Some pics from a trip of 4 days in January 2011, in the central part of Rodnei Mountains – Gargalau area.

 

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Begining of the route – the first steps from the Prislop Pass ( 1416 m alt. ), the highest pass in the Eastern Carpathians.

 

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In the temple of nature.

 

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The gates are opened. Now we can see were we’re heading.
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Path
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Marching
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Loneliness
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Gargalau peak ( 2158 m ) in front of us ( on the left ) getting bigger and bigger. The smaller peak  in the sunlight is Musceta ( 1900 m ).  We set up the tent in the night, 200 meters under the top of Musceta.
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Toroiaga peak ( 1930 m ) in the morning mist. One of the most distinctive peaks of Maramuresului Mountains.
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Cearcanul peak ( 1847 ), another beautiful peak of Maramuresului Mountains.
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Our first camping place on the slope of Musceta peak, somewhere around 1700 m.
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The first view towards west, after getting in the upper part of Musceta peak. From left to right, we can see Galatului peak ( 2048 m alt. ), Laptele Mare peak ( 2167 m alt. ), Puzdrele peak ( 2188 m alt. ) and Pietrosul Rodnei peak ( 2303 m alt. ).
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Crawling in the deep snow on the plateau of Musceta peak.
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A small brake right above Izvorul Bistritei rim.
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Gargalau peak ( 2158 m )
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A fairytale atmosphere on the slopes of Gargalau Mountain.
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Musceta’s plateau and Toroiaga peak ( far behind ).
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” Hide & seek ” by the  mountain’s rules.
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resting
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Very close to the top of Gargalau.
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Antarctic feeling
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Ineu peak ( 2279 m ) and Piciorul Plescutei ridge. Ineu is the second highest peak of Rodnei Mountains, after Pietrosu peak ( 2303 m ).
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Ineu peak ( 2279 m ) and Piciorul Plescutei ridge seen from the top of Gargalau.
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Clouds rolling. Waves. Far behind on the right, you can see Pietrosu peak ( 2303 m ), the highest peak not only of Rodnei Mountains, but also of the entire chain of The Eastern Carpathians.
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In the sunset’s lights.
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In a sort of a trance state on the Gargalau peak. We spent here around 1 hour, before descending 100 m to a small but nice and cosy plateau under the peak, where we set up the tent.
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Fantastic atmosphere
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Sea of clouds covering the abyss.
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The first ray of light, next morning.
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Kingdom of heaven
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Northern ridges touched by the first ray of  light.
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Piciorul Danciului ridge, that we fallowed on our descending.
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Large panorama of Maramuresului Mountains.
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The main ridge of Rodnei Mountains towards south-east.
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To the south
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Ineu peak in all its splendeur. Mistery revealed. We can see now what was hidden by the sea of clouds on the previous day.
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Of course we climbed again to the top of Gargalau, for an exercise of admiration.
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Sadly, we have to go down.
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Different perspective of Ineu peak, from Piciorul Danciului ridge
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Piciorul Danciului ridge.
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The north face of Gargalau. Far away, the western main ridge of Rodnei Mountains and the peak of Pietosu ( 2303 m ) on the right.
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Glacial landscape on the north face of Gargalau.
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The last look of Ineu
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The third place where we set up the tent, in the valley of Iezerul Bistritei.
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Back on the same track

Here you have those magical moments of the sunset on Gargalau peak, captured in a short video, edited by my friend Catalin Crauciuc.

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