The Suru Chalet is definitely our favorite chalet in the Făgăraș Mountains and with good reason: very nice hosts, always friendly and smiling, excellent accommodation, clean and comfy, delicious food, kids friendly place, a perfect view, and small enough to feel like you’re actually visiting your family. We’re visiting this place at least once a year because of all the reasons above, but also because it’s quite close to Sibiu and easy to reach for us. This year we went up there again to spend a sunny and warm September weekend with friends, while helping in preparing a dinner with ingredients found mainly in the mountains area.
Saturday was a full day of action for everybody – adults and kids alike. The day started early in the morning with meeting at Izvorul Florii and a 2 hours hike to reach the Chalet. After a quick snack, together with Miruna, the biologist, we headed into the direction of the mountains ridge in search of ingredients for our dinner that night.
The idea was to involve everyone in preparing dinner and to use as many ingredients from the mountains area, preferably found higher than 1000 meters. The mountains were generous to us, we had plenty to chose from – blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, wild thyme, all sorts of wild mushrooms, juniper fruits, sorrel, elder-flower fruits. We had the whole afternoon for exploring the area and for filling our baskets with all these fresh mountains ingredients.
From the nearby sheepfold, the shepherd gave us sheep cheese and butter, some sheep meat for a delicious stew. From a nearby trout farm we got some trout to grill on an open fire in the evening. We prepared all dishes together, some made the fire, some made deserts, some prepared the meat, kids had fun with grilling the fish and gathering wood for the fire.
It was again a very nice experience, a perfect combination of nice people, excellent weather, tasty local food and the perfect nature around us.
There are 3 options to get to the Suru Chalet. We’ve been on the 3 of them, so here’s a short preview:
- on the Moașa Valley – red circle path : The path starts from the Sebeșu de Sus village via the Moașa Waterfalls. You can go by car on the forest road until you get to the first river crossing, from where you can only go by foot on the marked path. It takes you about 2h30 – 3h00 to get to the Hut if you chose this path and it’s the most difficult one, as the hiking path is quite steep. Someone with a good physical condition can do it with little effort, but it’s not suitable for people who are not that active.
- on the Moașa Edge – red triangle : This path starts again from the Sebeșu de Sus village, just outside the village (at the barrier) and you don’t have to drive anymore on the forest road. This option is very good during winter time, when there’s a lot of snow. It’s also the longest option, taking you around 4 – 5 hours to get to the Hut. It’s an easy option, as the going up is quite relaxed, but it’s the longest in terms of distance, so prepare to walk a lot.
- on the Avrig Valley – blue triangle : This one starts from the Avrig town and you can go by car on the Avrig valley up to the Izvorul Florii water spring. The forest road is not the best though, but if you’re careful and a good driver, you can get to the Izvorul Florii without any problems. During winter time, if it snows a lot, the road closes. This is the shortest option for getting to the Hut, the trip lasting about 1h30 – 2h00. The only thing about it is that the first 40minutes -1h00 the path is very steep and the effort is quite big.
Photo credits go to Gabriela Cuzepan.