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Cabana Buta - Lacul Bucura

Red Cross or Blue Band trail to enter Retezat National Park from Cabana Buta and visit Lake Bucura.

Hiking Moderate

5.6 km
770 m
275 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2 km
Cabana Buta - Lacul Bucura Map

This is a popular hiking route which is generally considered to be moderate. It's remote, it features low exposure and is typically done between April and October. From a low point of 1.5 km to the maximum altitude of 2 km, the route covers 5.6 km, 770 vertical metres of ascent and 275 vertical metres of descent.


If you stay the night at Cabana Buta you can do a day hike up to Lake Bucura through Poiana Pelegii. On the way, in Șaua Plaiul Mic, just above Cabana Buta, you will encounter wild horses, usually in the mist.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between April and October


  • Alpine
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly