It is the the biggest glacial lake in Parâng massive and is located in the middle of Parâng massive, north-east from Parangul Mare peak in an ice bucket distinguished by the variety of flora and glacial rocks. Galcescu Circus, shaped in granite and granodiorits, is the most complex, consisting of several steps separated by breaks of slope.
Devil’s cauldron, unique in its savagery, is the highest stage of this circus, below Setea Mare top, sheltering at the bottom three meshes of water, between which Păsării Lake which is the greatest. Slightly below and to east is Vidal’s bucket, in which sparkles water mirror of Vidal and Pencu lakes, and in the last step is located Galcescu’s bucket, decorated with clumps of juniper trees, which houses the lake with the same name and which is the wider. Of course the most important is Gălcescu main lake with 9.3 m depth and an area of 3 hectares.
The best trail is from Novaci, by the national road 67C which is known as Transalpina, to Rânca (18 Km). This road connects Novaci- Obarşia Lotrului-Sebeş Alba. On this road, at about 10km from Rânca resort, after you have passed Păpuşa peak, starts the touristic route marked by red tape. The route is restored and smoothly. A straight route reaches Parângu Mare, and the other option on the right descends into the lakes bucket and reaches Călcescu Lake.
Besides this route there are still 4 other touristic routes that can be taken by tourists fond of such activities. There is a mountain rescue base in Novaci- Rânca for emergency. The routes are marked and some of them are passable by car.
Anthropogenic objectives and traditions of this region have been kept and preserved and are true springs of history and tradition.
Gâlcescu Lake is located in Parang Mountains at an altitude of 1925 meters, being the longest glacier lake of this mountain, it covers 3.2 hectares.
Lake Gâlcescu arises just outside the most beaten touristic paths that cross the mountain. Is declared a natural monument and the surroundings are a nature reserve (geological, floristic and landscaping).
In a huge valley, after six hours of walking through the abrupt Parâng, departing from Rânca, Gâlcescu Lake awaits you and nearly ten other smaller lakes.
But to reach that place you have to pass near Păpuşa Peak on Transalpina and you will separate from the road ahead only when you see the two peaks (Cărbunele and Mohorul).
Here starts the touristic route marked with red tape; in the right is Cărbunele with an ascent path and a cross on the top and in the left a giant plump called Mohorul.
Once you go up Cărbunele, awaits you a long saddle that will take you up in front of Mohorul and from here you must move forward, and after you pass the last peak expects you a smooth ridge that offers little respite.
The glacial complex is perfectly seen from the ridge, with a smaller lake which flows into the great Gâlcescu through a creek; other small lakes are seen in the area, where the only shrubs that grew are shorties jnepi and junipers, adapted to the strong winds from here.
Please note that the route is quite difficult, and the lake is not accessible and easy to visit, so come prepared.