Fagaras Mountains - the highest mounain range in Romania
Făgăraș Mountains (Romanian: Munții Făgărașului), named by Emmanuel de Martonne in 1907 „The Transylvanian Alps” are the highest mountains of the Southern Carpathians, in Romania. They are a subunit of the Southern Carpathians (Carpatii Meridionali) and are bordered by the Piatra Craiului Mountains (east), Olt Valley (Valea Oltului - west), Campulung, Bradetu and Jiblea Depression (south) and the Făgăraș Depression (north), through which the Olt river flows.
Făgăraș Mountains are the Alpine-type mountains, and particularly in the central part of the band you can see their rocky nature. In the Făgăraș Mountains you can find many peaks over 2000 m asl., and many glacier lakes, e.g. Bâlea (2034 m, 46,508 m2, 11.35 m deep).
The Făgăraș Mountains are a very popular hiking, trekking and skiing destination in Romania. Tourists that desire to discover the Fagaras Mountains approach this massif from the Făgăraș Depression, from Sibiu, Brașov, and Făgăraș. Route DN7C (National Road 7C) makes easier acces to the mountains (see: The Transfagarasan highway, Romania). It is called the Transfăgărășan highway. The route starts from Pitesti, Arges County, and then runs across the main ridge, and ends at Cartisoara, intersecting the European highway, Sibiu-Brașov. Because it is an ascending paved road that goes up to Balea Lake (till 2042 m), many tourists prefer this route for access.