Retezat Mountains are located in the western of the South Carpathians, being known by varied flora and myriad lakes.

Retezat

Paltina peak - Custura peak

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GPS Coordinates:
45,30519 N, 22,87208 E

Duration: 6- 7 h
Length: 16.5 km
Height difference: +580 m / -270 m
Note: Dangerous in the winter

Following the red band from Godeanu, on the plateau of Paltina Muntelui (2152 m), we slowly descend slightly to the left, bypassing the Sturul Peak (2 149 m), and descending into the saddle. From here we continue on the heights, pass by a rocky prominence, and descend into the Curmătura Soarbele, between Paltin and Stănuleț. Here we meet:

Paltina peak, Photo: Bogdan Danciu The sun rises above the Tarcu massif, seen from Retezat, Photo: Bogdan Danciu In Soarbele saddle, Photo: Florian Preknya Lunca Berhinei - Under Piatra Iorgovanului peak Stănuleții mici, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Stănuleții mari, Photo: Bogdan Danciu

We continue on the ridge, walk through the slopes, leave the Stănușeții Mari peak and the saddle between Stănuleții Mari and Mici, we head on the slope of a stream, pass through the juniper, and in front of us suddenly comes the Stone of Iorgovan (1,997 m).

The Stone of Iorgovan appears, Photo: Augustin Ardeleanu Piatra Iorgovanului, Photo: Augustin Ardeleanu On his way to Piatra Iorgovanului, Photo: Ovidiu Bobu Piatra Iorgovanului, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Piatra Iorgovanului, Photo: Augustin Ardeleanu Piatra Iorgovanului, Photo: Marian Ghibu Piatra Iorgovanului, Photo: Ovidiu Bobu Piatra Iorgovanului, Photo: Bogdan Danciu

We climb its slopes, cross a dry valley, pass through a juniper, and walk out onto the plate below the peak. From here an arrow shows the way to the top. From the top our road descends and meets with

Câmpușel - under P.Iorgovanului peak

Soon we arrive at Albele saddle, we leave the Albele peak to the left, we go through juniors, stream and get to Scocul Dracsanului.

On the Piatra Iorgovanului, Photo: Ovidiu Bobu Between Piatra Iorgovanului and Albele peak., Photo: Bogdan Danciu Albele peak, Photo: Bogdan Danciu After Albele peak, Photo: Ovidiu Bobu Sheepfold Drăcșanu, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Drăcșanu plateau, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Scocul Drăcșanului, Photo: Bogdan Danciu

We cross the valley with many limestone blocks and in the same direction (south-north) we climb beside a creek. Upon the stream, we encounter a spring that from time to time mumbles. We go back to the trail, the marker carries us at the beginning of the tributaries of the Lăpușnic valley, leads us through a juniper forest corridor, and suddenly we reach the Plaiul Mic saddle. Here we meet:

Bucura Lake - Câmpul lui Neag Paltinului Mic saddle, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Paltinului Mic saddle, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Paltinului Mic saddle, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Paltinului Mic saddle, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Paltina peak - Custura peak hiking trail, Retezat mountains, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Paltinului Mic saddle, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Paltina peak - Custura peak hiking trail, Retezat mountains, Photo: Marian Ghibu

From here we continue on the summit to the top of Custura peak, avoid the north Păpușa peak, we reach the saddle where we meet:

Bucura Lake - Custura peak Custura peak - Uricani

From here, along with the yellow cross, through a tedious climb, we reach the Custura Peak.

Plaiul Mic saddle to the Custura peak, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Custura peak  2457m, Photo: Dan Harabagiu Custura peak  2457m, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Custura peak  2457m, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Custura peak  2457m, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Custura peak  2457m, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Custura peak  2457m, Photo: Dan Harabagiu

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