in Cheia village, or I can arrange transfer from the airport (Bucharest) or from Brasov area (not included in the price above).

About the guide

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Mountain Leader

For me, mountains are not about high peaks or adrenalin, but about inner peace, joy, freedom and a chance not just to get to know better the nature around you, but also yourself.

I love the wilderness in the Romanian mountains, especially the less known mountains, where you can really get closer to nature, and I would like to give as many people the chance to discover that feeling of being "into the wild".

I have been hiking since childhood, but got much closer to mountains in 2006, when I went on my first solo trip in to the mountains. Since then I have been in countless trips all over Romania, and from time to time in other mountains in Europe.

I am a certified International Mountain Leader (since september 2017), but I have been organizing trips in the mountains since 2011.

I am also a nature photographer and movie maker, the creator of the mountain episodes (broadcasted on TV and also on Youtube) called "Pe poteci, spre inima ta" ("On the trails, toward your heart) - movies about trails and trips in the mountains.


Romanian | Italian | English



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What people are saying about this trip



Ioan was a great guide!! We joined a group of 10 others at the last moment and although we came unprepared for the first day, he managed to get us what we needed in order to have an amazing adventure! We visited several peaks over 2500m, met local shepherds, saw amazing views and had great meals. Despite some injuries we had and lagging a bit behind the group, everyone was patient and understanding. The first day was a challenge uphill, the second we had a lot of rain but enjoyed the area and clean air, the third day was a tour of the Fagaras peaks leading to a steady descent with great views. Make sure to prepare in advance and bring the necessary equipment - rain proof gear, adjustable walking sticks, low temperature sleeping bag and quick setup tent. Very much recommended!!!

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