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Romania is an amazing destination for walking trips, hiking, mountaineering and all sorts of outdoor adventures and sports – yet few travellers know this! With 55% of our country occupied by the Carpathian Mountains enclosing the region of Transylvania, if you go hiking in Romania you'll discover untouched sceneries, a rich wildlife hidden in vast woodlands and traditional mountain villages still untouched by civilization. No wonder Romania has been dubbed Europe’s last wilderness reserve
- watch Wild Carpathia and Untamed Romania documentaries about Romania's wilderness and the spectacular beauty of the Carpathian Mountains
Our country is, without false modesty, one of the luckiest in the world: endowed by nature with a variety of geographical formations, outdoor enthusiasts will discover towering mountains, impressive crests, dangerous cliffs, numerous caves, natural gorges and waterfalls. All while going through picturesque and mostly untouched natural landscapes dotted by remote villages, farms and sheepfolds. Life in the mountains of Romania has a charm of its own which why hiking in Transylvania is a great idea!
If you want to go hiking or plan a multi-day trekking trip in Romania, backpacking or camping, see wildlife or visit popular natural attractions, we’ve prepared this guide to hiking in the Carpathian mountains with practical info and suggestions on where to go and experience the beautiful Romanian outdoors.
You'll see hiking in Romania's wild mountains is not easy and comes with risks. There are many incidents each year involving unguided or solo adventurers running intro trouble and needing rescue. And some weren't lucky to return... So we strongly recommend you read this guide carefully and check our hiking tours with licensed mountain guides. And if you need help with planning a trip or group expedition just contact us - we're happy to help!
Table of contents
- 1. Hiking in Romania: the basics & what to do
- 2. When to go hiking in Romania
- 3. Where to go hiking & see Romania’s natural attractions
- 4. Difficulty, equipment & technical hikes
- 5. Planning a hiking trip in Romania
- To go alone or hire a hiking guide in Romania?
- 6. Wildlife watching in Romania
- 7. Safety in Romania's mountains
- 7. The most popular mountains for hiking in Romania
- Fagaras Mountains
- Bucegi Mountains
- Piatra Craiului Mountains and Natural Park
- Apuseni Mountains and National Park
- Retezat Natural Park
1. Hiking in Romania: the basics & what to do
The Carpathian Mountains are Europe’s second-longest mountain range stretching 1,500 km through 6 South-Eastern European countries: Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland. Most of the Carpathian range is in Romania where it occupies a whopping 55% of our country’s land area. Forming an L-shaped arc, the mountains were used as a natural border for the 3 historical provinces that form our country: Transylvania (inside the arc), Wallachia (South) and Moldova (East).
The highest peaks in the Carpathians are in Tatra Mountains (Slovakia) but the next highest ones are in Romania: Moldoveanu Peak at 2,544m in Fagaras Mountains is the highest in Romania, followed by Negoiu at 2,535m also in Fagaras and Omu at 2,514m in Bucegi Mountains. And then there are 10 other peaks over 2.500m (most in Fagaras Mts) and 47 over 2,400m! Towering guardians that offer amazing sceneries!
But you don’t have to be a hardcore mountaineer with professional equipment to enjoy Romania’s natural beauty! There are many places to go hiking in Romania even if you have an average physical condition, or you'd like a walking trip to spend a beautiful day outdoors. Mountains start from altitudes over 1,800m and below that we have lots of lesser mountains and foothills just as beautiful. Here's an overview of what Romania's mountains can offer:
- the most picturesque hikes in Transylvania are in Apuseni Natural Park (close to Cluj-Napoca), Piatra Craiului National Park (near Brasov) or just outside Sibiu; you'll go into picturesque hills and valleys through traditional mountain villages that preserve a simple, quiet and traditional way of life; plenty of walking and hiking trails of easy-to-medium difficulty (5-15 km, 4-8h, 400-700 altitude difference)
- those looking for a hiking challenge and to see raw, wild scenes should consider Fagaras Mountains (home to the famous Transfagarasan Road), Piatra Craiului, Bucegi or Retezat where wild uninhabited landscapes with virgin forests, glacial lakes and little signs of civilisation will immerse hikers in the impressive and quiet beauty of nature; logistics and trails are more challenging and complex so these hiking trips require more planning and time
- in ranges such as Bucegi, Piatra Craiului, Apuseni or Domogled-Cernei you can also visit popular natural attractions such as the Danube Gorges, King Decebal’s Statue, the Sphinx and Babele rock formations or Zarnesti Gorges; or impressive cliffs such as Szekler's Stone.
