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

Retezat

The lakes tour

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GPS Coordinates:
45,35341 N, 22,87502 E

Duration: 6 - 6 1/2 h
Length:5 km
Height difference: +250 m / -1050 m
Note: Dangerous in the winter

For the lakes circuit, it's easiest to go from Tăul Porții (2260m). Is a lake with a special spell. In good weather in his waters mirrored the corners of the Poarta Bucurei and the rocks of Judele

Bucura basin, with the lakes Bucura, Lia, Ana, Viorica and Florica, Photo: Radu Dârlea Florica lakes, Viorica and Ana, and up Bucura, Photo: Anghel Nichi Tăul Porții and the lakes, Photo: Dan Harabagiu Tăul Porții, behind the Peleaga peak, Photo: Dragoș Lică Tăul porții, Photo: Dan Harabagiu Tăul porții, Photo: Dan Harabagiu Tăul Porții, Viorica, Ana and Lia., Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Tăul porții, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe

From Tăul Porții we descend to the red point to Tăul Agățat (2208m), a small but constant lake, fed by underground springs. It occupies a glacier circle suspended under the peak of Bucura. From here you can see the lakes.

Tăul Agățat, Photo: Dan Harabagiu Tăul Agățat, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Tăul Agățat, Photo: Bartók Csaba Tăul Agățat, și în spate Judele, Photo: Dan Harabagiu Tăul Agățat, Photo: Diana Bălteanu

From Tăul Hanging we start in NE direction, without marking. After a downhill, below Tăul Porții on the trail, we reach Florica Lake (2090m). Situated above Lake Viorica, it has an area of 0.80 ha. It is powered by two springs and is populated with trout.

Florica lake, Photo: Radu Dârlea Florica lake, Photo: Wilhelm Scherz

We continue on the path and quickly reach Lake Viorica (2070m). It has a slightly curved shape, and an average depth of 3 m. It was populated with trout.

Viorica lake, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Viorica lake, Photo: Radu Dârlea Florica Lake and Viorica Lake, surrounded by several small lakes, Photo: Gianina Stepan Viorica lake, Photo: Dan Harabagiu

The high threshold after Lake Viorica obliges its waters to fall in the waterfall to Lake Ana (1990m). It is the largest lake in the range of lakes, it has an area of 3.10 ha and an average depth of 11.5 m. Its waters reach Lake Lia. It is populated with trout.

Ana lake, Photo: Cătălin Nenciu Lake Viorica and the waterfalls to Lake Ana, Photo: Dan Harabagiu Ana lake, Photo: Radu Dârlea Lia lake, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Lia lake, Photo: Ovidiu Nicorici Lia lake, Photo: Mihai Craiu Lia lake, Photo: Radu Dârlea

We descend by the Ana brook 20 minutes and we reach the lowest lake of the lakes, the Lia Lake (1910m). It has an area of 1.35 ha in the form of a triangle and a depth of 4.5 m. It is fed by the springs of the lakes, the Zanoaga and the of the Bucura valley. Its waters form the spring of the Bucura brook. In order to reach Lake Bucura, we will pass the waters of the stream and under the ienupăr of Lake Lia, we start the climb. We come to the blue band marking, which we are in Bucura in 20 minutes.

Bucura Lake-Câmpul lui Neag Bucura lake, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Bucura lake, Photo: Radu Pușcașu Bucura lake, Photo: Radu Pușcașu Bucura lake, Photo: Alexandru Moțoc

Lake Bucura (2040m) is located below Peleaga Peak and Bucurei saddle. It has an area of 8.80 ha and its depth reaches 15.7 m. It is the glacial lake with the largest surface in the country. It is powered by 5 springs, and its waters reach Lake Lia. It is populated with trout. On the shore of Lake is the Salvamont Refuge, and is the most popular camping site. From here start the most marked trails:

Bucura Lake-Câmpul lui Neag Bucura - Judele - Zănoaga Bucura Lake - Retezat peak Bucura lake - Custura peak Berhinei glade - Bucura Lake Gura Apei- Bucura Pietrele - Bucura Lake Bucura lake, Photo: Dan Harabagiu Bucura lake, Photo: Dan Harabagiu Bucura lake, Photo: Dan Harabagiu Bucura lake, Photo: Matei Domnița Bucura lake, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Bucura lake, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Bucura lake, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Bucura lake, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Bucura lake, Photo: Bogdan Danciu Bucura lake, Photo: Radu Pușcașu Bucura lake, Photo: Harry Hirth

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