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Situated in South Eastern Europe, Romania is surrounded by a medley of Balkan nations, each sharing a section of the Black Sea coast. Considered a relatively undiscovered country with plenty to tempt the intrepid traveller, from vast and stunning mountain ranges to charming Transylvanian towns, this gem of the east is perfect to explore on foot.
The Carpathian Mountains are a large part of Romania, covering an impressive 1/3 of the country. This abundance of mountains provides many fantastic walking opportunities. As well as the draw of challenging walking, traditional Balkan culture is also what makes a visit to Romania so special. The small villages in the Carpathian Mountains are the perfect place to see an authentic Romanian way of life, little touched by the passing centuries or the outside world.
One of the most accessible part of the Carpathian Mountains is The Bucegi Massif, where our Carpathian Mountains & Transylvania Trek spends the majority of its time. This range has well maintained, marked paths complimented by a good selection of accommodation. It doesn’t take long to find solitude among the mountains; typical scenery is diverse, with soaring wild peaks, dense forest and alpine meadows carpeted with flowers.
After exploring the Bucegi Massif, the journey continues into The Fagaras Chain, which is the highest range among Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, with its highest peak, Moldoveanu Peak, reaching 2544m. The Fagaras chain is perfect for ridgetop walking with an impressive 75km ridge running east to west, dotted with many lakes, including Balea, visited on our trip.