Testimonials

Please use our contact form to send us your thoughts and impressions. Here are impressions of some of the guests that adventured with us.

 

Thanks so much Your Guide Romania and Ciri for the great climbing experience! My friend and I hired Ciri in the Autumn of ’15 to climb Rasnov Gorge. I recently hired him again this Spring to climb the Animal Wall in the same region. We did a great, mid-length route up an arete known as Deer. Ciri is an expert climber with a great knowledge of Romania’s geography and history – and excellent English too. I look forward to my next trip.
Mark Golay, California, USA, April 2016

When I came to Romania to climb I planned to go out 6 times with Ciri. That turned out to be a very good decision on my part. He made every day an exciting experience in a beautiful part of the world. Some climbs were fun crusers and some had challenging cruxes. Even though I specified no long approaches, so I wouldn’t wear myself out, he was able put together plenty of trad and sport routes and combined these with some scenic surprises as well. These climbs included three six pitch routes. The final one was Piatra Altarului which overlooks the Bicaz Gorge. The view of the Gorge from the final pitches was awesome. Ciri is a great guide to climb with.
Jim Olsen, New Mexico, USA, May 2015 – Story & Photos

My sister and I had great pleasure meeting Ciri during our trip to Fagaras Mountains this past September. Both Ciri and Cristi work great as a team and their seamless process planning and communicating made us feel very reliable.
For three nights/four days, we’ve had fog, cloud, rain, hail, snow storm… experienced all four seasons but Ciri had guided us through it all and made us feel very safe in all circumstances. We couldn’t have asked better guide and they really worked hard trying to make us feel comfortable, safe and enjoyable at the same time.
With their excellent service and experiences, they truly are “Your Guide” and live up to their company name!
Thank you again for great memories and introducing your beautiful mountains!!!
Grace/Ruth Ko, New York USA, September 2014Story & Photos

I want to start my review with a big Thank You towards Ciri whom we met on a beautiful Sunday towards our trip to Vf. Omu starting from Valea Glajeriei. It was first day after a few rainy and besides the great sunny day we had the privilege to meet Ciri, who is very friendly and passionate about nature. Not just that we had a very nice company towards the peak, but also got a learn a lot about the plants and flowers around, stories from other mountain routes and a real guided track even without having it planned 🙂 Plus we got a lift by car even without asking for it which cut off 5km of a flat surface towards the beginning of the path.
Even if our routes split once we reached the peak-as me and my friend had to get down to another town, am always looking forward to meeting Ciri on another mountain track again.
As we learnt so many from them, am sure that anyone else who will have Ciri as a guide will have a great time and get to know better the Romanian mountains in a safe and unique way!
All the best Ciri wherever mountain tracks will lead you 🙂
Mihaela Stefan,Bucuresti,Romania, July 2014

Cristoph and me, Swiss mountaineers, experienced 4 great and exceptional days ski touring with our Romanian friends Cristi, Adi and Alex on the Fagaras NE ridge. It was the first time we traveled to the Romanian mountains but, for sure, it will not be the last time. We very much appreciated not only the professionalism of our tour guides Cristi and Adi but also the personal friendship we received from our Romanian hosts. We enjoyed the great nature of the Fagaras mountains and had also lots of fun together. We firmly hope to come back next year to experience the rest of the ridge. Thanks for everything you have done for us!
Thomas Kähr, Aarau, Switzerland, March 2014Story & Photos

Ciri guided me to the wild Malaiesti Valley on a ski tour I will never forget. His knowledge of the mountains is impressing. During this day we saw tracks of bear, wild boar and deer and spotted several groups of black Carpathian chamois, the beautiful capra neagra!
Ciri turned out to be a very good coach, attentive, talkative and motivating.
I am looking forward to come back soon!
Niclas Carlsson, Stockholm, Sweden, February 2014Story & Photos

I’m writing this review mainly for two reasons. First of all I would like to express again my thanks to Cristi for the whole joy and delight he brought to my son that turns 10 soon and started skiing almost six years ago, also with Cristi. The dilemma my son now has is to decide what he liked the most: the huge progress in skiing he made so quick due to the training with Cristi, the lot of fun he had during the time with him or the wonderful experience of flying together over the mountains, almost as free as a bird. All friends and school mates of my son have to bear again and again his stories about these experiences. And frankly speaking I can only subscribe to his enthusiasm cause I was myself filled with delight, enthusiasm and even proud when seeing what they did and what my son accomplished.

