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

Retezat

Bucura Lake - Custura peak

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GPS Coordinates:
45,36230 N, 22,91585 E

Duration: 5 1/2 - 6 h
Length: 8 km
Height difference: +950 m / -530 m
Note: Dangerous in the winter

The route starts from the southern shore of Lake Bucura and starts climbing towards Peleaga. Going to the Gura căldării Berbecilor, the peak of Peleaga is already visible. We cross the Berbecilor Creek, we walk around a small lake, the marker turns to the right, and the heavier climb starts. Arrived on the ridge we head to the grooves, the trail leads us visibly to Peleaga peak (2509 m). We go to Pelegii saddle (2279 m) together with

Retezat peak - Peleaga saddle

To the left is the Rea valley.

Bucura lake, Photo: Radu Dârlea Climb to Peleaga, Photo: Radu Dârlea Climb to Peleaga, Photo: Radu Dârlea Panorama from the ridge, Photo: Radu Dârlea The path on the ridge, Photo: Radu Dârlea Peleaga in front, Photo: Radu Dârlea Panorama offered by Pelega, Photo: Radu Dârlea Peleaga 1/2 hour, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Panorama of Peleaga, Photo: Radu Dârlea Tăul pelegii of Pelegii saddle, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Valea Rea, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe

Other markings arrive in Peleaga saddle:

Peleaga glade - Peleaga saddle Gales lake - Peleaga saddle

From the saddle follows a difficult climb on the small slabs. After 45 min. we get to the Păpușs peak (2508 m), where we leave

Pelegii saddle - vf.Mare saddle Păpus peak, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Păpus peak, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Păpus peak, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Păpus peak, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe

We take the tip to the south, and start a tough descent on the sharp edge. At a splash we can admire Păpușa valley. We will avoid the peak Păpușa Mică (2370 m), we reach the lathe, with the chimney, and in the Custurii saddle we will be at 2205 m altitude. Almost to the Fereastra Custurii starts:

Porțile Închise (Vârful Mare saddle - Peleaga saddle)

Our trail following the crest reaches a cleft, where the Custura valey is visible. From here we can easily reach on the Custura Peak (2457 m). Here we meet

Custura peak - Uricani păpușa peak, Photo: Radu Dârlea păpușa peak, Photo: Harry Hirt Păpușa from Peleaga, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Custura Porțile Închise, seen from Peleaga, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Tăul Păpușii or Tăul Adânc, seen from Păpușa, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Țapului saddle from Păpușa, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Custura Peak 2457m, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Bucura Lake - Custura peak hiking trail, Retezat mountains, Photo: Radu Dârlea Custura Peak 2457m, Photo: Dan Harabagiu

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