We are crossing the main ridge of Paring Mountains in a wonderful nine days trip.
Paring Mountains - Buila Vinturarita rises like a mighty fortress (alt. max. Vf. Paringu Great 2519m) over Petrosani depression and Jiu Gorge . Central slopes surrounding two huge buckets that are nesting glacial lakes (Cilcescu Lake and Red lake). An additional element of attraction and value of the park is the existence in this area or in close proximity of many cultural and historical objectives : Arnota, Bistriţa, Horezu, Frăsinei monasteries, Pătrunsa, Pahomie, Iezer, Bradu, Jgheaburi hermitages, ancient churches like 44 Izvoare, Păpuşa, Peri, church cave like Peştera Liliecilor, wonderful caves like: Muierii and Polovragi, churches from the surrounding localities and traditions, customs and traditional architecture of the villages at the foot of the mountain .
I was amazed by Pahomie hermitage.It is a wonderful place that fills you with the breath of God.
FIRST DAY :Start point Sibiu town - Petrosani town - Chalet ANEFS (we'll stay overnight in tent or chalet depending on weather conditions ). Travel time: around 8 hours. Level difference : around 1500 m. Altitude 1800 m. Trip distance10 km . SECOND DAY : Chalet ANEFS - Paringul Mic - Paringul Mare - Lake Calcescu (we'll stay overnight in tent) .Travel time :around 9 hours. Level difference: around 700 m. Altitudes :1800m Chalet ANEFS - 2519m Paringul Mare-1925 m Lake Calcescu.Travel distance: around 30 km THIRD DAY : Lake Calcescu - Chalet Rinca (we'll stay overnight in tent or chalet depending on weather conditions ). Travel time :around 7 hours. Level difference: around 400 meters Altitudes : 1925 m Lake Calcescu - Rinca 1600 m. Travel distance : around 25 km. FOURTH DAY :Rinca - Muierii Cave - Polovragi Cave - Polovragi Monastery - Horezu. The trip is done by bus. Overnight in Horezu. FIFTH DAY : Horezu - One wood Monastery - Surpatele Monastery - Horezu. Travel time around: 6 hours. The trip is done by bus. Travel distance :around 30 km. Overnight in the same place. SIXTH DAy: Horezu - Pietreni - Patrunsa Monastery - Pahomie Hermitage - Cheia chalet. Overnight in Cheia chalet. Level difference : around 1000 m . Travel time :around 10 hours . Altitudes : Horezu 500m, Patrunsa 1400 m, Pahomie 650m, Chalet Cheia 910 m. Travel distance: around 35 km. SEVENTH DAY : Cheia chalet - Cheii gorges (overnight in chalet Cheia or in tent).Level difference : 300 m. Travel time :around 4 hours. Travel distance : around 10 km EIGTH DAY : day of relax, campfire, party. NINTH DAY : descending on Cheii valley - Olanesti - Rimnicu Vilcea - Sibiu