The Real Highlanders Experience in Romania - Wild-Trails

The Real Highlanders Experience in Romania

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Od EUR 85

Every Thursday, 07.30 a.m., Cluj-Napoca 

Brace yourself, we’re venturing for one heck of a cultural adventure!
It’s time to mingle with the natives of the Carpathians....
It’s time For the real Highlander Experience!

To say this tour is a different kind would be an understatement...
Forget about museums or filters, this is not your typical human safari, this is the real deal. Just you and the locals.
Up close and personal.
We will take you deep into The Land of "Calata" the ethnographic region where the folk traditions of Transylvania are still alive and kicking. The highlanders lived in the Carpathians before it was even part of Romania, and kept their special traditional lifestyle over the centuries.
We want you to join us and discover one of the fascinating societies in the region!
Being a rather closed community, the road to making this tour was a long one…
But after a few years of hard work we received the blessing of the villagers and the best eco-tourism project in Transylvania kicked off.

So what are you waiting for? Prepare yourself for a close encounter of the real kind!

Join Wild-Trails for one in a lifetime cultural adventure!

Even if you’ve explored different cultures or two in your travels, this tour will take you into the heart of one of the unique communities in Europe and will give an insight into the lives of the locals.

The price includes:
→ Guided Village Tour and hike
→ Visiting a local family and get involved in activities around the house by doing a traditional food workshop
→ Lunch, snacks, coffee and tea, welcome drink
→ Full Transportation from Cluj and back

The price does not include:
→ Personal expenses
→ Personal equipment(shoes, clothes)
→ Personal expenses coverage for any damage due to the disobedience to the trip leaders
→ Anything that was not specified under the section “The price includes” or was not agreed in advance in writing against “Wild-Trails”.

Things to bring

→Water and snacks

→Comfortable clothes and shoes for the hike

Od EUR 85

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07.30- We will pick you up in Cluj and transfer you to Rachitele center

08.00- Welcome drink: tea, coffee at the local village pub

09.00- Guided walk across the village discovering the most important stations and the very well kept traditions of the natives 

11.00- Hike to the Bride's Weil Waterfall and to the Lespezi Massive, picknick and relaxing surrounded by the beautiful mountain scenery of the Apuseni

14.00- Walk to and meeting with a local family: trying -on traditional clothes and doing the housework together while tasting homemade sweets 

16.00- Drive back to Cluj-Napoca

Activity Description:

We will meet you in the main square of Cluj-Napoca(Piata Unirii) and drive to Rachitele.

After the arrival, some welcome drinks and snacks our lovely local guide will drive take you on the tour of discovering the reality of the life of the highlanders of Rachitele. We will hear the stories of the village and visit all those important stations that make up the life of the natives!

We will walk shortly to “The Bride’s Veil Waterfall” enjoying the most astonishing view of the magical Apuseni Mountains. From there we will hike to the Lespezi Massive and breathe the freshest air there is while enjoying a delicious picknick outside! 

The absolute highlight of the trip is visiting a local family’s house and doing the workshop of making the most delicious home-made food according to each season.

We will take you back in time by trying out some traditional clothing and we will do what men and women of the village got to do!

After learning the art of wool processing from a grandma and doing the housework, we will take you back to the magical city Cluj-Napoca.

You love this trip but cannot join in regular days? Click INQUIRE BOOKING button and ask about a day that is convenient for you!

Duration of activity: full day Duration of the hike: 2-3 hours

Starting point: Cluj-Napoca

Difficulty levels: Walking/Tracking - moderate/ easy

Trail length: 4 km
Starting point’s height: 900 m
Finishing point’s height: 1200 m
Elevation Distance: 300-350 m

Day Time Temperature: Summer: +25-30℃ approx, Winter: -10℃  approx.

Age groups: Minimum age 12.
Participants under 18 must file a permission signed by their parents or a legal guardian.

Necessary experience: No experience needed.

What shall I bring: Comfortable shoes and hat / 3 liters of water / sunblock / snacks /

The trip and times subject to changes according to weather conditions, security conditions and decisions made by the trip leader in the field.


  1. Cluj-Napoca