Hiking Tour: “Pietrosul Rodnei & Buhăescu / Eastern Carpathians” (Romania)

Hike up the highest mountain of the Eastern Carpathians (Romania), the Pietrosul Rodnei and then towards the two summits of Buhăescu (Mare and Mic) offering impressive scenic views on the Eastern Carpathians.

Hike up the highest mountain of the Estern Carpathians (Romania), the Pietrosul Rodnei and enjoy the scenic view from Buhăescu (mic and mare)

The tour starts in Borșa (small parking on the road towards the church Borșa Pietroasa) and follows the white-blue-white marked mountain road / trail towards Iezer with its weather station, its camping area and its beautiful mountain lake. The tour then ascends nicely and not too steep towards the saddle from where the summit of Pietrosul Rodnei is just a few meters away. The tour then goes back to the saddle and descends southwards and then ascends to the already visible and distinct Vârful Buhăescu Mare and then to its smaller sister Vârful Buhăescu Mic. After enjoying the amazing scenic view, the same way is used for descending back to the parking.

Tour Description

00:00 Start at the small parking south of Borșa (GPS: 47.627568, 24.659684), directly at the crossing. Follow the street southwards which becomes a mountain road with white-blue-white markings.
00:30 Turn left and follow the white-blue-white marked mountain road southwestwards. The road can be shortcut several times using the small trails through the forest.
01:30 When approaching the mountain pasture, continue following the road.
01:55 Hike around the weather station (big house with red roof) and now follow the small hiking trail southwards through the bushes.
02:10 Enjoy the beautiful view of the clear mountain lake Iezer and then follow the still white-blue-white marked trail on its left hand-side upwards.
03:00 At the saddle with the Romanian flag, turn right and follow the trail along the ridge upwards towards Pietrosul Rodnei.
03:05 Enjoy the amazing panoramic view from Pietrosul Rodnei, the highest peak of the Eastern Carpathians. The view is est enjoyed with a self-brought refreshment ().
03:20 Hike back to the saddle and the crossing.
03:25 At the saddle, turn right and follow the trail south downwards.
03:40 After crossing the saddle Curmătura Pietrosului, keep left and follow the ridge upwards.
The trail is not easy to find, the visible marked trail bypasses the summit!
04:00 Well deserved break at Vârful Buhăescu Mare. Enjoy the very impressive panorama view while eating and drinking your self-brought refreshments ( ).
04:30 Descend on the trail southwards towards the smaller sister peak Vârful Buhăescu Mic.
04:40 Enjoy the amazing distance view from Vârful Buhăescu Mic.
04:41 Follow the trail back northwards, this time stay on the marked trail and bypass Vârful Buhăescu Mare on its left hand-side.
05:20 Back at the saddle with the Romanian flag, descend the same way back towards Iezer.
05:50 Bypass the lake Iezer and follow the same route back to the parking as it was used for the ascent.
07:05 Back at the parking, end of the tour.

At a glance

Level  moderate – difficult 
Shape / Fitness
Best time in the year  
General Tour Data

Area: Rodnei mountains, Eastern Carpathians, Romania
Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1633m (3h 50min)
Descent: 1634m (2h 35min)
Highest Pt: 2303m
Lowest Pt: 939m
Duration: 6h 30min (without breaks)
7h 05min (with breaks)
Stop/Rest: None! (bring your own food!)
Equipment: Hiking shoes
Backpack with standard hiking equipment
Food and plenty of water
2x Gipfelbier  
Sun & Weather protection
  Download GPX
O   Tour at outdooractive.com

Tour Diary

2021-08-12 08:15

Weather: Foggy in the morning, cleared up fully (sunny) during the day
Participants: Stefan
Activity: Strava
Comments: Due to the fact that the weather was foggy in the morning, I hiked up to the summit Pietrosul twice as it cleared up in the afternoon and allowed then an amazing view.

Leave a Reply