Romanian Eastern Carpathians starts from Brasov to east, ending up in the north, at the border with Ukraine.
Less rocky compared with the famous Southern Carpathians, the Eastern range offers great winter adventures for those looking for remote areas with poor way marking system, where outdoor navigation (map and compass) is a must.
Recently we did some lovely snowshoeing tours in Harghita Mountains, the area with Romanian Hungarian native speakers, with their specific culture and traditions.
We found deep snow and fantastic forests, as usual!
Bucegi Mts. are situated very close to Bucharest (1.5 – 2 hours) on the way to Brasov.
Sinaia ski resort with Peles Castle are on the south east side of these mountains, Prahova valley being the most important road access in the area.
The highest peak – Omu (2.504m alt.) is one of the 13th peaks above 2.500m altitude from Romanian Carpathians, a target in summer and winter for those who want to collect them all!
Last days we skinned up on the west side of Bucegi Mts. very close to Omu peak (+ 1.280m) for a long and lovely ski descent back in the valley toward Bran village (Dracula Castle).
We did not actually reach the highest peak because we did not wanted to. The last section was pure ice, not very funny for ski. We found better snow lower in the valley, sheltered by the wind and not higher up!
A great ski tour with some great persons!
As usual in the last years, a group of Spanish came at the beginning of December in Romania to enjoy the fresh snow during a two days trek on the north side of Bucegi Natural Park.
The trek started at 900m altitudine in Prahova valley and ended one day later high above 1.700m altitude. If the first day the whiteout had been omnipresent, in the second half of the second day we saw the blue sky…
Cold, white trees, emptiness and solitude, fresh snow, a remote and silent hut, hot wine around a wood fire…
How else could you start the new winter season?