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Trekking story

In the previous blog I wrote about things that make us recharge our batteries. So, here is a short story about a trekking escape that I have done recently.

The most convenient (time and distance) trails are in the Bucegi Mountains, which are part of the Romanian Carpathians.

Romania, Predeal. the snowy Bucegi mountains and the green forests at their base seen from Predeal

Whether by car or train, we can reach the bottom of the route in two and a half hours. This is a pretty fast way to escape to nature, leaving behind the city tumult.

Flat car escape from toxic city to nature

So, there I was, with my friends, in Busteni city, one of the many settlements around Bucegi Mountains that gives us plenty of options (access routes) to climb this mountain paths.

Wonderful green fields with colorful forest,Busteni,Transylvania,Romania,Europe

We were heading to the forest looking for the path that would lead us to the base of the White Valley. This valley is a wild-steep-rocky-dry valley and it is closed (unmarked) for the ordinary tourists.

The „White Valley”

From the base, we could see on the right of the valley a big wall, very well known for the the longest climbing routes, The White Valley Wall.

Landscape of White Valley - Bucegi

The ascension was pretty fast but we still had to be careful to step on stable rocks otherwise we could hurt those who climbed behind us. The most difficult step we encountered was the huge boulder that blocked the entire valley. Very carefully, we have climbed on the right of the boulder, about ten meters. We have encountered a couple of other passages that had to be climbed but not as difficult as “the boulder”.

At the end of the White Valley we reached the Bucegi Plateau.

Mountain path on the Bucegi plateau

The next “target” for us is the highest peak of Bucegi Mountains, measuring 2505 meters in altitude, Omu Peak. The hike to is quite light and the path is full of people walking from Babele Cableway to Omu Peak.

Panorama at Omu Peak

On the highest peak there is Omu Challet, where we stopped for a cup of tea and soup. From there we had to climb another important peak of Bucegi Mountains, Scara Peak (2422 meters) and then we had to descend to our final destination for the day, Tiganesti Saddle. There is a mountain refuge where we spent the night.

Red and white shelter on a mountain ridge

We arrived just in time to see the sunset and, later in the night, a couple of meteors from the Perseids.

Perseid Meteor Shower in 2016

Photo credits: Cda2008, Imaengine, Janos Gaspar, Maryd15, Marius Scarlat, Baraian Radu, Scorpionce, Pavalache Stelian, .

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