Alpine touring ski in Apuseni Mountains

The sound of frozen snow under your skis and your harsh breath are the only things that take your attention away from the glorious sunny day. In early mornings, if you're lucky enough, you can hear a capercaillie male calling for a female. Enjoy a holiday of alpine touring ski on the wide plateaus and deep forests of Apuseni Mountains, where animal tracks might be the only signs of movement and life. In the evenings, warm your hands above the fire and your soul over a glass of ‘crampa’ (boiled plum brandy), along with a traditional meal, in the Apuseni Experience style.


• Ski through plateaus and valley, deep fir tree forests and hidden mountain villages.
• Explore the silence and peacefulness of the legendary Padis karst plateau.
• Visit Cetatile Ponorului karst system, Lost World karst plateau and Casa de Piatra hamlet.
• Enjoy the local cuisine, prepared mainly from organic ingredients.
• Meet warm and hospitable locals whose passionate stories and historic connections will inspire you.


Start/end: Oradea or Cluj-Napoca (options to pick you up/drop you at Timisoara or Budapest airports are available too).
Trip length: 8 days/ 7 nights
Activity level: moderate
Group size : min. 2 – max. 8 P
rice: from 742 euro/pers. to 1374 euro/pers.(lowest is per person for group of 8, highest is per person for a group of 2)

Availability for 2019

• 05-Jan-19
• 12-Jan-19
• 19-Jan-19
• 26-Jan-19
• 02-Feb-19
• 09-Feb-19
• 16-Feb-19
• 23-Feb-19
• 02-Mar-19
• 07-Dec-19
• 14-Dec-19
• 21-Dec-19

Other Options

Don’t see a date that fits your schedule? Have a group of friends and the willing to make this trip a custom one? Contact us, let us know your ideas and wishes and we’ll come back to you with a confirmation. Beyond alpine touring ski: wild life tracking, nature photography, mountain culture, local cuisine

Day 1 & 2

Ponor Glade & Cetatile Ponorului karst phenomena Enjoy a short round trip to Ponor karst spring and Ponor Glade, a typical polje (large extensive closed depression draining underground). Visit one of the high-lights of the area – Cetatile Ponorului (Fortress of Ponor) karst phenomena, the most impressive karst phenomena in Eastern Europe and admire its magnificent entrance.

Day 3 & 4

Focul Viu ice cave & Lumea Pierduta karst plateau Explore on ski the wilderness of Lumea Pierduta (Lost World) plateau and Groapa de la Barsa (Barsa Pit). Marvel the amazing light at noon of the Focul Viu (Living Fire) ice cave. Visit the entrances of three potholes (Avenul Negru, Gemanata and Avenul Acoperit), gates of a huge underground network of active galleries.

Day 5 & 6

Casa de Piatra hamlet & Calineasa Glade Climb on skis to the highlands of the Moti country. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in Casa de Piatra hamlet. Discover a summer settlement deep covered in snow on a ski trip to Calineasa Glade and delight yourself with the view of the Bihor Mountain Ridge.

Day 7 & 8

Tauz karst spring & departure Climb on skis to the highlands of the Moti country. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in Casa de Piatra hamlet. Discover a summer settlement deep covered in snow on a ski trip to Calineasa Glade and delight yourself with the view of the Bihor Mountain Ridge.

The price includes:

  • transportation by car from the airport/place of venue to and from Garda de Sus village and transfer by horse-drawn sleigh/car to Ghetar hamlet and from Casa de Piatra hamlet
  • 3 meals per day (starting with lunch on arrival day and ending with breakfast ondeparture day)
  • accommodation 7 nights in 2 stars rated mountain cabin and guesthouse (double rooms with shared bathrooms)
  • guidance and all expenses related with the guide
  • costs related to trip preparation
  • the knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides​
  • The price does not include:

    Personal drinks and refreshments, insurance, souvenirs and personal items purchased during the trip, lodging before and after the trip, gratuities for Apuseni Experience guides, other personal costs
    Note: We are always open to our customer’s demands and needs.Therefore, the itinerary described above can be adjusted accordingly in what regards the period and the activities included. Please contact us for more details.

    Cetatile Ponorului mountain cabin

    Padis area | Bihor Mountains The cabin, recently restored is the only place in the area to offer a comfortable accommodation and is situated close to most of the important natural highlights from Padis area. It has rooms with 2-4-6 beds (can host up to 60 persons) with shared or en suite bathrooms, a large dinning room and all facilities such as electricity, running cold and hot water, central heating. It also has a large terrace with nice wooden benches and tables and a place for barbeque and camp fire.

    Gligor guesthouse

    Casa de Piatra | Bihor Mountains This family owned and operated guesthouse is located in the heart of the hamlet of Casa de Piatra. The guesthouse has simple but yet comfortable rooms decorated with wood and accented by charming details. The whole area is very romantic and picturesque; a little hamlet with just few houses spread here and there, surrounded by rocky forested mountain heights. The food is cooked by Tanti Dorica, the landlady and the soul of the whole place – a mountain woman full of joy and energy, always kind and smiling

    'Our time spent in the Apuseni Mountains this winter was unforgettable. A week’s tour skiing and hiking in beautiful scenery, meeting and staying with people who were genuinely hospitable and keen to show us their fascinating way of life. The diversity of weather only added to our experience, with heavy snow, sun, rain and, up high fog all in a week. The trip was well organised and tailored to our interests. We would like to thank everyone at Apuseni Experience, but most especially those people who we met in the mountains who made our trip so special'
    Peter, St Albans