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6-day hiking tour in the Southern Carpathians, Romania

Southern Carpathians, Romania

This epic and memorable 6-day hiking tour in the Southern Carpathians of Romania is led by AGMR-certified guides, who will take you through some of Romania’s most spectacular scenery, with huge mountains, tranquil lakes and majestic glaciers dominating the landscape.


Carpathian Mountains

6 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




  • Hike around the truly spectacular Southern Carpathians in Romania
  • See huge and majestic mountains, lakes, lagoons, forests and glaciers
  • Drive along the Transfagarasan road, one of the most beautiful on earth


The Southern Carpathians are one of the most famous mountain ranges in Eastern Europe, and I will guide you as we spend 6 fun-filled days traipsing and travailing around them, taking in and admiring some of the best scenery that Romania has to offer, with the myriad of mountains, lakes, glaciers, forests and lagoons taking the breath away.

The Southern Carpathians are a cluster of mountain ranges located in the South of Romania, and are the second-highest group of mountains in the overall Carpathians. They are known for their lush green vegetation and forestry, as well as the wide array of flora and fauna present within.

Our trip begins on day 1 when we drive from the city of Cluj-Napoca to Carnic, at the base of the mountains, where we will then undertake a hike around the surrounding Retezat National Park, widely considered the finest national park in Romania.

Days 2 and 3 are devoted to longer hikes, with the magnificent Peleaga Mountain Top (2509m), Galesu Lake and Valea Rea (The Bad Valley) providing some absolutely jaw-dropping views and settings.

Day 4 is when we shift from the Retezat Mountains to the Fagaras Mountains, with the onward drive to Balea Lake via the Transfagarasan road regarded as one of the most gorgeous driving routes in the world.

The penultimate day is spent tackling a long yet rewarding hike to the Caltun Lake and Negoiu Peak, the second-highest peak in the country at 2535 metres, and a spot with picturesque and lovely sweeping panoramic views out over the countryside below.

We finish our adventure on day 6 when he head back to Cluj-Napoca, having explored and admired one of Romania and Eastern Europe’s true beauties.

This truly is a glorious way to discover the raw natural beauty of Romania – book now and you won’t regret it!


Day 1: Cluj-Napoca to Carnic

– Drive from Cluj-Napoca to Carnic

– See Corvin Castle

– Hike in Retezat National Park

Day 2: Retezat Mountains

– Hike around the Retezat Mountains

Day 3: Galesu Lake and Bad Valley

– Hike to Galesu Lake and Valea Rea (The Bad Valley)

Day 4: Fagaras Mountains

– Drive to Balea Lake via the Transfagarasan road

– Hike to Capra Lake

Day 5: Caltun Lake and Negoiu Peak

– Hike to Caltun Lake and Negoiu Peak

Day 6: Return to Cluj-Napoca

– Return to Cluj-Napoca




Basic accommodation every night.

More info

Please bring with you: - Hiking boots - rain coat - small backpack - hiking sticks - water bottle - headlamps

Meeting point

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

About the guide

We are a tour operator in Romania, offering our clients the most authentic experience on Transylvanian trails in the Carpathian Mountains. We believe in ecotourism and on our hiking tours we try to impact the environment as little as possible. We take our guests closer to the local communities, to learn about their way of living and looking to help them in their future developments by collaborating with local, small tourism businesses in these areas, like traditional guest houses, local tourism agencies or sole traders.

We offer hiking tours of various difficulty levels, from easy trails designed for beginners to more challenging routes for experienced hikers. Based on your group request and your fitness level, the tours can be adapted to suit everyone. Hiking in the Romanian Carpathian Mountains is the best way to enjoy beautiful landscapes, explore vast wilderness areas and learn about ancient traditions and legends, discovering a unique culture.

Our company was created by Marius, a Certified Mountain Guide and National Tour Leader. He received the “Travel Guide of the year” award in Romania, from Luxury Travel Guide, European Awards 2017.

So what are you waiting for? Just contact us and book your next hike in Romania!






Cluj-Napoca, Romania

What people are saying about Explore-Share

Kumari Selvakumar


Sept 14, 2022

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Sept 6, 2022

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Aug 23, 2022

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Aug 17, 2022

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Lesley Weber


July 16th, 2022

Thank you explore-share for a wonderful via feratta experience. We have been wanting to learn for a long time but don't have the facilities in Scotland. The guide Mitja was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, answering all my many questions and providing advice. On the day head to take another group but he quickly arranged another guide Borut, who was brilliant. We had a fantastic morning learning via ferrata at Hvadnik in the gorge. It gave us the confidence to later hire our own equipment and go out in Mojstrana. Altogether a five star + experience. Thank you.

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July 20, 2022

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May 8, 2022

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April 14, 2022

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March 9, 2022

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Leonardo Rodriguez


March 4, 2022

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Daniel Martinez


Feb 2, 2022

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Prices per person

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip


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