- if you're looking for some adventure you can try your via ferrata skills in Turda Gorge, or go in the famous 7 Stairs Canyon where you need to climb vertical iron ladders to get to the top. Other options for hardcore mountaineers or adrenaline junkies include rock climbing, white-water rafting, caving and lots of MTB and downhill bike trails, all around Brasov and Cluj-Napoca (on private request)
- unfortunately hut-to-hut multi-day trekking trips are (except in Fagaras Mts, but the trail is very difficult!) because there are not enough huts/refuges in Romania's mountains (see the section below on accommodation in the mountains); so most hiking trails in Romania are circuit
- camping expeditions are possible only in certain areas and periods, but we wouldn't recommend doing them without a guide who knows the area - as you read this guide you'll hopefully understand why
- wildlife watching trips can be done only with which most hiking guides are NOT; tracking or going into areas where animals can be seen is a completely different story than regular tourist hikes; read below to find out more
2. When to go hiking in Romania
The best time for a hiking trip in Romania is between mid-April – late Oct for most mountains and trails (1,500-1,800m) and from June - early October for anything above 2,000m. For example, Fagaras, Parang and Retezat mountains are still covered in (too much) snow in mid-May but other mountains in Transylvania such as Apuseni or Piatra Craiului are good for hiking as early as April.
- Local tip: always bring adequate hiking clothes depending on the season and you MUST HAVE hiking boots; our to take you on a hike if you're not well equipped as safety always comes first
Romania’s climate is temperate continental but even so temperatures and weather conditions can be very tricky at high altitudes depending on the season. As a rule of thumb, look at the temperature in the nearest city and deduct 5-7 degrees to get a better idea of what to expect in the mountains. The higher you go, the colder and windier it becomes. Our guides will check weather conditions 2-3 days before your tour and will keep you informed.
In any case, weather can rapidly change when at altitudes of over 1,500m so it’s important to be well equipped (wind+waterproof jacket, warm clothes, 20L backpack, sun cream, hat etc). A storm can come fast when you're at high altitude, mid-trail and with 3h to go until the nearest shelter. This happened to me 3 times! Do not underestimate Romania's Carpathian Mountains - and any mountains in general!
Hiking near Bucharest in Bucegi Natural Park
3. Where to go hiking & see Romania’s natural attractions
With 14 national parks and 16 natural parks (full list and map here), many natural wonders and attractions - there are for planning a hiking or walking trip in Romania. The Carpathian Mountains are divided into 3 major groups each composed of numerous ranges:
- Western (on the map between Oradea, Cluj-Napoca and Deva; this is where the picturesque Apuseni Natural Park is; mountains of 1,200-1,800m)
- Southern (from Timisoara to Brasov; the highest in Romania, where Retezat, Fagaras, Parang, Piatra Craiului and Bucegi Mts are)
- Eastern (from Brasov to Suceava, where Calimani, Ceahlau and Rodnei, averaging around 1,500 - 2,300m but least accessible)
Check a detailed map of Romania’s mountain ranges (in dark brown) here and use google maps in parallel. Light brown are foothills (800 - 1,500m) or hills (up to 800m, in Transylvania or Maramures for example). As you can see - it's complex!
The most popular mountains for hiking in Romania for tourists are Fagaras, Bucegi, Piatra Craiului, Retezat and Apuseni with Parang, Ciucas, Rodnei, Rarau and Ceahlau coming in at second place though less accessible and friendly. Experienced hikers looking for challenging hiking trails prefer Fagaras range (where many of the highest peaks in Romania are located), Bucegi (with Omu Peak, Valea Cerbului, the Sphinx and Babele), Retezat (with many glacial lakes and completely wild scenes) and Piatra Craiului (to cross the limestone ridge). But in any of these ranges you can find a variety of trails for any difficulty level - the tricky part is knowing which one to choose and what to expect!
hiking on the crests of Fagaras Mountains
With so many foothills and lesser mountains, there are many accessible hiking trails people with an average physical condition or hiking experience can choose from. The mountains in Transylvania (Apuseni, Ciucas, Piatra Craiului) are great options for that. And even in Fagaras there are trails suitable for less experienced hikers that can be done in 1 day. Hiking guides operating in these area usually know lots of trails suitable for all experience levels and interests, and since they will present you with options and let you choose.
