I go hiking there each year since childhood. These mountains give you great views, also there are many trails to take to the peaks over 2000m from witch you can see the Fagaras County and feel the wildness that remained there along the time. Last...More
It is also possible to go from Balea Lake to Moldoveanu Peak and back in 1 day - so no cumbersome backpack, but you'll need to start early and walk in a good pace (4-5 km/h). It took me about 12-13 hours to complete this... More
It is also possible to go from Balea Lake to Moldoveanu Peak and back in 1 day - so no cumbersome backpack, but you'll need to start early and walk in a good pace (4-5 km/h). It took me about 12-13 hours to complete this hike in good weather. You can spend the night in any of the cottages that line the Transfagarasean road (this is the road that leads to Balea Lake), including Capra Cottage or the Balea Lac Chalet. The latter might be quite expensive. And you'll need a car to get to either of these places, since I don't think there are any buses. So, in short, it's possible to complete this trip in 3 days, provided the weather holds and you have a car. Make sure to pack clothes fitting for all types of weather + a flashlight + water for the whole day. You can fill up your flask at Balea Lac, if I remember correctly, but it's better to come prepared since there are no nice and obvious springs along the way (if I remember correctly). In case you can't make it back to the your accomodations for various reasons, there are the Podragu Cottage and the Fereastra Zmeilor refuge on your way back, or the Vistea refuge on the other side of Vistea Peak (the "twin" peak of Moldoveanu). The refuges are quite baron so you'll need a sleeping bag or blankets to keep warm, but in extreme cases, they'll do :). Also, remember to talk to someone at you accomodation about your trip so in case something happens to you, they can alert the mountain guides about your whereabouts. Hope this helps!