Winter this year took a longer time than expected to show its face in the city and at lower altitudes in general in Romania, so it left us no choice but to put our hiking boots on, gather warm clothes in a backpack and head towards the mountains, in search of some proper snow.

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Back to the Buila-Vânturarița National Park for the third time in the last years, this time with a quite heavy backpack and on a quite long and not so easy trail.

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As lots of our traveling plans got cancelled this year and considering the social distancing, we ended up to spend one week at one of our favorite chalets in the Făgăraș Mountains, Cabana Suru. It was something we were thinking of doing for a long time, to go there and spend more than one weekend, like we usually do. So here we are, world pandemic giving us the chance to finally do it.

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At the beginning of September we took over the Suru Chalet in the Făgăraș Mountains and turned it into the headquarters of one of the coolest events we have been to this year. The 3 days spent there evolved around a old shepherd’s recipe that takes a lot of time to prepare and a lot of team work to get to the final result.

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I think autumn was the season we never got the chance to go hiking and after this trip, I’m still deciding which season I like more for hiking – spring with everything turning green and so many flowers, summer with its clear skies and mild weather, autumn with the forest full of burgundy tones or winter with its never ending snow.

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Buila-Vânturariţa is, still, one of the hidden gems of Romania. I’m sure that this will not be for long, so I’m happy that we finally managed to get to this place and had such a nice weather and perfect companion to explore the area for one weekend.

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Finally back on the ridge of these beautiful Romanian Mountains. This trip was so much planned, that just a few days before I wasn’t even so sure we would actually make it happen. But in the end it did happen and it was probably one of the most beautiful and amazing hiking trips we had ever.

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The trapeze made by Moldoveanu (2543 m) & Viştea Mare (2527 m) peaks, seen from Urlea peak

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Once a Moroccan guy said to a Romanian guy : Romania is where the Heaven is! You have water, green trees and women.  Well, after last weekend and a trip in the Carpathians I have to admit that yes, Romania is a piece of Heaven.

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