And so I reach the second reason why I’m writing this, namely to highly recommend Cristi as a ski trainer to whomever would read this or listen what I have to say about. I already noticed that he is an excellent trainer for adults. But what he is doing with kids is absolutely amazing. This is something he is borne for!

As for paragliding I’d say only this: neither my wife nor myself would have entrusted our son to fly with someone who didn’t convinced us first that he is 100% to be trusted. But with Cristi we would let our son do that again and again, which he’d do more than gladly.
Mihai, Camelia and Bogdan Popovici, Düsseldorf Germany, January 2014Story & Photos

My friends and I had the good fortune of meeting Ciri at about 1600 meters on our way down from a very challenging trek in the Carpathian mountains near the village of Zarnesti. About an hour earlier, our group of 9 had determined that we were out of time to continue to the 2200m peak we were aiming for which would have offered an easier path down than the one we ascended. We knew the return on the same unmarked trail was going to be difficult but we didn’t know of another option. Luckily, our chance meeting with Ciri and Radu near a refuge provided the opportunity to have a professional guide who is familiar with the area lead us back safely.

Ciri was particularly helpful to me – at that point, I was outside of my comfort zone and my confidence had been shaken. As we came upon a steep rock face where one miscalculated move would have surely resulted in severe injuries – or worse, I was unable to climb down on my own. Ciri guided me through every step, providing clear instructions while easing my fear with his confidence, encouragement and a bit of humor when appropriate. He continued to ensure that I and the rest of the group had any necessary help as we continued down the mountain.

After our successful and injury-free descent, Ciri pointed us back to our gite and despite our offers he declined to accept any payment – or even a beer. He and Radu, like so many people we met in the region were genuinely friendly and helpful … Ciri obviously has a lot of experience and passion for what he does as well as extensive knowledge of the region and extreme patience.

Looking back, I honestly wonder what the outcome might have been had we not bumped into Ciri on the trail. I am extremely grateful for his help which very well may have saved my life. I would recommend him as a guide without hesitation and will certainly book a ‘Your Guide’ tour upon my next visit to Romania.

Thanks again, Ciri!
Trish Davenport, Paris, France, November 2013

I am writing these lines to report about a great holiday in Brasov in Autumn 2013. I also want to thank “Your Guide” and especially Cristi who acted as MY guide during the holiday in the area. It was supposed to be a week for paragliding and it turned out to become quickly a week for hiking and tasting the delicious local food and beer. Nothing to do with the guide, it was the weather’s fault, entirely: cold, windy and rainy – a most unusual September.

Still, for paragliding, we could enjoy a few flights at Lempes – Sânpetru. I discovered then Piatra Mare – Bunloc where the drive up the mountain is more impressive than the flight. For hiking, Piatra Craiului is a must to see as well as Fagaras mountains. I enjoyed my week in the Carpathian mountains. Thank you Cristi for making these days a rich experience that I will never forget and I am sure I will be back soon to Brasov.
Sven Henriksen, Basel Area, Switzerland, September 2013

Once again I have the chance to find Ciri Turcanu available for climbing. This time due to the weather and my llack of training we decide to climb the Twisted Fissure wich is eassy to reach from Busteni by an nice 1.5 Hrs. walk by beech and fir forest,and for the quit retreat by rappeling in the case of rain. We quik pass the Costila Cottage and we reach the climbing route,we start with Ciri leading, the nice climb for 4 rope lenghts with large regrouping platforms recured with new expanding pittons much safer than the 80′. The view over the Costila-Galbinele Ridge and Eagles Wall is realy fantastic and motivated for the next adventures. We continue the climb over the ridge wich this days is secured with a fixed rope for more safety and reach the tree for 25 meters rappeling after wich we land on the valley. It was a nice day recalling the 80′,in my case I climb this route back in 1985 and Ciri in 1980, for I thanks again Ciri for unchanged fellowship.
Radu Suciu, Baku, Azerbaijan, July 2013Story & Photos

