A wonder of nature and an unforgettable adventure in Neamt County: Sugăului Gorges – Munticelu Mountain Natural Reserve and Via Ferrata Astragalus
Sugăului Gorges – Munticelu protected area stands out due to a fabulous mountain landscape and the uniqueness of its natural heritage. The entrance in the gorges is accessible from DN 12C, which connects Transylvania with Moldavia throughout Bicaz Gorges.
Besides the spectacular views, tourists can find here endemic species of flora and fauna. The breathtaking gorges span from the entrance in the Natural Reserve and go for about 350 meters long, the magnificence of the landscape being given by numerous waterfalls, caves and rock massifs which can be admired when passing through. As tourists ascend to the top of the massif, Criminişul Peak (1373 m high), an impressive show of shapes and colors reveals itself: rocky hills, silver fir forests, sunny meadows with rare flora and unique calcareous formations in Europe.
Due to the identification of several species of plants, animals and rare types of natural habitats, Șugău Gorges – Munticelu Nature Reserve is included in NATURA 2000 – Special Area of Conservation (SAC) as defined in the European Union’s Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC). The protected area was declared site of importance for the European community in 2007, with a total surface of 827,80 acres.