To compensate for all the eating and sleeping in the summer, we incorporated some vigorous physical activities in our 5-week stay in Transylvania, Romania. One of these activities was to pay another trip to the Retezat Mountains in the Retezat National Park.
Let the photos show why the Retezat Mountains is one of the hidden treasures of Romania.
Day 1 : A 5km warmup hike after our late noon arrival at the guesthouse Cabana Pietrele (1500m altitude)
Day 2 : A 14km hike to the second highest peak at Retezat Mountains, Păpuşa Peak (2508m altitude).
On the second day, we hiked from the guest house at with my mother-in-law who gamely joined us until the saddle at (2280m).
Silviu and I continued for 30 minutes more to reach Peak Păpuşa (in Romanian, Păpuşa means “doll”. This second highest peak in the rocky Retezat Mountains does not at all possess any doll-like features!). For visitors who like to explore Romania, the best way is to hit the mountains!