Among the many natural parks in Romania the ones considered to be most beautiful are Apuseni, Bucegi, Danube Gorge (Portile de Fier) and in the mountains of Maramures. As for national parks the most popular for outdoor trips are Piatra Craiului, Buila-Vanturarita, Bicaz Gorge-Hasmas, Rodnei, 4 parks close to Timisoara (Cheile Nereu-Beusnita, Domogled-Valea Cernei, Semenic and Retezat) and the famous UNESCO Danube Delta which is a different story.
Hiking trip from Timisoara
Start from: Timisoara
Those who want to go hiking in Transylvania should set up base in Brasov, Sibiu or Cluj-Napoca. Many of the best things to do in Romania can be done or visited from here but you will also find 1-day trips going into the mountains, parks or to see natural attractions nearby. Here are some suggestions which you can book on our website:
hiking tours from Bucharest:
- nearby mountain ranges: Bucegi, Piatra Craiului, Ciucas, Fagaras and Iezer Papusa
- attractions: 7 Stairs Canyon, Muddy Volcanoes, Zarnesti Gorge in Piatra Craiului, Transfagarasan Highway; to visit the Danube Delta you need at least 2-3 days
hiking tours from Brasov:
- mountain ranges: Bucegi, Piatra Craiului, Ciucas, Fagaras, Ceahlau and Calimani mountains
- attractions: 7 Stairs Canyon, Zarnesti and Bicaz Gorge, Piatra Singuratica, Transfagarasan Highway & many wildlife watching tours
hiking tours from Sibiu:
- mountain ranges: Fagaras and Parang mountains
- attractions: Transfagarasan Highway and Balea Lake, Transalpina Road, UNESCO Dacian Ruins at Sarmisegetusza
hiking tours from Timisoara:
- mountain ranges: Cernei and Semenic Mountains and Retezat
- attractions: King Decebal Statue, Bigar Waterfall, Ochiul Beiului Lake, Cheile Nereu-Beusnita and Domogled-Valea Cernei parks, UNESCO Dacian Ruins
hiking tours from Cluj-Napoca:
- Apuseni Natural Park (Trascau and Vladeasa mountains), Rodnei Mountains in Maramures
- Turda Gorge, Bride’s Veil Waterfall, Scarisoara Ice Cave, Rusty Ravine (Groapa Ruginoasa), Szekler’s Stone and many caves and canyons in Apuseni Park
4. Difficulty, equipment & technical hikes
The Carpathian Mountains of Romania offer an incredibly diverse range of hiking or walking trails or multi-day treks. No matter your fitness level or if you’re a hardcore mountaineer, an average person looking to spend time in nature, or an extreme sports junkie - you can find something suitable.
The tricky part is finding and planning - as you'll see the of getting into the mountains and (especially for foreign tourists) is not great and underdeveloped in many areas. Even for locals it can be hard. That's why we built a network with licensed mountain guides who specialise in different parts of Romania's mountains.
With so much variety, the difficulty level of hikes will depend on the trail you choose. Generally, Fagaras, Retezat, Bucegi and Parang Mountains are considered to the most difficult ranges with most trails between 5-9h and 800-1,200 altitude differences. Equally, in all the other ranges which are considered to be of easy-to-medium difficulty (3-6 hours, 400-800 altitude differences) you can find hard trails that can be just as hard. Unfortunately, there's in English with detailed info on trails, maps, what to expect etc. As far as I know, only printed guides in Romania have that.
Most hiking trails don't require any special technical equipment except for the standard hiking gear (boots, windproof or fleece jacket, thermal clothing, energy bars, hiking sticks, backpack etc). Some parts of trails in Fagaras or Piatra Craiului (summiting peaks) go on narrow ridges and cliffs but they have cables to hold on to. Terrain can also be a factor as high altitude mountains are usually rocky and one wrong step can be fatal.
Hiking in Ciucas Mountains near Bucharest and Brasov
5. Planning a hiking trip in Romania
Exploring Romania's mountains is challenging because up-to-date information about trails, maps, local weather conditions is hard to find. And this is before getting to the practicalities of a trail or what to do in case of... bears! That's why most locals have an experienced friend or guide who organises trips. So can you imagine how frustrating it is for foreign tourists looking for info in English?
I'm not trying to sell you our tours - just to give you an honest, realistic picture of what to expect. Since 2017 lots of people have asked us for specific info about trails and we couldn't give any because:
(1) there are thousands of hiking trails in Romania and we don't know them!
