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Best Hiking Trails in Romania

Overview

The Carpathian Mountains and the region of Transylvania offer up spectacular mountain hiking in the eastern European country of Romania.  Some of the main mountain ranges for hiking include the Fagaras Mountain, Piatra Craiului Mountains, Bucegi Mountains, Apuseni Mountains and Retezat Mountains.  There are many hiking trails to explore, including the hike to the highest peak, Moldoveanu. The best months to hike in Romania are May to October. Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Romania. 

Capital: Bucharest

When To Hike in Romania?

May – October: For higher altitudes, June – August would be ideal months
November – April: Cold, snow

Climate: Continental (cold winters, hot summers).  In June and July afternoon thunderstorms are common. 

 

Romania Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy to Medium: There are many well-marked hiking trails, in and out of the national parks.  There are mountain ‘cabanas’ where one can stop for food/refuge on long distance hikes.  However, signage is in Romanian and English isn’t as widely spoken.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Romania for hiking:

  • Prahova Valley towns
  • Măgura
  • Peștera
  • Brasov
  • Sibiu
  • Marisel
  • Rachitele
  • Padis

Top Places to Hike in Romania

The Carpathian range curve through Romania, running through different provinces. The Transylvania region has the main areas for hiking but there are others outside of this province. Highest Mountain: Moldoveanu (2544 m).

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Parcul Naţional Chiele Nerei-Bueşniţa

Apuseni Mountains

Retazet Mountains

Făgăraş Mountains

Piatra Craiului Mountains

Bucegi Mountains

Parcul Naţional Ceahlău

Rodna Mountains

  • Parcul National Munţii Rodnei (Rodnei Mountains National Park) – near border with Ukraine – Rodnei Mountains National Park
  • Parcul Natural Munţii Maramureşului (Maramures Mountains National Park)
  • Parcul Naţional Călimani

Romania's Long Distance Trails

  • Via Transilvanica – 1400 km trail spanning the country, opening October 2022 – Via Transilvanica
  • Many multi-day treks

Romania's Walking & Hiking Resources

Romania Hiking Books: 

  • The Mountains of Romania: Trekking and Walking in the Carpathian Mountains, by Janneke Klop, 2020, Cicerone Guide
  • Romania: Transylvania, by Lucy Mallows and Paul Brummell, 2017, Bradt Travel Guide
  • The Rough Guide to Romania (Travel Guide eBook), by Rough Guides, 2019, APA Publications
  • Lonely Planet Romania and Bulgaria, by Mark Baker and Steve Fallon, 2017, Lonely Planet Publications 

 

Romania Hiking Associations:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Romania:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Moldoveanu – Fagaras Mountains
  • Bâlea Waterfall to Bâlea Lake
  • La Om – Piatra Craiului mountains
  • Negoiu – Fagaras Mountains
  • Vladeasa Peak – Apuseni Mountains
  • Varful Bihor – Apuseni Mountains
  • Lacul Capra – Fagaras Mountains
  • Vanatoarea lui Buteanu – Fagaras Mountains
  • Omu Peak – Bucegi Mountains
  • Peleaga Peak – Retezat Natural Park

Easy Hiking Trails in Romania:

  • Ciucaru Mic Peak
  • Lakes Trail – Retezat Natural Park

 

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What Else To Do

  • Bear watching; wolf tracking
  • Churches/monasteries/castles
  • Sighisoara 
  • Caving

Other Important Points

  • There’s bears in these mountains, Romania is home to Europe’s largest brown bear population
  • Difficult to find group hiking tours as Romania is not a well known hiking destination