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

Retezat

Pietrele lodge - Vârful Mare

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GPS Coordinates:
45,38941 N, 22,90718 E

Duration: 4 - 4 1/2 h
Length: 7.5 km
Height difference: +1100 m / -200 m
Note: Dangerous in the winter

The route marked with red triangle and blue band starts from the former Pietrele cottage, enters the forest after approx. 5 minutes separates from blue band.

To left

To Ohaba de sub Piatră

and to right

To Bucura Lake

Our route continues on the level curve, by a slight descent, crossing a clearing, the bridge over the Pietrele brok and begins to climb to the left.

As we reach the top, we begin to descend on the other side, cross the Galeș water, and after ten minutes of easy climb we start a more pronounced one. A shepherd sign and the red point announces the beginning of the bifurcation towards Tăul dintre Brazi (1710 m). Called by the two marks, we cross the Galeș water and start a hard climb, with serpentines, and we reach a clearing. We do not continue the road in the marked direction and the moon by a cliff, on the southern side of the clearing, we are heading westwards, and at 150m of the clearing we reach Tăul dintre Brazi.

We go back to the clearing and now we walk along the cliff, on the marked path and the mommy. We pass the water to Galeș, and after a climb we go to a spring with springs, from where we climb directly on the slope and get to the trail marked with red triangle.

We climb several successive thresholds, pass by Galeșul sheepfold, and after a new threshold we arrive in the Galeș valley. The lake is at the altitude of 1990 m. Here we find the marking:

Gales lake - Peleaga saddle

Our route here starts to climb up to the Vârful Mare saddle. Here are the markings

Porțile Închise way Baleia - Vârful Mare saddle

Our route continues to climb to the left, on the secondary ridge, to the Vârful Mare (2463 m).

Pietrele, Photo: Mihai Bursesc On the path, Photo: Mihai Bursesc On the path, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Pietrele, Photo: Alexandru Moțoc Blue mark to Bucura, Photo: Petrescu Nicolae Pietrele valley, Photo: Matei Domniță Footbridge over Pietrele valley, Photo: Mihai Domniță Crossing the Gales, Photo: Matei Domniță Way to de Tăul dintre Brazi, Photo: Petrescu Nicolae Gales walley, Photo: Andreea Varjoghe Tăul cu brazi, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Tăul cu brazi, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Tăul dintre brazi, Photo: Petrescu Nicolae Tăul dintre brazi, Photo: Cosmin Manci Tăul dintre brazi, Photo: Petrescu Nicolae Tăul dintre brazi, Photo: Richard Hoffmann Tăul dintre brazi, Photo: Petrescu Nicolae Way to the Gales lake, Photo: Petrescu Nicolae Way to the Gales lake, Photo: Petrescu Nicolae Marked path, Photo: Petrescu Nicolae Marked path, Photo: Petrescu Nicolae Stream from Gales lake, Photo: Matei Domniță Gales lake, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Gales lake, Photo: Matei Domniță Gales lake, Photo: Alexandru Tudor Baciu Gales lake, Photo: Mihai Bursesc Gales lake, Photo: Florin Hălăștăuan Pietrele - Vârful Mare, Photo: Hám Péter Pietrele - Vârful Mare, Photo: Hám Péter Pietrele - Vârful Mare, Photo: Hám Péter Pietrele - Vârful Mare, Photo: Hám Péter Pietrele - Vârful Mare, Photo: Hám Péter Pietrele - Vârful Mare, Photo: Hám Péter Pietrele - Vârful Mare, Photo: Hám Péter Pietrele - Vârful Mare, Photo: Hám Péter

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