How would you feel like if you were to wake up in the morning….on the shore of a crystal clear lake at 2040 m alt?
You look around and you see the clouds moving around the high peaks,or a mountain spring flowing through small rocks and beautiful flowers…You would think you are in heaven. Well, close, anyway.
You are in RETEZAT NATIONAL PARK, one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Romania. Some of the highlights here include the biggest and also the deepest glacial lake in Romania, 80 small lakes (iezere or tauri), over 20 peaks over 2000 m, an abundance of unique and amazing flowers.
Where: Retezat National Park
Highlights: Bucura lake (the biggest glacial lake in Romania), Peleaga Peak (2509m, the highest in Retezat National Park), Retezat peak (2485m), amazing landscapes
The hike is rated as: medium – difficult
Available: June – October
Departure points: Timisoara, Bucharest. Other departure points available upon request
Day 1: We start from Poiana Pelegii, carying the big backpacks for the journey. The aim of the day is Bucura Lake (2040 m alt.). The route that goes to the lake offers some amazing views. Slowly but surely we are going deep in the heart of Retezat Mountains. Once we get to Bucura lake, there will be plenty of time for photography. Later in the evening, we will pitch up the tents.
Day 2: We start early and go to the highest peak in Retezat, Peleaga (2509 m alt.), which will offer a stunning 360 degrees panorama with all the surrounding peaks, big lakes, small lakes…Hiking on the ridge and coming from Portile Inchise (The closed gates), we will get to Taul Tapului, with its beautiful and small island. In the late afternoon we will go to Pietrele hut, our accommodation for the night.
Accommodation at Pietrele hut.
Day 3: This is a relaxing day. We will do a short hike to Taul dintre brazi (a beautiful and small lake mysteriously hidden in the forest), or we can go to Gentiana hut, for a cup of tea and a chat with friends. In the evening we will return to Pietrele hut, where we are going to spend the night.
Accommodation at Pietrele hut.
Day 4: Today we are back in the saddle and we go to Retezat Peak (2485 m alt.). Our route goes to Lolaia ridge, offering plenty of photo opportunities. Once on Retezat, we will feel the accomplishment and the greatness of nature! From the peak we will descend to Bucura , take photos of Stanisoara Lake (on the left), and The Natural Reserve called Gemenele (on the right) – one of the last protected forests in Europe. Before we get to Bucura lake and to the tents, we will enjoy an insanely great…sunset from Bucura saddle.
Day 5: It is time to get our tents from this idyllic place and return to Poiana Pelegii.
Our amazing tour ends today but it leaves us with great memories, hundreds of pictures and the desire to come back and explore this piece of heaven.
End of program and transfer to the departure point of the tour.
IMPORTANT: The program can be altered on the spot, depending on weather conditions and other relevant aspects such as the physical condition of the participants.