Hiking to the Hăşmaş Mountains
We start our hiking tour in the mining town of Balan (840 m) as we embark on our trail gradually climbing to the Lonely Stone Hut (1504 m). This trail is part of the Bicaz Gorges - Hasmas Mountains National Park and it can be accessed only by foot or by horse riding. After having a break at the mountain hut, the brave ones can climb the 1608 m high rock cathedral, called Lonely Stone and be rewarded by the gorgeous panorama that reveals from the top. We continue our trail either to the top of the Great Hasmas Mountain (1792 m) or to the top of the Ecem Mountains (1707 m). We descend back to our car on the same trail.
Those who choose to extend their trip with one extra hiking day, can stay for overnight at the mountain hut and enjoy the sunset around the Ciuc Basin and a traditional polenta with cheese and drinks served by the hosts.The hut has electricity, bunk bed style rooms and meals served in the dining room with long wooden tables and seats. There is no running water, but you can find a spring a couple hundred meters away.