Hiking & Trekking Trips

Hiking & Trekking Trips

Romania is a fantastic yet undiscovered destination for hiking and trekking tours! With the Carpathian Mountains dividing the country and occupying almost 55% of the land area, there is so much exploring to do, nature to see and mountains to climb! The most popular mountains for hiking trips are Fagaras, Bucegi, Piatra Craiului and Apuseni accessible on 1-day trips from major cities. Check out this hiking in Romania guide we prepared with lots of info and suggestions on where to go!

Our hiking tours are private and run by licensed mountain guides who have on-the-ground knowledge of specific mountain trails. They will take you on day trips and routes suitable to your physical condition and interests - check our recommendations below:


Iezer Papusa

Hike to a Glacial Lake in a Magical Part of the Carpathian Mts.

Start from: Bucharest

  • difficult hike
  • landscapes
  • Carpathian Mts.
  • off the beaten path
With: Dan
€135/person
Carpathian Mountains hike

The Most Spectacular Hike in the Romanian Carpathians

Start from: Bucharest

  • unique sights
  • medium hike
  • landscapes
  • best of Carpathian Mts.
With: Dan
€135/person
The beautiful region of Hunedoara

Cioclovina Story: Dacian Trails, Hiking & First-time Caving Lesson

Start from: Cioclovina Village, Cluj Napoca or Sibiu

  • 3-day
  • hiking
  • UNESCO
  • caving
  • responsible tourism
  • adventure
With: Cătălin
€315/person
Colibita Lake tour

The Fairytale Colibita Lake: Hike or Bike on a 2-Day Trip

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • wild nature
  • cleanest air
  • disconnect
  • photography
  • local legends
With: Sergiu
1
€195/person
Decebal Statue Tour

Timisoara Day trip to Danube Gorge & King Decebal Statue

Start from: Timisoara

  • Danube Gorge
  • Decebal Statue
  • hiking
  • thermal bath
  • river cruise
With: Flavia
1
€120/person
Hiking day trip from Timisoara

Hiking Tour from Timisoara to Remote Villages & Cernei Valley Natural Park

Start from: Timisoara

  • responsible tourism
  • natural park
  • village life
  • lunch with locals
  • hiking
  • thermal bath
With: Flavia
1
€120/person
7 stairs Canyon tour

Hiking Day Trip: 7 Stairs Canyon & Castles Sightseeing

Start from: Bucharest

  • natural wonder
  • customisable
  • Bran/Brasov/Peles
  • adventure
  • 'must-see' sights
  • full day
With: Bogdan
3
€130/person
Our luxury mountain lodge

3 Days at an Eco-Friendly Mountain Cabin: Hiking, Wildlife & Nature

Start from: Zarnesti or Podu Dambovitei

  • private trip
  • eco-friendly cabin
  • all-included
  • offered by NGO
  • responsible eco-tourism
With: Iulia
1
€350/person
The ridge of Fagaras Mountains

3-day Hiking Trip at a Wildlife Observation Refuge in Fagaras Mts.

Start from: Zarnesti or Podu Dambovitei

  • eco-friendly trip
  • offered by NGO
  • mountaineering
  • landscapes
  • responsible tourism
  • photography
With: Iulia
1
€250/person
Ochiul Beiului lake tour

Magical Hike in Nera-Beusnita National Park to Ochiul Beiului Lake

Start from: Timisoara

  • 1-day
  • natural wonders
  • Roman tunnels
  • local life
  • Habsburg legacy
With: Liviu
€75/person
The Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) is the largest predator from the Carpathians.

Hiking & Wildlife Tracking in the Carpathians

Start from: Podu Dambovitei, Brasov or Zarnesti

  • wildlife
  • protected area
  • adventure
  • eco-tourism
  • NGO tour
With: Iulia
1
€80/person
Hike natural reserve Cluj Napoca

Hike to a Unique Natural Reserve in Apuseni Mountains

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • great outdoors
  • village life
  • responsible tourism
  • natural beauty
With: Sergiu
1
€70/person
Bigar Waterfall

Hotspots around Timisoara: Bigar Waterfall & Oravita-Anina Steam Train

Start from: Timisoara

  • 'must see'
  • spectacular scenery
  • local life
  • slow travel
  • wonders of nature
With: Mark-Alex
2
€85/person
Village Life in Apuseni Mountains

Picturesque Hiking Trails: Apuseni Natural Park & Rural Village Life

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • natural beauty
  • photography
  • traditional villages
  • delicious lunch
  • meet locals
With: Sergiu
1
€80/person
Hiking Tranfagarasan Highway

2-day Hiking Tour in Romania's Fagaras Mountains

Start from: Brasov (pick-up)

  • Transfagarasan Highway
  • Poenari Castle
  • mountaineering
  • adventure
  • landscapes
With: Marian
€270/person
7 stairs Canyon tour

A short hike to the spectacular 7 Stairs Canyon!

