Hasmasu Mare (Nagyhagymas), with the highest peak having 1792m altitude, popular almost entirely for Hungarian speaking hikers, is a place where you would meet more shepherds than tourists on the trek. Maybe because of the low altitude or because of the high number of bears.
Just a few kilometers nearby is one of the most beautiful and popular places in Romania: Cheile Bicazului (Bekas-szoros).
Really, bear and wolf attacks on sheep are frequent – said one shepherd – but it wasn’t heard of any attack in the last years among hikers. Just to be sure: look around twice before eating raspberry near the forest 🙂
Because of them, the shepherds had to multiply their number of dogs – so a must-take-object would be a pepper spray in case they would smell the threat in you.
We started our trip somewhere between Gheorgheni (Gyergyoszentmiklos) and Kovacspeter, through the main ridge, sleeping two nights in the tent, descent to Trei fantani (Haromkut) a csangos village and finish it at Lacul Rosu (Gyilkosto).
Nagyhagymas in summer is full of berries and edible mushrooms, but be careful, there are also many poisonous ones. The gypsies from that region use to collect the edible ones and sell them near the main road.
Blueberries all the way.
This is small a Chanterelle, my favourite mushroom.
The main ridge of the Nagyhagymas in the back.
She wanted the picture! 🙂 Beside her you can see the tool used for harvesting blueberries.
Chanterelle, Boletus edulis and Blusher (Amanita rubescens) – our tasty lunch with onion and homemade bread.
Don’t eat these 🙂
The weather went bad, started to rain, we had to find a place to put our tent.
We stayed 21 hours in the tent while it was raining outside.
Fehermezo (Poiana alba), a place where we met some angry shepherd dogs and we had to use the pepper spray.
This place used to have cute small ponds, but now all of them are dry.
Near the peak it’s pretty easy to see chamois
These pictures are taken from the top of Egyesko (Piatra Singuratica), maybe the most touristic place on the trek because of a mountain hut.
Not edible 🙂
Maybe the highlight of the trip was to meet Palinka (yes), a friendly shepherd dog which accompanied us several hours.
Entering Haromkut (Trei fantani).
We bought cheese from locals, delicious besides Harghita beer, popular just in that region of the country 🙂
We were tired already and we still had much to go towards Lacul Rosu (Gyilkosto) so we managed to hitchhike on a mountain road.
Next day at Lacul Rosu (Gyilkosto).
Hugs from Iulia and Bancsi
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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