218. Canionul Șapte Scări (7 Ladders Canyon), Brasov, Romania
This is perhaps one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited and one of the scariest things I’ve done in ages. I really stepped out of my comfort zone on this one. If you like the outdoors, waterfalls, hiking and mountains and have a sense of adventure, then this one is for you.
Canionul Șapte Scări (7 Ladders Canyon) is located in Brasov county just south of the city of Brasov in the Transylvania region. Its northwest of Bucharest, Romania’s capital city. The seven waterfalls are from the Șapte Scări river.
How To Get Here
Start your booking at RailEurope or Eurail. There are trains from Bucharest, Sibiu and Sighișoara and other surrounding cities to nearby Brasov. Then rent a car or take a taxi to get to the starting point for the hike.
The nearest commercial airport is the Sibiu International Airport (SBZ).
The airlines serving the Sibiu International Airport (SBZ):
Austrian Airlines (OS), Blue Air (0B), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Tarom (RO) and Wizz Air (W6).
The nearest major airport is Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP).
The following airlines serve the Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP):
Arkia-Israeli Airlines (IZ), Alitalia (AZ), Air France (AF), Aeroflot (SU), Air Moldova (9U), Air Serbia (JU), Aegean Airlines (A3), British Airways (BA), Blue Air (0B), Croatia Airlines (OU), Czech Airlines (OK), Dniproavia (Z6), ELLINAIR S.A. (EL), El Al Airlines (LY), Eurowings (EW), FlyDubai (FZ), Germanwings (4U), Iberia Airlines (IB), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), LOT Polish (LO), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Meridiana Airlines (IG), Pegasus Airlines (PC), Qatar Airways (QR), Ryanair (FR), Swiss Airlines (LX), SAS (SK), Turkish Airlines (TK), TAP Portugal (TP), Tarom (RO), Vueling (VY), Wizz Air (W6).
Eurolines has service to Romania from various points in Europe.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Hire A Local
You cannot and should not do this adventure without a Guide and I highly recommend Cosmin who was booked through JayWay Boutique Travel. This young man is the Romanian version of Bear Grylls. He’s pretty amazing and a very simple guy, but he’s a mountain man.
Where To Stay
Where To Eat
There are no facilities to eat while on this hike. You can bring your own meal of course and have a picnic. There may be bears in the woods, so try not to leave food lying around. Our Guide, actually unknown to us brought food in his backpack and even hiked with it.
What To Do
Hike the 7 Ladders with a qualified Guide. Take rain gear with you as you will be hiking through a rain forest and it may rain. if it rains, you will get soaked! As chances are you will be in the middle of the mountains when it rains. Take good comfortable shoes with you that you don’t mind getting wet as you will cross some streams and you may slip and fall in. Also, the terrain is pretty steep in parts so just be cognizant of that.
The cost is 10 LEI for adults and 5 for children and students with an ID card. There are also ZIP lines in the area that will cost 50 LEI.
Currency: Lei (RON)
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