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Bodoc-Ciomatu Mountains

This wooded hilly forest area is well-known to each member of our association. We have made here the National Geographic Project, but apart from this we continue to come here all the time to take pictures, to observe wildlife, to hike or to ride bicycles off-road. The most interesting observations or pictures of wild animals you can find on our website specially dedicated for it. Now we have a look at it first from the point of view of the tours and nature photos. The Bodoc Mountains ranging in middle height are characteristic for the Carpathians, since except of a few higher mountain massifs, this average altitude is what we mostly come across in this region. Despite the fact that a large part is covered by dense forest, there is no lack of panoramic sights. From the main ridge of the Bodoc Mountains there is a continuous panorama in all directions, but certain spots of the Ciomad Mountains are offering photogenic views as well. Last but not least we find here the volcanic lake which is considered to be unique in Eastern Europe (Saint Anne Lake) and its twin sister the Mohos peat bog. The latter is a strictly protected natural reserve with plant rarities that have remained since the Ice Age. It provides an inexhaustible photo material source. I personally have been coming here to take photos for many years and this landscape still offers me something new and surprising. The pastures with scattered trees, the intimate and quite forests, the idyllic lakeshore, or the scenery dotted with pleasant streams is worth visiting even alone. As a matter of course you should make yourself familiar with the region, and that’s exactly what our tours mean to offer: becoming acquainted with the atmosphere of the forest, finding calmness and rest on sunny glades or in the endless woodlands which can only be offered by nature.

Some information about the mountain

with an altitude between 1200 and 1500 meters, it is a typical representative of the middle height. Insofar this mountain is particular (first of all the Ciomad region) since it is part of the mountains formed of the inner ring of the volcanic Carpathians: therefore we can be witnesses of numerous post-volcanic activities. Not only the famous Saint Anne crater lake, or its twin, the Mohos peat bog are worth to be mentioned, but also numerous mineral water springs, sulfur caves, thermal baths and mofettas. While in summer the weather fronts are coming mostly from the west, the northeastern winds are prevailing in winter. The mountain range is surrounded by numerous settlements, its routes includes many paved roads, being therefore accessible from each direction. For sure we will meet shepherds with grazing flocks, and even quite often big wild animals, too. Your hiking guide is able to handle each kind of situation. We can tour in the mountains throughout the year, but I would recommend the period of October until November due to the most picturesque and breathtaking landscape. The most interesting and spectacular parts can be visited in 1-2 days.

A few words about the tours

Among our tour offers, this is the place with least climbing. Moreover many places are accessible by car on paved roads, while the whole area can be easily traversed by an off-road vehicle. You don’t have to pass great distances by foot, with a few hour hiking we can get everywhere, but we might as well wandering around in the forest the whole day. The number of the group is not restricted. You need simpler equipment as in case of other mountains. Of course a good pair of hiking boots and adequate clothing are indispensable (underclothing, fleece sweater, windproof jacket/raincoat and trousers), besides the usual sunglasses, a hiking stock, a headlamp, etc. In winter you will need maximum a pair of snowshoes. A 20-25 liter backpack would be a good size for exchange clothing and having space for water and food supply (sandwiches, chocolate, nuts, and fruits).

Accommodation

In the central part of the mountain (Ciomad) there is a possibility to sleep in a pension, or to stay at the hotels or pensions of the surrounding settlements. These can serve as a base, from which we can approach on paved roads our destinations, and every evening we can return to our accommodation. Whereas the pensions rarely provide food, the restaurants offer cooked meals at affordable prices. Camping is allowed in the whole region of the mountain, but due to the proximity of sheepdogs and big wild animals you should respect some important rules. We will discuss about this matter and you will be explicitly instructed before departure. In this context the region around the Saint Anne Lake – Mohos peat bog reservation is an exception, where only the marked places can be used for camping.

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General Conditions

Conditions regarding the participation

Before setting out it is worth checking, if you need any visa in Romania, or if there are any other travel conditions (e.g. vaccinations), custom regulations. On the other hand, it is indispensable, and in the absence of which we won’t set out for hiking, to dispose of a sport insurance, which covers the extreme sports, too.

The task of your hiking guide is to take care of your safety, to watch on and to avoid the objective dangers, but since we don’t know you, we can’t be aware of the experiences you dispose of, or if you have any health problems, we can’t guarantee a 100% safety. For that very reason you have to sign a form, according to which you travel on your own responsibility. When you have managed all these, I would like to clear up that you should follow the decisions of your guide in each case, since he knows the area, and according to the prevailing circumstances in the mountains, he can make the best decision for your safety. Just one example to be followed: if somebody wants to turn back, or to shorten the tour, he can’t do it by himself, at least one more person, or in critical situations the whole group will turn back.

Logistics, payable costs on the spot

According to the demands we can assure the transfer from the airport or from the railway station to the mountain. If there is a claim for it, please contact us. Those who travel by their own car, should not forget to pay the compulsory road charges. If in the program there are necessary accommodation places outside the mountains, we consider also our duty to deal with it.

So the list of the costs payable at the place are as follows:

  • Transfers (airport or railway station), as well as access to the places included in the program
  • Accommodation in the mountain or everywhere in the country
  • Boarding and accommodation services, meals at restaurants
  • Entrance passes to national parks, castles, etc.

Attention: in the costs are included the travelling expenses, accommodation and boarding costs of the hiking guide, too!

Contact Person

Barna Bereczki
+40-752-157753
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