Day 1. Putna ‑ Sucevița (17km - 6 h)
Day 2. Sucevița - Vatra Moldoviței (21km - 9h)
Day 3. Vatra Moldoviței - Sadova (22km - 8h)
Day 4. Sadova - Pasul Mestecăniș (21km - 8h)
Day 5. Pasul Mestecăniș - Vatra Dornei (20km - 8h)
Day 6. Vatra Dornei - Poiana Negri (21km - 8h)
Day 7. Poiana Negri - Lunca Ilvei (23km - 9h)
The 137 km long trail brings out areas of spectacular natural beauty, as well as historical monuments that are unique worldwide. Passing by the Putna Monastery, the trail goes towards the Sucevița Depression and then reaches Vatra Moldoviței through the famous “Obcinele Bucovinei”, and then towards the Mestecăniș Pass which is situated in Pojorâta commune. The trail continues towards “Țara Dornelor”, which is surrounded by Giumalău, Suhard and Călimani Mountains. From then on, the trail winds on hillsides and meadows until it reaches Poiana Negri which is well known for the natural spring waters. The Bucovina portion of the trail ends in Poiana Stampei.
Get well informed and prepare in detail for the hike, reading the Travelers Guide and analysing the available maps on Via Transilvanica.
This particular portion of the trail has preserved a great deal of wilderness, therefore one should always set off on road fully equipped, with enough drinking water on hand, as well as objects for defense against wild animals or big dogs that can be found around sheepfolds.
Throughout this portion of the trail, multiple gates have latches that can be easily opened in order to get on the other side. These gates usually mark the presence of pastures, so people put latches on so that animals such as cows cannot get away. Thus, in respect of the local people, we kindly ask travelers on Via Transilvanica to always close the gates after themselves.
People that wish to mountain bike along this trail should know that this portion is particularly difficult as many parts of it require entire kilometers of pushbike. At times, the mud, the lack of drinking water, the sudden ascents and descents, impose a real difficult challenge. Please read the section ”Riding your bike on VT” for futher informations.