Hi Cristi, I am very thankful to you and your leadership in our company as a team leader of six tandem pilots in company. I really like your decisions and your flying skill as tandem pilot. I really thankful to you to done 170 safe tandem flying for our company and client with out any complain.
Karan Jang Chhetri, MD Mountain Hawk Paragliding, Pokhara, Nepal, June 2013

Our week long ski touring trip to the Southern Carpathians, guided by the charismatic and adventurous Cristi, allowed us to look into the wilderness of several different mountain ranges. Cristi’s instinctive knowledge of the mountains enabled us to climb amongst the wind blown peaks and ski some excellent powder. Cristi guided us through this untouched landscape without troubling himself with the need of a map and kept us away from any other ski tracks; the only other tracks we found were of the bear variety. I shall definitely return. Thanks Cristi.
Jerome Soucek, Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom, February 2013Story & Photos

I had no hesitation in contacting Cristi again as a guide. This time however I wanted to go sightseeing and I had a brilliant time. Cristi chose the most interesting places for culture and beauty. I wasn’t left disappointed by any of the sights I saw and experienced. I’ll be coming back next year to hike and ski with Cristi. Thank you.
Sarah Bamber, Wales, United Kingdom, December 2012Story & Photos

Not only is Cristi an excellent guide, but a great traveling companion. We had a superb time on the Fagaras Main Ridge Traverse and everything was impeccably organized, going above and beyond our expectations. We would not hesitate in hiking with Cristi again and would certainly recommended him to anyone we know.
Tom Halliday & Andrew Duncan, UK, September 2012 Story & Photos

Cristi, superclass paragliding mentor, thank you for guiding us the safe way down through the air of your favorite ski resort. A great experience going together with some nice pics, thanks for the trip and hope you enjoyed the ‘tasty’ beer and 100%-natural apples from our hostel. See you another time!
Michiel Duyvejonck, Belgium, September 2012 Story & Photos

This summer we went with a scouts group of about 22 15-17 year old and 3 leaders of 21-22 years old. We had an amazing time. The girl guides/scouts still speak of the beautiful hiking experience, the adventures and beautiful views in Piatra Craiului till today. Your Guide is a sublime organization that’s very professional, clear in communication and that completely attunes to the needs of the group.

Hopefully more scouts organizations will follow our lead and do unforgettable tours in the mountains with you guys. It was really a highlight on our camp.
Keep up the good work! It’s a pleasure working with you guys!
Willem De Saegher, Waasmunster, Belgium, August 2012Story & Photos

If you want to explore the beauty of the Transylvanian Alps with experienced, knowledgeable and fun guides, then you must use Your Guide Romania. Cristi and Ciri are exceptional mountain guides, hosts and ambassadors for beautiful Romania.

Our group spent several days hiking in the Piatra Craiului and Bucegi Mountains and touring Brasov and the surrounding sites including Bran and Peles castles. Cristi and Ciri planned an amazing trip for our group. They speak excellent English, are very organized and managed a large group brilliantly. They are great listeners and were constantly checking in to ensure that our expectations were met. They were aware of our needs and very flexible. During our hikes they would share the history of the area, tell stories about their many rock climbing and paragliding experiences and tell lots of funny jokes.

We always felt safe and in good hands. They picked great hostels and made excellent restaurant recommendations. You could always count on a smile, a friendly conversation and a great attitude. It’s clear that they love what they do and want their clients to have a memorable experience while in Romania. I can’t say enough about how much fun we had and in large part that was because of Cristi and Ciri.
Mira Getzinger Ringler, San Francisco, California, USA, July 2012 – Story & Photos

Our group of 13 had the pleasure of spending 4 fun-filled memorable days with Cristi and Ciri in the Piatra Craiului and Bucegi Mountains as well as several days in Brasov. Besides being excellent and knowledgeable guides, they are fun and good-natured with a passion for the outdoors and all things Romanian. I was impressed at how well they handled such a large group with so many different personalities and hiking abilities. They went out of their way continually to make certain each one in our group was happy. I worked directly with Cristi in organizing our trip and he was a pleasure to work with. He was always quick and thorough at responding to all of my many questions. While we were in Romania he continually went out of his way to make our trip perfect, often going above and beyond what I would expect. I look forward to returning again and working with Your Guide Romania.
Tricia Donaldson, Utah, USA, July 2012 – Story & Photos

