The main reason for Laura and James to came to Romania, was the wedding of James brother at the beautiful Cantacuzino castle in Busteni town. As keen walkers in UK they also choose to enjoy some hikes in Romania, before and after the wedding.
First of all, we hike in Fagaras mountains, the target being Moldoveanu peak, the highest peak in Romanian Carpathians, at 2544 m high. It was a three days tour, starting from Victoria town, accommodation at Podragu hut. The weather forecast didn’t look great, but even a rain is beautiful sometime! So rain was welcome on last part of our climb day to Podragu hut, and what a rain! Summer rain, big drops, cold but not windy! And we realise that happiness can’t be altered by rain, such true!
Our day to Moldoveanu peak was on clouds, but not rain, and luckily on the peak we enjoy some views!
Second trip was Bucegi mountain traverse, starting from Sinaia, ending in Simon mountain village, following the old border of the Austro Hungarian empire and Romania. Beautiful weather, beautiful landscapes!
We went on a 3 day hike with Iulian to Moldoveanu Peak in September 2021 and we had the best time! Lots of fun conversation and laughs. Iulian is very knowledgeable and has lots of interesting stories. We also felt incredibly safe with Iulian. He is very experienced and we had every confidence that he would get us to the top of Moldoveanu Peak! He was very organised and made the 3 day hiking experience incredibly easy for us….well as easy as climbing a 2544m mountain can be! It rained very heavily on the first day and Iulian was amazing at ensuring we were able to dry our clothes and equipment in the hut! Iulian is clearly a regular on these hikes as the hut owner knew him very well and we got very special treatment including a private heated room!
Iulian couldn’t have done more for us and made sure we were OK at all times. He even managed to organise us delicious vegan breakfasts, lunches and dinners every day.
One of the best things we have come away with from the trip, as well as excellent memories, are some amazing photographs! Iulian is an excellent photographer and takes photos during the trip and shares them with you for you to keep!
It was a great experience hiking in the mountains with a local Romanian. Iulian’s English is also excellent!
We had such a great experience climbing Moldoveanu Peak that we arranged another hike with Iulian for later on in the holiday. Again it was a really fun couple of days with some tough hiking. Iulian is very good at assessing ability levels and organising hikes to suit your fitness.
As well as hiking Iulian is able to offer some excellent tips about where to go in Romania, what to do and what to see along with excellent bar and restaurant recommendations.
We feel very lucky to have had such a great time in Romania and are so glad we came across Iulian’s website and arranged the hikes with him! When we go back we will definitely be in contact with Iulian to meet up. We feel like we’ve come back from the holiday with great experiences and a friend in Iulian
Laura and James, UK, Sept 2021