Transylvanian Alps’ best vantage point from Bucharest
Location: Transylvania, Romania
Languages spoken: English
Duration: 15 hrs 30 mins
Difficulty: ModerateMeeting point:
Minimum age: 16
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- Vanatoarea lui Buteanu (2507 m)
- Transfagarasan - “The most beautiful road in the world”, as it was called on Top Gear TV series
- Visit the most spectacular and highest dam in Romania, built on the river Arges
- Beautiful mountain town Curtea de Arges
All about the trip
This tour takes you to one of the highest and most beautiful peaks of Romania, Vanatoarea lui Buteanu (2507 m). Given its slightly lateral Northern position from the main ridge, you can enjoy the view of the vast landscapes in all directions. In the distance, we can see the two highest peaks, Moldoveanu (2544 m) and Negoiu (2535 m). Additionally, this tour will take us through Transfagarasan, “The most beautiful road in the world”, as it was called on Top Gear TV series. There we can find the most spectacular and highest dam in Romania, built on the river Arges. Curtea de Arges, is a beautiful mountain town which used to be a capital city for the early medieval kingdom predecessor to modern Romania.
We depart from Bucharest at 6:30 in the morning and head, by car, towards West passing by the city of Pitesti and then Curtea de Arges. Half an hour after passing Curtea de Arges we will be on “the most beautiful road in the world” and soon on the most spectacular dam in Romania. We must stop to see it, the vertical drop is huge.
We continue on this road (open only from June to September) getting dizzy from time to time because of the sudden steep bends of the road. Passing through 1 km tunnel we end up on the North side of the mountain at Balea glacier lake. This is the spot where we leave the cars and start hiking. In less than two hours, putting some effort into it and paying attention to the trail, we will be on one of the highest and spectacular peaks of Romania, Vanatoarea lui Buteanu. From the top, we get to see both the Southern and Northern side of the twisted road that we drove to get here and also the wonderful glacier lake of Capra. In the distance, we will observe countless peaks.
We descend to the Capra Lake and continue South to finally reach the Transfagarasan road on its Southern side. We return through the tunnel to our the cars and head back to Bucharest.
What is included in the price
- Transport from and to Bucharest by car
- Professional mountain guide
What is not included in the price
- Other meals
- Pieces of individual equipment
Water is not a problem along the route.
Do you have a question or need more information about the activity?
You can reach our European office between 9am and 5pm CET on weekdays and between 11am and 5pm on weekends and holidays.
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