Climb the 3 Highest Peaks of Romania - 2544m

Trek hut-to-hut through the Fagaras Mountains and summit its highest peaks. 7 days.

  • Romania
  • July, September
  • Henri Coandă International Airport, Bucharest (OTP) or Sibiu International Airport, Sibiu (SBZ)

This is by far the most challenging route in the Romanian Carpathians. Trekking for seven days and staying in mountain huts along the way, you’ll set out to summit the three highest peaks in the Fagaras Mountains; Moldoveanu (2544m), Negoiu (2535m) and Vistea Mare (2527m).

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 7 days trekking
  • 6 nights mountain hut accommodation
  • Local, certified guide
  • Local transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Avid hikers looking for a real challenge and some impressive summits for the list.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Sibiu airport
  • Airport transfers (Arrangements can be done on request)
  • Meals (Arrangements can be done on request)
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip isn’t for the faint-hearted; you should have plenty of hiking experience and be in good physical condition.

The climate of the Făgăraş Mountains is alpine and is harsher than the climate of most of the mountain ranges in the Carpathians. The Făgăraş Mountains are characterized by the highest amount of rainfall, which reaches an annual 1400 mm/year. The annual average temperature (at over 1800 m) is 2°C. At this height, winter lasts for 6-7 months. The coldest month is January with -9°C and the warmest is July with +7°C. In summertime temperatures can reach 25°C. The weather is quite unstable, changing rapidly from a cloudless sky and warm temperature, to a summer storm.

During your stay at the mountain huts, the food will be quite basic with soups (normally beans or vegetables), main courses offering sausages, pork or chicken meat accompanied by potatoes, rice or cabbage.

For breakfast, you’ll have eggs (fried or omelette), bread, butter and jam. A cup of tea or black coffee will be also available, most of the time.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

No kit will be provided for this trip.

Your kit needs to fit into your rucksack or a holdall, so be sure to keep it to the essentials.

  • 35-45 litre rucksack
  • Macpac, Lowe Alpine or similar
  • Rucksack waterproof liner (dry bag or heavy-duty plastic bag)
  • Stuff sack(s)/dry bags. (To separate clothes etc. A variety of colours and sizes)
  • Holdall/bag (for items not accompanying you on the walk)
  • Bungi cords/straps. (Useful for strapping things onto rucksack)

Clothing: - Thin socks x 2 pairs (wool, Nylon-wool mix or meraclon. No uncomfortable seams) - Underwear x 2 sets (comfortable. Preferably go for sports type bras) - Base layer vest x 2 (merino wool or synthetic) - Long-johns x 1 (not essential, but recommended) - Thick socks x 2 pairs (mountain socks with no uncomfortable seams) - Leggings (Powerstretch or similar). - Fleece mid layer x 2 (Polartec or similar – 1 or both may be worn, depending on the temperature) - Warm jacket (Primaloft is ideal. Down/fleece is OK. To be worn when camping if it is cold) - Gloves - Boots (leather or synthetic waterproof mountaineering/walking boots) - Approach shoes, sandals, or trainers/light walking boots (your only other set of footwear) - Gaiters (optional) - Waterproof Jacket Goretex/Event material or similar (needs to be robust with large map pocket, storm cuffs and a wired hood) - Waterproof overtrousers - Warm hat - Sun hat (must provide protection for ears and back of neck) - Scarf (neck gaiter) - Sunglasses (good quality UVA and UVB block with side protection)
- Sleeping bag (a light ‘3 season’ bag is ideal). - Pen-knife. (preferably with a good blade, scissors/nail file and tin opener) - Head-torch x 1 (ultra-light LED will be fine) - Water bottle or Camel Back (1-litre minimum, 2 litres is better) - Thermos flask stainless steel (optional) - Towel - Small Soap (in a plastic ziplock bag) - Toothpaste (1 x 50ml tube will do) - Toothbrush

You should bring a small personal first aid kit: - Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. - Antiseptic Cream (small tube e.g. Savlon or Sudocrem) - Fungicidal cream (Canesten for feet and if you are prone to thrush) - Sunscreen (high factor UVA and UVB protection. Screw lids are more secure) - Moisturiser - Lip balm (with sunscreen or sunblock) - Zinc Oxide tape. 1 roll, non-elastic, as wide as possible. (if not allergic to it) - Blister kit - Moleskin/second skin/compeed - Elastoplast. Or a selection of different sized plasters - Throat lozenges - Tubigrip (if you are prone to knee or ankle problems)

Other recommendations are: - Trekking Poles - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) is served by flights from all over Europe. From the airport, there is a bus service which will take you directly to Brasov.

