Eileen came from Switzerland to Romania tracking back family roots and trails. Her grandfather started his love affair with the mountains in Fagaras, in Sambata and Vistisoarea area, following his passion later in life up in the Swiss mountains. Eileen wanted to see with her own eyes where it all began, so, together with her friend Yves, they asked us to plan a ten days trekking tour in Romania.
We started near Brasov, in Piatra Mare, and made our way towards Fagaras via Bucegi and Piatra Craiului. All along the way we visited sheep farms, we drank fresh water-buffalo milk, we enjoyed perfect weather and inspiring scenery.
The Fagaras ridge was the highlight of the tour, with demanding descents and ascents, with tricky technical sections, with majestic views. Apart from Balea, where the Transfagarasan road meets the high mountains, the trail takes its visitors on places where you cannot say if it’s 2013 or 1953, as the signs of civilizations are hardly to be seen – no cable-cars, no modern day facilities, no helicopters. Just you and the mountains, and your fellow trekkers. You soon don’t remember what day of the week or the month it is, and you don’t really care – isn’t it the best definition of a good holiday?
All the best to Eileen and Yves, may they be as young and beautiful forever 🙂
Horia, August 2013
I can’t say much that hasn’t been written down by Eileen previously.
Horia, your words affect me so much! They reflect how I feel and felt: an unique discover of romanian people, history and lands. I felt that we were in the right place at the right moment: just staying in an extatic state of mind. A big thank again for your sense of humor and your humanity as well for your sharp knowledge of the mountains, their environment and for the many hints and tips you gave us.
Finally, I’ve to say thanks to you too, Iulian, for your fast answers and you organized us a wonderful tour, all were handled perfectly during the whole trip!
Mihai had his responsibility in the success of our trek too, he accepted to come as our guide even he had not much time. So thank you very much! (Sorry that we couldn’t meet at the starting day).
Thanks over and over again for this once-in-a-life-time experience, I hope we see you soon for the next stage of our adventures in Romania. I recommend this site to all the people wanting to discover Romania and its people and lands!
Yves Potterat, Switzerland, July 2013
Nous avons fait un merveilleux trekking de 2 semaines grâce à Iulian Cozma et son équipe. Tout s’est très bien passé: précis tout en étant en même temps simple. Nous avons particulièrement apprécié l’écoute du guide (Horia) et l’adaptabilité du programme si notre niveau ne correspondait pas au programme prévu. Le trekking devait avant tout être du plaisir! Rencontres authentiques avec des bergers et le peuple roumain, paysages époustouflants, sensations fortes, moments pour se retrouver, tout cela était au rendez-vous! Une chose est sûre, nous recommandons vivement l’équipe de Iulian Cozma aux futurs explorateurs des merveilles rocheuses roumaines !
Merci encore à Horia, fantastique guide plein d’humanité et de bons conseils!
Eileen Talley, Switzerland, July 2013