My husband and I had the pleasure to do rock climbing with Ciri for two amazing days July 2012. I can highly recommend Ciri as a brilliant instructor and Your Guide Romania as a top professional company, delivering high quality service! We are from Denmark and I found the company through Google. As we did not know the company in advance, we did not quite know what to expect. I can merely say that the trip way over exceeded our expectations. Ciri as a guide and instructor showed to be very skilled. He was able to meet our requirements in terms of suitable levels and graduated the chosen pitches as he observed our progression in skills. He proved himself as highly service minded, excellent at motivating us in terms of improving/exceeding our climbing skills and not to mention great company. We hope to be back in Romania some time and when we are we will definitely be climbing some of the harder multiple pitch routes with Ciri/Your Guide Romania. By the way, we have to mention the beautiful nature of the Romanian mountains.

What a bliss! Go go go all you fellow climbers – you will not regret it!
Laura & Joachim Allerup, Denmark, July 2012 Story & Photos

Mit Ciri als Bergführer von der Firma Your Guide Romania habe ich im Juli 2012 den höchsten Gipfel (Peleaga 2509 m) des Retezat – Gebirges (Südkarpaten) bestiegen.
Die Organisation unserer Tour ließ keine Wünsche offen, angefangen mit der Abholung auf dem Hermannstädter Flughafen, Transport zum Startpunkt Carnic, Reservierung der besten Plätze in der Schutzhütte “Gentiana” und nicht zuletzt Auswahl und Zubereitung der Speisen.
Obwohl wir uns bis zu dieser Tour nicht kannten, fühlte ich mich wie in Begleitung eines langjährigen Freundes.

Ich empfehle Ciri als kompetenten, warmherzigen Bergführer und die Firma Your Guide Romania als gute Adresse sowohl für Touristen welche erstmals die Karpaten erkunden als auch für eingefleischte Siebenbürgen-Fans – es gibt immer noch was zu entdecken.
Christian aus Stuttgart, Germany, July 2012

We can warmly recommend “Your Guide Romania”, and especially Cristi, who was our main point of contact from the inception of the idea to conduct a guided tour of Romania till we finalized the details , and our personal tour guide during the trip.

We started with a desire to see places tied to our family history, but also wanted to see the highlights of the country, and include some hiking in nice places as well. The challenge was that we had a mix of older grandparents, younger adults, teenagers and young kids, and we had to plan an itinerary that would cater to everyone’s desires and capabilities.

Cristi took our preliminary plan and guidelines, and provided valuable feedback. Once we agreed on the details, Cristi took care of all the logistics and arrangements, and spent the entire time with us during the trip, from our arrival at the airport till our departure. All the monetary arrangements and fees turned out exactly as promised with no surprises whatsoever.

Everything worked as planned, and when we encountered unforeseen challenges, Cristi was quick to address them. Particularly, Cristi is a mountain person so he knew when it was safe to go up for hiking and which route will be the best fit to our family’s diverse hiking abilities to enjoy the beautiful scenery. He was extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible when things didn’t go exactly according to the plan due the diversity of our group members. Cristi helped us bridge the language barrier, provided valuable information about the different places we saw, and ensured our safety during the trip.

We got an excellent service, and we would not hesitate to recommend Cristi and “Your Guide Romania” to anybody planning a trip to Romania, who wants a special, pleasant, and unique memorable experience.
Avivit & Udi Katzir, California, USA, June 2012 Story & Photos

