Maarten, from the Netherlands, about this tour
,, I’ve booked a trip some time ago with Dan, because of the glowing reviews in TA.
It was so awesome I visited Romania again, mostly for Dan, 2 years after!
I asked him to “make it a bit more extreme this time” as the one-day trip as I did last time made me hunger for more.
He did deliver! There is nothing like the stunning mountains, the complete quiet, and the great company Dan is on the trip.
I would recommend him because:
1. Strong passion for hiking – of course, he is running his business, but you do not feel like you are being led around a fixed path. Paths are always up for discussion, and he is really enjoying showing people around!
2. Experienced, and knows the area very well – very important in this activity. He understands the risks and goes out of his way to minimize them. He phoned the mountain services to check on weather conditions before, since we were going a little further than normal
3. Personal & friendly: He is upbeat, caring and likes to joke around where possible, but can also hold a real conversation.
If you have the opportunity to visit Romania & Dan, you won’t be dissappointed!”
A glacial lake with crystal clear water? A remote refuge hidden in a beautiful valley? High peaks over 2000 m and an imposing ridge line? Well..yes! It’s all here, in Iezer Papusa!
Where: Iezer Papusa Mountains
Highlights: Iezer lake, photography, landscapes, hiking, wild nature
Available: June – November
Type of activity: hiking
The hike is rated as: difficult
Day 1: After an early start in the morning, we drive from Bucharest to Campulung Muscel and then to Voina hut, the departure point for the day. Situated at the foot of the mountain, Voina offers a short glimpse of the beautiful Iezer Papusa Mountains.
Our route goes through the forest, across the river, straight into the heart of the mountain. Slowly but surely we’ll get to a lovely meadow where we’ll make the first stop. The place is so quiet and peaceful that it will inspire you to dream…
The view begins to unfold so now you’ll get to see the amazing surroundings. As we go up, we get perspectives of Piatra Craiului and Bucegi, far in the back. But that is not all; the great ridge of Iezer looks awesome too…are you sure you have enough storage on your cameras?
Our aim for the day is Iezer refuge, situated in a valley, at 2000 m altitude. Nearby is the lovely glacial lake that could be frozen, even in the summer!!
The day ends at the refuge but not before we take some cool snapshots with the awesome scenery.
We will spend the night in a mountain refuge.
Day 2: If you thought you’ve seen everything that Iezer Papusa has to offer…think again. Today we’re climbing up to Ateneu Cross and go to see..Fagaras Mountains! Yes, that’s right, far in the distance the imposing Alps of Transylvania are waiting to be photographed.
If you add the views towards Iezer ridge and its high peaks, over 2000 m, the puzzle is complete.
From the ridge we will descend on Vacarea plateau, back to Voina hut. The route offers perspectives of Piatra Craiului and Bucegi. That’s the way to end a day!
Return to Bucharest in the evening.
End of program.
IMPORTANT: The program can be altered on the spot, depending on weather conditions and other relevant aspects such as the physical condition of the participants.
Price upon request.