Ceahlau Mountains – The Carpathians

It’s a late-winter-friday evening, after work. We are still home tired and packing for the weekend. We would have wanted to leave that night, but because of procrastination and tiredness.. let us leave just Saturday morning 🙂

The Ceahlau mountains are perfect for winter trips. With the highest peak at 1907m, a nice hut placed on the main ridge, usually full of nice people, guitars and songs, it’s a best alternative if you want to experience winter hiking without facing rocky ridges and technical climbings.

We have chosen a shorter trip until the hut because of late arrival: the blue triangle from Izvorul Muntelui, a ~4h estimated track for summer, 6-7h in winter. See map here.

Right after we had started the ascent from Izvorul Muntelui pension.
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The Izvorul Muntelui lake.
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This is how we did at least the half of the ascent, in the light of front lamps. Snow, wind, cold and dark – are the perfect ingredients for a night with adrenaline.
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We arrived to the Dochia hut after 21:00, where we had found a hall full of happy people singing. Hot soup, “slanina” with onion.. what would you need more?
Two of us slept outside of the hut in a tent, in -10C and freezing wind. After all it was a cool experience in both meanings, but do it just if you have the necessary equipment.

Next day.
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Toaca peak, 1904m, with a meteorological station at the top.
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The Ocolasul Mare peak, 1907m, from Toaca.
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The trail has several signs for winter trips, it’s hard to get lost on the main ridge.
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Toaca peak.
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We thought it’s not real, he was so scared. A guy tooks him almost everywhere, feeding, taking care. Not sure if the squirrel enjoys it by the way.
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In addition: the atmosphere from Dochia hut, Ceahlau 🙂

Iua, Marius, Kevin and me

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Usually when I'm in the mood I write 'Biographical Info' about me. Maybe next week.
Of course, with a backpack.

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