(2) we didn't want to give inaccurate or confusing info;
(3) our local guides are away on tours during hiking season and couldn't speak at length; and
(4) we're more concerned about safety than pleasing people!
Typical hiking signs in Romania's mountains
The first thing you should know is that traveling in Romania can take a lot of time - especially going into remote parts closer to the mountains. For example you'll need 1 full day to get from Bucharest close to Fagaras or Retezat Mts.
Next, even if you can get to small towns and villages, getting to the starting point of a trail or into the national parks is possible only by car. There are no shuttles and sometimes it's hard (or unreliable) to find a taxi - and arrange for a return trip! Finally, in these areas few locals speak English and can offer accurate info for hiking.
Hiking trail signs, maps and info is mostly in Romanian. We've heard of some info points being in English - though we're not sure where! Some national parks have entry points (for tickets) with staff, but not all of them. And there's no guarantee they speak English... So if you want to do a self-guided hiking trip in Romania's mountains you will need to do some and planning on your own. Read about the hiking trails signs system in Romania here and use Google Translate to figure it out. General information about the Romanian Carpathian Mountains you can find here.
Finding accommodation in the mountains is easy at low altitudes or in villages at the base of the mountains. Lots of guesthouses called pensiune with rooms and meals for 30-50 Euro/night - check Booking.com or AirBnB. At higher altitudes (over 1,500m) where trails lead up to the peaks, you'll find wooden mountain cabins or chalets that offer basic accommodation (shared dormitories with 12-16 bunk beds, shared toilets, no showers), serve warm food, drinks and other basic supplies.
But because there's only 1 cabin in the highest and most popular mountains (e.g. Curmatura in Piatra Craiului, Podragu in Fagaras, Padina in Bucegi) during peak hiking season (June - September) demand is very high especially during weekends when locals go on trips too. Booking accommodation can be done only and needs to be done at least 2-3 weeks in advance sometimes even more (true also if you want to book one of our tours!). If they're full - there's usually no other option. And always make sure to have Romanian cash (Lei) with you as they don't accept card payments.
On very high hiking trails you may come across mountain refuges where the common sense rules of mountaineering apply: use it and leave it as you would like to find it - and respect fellow hikers. Unfortunately, I couldn't find an up-to-date map of where these are located exactly. And after winter some of them are "out of order" while others are not taken care of, so I really don't know if they're usable of not.
As for camping in Romania's mountains - not a good idea, unless you go with an experienced local. There are no special areas for this so in theory you could set up camp anywhere. But with wild animals roaming the mountains... and doing this alone in a foreign country... and having to carry lots of equipment and supplies... well, your choice!
Finally, as foreign tourist numbers are now much lower now due to Covid-19 and Romania is not well known as a hiking destination, there are no group or shared hiking tours solo travelers can join - except for the one we're trying to organise below with departures in Summer 2022. So if you're traveling alone and want to book a tour it will be more expensive (price as if for 2 people, because that's the real cost of the tour) someone else joins.
To go alone or hire a hiking guide in Romania?
As you can see, going on a hiking trip in Romania's mountains is not easy - especially for multi-day hikes. That’s why we're trying to help by preparing this hiking guide and give you an honest picture. In recent years there have been more and more incidents with local and foreign hikers getting lost in the mountains of Transylvania because they went unprepared, got lost or weather conditions changed dramatically putting them in danger.
But for lots reasons (convenience, safety, not worrying about logistics AND having a great experience!) the easiest and stress-free way to enjoy Romania's Carpathian Mountains is to hire a licensed mountain guide - which is not even that expensive! And since the tour will be private it can be adjusted to your physical conditions and interests. The guide will describe what trails are possible and you can choose.
Beware -- are licensed for hiking and we strongly recommend you check their credentials before going on a trip with them (must be issued by AGMR or SGLM). For easier walking trips in Transylvania's hills or high-altitude villages that may not be necessary though.
The Carpathian Mountains are not to be taken lightly and that's why we built a network with licensed and friendly hiking guides (some of which are mountain rescuers!) with regional, on-the-ground experience.
6. Wildlife watching in Romania
The Carpathian Mountains are home to a large and varied wildlife population: besides lynx, wolves, deers, chamois, bisons, boars, foxes and other smaller mountain-dwelling creatures, our country is home to the largest brown bear population in Europe.
