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Octavia’s Advice on Climbing the Carpathians in Romania…

They’re massive…

The Carpathians are a chain of mountains that curve roughly 932 miles (1,500 km) through Central and Eastern Europe forming one massive arc.  They’re so big they cover eight countries including Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia and, most importantly, Romania.

Why Romania?

Romania contains:

  • 53% of the Carpathians,
  • the Carpathians second-highest mountain range, where the highest peaks exceed 8,202 feet (2,500 m),
  • the highest concentration of brown bears, wolves, chamois and lynxes,
  • the largest surface area of virgin forests in Europe (excluding Russia), and
  • over one-third of Europe’s thermal and mineral waters.

Romania is a mountain lover’s paradise.

The best part…

Local expert, Octavia Drughi, has climbed and hiked hundreds of miles of the Carpathians and shares her insider secrets and advice for fellow women adventurers…


Crina Coco Popescu Reveals How She Climbs the World’s Largest Volcanoes…

Crina Coco Popescu

She’s one of the world’s youngest climbers.

At the age of six, Romanian climber Crina “Coco” Popescu started her career climbing the world’s largest mountains with her father.

But what’s even more impressive…

At age 16, Coco became the first female to climb Mount Sidley – the highest volcano in Antarctica – and the first climber in the world to climb the Volcanic Seven Summits – the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents:

  • South America: Ojos del Salado at 22,615 feet (6,893 m)
  • Africa: Kilimanjaro at 19,341 feet (5,895 m)
  • Europe: Elbrus at 18,510 feet (5,642 m)
  • North America: Pico de Orizaba at 18,491 feet (5,636 m)
  • Asia: Damavand at 18,406 feet (5,610 m)
  • Australia: Mount Giluwe at 14,331 feet (4,368 m)
  • Antarctica: Mount Sidley at 14,058 feet (4,285 m)

Today, Coco continues to climb and guide people on the 7 Mountains Carpathians Garden Circuit that includes Bucegi, Fagaras, Retezat, Ore, Rodna, Ceahlău, and Piatra Craiului in Romania.

But don’t take my word for it…

Read more about Crina Coco Popescu and her accomplishments in this exclusive interview…


Halloween with Dracula; Transylvania, Romania

Vampires, Werewolves, and the ghost of Vlad The Impaler… While some claim these dark creatures exist, others find it debatable. One thing is certain, no place on earth has conjured up more fear, sleepless nights, and nightmares than Transylvania.

Since Bram Stoker wrote his Dracula tales, vampires, death, and horror has been inextricably connected to the area. Yet before the 19th century, Transylvania and its majestic mountains were viewed as an exotic location full of romanticism.Continue

The Painted Monasteries; Bucovina, Romania

It’s famous for Dracula, medieval castles, poverty and incredible natural beautiful.

What often gets overlooked, however, is the rich artistic nature of Romania’s past.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Bucovina region where the country’s famous painted monasteries dot the peaceful and picturesque countryside.Continue

Exploring the Danube Delta, Romania

There is something raw and unrefined about Romania. One of the European Union’s newest members is also one of its poorest with an infrastructure that lags behind the rest. Yet somehow this only adds to the adventure of visiting a country so full of natural beauty and mind-blowing scenery.

If you are a nature lover, then Romania will give you one treasure after another, and there is no better place to start than the Danube River Delta.