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The Mountains of Romania

Trekking and walking in the Carpathian Mountains

Guidebook to walks and multi-day treks in the Carpathian mountains of Romania. Includes routes in the Maramures and Bucovina regions, Piatra Craiului ridge, and the Retezat and Fagaras mountains.


The best time to visit the mountains of Romania is from May to September. Most of the snow will have disappeared by June.


Key bases include Braşov, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Vatra Dornei and Râmnicu Vâlcea


Many of the routes require you to be entirely self-sufficient. You will need to be able to carry 15-20kg. Expect hikes of 15-25km per day with a total ascent/descent of up to 1500m. There are lighter day walks too in which case a daypack will suffice. Popular routes have a good network of mountain huts.

Must See

The Făgăraș Mountains, home to Romania's highest peaks; the saw-like Piatra Craiului limestone ridge; camping near Romania's biggest glacial lake in the Retezat; stunning karst scenery in the pastoral Apuseni; medieval Saxon cities, imposing castles and Roman and Dacian ruins
13 Feb 2020
17.20 x 11.60 x 2.20cm

A guidebook to a selection of 37 walks and short treks (of 2–6 days) in the mountains of Romania. Routes are graded by difficulty: popular routes have a good network of mountain huts, whereas more remote backpacking routes require complete self-sufficiency.

Day walks range from 11 to 24km and can be enjoyed in 5–8 hours. Treks range from 13 to 98km. The routes cover the mountains of Maramures, the Eastern Carpathians, the mountains around Brasov, the Fagaras Mountains, the region from the Olt to the Jiu, and the Retezat, Banat and Apuseni Mountains. Also included is an ascent of Moldoveanu, Romania’s highest peak.

  • Clear route description illustrated with 1:100,000 mapping
  • GPX files available to download
  • Notes on access, accommodation and water sources for each day’s walking
  • Accommodation listings for each mountain area
  • Advice on planning and preparation, including kitlist, local transport and safety

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By Janneke Klop

Janneke Klop has been exploring Romania since 2005, having previously been an English teacher. She writes about her Romanian adventures at and also offers guided tours. She lives in Ghent, Belgium and is an active member of the Klimen Bergsportfederatie (Climbing and Mountaineering Belgium) and Grote Routepaden (Grandes Randonnées).

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