American guests, hiking in Romania

Our 6 day, 5 night trekking adventure in Romania was fantastic. Iulian picked a good route for us to see different parts of the Carpathian mountains. Every day we enjoyed beautiful scenery and great vistas. One of the highlights of the experience was our guide, Iulian. He is very knowledgeable and was clearly excited to share both the beautiful Romanian landscape and the wonderful culture with our family. He accommodated our every need and his easy going nature made him an absolute pleasure to spend time with. We have been on many guided mountain experiences and he is the most personable guide I have ever met. He was great with our 13 year old kids and was always a pleasure to be around. We had many interesting discussions. His knowledge of the mountains and guiding experience are quite impressive and he introduced us to the wonderful Romanian culture. Along the trek we met several shepherds and we were able to observe (and taste!) the ancient process of cheese-making. At the end of our trip we got to spend a night in his grandmother’s house and village! There we wandered the streets of the village after a refreshing swim in the local pool, visited the town’s distillery, were served a very tasty traditional meal for dinner and watched the local water buffaloes come home after a day at the field – true cultural immersion! All huts we stayed in were comfortable and the food was good. We would not hesitate to do another trek (or perhaps winter back-country ski trip) with him. Iulian and Romania exceeded our expectations in every way.

Tanja and family, Los Angeles, USA, June 2016 – photos here

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