You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

Start point?
Your guide will meet you at 09:00 in the centre of Brasov or at your hotel.

Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end in the centre of Brasov at 18:00.

Getting there and away?
Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) is served by flights from all over Europe. From the airport, there is a bus service which will take you directly to Brasov.

You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Location

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Făgăraș Mountains are the highest mountains of the Southern Carpathians and have the longest continuous ridge. Described by many as the most impressive mountain range in Romania, it’s not surprising to hear you’ll find some of the world’s best hikes here. The landscape is wild and varied with many glacier lakes, and home to herds of chamois, brown bears and red deer.

In the centre of the Carpathians sits the city of Brasov. This medieval city is known for its Saxon walls, towering gothic Black Church, and ancient cobbled streets; mashed with colourful buildings and lively modern cafes.

Start point?
Your guide will meet you at 09:00 in the centre of Brasov or at your hotel.

Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end in the centre of Brasov at 18:00.

Getting there and away?
Sibiu International Airport (SBZ) is served by flights from all over Europe. From the airport, there is a bus service which will take you directly to Brasov.

You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Trek to Sambata Valley

This morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to Sambata Touristic Complex. From here you will start trekking the trail along Sambata Valley.

After 2-3 hours you’ll reach the mountain hut where you’ll be spending the night. This is a great opportunity to prepare your equipment and gain some rest ahead of a challenging day tomorrow.

8.5km trekking, ascent 700m

Day 2: Summit Vistea Mare and Moldoveanu

You’ll start early this morning with a steep hike to the ridgeline of Fagaras Mountains near Fereastra Mare a Sambetei (2196m). From here, you’ll climb Galasescu Mic (2410m), Galasescu Mare (2470m), and Galbenele (2456m) in succession; stopping for lunch at Portita Vistei (2310m).

After refuelling, you’ll start the climb to summit two of the three highest summits; Vistea Mare (2527m) and, the highest in the Romanian Carpathians, Moldoveanu (2544m).

After you achieve the summit, you’ll descend to Podragu mountain hut (2136m) where you’ll spend the night. This is the hardest day, and you’ll have 10-12 hours of trekking to recover from.

14km trekking, ascent 1800m, descent 1200m

Day 3: Continue west to Balea Lake

Today, the hike is long but a little easier; you’ll hike back up to the ridge and continue west.

The toughest part of today’s trail will be the area known as ‘3 steps away from death’; here, you’ll cross a cliff with steep valleys on both sides. It’s a challenge, but not as dangerous as it sounds.

After 8 hours trekking, you’ll descend to Balea Lake and spend the night in a guesthouse ahead of a big day tomorrow.

9km trekking, 950m ascent, 1000m descent

Day 4: Summit Negoiu Peak

Today is a demanding day but worth every bead of sweat; you’ll hike the route Balea Lake – Capra Saddle – Caltun Lake – Negoiu Peak – Negoiu Chalet.

The reward of today will be the summit of Negoiu Peak (2535m), the second highest peak in Romania. The trail will take you over deep ravines and along high stone walls.

After 10 hours trekking, you’ll arrive to spend the night at Negoiu chalet where a much-welcomed sauna and hot water shower will be available.

12.5km trekking, ascent 1100m, descent 1010m

Day 5: Trek to Barcaciu mountain hut via Scara

This morning, you’ll return to the ridge and follow the mountainous trail through to Serbota (2331m). From the summit, you’ll negotiate Custura Saratii and make your way to Scara Saddle.

This afternoon, you’ll bag a bonus summit, Scara (2422m) before you descend to Barcaciu mountain hut, where you’ll spend the night.

10km trekking, ascent 850m, descent 850m

Day 6: Your final day trekking at high altitude

Today is the last day at high altitude, and the last time you’ll fight your way to the ridge to meet the main trail near Avrig lake.

After 9 hours trekking, you’ll come close to Budislavu and Suru summits, before descending to Suru mountain hut; your last overnight stay of the trip.

9.5km trekking, ascent 1400m, descent 1600m

Day 7: Departure

This morning you’ll descend to Sebesu de Sus village where your transfer will be waiting to take you back to Brasov as the final stop of your trip.

9.5km trekking, descent 1000m

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

You’ll stay at the following mountain huts throughout your trip. The huts are basic and offer the essentials for a good night’s sleep in dorm rooms.

Valea Sambetei Podragu Balea Lake Negoiu Barcaciu Suru

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Local Transport

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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