A trip on 12 Apostles

Călimani Mountains are some of the youngest and highest volcanic mountains in Romania. After some strong eruptions, millions of years ago, big pieces of volcanic rocks were randomly thrown, thus creating several stones with strange forms. The 12 Apostles Reservation represents an attraction point due to the legends about this place. In the past, people celebrated the 12 Apostles on the 29th of June, and they used to climb there to celebrate “the old men from Calimani”. This holiday has its origins in the ancient Dacian worship of sun, fir tree and fire, having a central theme the worship of ancestors. Quite many people believe that The Temple of the Giants was created either by a human hand or an outer space civilization.

We invite you to join a fascinating hiking trip through the Molidae forests and subalpine meadows to one of the most beautiful places of Calimani National Park: 12 Apostles Reservation. Once you get on “the giants’ territory”, after having taken many photos of the fantastic rock sculptures you may have a traditional picnic with smoked ham and onion, cheese and pies. The adventure will end up late at night, with a “cauldron” dinner by the hot atmosphere of a campfire.

  • Trail: Gura Haitii – Pietrele Roșii – 12 Apostles and return
  • Duration: about 12 hours 
  • Schedule:

–        08:00 a.m setting off from Vatra Dornei 

–        09:00-10:00 presenting the Visitors’ Center of Călimani National Park

–        10:00-13:00 performing the journey to the reservation

–        13:00- 14:00 stop for rest and picnic 

–        14:00-17:00 performing the trip up to Gura Haitii

–        17:00-19:00 dinner and campfire

–        19:00 returning to Vatra Dornei

  • Number of participants: minimum 4 and maximum of 12 people
  • Necessary equipment: hiking footwear and outfit 
  • Included services: guide, transfer transportation, picnic and “cauldron” dinner, visiting the parking fee, refreshments 
  • Package price: from 115 lei/person (depending on the number of the people)

Booking and details: 0744 571 889