The 3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

The stunning Hasmas Mountains can be found in the Eastern Carpathians of Romania. The mountain range is basically made up of sandstone and limestone massifs, offering an unforgettable outdoor adventure for hiking enthusiasts. But what exactly are the best trekking trails here, you ask? Let me show you around through a comprehensive guide, which entails all aspects of a hiking trip to the Hasmas Mountains.

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

How to get to the Hasmas Mountains

First of all, I’d like to clarify something. This post is about the south-western area of the Hasmas Mountains, mainly because the easiest and some of the most rewarding hiking trails can be found in this part. The beautiful Bicaz-Hasmas Gorge along with Red Lake are also part of these mountains and I will discuss them in detail in a future, separate post.

So let’s get back to the point! The Hasmas mountains can be reached either via car or train. There are some local bus routes as well, but these are scarce and a trip with them is difficult to plan because of this. The train arriving to the base of the mountain stops in the small village of Izvoru Oltului. From there you’ll either need to trek 11 kilometers, catch a bus or hitchhike to Balan. Arriving by car is so much simpler, since you can drive all the way to Balan (turn left in Gheorgheni and follow the E 578 road) and leave your car at the start of the hiking trail.

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

Where to Stay

If you don’t want to spend the night up in the mountains you can easily find a couple of pensions in the small villages around Balan. However, if you’re serious about hiking then the Piatra Singuratica Mountain Hut at 1,504 m is the best choice for your stay. To get there you’ll need to hike approximately 3 hours up the mountain by following either the red triangle or the blue stripe mark. The trail isn’t very steep and I think it’s fairly easy because you can leisurely get to the cabin in 3-3.5 hours.

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

The mountain hut is ideal because it gives you a head start to hiking and basically all the trails start from there. The cabin has been recently renovated and offers 16-18 beds on the main level and an additional 15 places for mattresses on the upper level. A night’s accommodation here costs 20 RON (about 4.4 euros). Food and alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased here. The hut is managed by a couple (Zoltan and Aranka Gal) and I really recommend calling in advance for booking your spot (telephone number: +40/744-156566). Since  neither of them speak English, you might want to ask a local Romanian or Hungarian native to help you out with the booking arrangements.

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

If you want to save some money and love your tent, you should know that camping is allowed on the lawn in the front of the house. The shepherd dogs of the hut will definitely make sure you’re safe all night long 🙂

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

Also, the sunsets seen from the cabin are heavenly. Make sure you catch at least one while you’re there!

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

The 3 Unmissable Hiking Trails of the Hasmas Mountains:

Once you’re up at the Piatra Singuratica Mountain Hut, these 3 simple trails are practically a must! I believe they are easy enough to be done by anyone who made it up to the cabin and provide a memorable experience for those looking for adventure. Check them out:

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

To the Hășmașu Mare Peak

Trail mark: Red Stripe

Difficulty: Medium

Maximum Height: 1,792 m

Duration: ~2-2.4 hours

Head left from the mountain cabin, following the red stripe trail mark. In a couple of minutes you’ll reach a spring, your last chance to stock up on clean water for your hike. Once you have enough water with you and keep on going, you’ll soon get out in the open. This particular trail leads hikers mainly through pastures and meadows. Don’t be surprised if you encounter a few cows, horses or even sheep on this path!

 

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

As you leave the meadows you’ll enter a small section which will lead you through the woods. When you get to the ridge of the pasture, look back to where you came from and admire the view!

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

Once you get out of the woods, the trail will continue on the edge of the steep rocks which form the Hasmas Mountains. I personally think that this section is the most rewarding, boasting dizzying depths, spectacular rock formations and amazing views of the surroundings. Enjoy it responsibly and don’t get too close to the ledge!

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

Like I said before, always look back on the trail where you came from. Your effort might be rewarded with a totally unique angle and some spectacular views!

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

After you’ve breathed in the surroundings, head towards the peak located a few minutes away. Sit down, enjoy the view and enjoy a snack or a chocolate to celebrate your achievement. And don’t forget to pose for a little top-of-the-peak victory dance!

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

 

To the Piatra Singuratică Peak

Trail mark: Red Stripe

Difficulty: Scrambling/Climbing required

Maximum Height: 1,608 m

Duration: 30 minutes

The road to this particular peak isn’t exactly a hike. I mean, you hike for about 10 minutes and then you need to climb, pull yourself up and scramble.

Trail mark: Red Stripe  Difficulty: Medium  Maximum Height: 1,792 m  Duration: ~2-2.4 hours

Although I like such challenges, I must admit that my heart was beating much faster then usual while getting to the top. It’s definitely not a trail for the faint of heart. Here’s what climbing up this section looks like:

Trail mark: Red Stripe  Difficulty: Medium  Maximum Height: 1,792 m  Duration: ~2-2.4 hours

The surrounding cliffs and rocks are extremely sharp and the depth below your leg is dizzying. Make sure you take your time whilst ascending and descending. The climb is fun, but don’t be overconfident in your climbing, because some rocks can move and I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t want to fall off.

Trail mark: Red Stripe  Difficulty: Medium  Maximum Height: 1,792 m  Duration: ~2-2.4 hours

Trail mark: Red Stripe  Difficulty: Medium  Maximum Height: 1,792 m  Duration: ~2-2.4 hours

Trail mark: Red Stripe  Difficulty: Medium  Maximum Height: 1,792 m  Duration: ~2-2.4 hours

Once you’re up, you’ll find that the peak itself is pretty narrow and small, so there’s not much space to move around. I recommend sitting down for a minute or two if it’s not too windy and enjoy the view.

Trail mark: Red Stripe  Difficulty: Medium  Maximum Height: 1,792 m  Duration: ~2-2.4 hours

Trail mark: Red Stripe  Difficulty: Medium  Maximum Height: 1,792 m  Duration: ~2-2.4 hours

Trail mark: Red Stripe  Difficulty: Medium  Maximum Height: 1,792 m  Duration: ~2-2.4 hours

 

To the Vârful Ascuțit/Ecem Peak

Trail mark: Red Stripe

Difficulty: Easy

Maximum Height: 1,707 m

Duration: ~1-1.5 hours

Following the same red stripe you did for the Hasmasu Mare Peak, head towards the other direction. Out of the three trails I think this is the easiest on in the Hasmas Mountains. You’ll cross a small meadow and then turn into the woods, where the steepest part of the trail awaits you. It’s not too challenging and you should take your time, because the whole trail is fairly short.

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

After you get out of the forest another meadow will lead you up towards the peak. At this point you should leave the trail, as it leads all the way to another meadow, and approach the edge.

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

It’s totally worth it to go to the brink of the massif, where you’ll find a cross signaling you’ve made it to the top.

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

The view is most rewarding from this point, since you can basically see right to the other side of the Hasmas Mountains, to Hasmasu Mare Peak and even beyond!

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

As you go back, don’t hesitate to look down from the ledge. I always get a whole new point of appreciation and understanding when I look down from such a massif. Just don’t get too close 🙂

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

If you like this area of the Carpathians as much as I do, there are plenty of other mountain ranges in the area with similar characteristics. For example, take a look at The Saint Mountain of the Szeklers, Tihu Peak in the Calimani Mountains or even check out Colibita, the Lake of Summer Escapades! Last but not least, if you liked the post, help spread the word by Pinning to Pinterest.

3 Best Hikes in the Hasmas Mountains of Romania

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