8 Days Trekking Tour - Reaching the highest peaks in Romania: Moldoveanu Peak (2544 m) & Negoiu Peak (2535 m)
The Fagaras Mountains (Munții Făgăraș) have been one of the best known and most popular Romanian hiking areas since the end of the 19th century. The Fagaras Mountains are the highest in the Romanian Carpathians: the Moldoveanu peak measures 2544 m. The over 50 km long main ridge can be praised with a total of eight peaks over 2500 m high. At the same time, there are more than 50 glacial lakes, of which the Balea Lake / Lacul Bâlea is the largest with around 4.6 ha. Today you can get to it very easily on the Transfăgărășan high road, which was built in the 1970s, and although the Transylvanian north side of the Carpathian Mountains has steeper valleys than the Wallachian south side, it has long been more accessible for tourists. However, several new hiking trails have been marked on the south side in recent years.
1st day: Individual arrival to Sibiu
Individual flight to Sibiu. Reception at the airport and group transfer to the pension in the old town. Depending on the flight booked, there may still be time to explore on your own in the beautiful old town of Sibiu. It is only a 10-minute walk from your pension to the upper town with its three squares and many sights. During a dinner together in a traditional restaurant, you will later discuss the upcoming trekking tour with your mountain guide and receive the latest information (meals: - / - / D).
2nd day: First stage of trekking in Fagaras from Poiana Neamtului hut to Bărcaciu hut
Today you drive to Cabana Poiana Neamtului (706 m) at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains (travel time approx. 1 hour). Your trekking tour starts here. First you hike along the Râul Mare stream, later the path winds uphill through beautiful forests. Shortly before your goal, the 1500m high Bărcaciu hut, the forest clears and you can enjoy the beautiful view of the valley with the Olt river (walking time approx. 3 hours).
If you want, you can climb up to the high plateau after a short break. There is a small lake on the large mountain pasture and there is a great view of the surrounding mountains and the peak of the Negoi (further walking time 2.5 - 3 hours, B / L / D).
3rd day: Second trekking stage in the Fagaras Mountains to the Negoiu hut
First you climb up to the Scara (2306 m). Here again a great panorama opens up over the highest mountains in Romania. The subsequent descent takes you to the Scara (2146 m). The further hiking trail along the edge of an open valley basin and towards the Șerbota is particularly spectacular. Shortly before the 2331 meter high Șerbota peak, turn off and go down to the Negoiu hut (1546 m), where you spend the night (walking time approx. 6-7 hours B / L / D).
4th day: Third trekking stage in the Fagaras Mountains to Lake Balea with ascent of the Negoiu, the second highest peak of Fagaras
Ascent to the 2535 meter high Negoiu with crossing from the Cleopatra and standing on the second highest mountain in Romania. From there, climb through the Strunga Doamnei (women's fireplace) and hike to Lake Călțun (2135 m). From there it goes over the 2390 meter high Laițel and the Paltunu peak to Lacul Bâlea (2034 m, Lake Balea). The mountain hut is located directly on the lake in a picturesque valley basin. Here you will meet the escort vehicle with the main luggage (walking time approx. 9-10 hours, B / L / D).
5th day: Fourth stage in the Fagaras to the Podragu hut
You go up from Lake Balea to Șaua Caprei (goat peak, 2315 m). From there you hike along Lacul Capra (Goat Lake), where there is a monument to the avalanche victims. The spectacular path between the Portița Arpașului peak and the Arpașu Mic peak (2461 m) is secured with chains. He is also called La trei pași de moarte (The Three Steps from Death). But don't worry, this passage can also be mastered by every sure-footed hiker. We continue to the Arpașu Mic and Arpașu Mare peaks (2468 m). On the way you will pass the memorial stone for the climbers Prof. Richard Nerlinger and Herta Ruzicska, who died here in 1934. After the descent to Lake Podu-Giurgiului, you will go to the 2307-meter-high Podragu peak and the Podragu hut (1520 m, walking time approx. 7-8 hours, B / L / D).
6th day: Fifth trekking stage with climbing the highest mountain of Fagaras, the 2544 meter high Moldoveanu and descent into the valley
It goes to the roof of Romania and past some of the highest mountains of the Fagaras: Târâța (2414 m), Ucea-Mare (2434 m) and Ucișoara (2418 m). The fascinating panorama is astonishing again and again. Your ascent to Moldoveanu begins on the third highest mountain in the Carpathian Mountains, Viştea Mare (2527 m). Just a short ridge and you are on the Moldoveanu, the highest mountain in Romania at 2544 meters. After a rest you hike down to Transylvania. You spend the night in a hotel near the Poienari Castle (walking time approx. 10 hours B / L / D).
7th day: Return to Sibiu with a stop at the Vidraru reservoir, at Poienari Castle, in Curtea de Argeș and at the Cozia Monastery in the charming Olt Valley
First of all, there is an opportunity to take a look at the impressive, 166-meter-high and 305-meter-long dam of the Vidraru dam. Then you drive to the Dracula castle Poienari, where in 1462 Vlad III Draculea hide from the Tartars and Turks. From the valley lead 1480 steps to the castle on the hill. Another stop is planned in Curtea de Argeș, one of the oldest cities in Romania. It was the first capital of the principality of Wallachia. Through the delightful Valea Oltului (Old Valley) it goes to Manastirea Cozia. The monastery is richly decorated and many unique frescoes adorn the interior of the church. The day ends comfortably with a dinner in Sibiu (Hermannstadt) (meals, B / - / D).
8th day: Guided city tour in Sibiu and individual return journey
Before you are taken to the airport, a guided stroll through Sibiu awaits you. The very beautiful old town with its narrow streets in the lower town and the many representative buildings in the upper town shows you the multifaceted history of the former capital of Transylvania.
Afterwards individual return flight (B / - / -).
• English-speaking, trained hiking guide from / to Sibiu Airport, according to the program, including meals and overnight stays
• Transport in a modern air-conditioned minibus from / to Sibiu Airport, according to the program, including all taxes, parking and road fees
• Luggage transport Sibiu - Balea Lac and back on day 4
• 7 x overnight (double room with private bathroom in the pensions and hotels + mattresses in the huts), as follows:
- 2 x in Sibiu: Pension Casa Baciu 3 * (www.casa-baciu.com)
- 1 x in Fagaras Mountains: Barcaciu hut
- 1 x in Fagaras Mountains: Negoiu hut
- 1 x in Fagaras Mountains: Cabana Balea Lac (http://balealac.ro/)
- 1 x in the Fagaras Mountains: Podragu hut
- 1 x in Fagaras Mountains: Cabana La Cetate 3 * (http://cabanalacetate.ro/)
• Full board as follows:
- 7 x breakfast buffet with hot and cold dishes at the hotels / guest houses and mountain huts
- 7 x dinner (3-course menu and water) in local restaurants or in the mountain huts according to the program
- 6 x packed lunches for lunch
• Tickets according to the program schedule
• Information material: map with the Fagaras Mountains, city maps, etc.
Not included (optional):
• Single room supplement for the accommodation in Sibiu, Balea and Poienari (100 Euro)
• Private tour supplement (400 Euro)
• Flight tickets (arrival / departure)
• Photo fees
• Cancellation insurance
• Alcoholic beverages or other private costs (souvenirs etc.)