There are many incidents with bears showing up on mountain trails, ski slopes, descending into villages and going on food-finding expeditions lured by the smell of cooked food (or trash bins) from campers, mountain huts or guesthouses - especially in the areas around Brasov, Sibiu, Harghita, Miercurea-Ciuc. So if you're going alone in the mountains - have pepper spray with you!
Wildlife watching trips or safaris can be done starting from Brasov only with specialist wildlife guides or rangers - which are few and in high demand, so book them in advance. Regular hiking guides these kind of trips so these activities on a multi-day trip unless we arrange logistics with 2 different guides.
Bear-watching is one of the most popular experiences in Romania and can be done in controlled conditions by going into special observatories in the forest. Another option is to go on a bear safari (driving with a jeep in areas where bears be seen).
All other wildlife trips are done in uncontrolled conditions meaning you'll go deep in the mountains, possibly on unmarked trails and rough terrain, early in the morning when animals are active. So a very good physical condition is required. A wildlife guide will try to pick up animals' trails and take you to known observation points but seeing animals is - as you know nature can't be controlled!
7. Safety in Romania's mountains
The Carpathian Mountains are vast, wild and uninhabited in many parts. Roads may be in poor condition, lots of old villages with abandoned houses and locals who are mostly old and unlikely to speak English. Grocery shops, pharmacies or ATMs only in small towns. Weather conditions can quickly change causing temperatures to drop, especially at higher altitudes, so nature can become a danger to your safety. Always have Romanian cash on you (min. 100 Lei) if you want to buy something from the locals.
Be sure to double check trails, maps and names before you go and be prepared with adequate gear and supplies appropriate to the weather conditions. Look for a good compass watch to keep your bearing when going on less-beaten trails. If you happen to run out of water while on a trail, be sure to drink only from wells or springs marked ‘izvor’.
The mountain rescue service in Romania is called Salvamont and their website is full of useful information, unfortunately available only in Romanian. Their number is +40725826668 and the country emergency phone number is 112 - be aware that cellular reception is not always good in the mountains!
7. The most popular mountains for hiking in Romania
The wilderness and rugged character of the Carpathians offers hikers a magical experience: besides landscapes you’ve never seen before, you will soon discover the raw beauty of nature untouched by man. If you're interested in going hiking in Transylvania, set up base in Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu or Brasov and explore options in the area. Of the many groups and ranges in Romania, here are our picks of the most beautiful, interesting and accessible hiking destinations for tourists in Romania:
Also known as Transylvania’s Alps, Fagaras Mountains are located in the heart of Romania and undoubtedly offer the most dramatic and wild landscapes while crossing rocky crests on narrow trails at 2,300m+ altitudes. This range is by far the highest in Romania, like towering guardians between Transylvania and Wallachia's vast plains: 9 peaks over 2,500m and 30 over 2,400m! Accessible only between late June - October (covered in snow the rest of the time) Fagaras offer breathtaking, contrasting views along with an incredible top-of-the-world feeling hikers love!
This is Moldoveanu Peak the highest in Romania's Carpathians at 2.544m. The trail is challenging and passes through dangerous sections (with cables to hold on to) - but it's incredibly rewarding and experienced hikers will not want to miss it! The summit can be reached on a 2-day hiking trip from Brasov - but then again there are so many trails and peaks you'll have plenty of choices!
Fagaras are also the most dangerous and challenging mountains in Romania. The trails are rocky and some sections have cables to hold on to because one wrong step can be fatal. Except for mountain huts and other hikers there are no other signs of life so it’s best to be very well prepared, have enough supplies and the right equipment. Weather conditions can also change very quick! That's why hiring a guide for a trip here is highly recommended.
Start from: Podu Dambovitei
Being so inaccessible, Fagaras mountains are also known for their untouched wilderness where a variety of wild animals live: bears, wolves, lynx, boars, chamois, bisons. We partnered with a non-profit for conservation in the area which operates wilderness cabins in non-touristic areas deep in the mountains - for those who want to have a real wilderness experience. On these trips (the one linked above and this 3-day wilderness trip) you have high chances of seeing wild animals roaming freely but due to their very limited capacity they are in and booked very early in advance.
Non-hikers can also experience the beauty of Fagaras Mts because here is the impressive Transfagarasan Road one of Romania’s top tourist attractions which makes it easily accessible for everyone to see Romania's most spectacular mountains! The road crosses from the range North - South and reaches 2.037m at Balea Lake where you'll get breathtaking views of Transylvania’s plains.
