They are all short-distance loop trails with an acceptable difficulty level, which makes them suitable for short breaks and day hikes, and for any kind of hiker or walker. You can download these GPS trails and waypoints from Google Maps.
Ceahlău National Park, near Schitu-Durău (Neamt)
Distance: 14 km – Uphill: 1300 m – Downhill: 1335 m – Time: 6:10/7:40 hrs
Mount Ceahlău lies in the Eastern Carpathians and is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Romania, offering 7 well-marked trails and lovely views.
Stana lui Burnei – Moldoveanu, near Viștișoara (Braşov)
Distance: 11 km – Uphill: 1423 m – Downhill: 1423 m – Time: 5:40/6:50 hrs
Located in the Făgăraș Mountains of the Southern Carpathians, Moldoveanu is the highest mountain in Romania. This route reaches it from the Vistea Valley.
Piatra Craiului National Park, near Zărnești (Braşov)
Distance: 16 km – Uphill: 721 m – Downhill: 721 m – Time: 5:20/6:40 hrs
The “Prince’s Stone” forms a narrow mountain ridge, which is considered one of the most beautiful sites in the Carpathians. The hike is tough but well worth it.
Parâng Mountains Peaks, near Transalpina (Județul Hunedoara)
Distance: 13 km – Uphill: 720 m – Downhill: 720 m – Time: 4:40/5:40 hrs
This route touches 3 great peaks of the Parâng Mountains: Stefanul, Mieru, and Mierutu. The area is crossed by the highest road in Romania, the Transalpina.
Bucovina Hills & Monastery, near Sucevița (Suceava County)
Distance: 11 km – Uphill: 499 m – Downhill: 520 m – Time: 3:50/4:40 hrs
Inscribed in the World Heritage List as one of the painted churches of Moldavia, the Sucevița Monastery is surrounded by the gentle, rolling hills of Bucovina, a historical region of Central Europe divided between Romania and Ukraine.
Best time to go to Romania: May-Sep
Backpacker cost per day: 44 USD = 37 EUR
For more inspiration, check out our Romania Travel Guide.
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