• Balea Waterfalls
  • Transfagarasan Road
  • Doamnei Valley&Lake
  • Balea Lake
  • Carpathians mountain ridge


We’ll drive on the “road to the sky”, the famous cross-Carpathian Transfagarasan road and at the cabin from Balea Waterfalls we’ll start the hike. We’re going to see the Balea Waterfalls and we’ll continue climbing just to cross the top into the parallel valley – Valea Doamnei: a quiet, wild unspoiled nature.

Our hike will be more than a third of the time through coniferous forest on a narrow marked path. We’ll be accompanied by the calls of several type of Tits, Chaffinches and Woodpeckers until we reach the alpine meadows. From there on Alpine accentors and Water pipits will take the relay and in the background we’ll hear the calls of Marmots, and even get to see some if we’re lucky. Not seldom did it happen to run into herds of chamois, grazing on the meadows and drinking water from the river.

Once we’ll reach the cirque, formed by glacial erosion where the relic Doamnei Lake awaits us, we’ll continue on a steeper climb to reach a saddle that offers us a spectacular view of both the valley we hiked and the Balea valley with the lake and the cabins around it and the twisted Transfagarasan road. From there we’ll descend to the Balea lake, or target destination for this hike.

On our way back, we could either drive on the Transfagarasan or take the gondola and have a view over the road from above.

Difficulty level

Low to medium difficulty level for active persons with a little hiking experience. The route doesn’t have dangerous crossings, so no climbing equipment is needed but good hiking gear is mandatory: hiking shoes, rain jacket&pants as the weather can suddenly change.

Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Driving time (from Sibiu and back): 2 hours


This tour is recommended to be booked at least one day in advance.

Weekends in August can be very crowded on the Transfagarasan road, which may delay our return.

 €60  per person for 2 persons, €40 per person groups ranging from 4 to 6 people
*Price includes: guide, sandwiches and snacks.
For up to 4 persons car transfer is included, for bigger groups there will be an extra charge.
Other optional costs: the cable car, we can have a warm meal at the cabins at Balea Lake, other entries/visits on our return.