Explore the pristine nature of Fagaras mountains in this full-day hiking tour. Our route starts at the Balea Waterfalls and takes us up to Balea lake through Valea Doamnei – a natural wild valley, climbing parallel with the famous Transfagarasan road, which we’ll use on our return.
- 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.
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.