We want to share with you a wonderful experience we had this summer.
We find Your Guide Romania and Cristi from the internet. Were in contact with him and decided for a 16 days trip through mostly Transylvania,visiting our birth place and the same time hiking in the mountains.We were altogether 9 persons,we,our daughter,her husband and 5 grandchildren between 6 and 18 years old.
We travel a lot but never so easy,no need to drive – our driver Marcel was just wonderful,calm,easy going and a very nice person.There was no need to find accommodation,everything was arranged by our guide,all had nice clean air conditioned rooms,breakfast,and every thing we needed.
And now,last but not least,our guide Cristi,well prepared,gave us all his attention and took us not only to places we asked but to nice and exciting places not only to the children but for us also. This trip will remain unforgettable and for this many thanks to Cristi.
Erika & Dr. J. Kraus, Haifa, Israel, June 2012 Story & Photos

Für mich war es ein unvergessliches Erlebnis. Die besondere mystische Stimmung im frühen Schnee, dem Nebel und dem späten Durchbruck der Sonne. Unser Wanderführer Ciprian war gut vorbereitet. Er versorgte uns mit Schuh- und Hosenschutz, mit Mütze und Handschuhen. Wir hatten für diese Reise im Oktober keine Schnee taugliche Bekleidung eingepackt. Vielen Dank an dieses schöne Erlebnis in einer einzigartigen Landschaft und an unseren sportlichen,kompetenten und charmanten Wanderführer!
Helma Wagner, Germany, October 2011 Story & Photos

Spent a week with Ciri for trad rock climbing. Never been to Romania before. Hit by a snow front but had the best time hiking and sightseeing the historical sites. Sun came out and did an amazing climb on Animals Wall. What can I say…a very professional organisation that knows the area as they were born there. Great knowledge of local history. Ciri was the ultimate guide…highly professional, safety conscious, and just good friendly company. Makes me want to come back? You bet!
Richard Baldwin, Tasmania, Australia, October 2011 Story & Photos

It was a real pleasure to hike with Cristi. Firstly, I felt very safe and comfortable with him. I found Cristi to be friendly, relaxed and patient. Cristi puts other people’s needs first. I believe Cristi is an expert mountain guide with a great knowledge of mountains coupled with a sense of adventure, which is always within the realms of safety. I can highly recommend Cristi as a professional mountain guide who offers a top-rate service; I would have no hesitation in hiking with Cristi again.
Sarah Bamber, North Wales, United Kingdom, February 2011

We wanted to extend our thanks to Cristi for showing us such a wonderful experience each time we went climbing together. Every time we were on the mountain together, we felt like we could relax and just enjoy the adventure, knowing that we were in good hands and well taken care of. Not only was safety the top priority for Cristi, but he also had a confident, relaxed and kind attitude that allowed us to become great friends. He had some great tips to share that enhanced both our climbing skills and knowledge of the mountain. We have climbed with Cristi on more than one occasion and will continue to do so when we visit again! We give him our 100% whole-hearted recommendation!!
Heather Falenski & Scott Rogers, Denver, Colorado USA, November 2010

I have been hiking with Cristi on numerous occasions in the mountains of Korea. Cristi is a true outdoorsman whose heart and soul belong to the mountains. He is an excellent navigator and guide and is always ready to help. He is willing to change his pace and do whatever is best for the group. He is always prepared and always on time, but most importantly, Cristi is always laughing. He is excellent company and easy conversation. I would highly recommend a trip with Cristi, and if I make it to Romania someday, I will have him plan me a long journey in the mountains that he knows and loves.
Sophie Cumming, Albany, New York USA, October 2010

Während meiner Rumänientour im August 2010 war ich mit Ciri eine ganze Woche in dem Königssteingebirge (Piatra Craiului) unterwegs. Wir hatten ein wunderschönes Wetter und somit die besten Voraussetzungen für unsere Bergtouren gehabt. Einige der Höhepunkte waren die Besteigung des höchsten Gipfels des Königsteingebirges „La Om“ (2239 m), sowie die Wanderungen zu den felsigen Formationen Cerdacul Stanciului, Zaplaz, Anghelide und zu anderen Plätze.

Diese Wanderungen haben mir unvergessliche Eindrücke über die wunderschönen Berglandschaften und über die Karpatenwälder hinterlassen. Ciri ist für mich ein hervorragender Bergführer der die Wanderwege bestens kennt und die Touristen gut motivieren kann. Er hat mir während der Bergtouren ein hohes Maß an Sicherheit und Wohlbefinden vermittelt und gleichzeitig vieles über das Königsteingebirge erzählt.

