on first weekend of May 2010, so few days ago, I was on 2 days walking tour in Bucegi mountains, having as base Pestera hotel, at 1600 m high. My companions this time were Beth, Marc and Alexander, all of them working in Bucharest, mainly on office.
We did 2 pretty long walk, 14 km each day, climbing 900 m and 700 m, but the most important was that the weather was just fine for walking. Not too warm and not too cold, and of course not any rain!
Saturday the route was Pester Hotel – Ialomita Valley – Cerbului saddle – Babele hut – Piciorul Babelor – Pestera hotel, and Sunday our wal was Pestera hotel – Strunga saddle – Strungile Mari prak, and descending was on Piatra hotilor/Doamnei valley.
Some photos from this tour below.
We had a great hiking on 8&9th of May 2010 with Iulian in the Bucegi mountains. The routes selected were great. Saturday hike to Cerbului Saddle was technically more demanding but we enjoyed it very much.
The hike on Sunday was more relax but with great scenery as well. Pestera is a great place for hiking because it is out of the beaten tracks. There are also easy hikes near the Pestera hotel witch means that even family with kids could organize a programe there. We appreciated Iulian technical expertise but also his knowledge of the environment.
We are looking forward for our next experience in the Faragas mountains.
Marc & Beth DESENFANS, May 10
Lovely trip. Lovely senery. Silence and tranquility for those who want to get away from hum of busy city… Pestera is a special place, much different from Sinaia or Predeal. It’s a kind of a hidden valley located in the heart of mountains. The trip became my first experience in mountain walking. We’ve made around 15 km each day. In fact, I’ve never walked so much in a single day in my whole life:) Physically challenging, though exciting. Definitely a good excercize. Liked a lot walking on snow..
Presence of Iulian inspired the confidence and feeling of safety in a trip.
Hotel was great, though the road imho requires SUV. Alternatively u can get there taking cable car up from Busteni and then descending down to Pestera with a backpack.
There is a beautiful monastery located in a cave nearby. Those who like can even visit monastery service.
Looking forward to new mountain adventures.
Thanks to Iulian and my companions Marc and Beth.