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Balea Lac

ROMANIA
August 2018

Day-hikes from the hut, located at 2000 meters altitude in the heart of the Fagaras mountains.

DAY 1: FIRST HIKE AT BALEA LAC

This day we walked the blue stripe trail going east-west across the slopes south of the lake.


The location of the hut is fantastic. The terrace of the restaurant would have offered exceptional tranquility with the sound of a distant waterfall, if the restaurant hadn’t played loud music all of the time…


Arriving at the ridge where the descent back to the hut starts.


House of the mountain rescue service.

DAY 2: CALTUN LAKE

A challenging day for Finn, to ascend 300+ meters on a steep and rocky trail, up to the ridge and then down a 100 meters or so to the lake. And finally back the same way again. He made it!


Sunny weather it seems.


Clouds moving in…


Starting the ascent.


The kids watching a shepherd


The shepherd’s dogs


The sheep were heading for Caltun lake too


Caltun lake


Returning trough mist


Don’t go too close to the edge, please


View of the Transfagarasean road (famous as “the world’s best road” from the TV show Top Gear)

DAY 3: BLUE DOT TRAIL

A nice trail, but Finn was a bit too tired to walk. Not strange, considering how tough it was yesterday. I walked half-way up the valley towards lui Butreanu peak, just to have a look. Wonderful scenery, but I didn’t bring my camera.

DAY 4: LEAVING BALEA LAC


Taking the gondola lift down.


The kids loved it


Balea waterfall visible in the distance.


A roma man offered us a lift in his horse and cart to the village railway station :)


Back in Sibiu city

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