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The ªugãu cave speleological p.a. (19 ha), Valea Strâmbã, Suseni village

The Șugãu cave is one of the most important caves of the Eastern Carpathians, being located within the highest massif of the Giurgeu mountain: the Sipos Massif (1568). The cave is located at 1060 meters altitude, on the southern slopes of the massif. The cave is easily accessible from the DN12, from a forestry road between Voșlobeni and Valea Strâmbã (6 km).

The total measured length of the cave is 1021 meters and consists of 4 levels. The two top levels are open for visitors whereas the lowest level is closed since it is still active, called as the wet level. The distance between the top and bottom levels is 67 meters.

The cave is included in a 19 ha protected area, with the cave in the middle, administered by the Killer Lake Adventure Association since 2006. Here the treasures are hidden under the surface, masked in dripstone formations in which the cave is very rich. Because of the fact that the cave began to be visited just in the last 40 years, there are still many intact cave ornaments like stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, draperies, frozen waterfalls and columns. In the cave we can also find paleontological treasures. Several paleontological fossils have been discovered here.

The cave is the home of 5 bat species: the large Natterer’s bat (Myotis nattereri), the greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis), the Lesser mouse-eared bat (Myotis blythii), the brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) and the common bent-winged bat (Miniopterus schreibersii).

PERMITTED AND FORBIDDEN ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE PROTECTED AREAS
Protecting the natural environment is our legal duty. A nature reserve is an area of a particular status, enforced by law, where not just a couple of rare species of plants, animals, geological formations or archeological-paleontological objects can be found and need to be protected. To ensure, that these protected elements will remain or survive, we need to protect their living habitat as well. The natural values and the biodiversity of a given area offer a spiritual experience, and an aesthetic enjoyment, thus contributes to a spiritual recreation of the explorer of nature. Harghita County is one of the few places, endowed with several authentic natural treasures. These gems of nature represent an economical asset, and by this, an improper visitor’s behavior can endanger its content and existence. Protecting our environmental treasures is a collective task and duty. The managing organizations which are responsible for these reserves have been already assigned, and they can enforce or apply special rules for visitors regarding protected area. Below you can find some recommendations concerning the avoidance of natural damages:
  • do not leave the marked trails
  • do not litter or leave garbage behind
  • keep the peace and quiet by avoiding to use strong sources of music
  • do not tear any plants down, including the protected species
  • camp only in specially designed and marked areas
  • make fire only in special designated areas, and make sure that you put you put it out before leaving
  • do not throw lit cigarette butts
  • avoid using motorized vehicles in the vicinity of the protected areas, and use only the marked accessibility routes
  • enjoy the sounds and sights of nature and do not disturb others in enjoying these as well
By this informative material, which presents the natural protected areas of Harghita County, we wish to contribute to the promotion of a responsible and eco-conscious form of tourism. To a better success we count on your open mindedness and interest.

Closer to nature: through visiting and preservation!


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