Probably the most accessible mountain range for hiking trips from Bucharest, Bucegi Mountains are well known for the Sphinx and Babele attractions, two rocks sculpted by the power of wind and high altitudes. Caraiman Cross a WWI memorial overlooking Prahova valley is also nearby. Omu Peak the 2nd highest in Romania (outside those in Fagaras Mts) 2,505m is hear and Valea Cerbului, a narrow rocky valley like a canyon that looks frightening whichever way you look at it! Thousands of tourists beat these trails each year so it’s also the most crowded in Romania in case you're considering overnights at mountain cabins in the area.
At the base of Bucegi mountains Romania's popular ski resorts: Sinaia, Busteni, Azuga and Predeal which are great bases to explore the area. There are lots of accommodation options although they're more expensive because these resorts are the weekend getaway for people in Bucharest. Any train from Bucharest to Brasov will stop here so they're also easily accessible. A cable car from Busteni will take you up to Babele and one from Sinaia will take you to a soft plateau at 2,200m where breathtaking views await and you can easily go on a hike on your own.
Piatra Craiului Mountains and Natural Park
Probably the most picturesque mountain range in Romania, Piatra Craiului Mountains can be seen in the distance from Brasov. Its unmistakable white limestone ridge scratches the ski. Anyone who sees it will be immediately fascinated and drawn by it - especially hikers looking for a challenge!
The highest peak sits at 2,238m but at lower altitudes people who want a beautiful day in nature can go on a walking trip through traditional villages of Magura, Pestera, Moeciu or Sirnea. You will likely cross paths with many shepherds while hiking these mountains including some overly-protective dogs! When in the mountain villages of Romania, it's polite to nod your head or say hello :)
Me in Piatra Craiului, my favorite area
On our hiking tours in Piatra Craiului you will also visit a shepherd farm and taste local cheese or from Bucharest you can visit Bran Castle first and then go for a hike. Another attraction in Piatra Craiului Mountains is Zarnesti Gorges – a narrow canyon with protruding walls that will isolate you from the outside world. And while you’re hiking in the mountains, be sure to look for Bran Castle perched on a ridge nearby!
Apuseni Mountains and National Park
The Apuseni Mountain range is one of the most popular hiking and outdoor destinations in Transylvania, close to Cluj-Napoca and Oradea. While it doesn’t stand out with remarkable heights (Bihor Peak is the highest at 1,849m), the natural wonders found within and mountain villages spread across the hills will exceed your expectations: over 200 caves open for visitors, deep caving and speological exploration; remote areas perfect for dark sky observation; karst formations with narrow canyons ideal for mountaineering, rappelling, via ferrata and even white water rafting and other extreme sports.
Start from: Cluj-Napoca
The most popular sights in Apuseni Natural Park are: Scarisoara Glacier and Ice Cave, the Rusty Ravine, Scarita Belioara Reserve, Bears' Cave and Bride's Veil Waterfall. Nearby is also Turda Gorge, an enclosed miracle oasis of nature also popular for hiking and via ferrata adventures.
Start from: Cluj-Napoca or Sibiu
Apuseni Natural Park also contains the ethnographic region known as Motilor Land (Tara Motilor). The villages here are picturesque and preserve a traditional way of life, so while hiking in the area you'll meet locals, enjoy meals with them and learn about a unique part of Romanian culture.
Retezat Natural Park
The hidden jewel of the Carpathians, the Retezat Mountain range in South-Western Romania (near Timisoara) was a couple of votes away from being included in the list of New 7 Wonders of Nature. This pristine, uninhabited piece of land is part of the Southern Carpathian group and offers wild scenes with glacier lakes and spectacular views like no other. Most hikers choose between the lakes trail or climbing to Peleaga Peak which at 2.509m will reward the brave with a great adventure and spectacular views.
Retezat Mountains are among the of Romania’s mountains and hikers should have an above average physical condition and adequate camping gear since there are very few-to-none accommodation options in the area. Multi-day trekking tours from Timisoara and Bucharest are possible but require serious planning as logistics are more complicated. Close to Timisoara you can also go on a hiking trip to Domoglead - Cernei Valley Natural Park or Nera – Beusnita National Park which have natural wonders of their own such as Bigar Waterfall.
If there's any info missing, let me know and I'll add it. I hope I convinced you that hiking in Romania is a fantastic idea for your holiday in 2022 - and to conclude here's a drone video taken around Piatra Craiului and Fagaras Mountains near Brasov:
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