Ich werde diese Bergtouren in guter Erinnerung behalten, danke Ciri herzlich für diese einzigartigen Erlebnisse und wünsche ihm weiterhin viel Erfolg bei seinen nächsten Führungen.
Daniel Markus, Augsburg, Deutschland, August 2010

I have had the pleasure of hiking, climbing, and skiing with Cristi on many occasions. He possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in outdoor mountain activities. He is willing to share and help those with lesser skills. I have witness him help and encourage beginner climbers achieve the heights they desired to reach. I have placed my own life in his trusting hand on numerous climbs in the past and would gladly do it again. He is a rare breed of outdoors man. He does it for the pure love of the mountains and does not mind sharing his love and passion with those who chose to set a course with him. I count him as a friend and a brother and I look forward to the day we can climb together again.
Shea West,Charlotte, North Carolina USA, August 2010

I have hiked with Cristi several times now and I want to acclaim how much I have enjoyed these trips as a testament to him.
Cristi has a huge element of confidence which makes you feel completely safe and secure in your surroundings. For me, this is the most important part about hiking / climbing as, if you hesitate, you my get yourself into trouble. His leadership skills ensured our group kept on schedule and gave us enough time to enjoy our breaks and of course the views at the top. His knowledge of the surroundings, terrain, conditions and equipment was excellent and I felt completely comfortable being under his supervision. His English is also excellent and he has a great sense of humour.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would recommend him to anyone looking to challenge themselves.
Martin Smith, Hereford, England, June 2010

I know Ciri Turcanu from more than 25 years as one of the best climbing&mountaineering mate. Most recently I have the privilege to climb again with Ciri in both winter and summer occasions in Piatra Craiului mountains. Due to my present job, offshore rope access supervisor I loose some of my previous skills in mountaineering but I discover Ciri as the same excellent climber as he was in the 80′ which give me the chalange to reach the same climbing skills. I strongly recommend Ciri Turcanu as one of the best guides for outdoor activities in Romania to all nature lovers mates.
Radu Suciu, Luanda, Angola, August 2009

Thank you Cristi for spending these 3 days with us!
First of all, you helped us to discover more about Romanian culture by showing us Brasov, the fortified church from Prejmer and the Rasnov Fortress. And then, thanks to you, we were able to see so magnificient landscapes while surpassing ourselves. I wouldn’t have climbed that kind of mountain without a professionnal guide. How hard it was for 2 non sportive persons but how proud we were at the top of Piatra Craiului!!! I will keep these pictures in my mind for the rest of my life.
A shame not to have had enough time to experience paragliding, maybe next time!!
Stéphanie Trouvé, Le Mans, France, August 2009

I’ve been climbing the other day with Ciri and I have to say we’ve got a great journey in Piatra Craiului Mountains, in Romania. Ciri is an enthusiastic, easy going guide, impressive by his mountain related knowledge and his climbing skills. Thanks Ciri for such an adventure!
Ciprian Moruzan, Brasov, Romania, July 2009

Paragliding is amazing! I had this wonderful experience, twice, of flying with Cristi, and I would do it again and again. He is a really trustful person and very joyful and optimistic. Cristi knows very well what he’s doing and all you have to do is to enjoy the unforgettable moments! Thank you Cristi!
Roxana Badea, Brasov, Romania, November 2008

I had made quite a few trips with Ciri Turcanu. He is a really full of quality mountain guide ,full of patience,allways in very good shape,a brilliant rock climber ,he has a perfect knowdlege of mountains like Bucegi ,Piatra Craiului ,Fagaras ,Postavaru ,Piatra Mare ,Ciucas ,Baiului and so on.He is also perfect capable to guide from an easy 2-3 hours hike to a full day hardest climb in Bucegi mountains .I remember the day that I spend with him in april 2010 in Piatra Craiului .For me that trip was a very dificult climb ,but the presence of Ciprian really makes me able to pass all the obstacles and to really enjoy the trip .I can go with him anytime with 100% confidence .
Cosmin Munteanu, Brasov, Romania, May 2008

One week with Ciri
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