Start from: Brasov

  • unique attraction
  • up-close experience
  • adventure
  • natural beauty
  • short trip
With: Marian
€30/person
Fagaras Mountains

Hike Romania's Most Famous Massif: Fagaras Mountains

Start from: Brasov

  • 1-day
  • Transfagarasan Road
  • 2,400m views
  • breathtaking views
  • a good hike
With: Marian
€70/person
Piatra Craiului National Park

Hiking tour in Piatra Craiului National Park

Start from: Brasov

  • national park
  • gorge
  • local villages
  • superb views
  • average difficulty
With: Marian
€36/person
Hiking in Apuseni Natural Park

Hiking Tour from Cluj: Wild Trails in Apuseni Natural Park

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • hidden nature
  • 'outlaws'
  • zip-line
  • tour extension
  • village life
With: Radu
2
€75/person
Turda Gorge hiking trip

Hiking and Via Ferrata Experience in Turda Gorge

Start from: Cluj-Napoca

  • adventure
  • mountaineering
  • protected area
  • Turda Salt Mine included
With: Radu
2
€75/person
Hiking tour from Bucharest

Bran Castle & Hike in Piatra Craiului National Park

Start from: Bucharest

  • top attractions
  • natural park
  • landscapes
  • hiking
  • local food
With: Dan
€125/person
Good fun in Baiului Mountains

Castle Tour & Hiking with Great Views in Prahova Valley

Start from: Bucharest

  • top attractions
  • castles & history
  • hiking
  • landscapes
  • photography
With: Dan
€115/person
Hiking trip in Apuseni Carpathians

2 Day Hiking & Local Life Trip in Apuseni: Motilor Land

Start from: Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara or Alba-Iulia

  • responsible tourism
  • ethnographic area
  • local food
  • natural wonders
  • old crafts and traditions
  • disconnect
With: Flavia
1
€260/person
Szekler's Stone

Hike to the Top in the Most Beautiful Village around Cluj

Start from: Cluj - Napoca

  • day trip
  • easy hike
  • meet the locals
  • landscape
  • photography
With: Szabolcs
€85/person

Hiking and trekking trips in Romania

Romania is a great destination for hiking and trekking trips! Why?

Because the Carpathian Mountains occupy 28% of the country and with foothills added that’s almost 55% of the country’s land area. The highest peak is Moldoveanu at 2.544 m and there are 14 others above 2.500m to conquer. But the biggest reason why hiking in Romania is so popular is because of the unspoilt landscapes and natural settings that it offers. Untouched by industrialization and civilisation, nature is very well preserved inside Romania’s mountains which makes it an ideal home to a diversified wildlife and vegetation.

Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will have many hiking trails and trekking trips to choose from, with rewards in the form of spectacular views. The Carpathian Mountains in Romania are divided into 3 major sections:

  1. Southern Carpathians (from the Danube River to Brasov area)
  2. Eastern Carpathians (from Brasov to the Northern border with Ukraine)
  3. Western Carpathians (in the Western part of Romania)

The best hiking routes are in the mountain ranges of Fagaras, Bucegi, Piatra Craiului and Retezat (Southern Carpathians), Apuseni and Trascau (Western Carpathians), Calimani and Rodnei (Eastern Carpathians).

Hiking in Romania without a licensed mountain guide can be risky because there are few (if any!) maps, boards or information points about trails, markings and mountain refuges in English. The few locals that live along hiking routes know little English and won’t be of much help. And there are areas with weak cellural reception.

So there’s no other way to put it – hiking in Romania requires local knowledge, guidance and preparation. Do not underestimate the Carpathians – their wilderness and rugged character can quickly become a danger to your safety and there are frequent reports of people stranded in the mountains on their own, waiting to be rescued. That's why Romanian Friend works only with licensed mountain guides and our tours are carefully created by them.

