Located south and east of the city of Petrosani, the Parâng Mountains form the eastern barrier of the Jiu Valley (a vast plateau 100 km long from East to West and 70-80 wide from North to south). They are the highest mountains in the area, second within Romania only to the Fagaras Mountains to the east. Parângul Mare (Parâng Peak), at 2519 m offers spectacular views of the valley and surrounding areas - and even the Danube on a clear day in the summer.
The Parâng Mountains also boast over 22 major glacier lakes and over 20 smaller lakes and ponds. and a well-developed network of marked trails.