Here are the most popular mountain ranges for hiking trips in Romania, easily accessible from Romania’s major cities:


  • Fagaras Mountains

Also called Transylvania’s Alps, Fagaras Mountains are located in the heart of Romania and undoubtedly offer our country’s most dramatic landscapes. According to Top Gear's hosts here lies the best road in the world: Transfagarasan Road, one of Romania’s top tourist attractions. But mountaineers will also be pleased: here are Romania’s highest peaks and most challenging ridges, meaning hikes are more difficult but also more rewarding! Moldoveanu Peak which at 2,544 is the highest in Romania and Negoiu, the 3rd highest, await – but a trekking trail to conquer them needs to be well prepared. Luckily, we know the right mountain guides for that!
The Fagaras mountain range is also rich with glacier lakes, Balea Lake being the most famous one. The lake sits at the top of Transfagarasan Road and is accessible by cable car all year round (depending on weather conditions). During winter, besides off-piste skiing in the Transfagarasan valley, you can enjoy a warm drink at the Balea Ice Hotel! Fagaras Mountain range is easily accessibly for hiking trips from Brasov and Sibiu.


  • Apuseni Mountains and National Park

The Apuseni Mountain range is the main massif in Romania’s Western Carpathians. While it doesn’t stand out with remarkable heights (the highest is Bihor Peak is at 1,849 m), the natural wonders found within and charming traditional villages spread around the hills (the ethnographic region known as Motilor Land) will exceed your expectation. That’s why the entire area is part of Apuseni Natural Park and is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Transylvania. These lands with picturesque hills and dense woodlands offer more than meets the eyes: over 200 fascinating caves are open for visitors, deep caving and speological exploration; some remote areas perfect for dark sky observation; karst formations with narrow canyons ideal for mountaineering, rappelling, via ferrata, white water rafting and many others!

The most popular sights in Apuseni Natural Park are: Scarisoara Glacier and Ice Cave, 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. Apuseni Mountains and Natural Park are easily accessible from Cluj-Napoca, but also from Oradea and Timisoara.


  • Retezat Mountains and 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 a list of The New 7 Wonders of Nature. Part of the Southern Carpathians, Retezat Massif is located in Hunedoara County between the cities of Petrosani and Hateg. Its highest peak is Peleaga at 2.509 meters high and on their way to the summit hikers can choose from numerous routes of varying difficulty and admire the many glacial lakes. These parts of Romania are mostly untouched and the sights offer a breathtaking natural beauty.

Retezat Mountains are also among the most difficult mountains for hiking and an above average physical condition is needed. Multi-day trekking tours require advance and serious planning. We know licensed mountain guides from Timisoara and Bucharest that can take you on a tour, just let us know. The city of Timisoara is the closest starting point but you can also consider hiking in Domoglead - Cernei Valley Natural Park or Nera – Beusnita National Park, which have natural wonders of their own.


  • Bucegi Mountains

The Sphinx and Babele rock formations found in Bucegi Mountains (entry from Busteni) are well-known symbols of Romania’s Carpathian Mountain. Thousands of tourists beat the trails of this mountain range each year to admire these two fascinating rock sculptures crafted by nature and the views of the surrounding area. Caraiman Cross, a monument dedicated to World War I fallen soldiers towers over a cliff nearby and is also a major attraction as is Omu Peak, the second highest in Romania at 2,505 m.

At the base of this mountain range there are many resorts (Sinaia, Busteni, Azuga and Predeal) which can be used by mountain-lovers as a base to explore the area, whether during summer for winter sports. And with famous attractions such as Peles or Cantacuziono Castle nearby, this has to be on your list! Hiking in Bucegi Mountain is easy to do on day trips from Bucharest or Brasov.


  • 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. Their white continuous ridge scratches the ski in the distance forming a small arc. The villages of Magura, Moeciu or Sirnea at the base of the mountains are the highest villages in Romania at 800m and are representative for traditional Romanian village life, with sheep or cow herds crossing the paths of hikers. Inside Piatra Craiului Mountains you shouldn’t miss Zarnesti Gorges – a narrow canyon 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!

Piatra Craiului is one of our favourite hiking destinations in Romania and we have day hikes from Brasov and Bucharest that can take you there!