This tour takes you in just two days on Romania’s highest peaks:
- Moldoveanu (2544m) located in the Eastern half of the range, a peak which impresses by its massiveness.
- Negoiu (2535m) located in the Western half of the range, a rockier and more challenging peak. To climb it, we will hike the known ridge trail of the Transylvanian Alps.
Fagaras is the biggest, highest and probably most sought mountain massif in Romania in the summer months, while in winter it becomes a challenge. The range it is not called for nothing the Transylvanian Alps.
It is like walking between two worlds because the range splits Romania in two: to the South is the old kingdom of Romania and to the North is Transylvania. The best thing on being in these mountains is that you get to see both from worlds.
Additionally, this tour will take us through:
- “the most beautiful road in the world”, Transfagarasan, as it was called a couple years ago by the Top Gear TV series;
- the most spectacular and highest dam in Romania, built on the river Arges.
- Curtea de Arges, a beautiful mountain small city which use to be a capital city for the early medieval kingdom predecessor to modern Romania. We will visit the beautiful orthodox monastery where the German kings of Romania are buried.
|DEPARTURE TIME||18.00 the evening prior to Day 1|
|Estimated duration of hike||11 hours the 1st day; 9 hours the 2nd day|
|Elevation gained||more than 1200 m|
|Maximum height||2544 m – Peak Moldoveanu, 2535 – Peak Negoiu|
|Individual equipment needed||
|Accommodation||We will accommodate ourselves overnight at one of the guesthouses which litter the sides of the Transfagarasan Road.|
|Meals||The dinners will be at the guesthouse but during the hike days some sandwiches and a couple of chocolate bars and/or biscuits will help during the day.|
|INCLUDED|| Transport from and to Bucharest by car
2 Nights accommodation
2 Dinner, 2 Breakfasts and 1 late Lunch
Professional Mountain Guide
|NOT INCLUDED|| Other meals
Pieces of individual equipment
|Discount policy||For group bookings we apply a discount based on the number of the participants. Please book the tour and/or contact us to negotiate the discount.|
Other good to know issues:
- Water is not a problem along the route.
We depart from Bucharest at 18.00 and head, by car, towards West passing by the city of Pitesti and then Curtea de Arges. Half an hour after Curtea de Arges we will be on “the most beautiful road in the world” and soon on the most spectacular dam in Romania. We must stop to see it, the vertical drop is huge.
We head then north following the “most beautiful road in the world”. We will spend the night at one of the guesthouses on this road.
In the morning, as early as we can but no later than 8.00, we continue on this road (opened only from June to September) getting dizzy from time to time because of the sudden steep bends of the road and passing through 1Km tunnel we end up on the North side of the mountain at Balea Glacier Lake. Now you should be cold and the only way to warm up is to start the hike.
We are now in Fagaras. This is the biggest, highest and probably most sought mountain massif in Romania in the summer months, while in winter it becomes a challenge. The range it is not called for nothing the Transylvanian Alps. And we are going to have a go for its second highest peak, Negoiu – 2535, following the ridge trail.
The first hour is tough. The second is a pleasure following the ridge. The end of the third one will find us having a short meal just beside Caltun glacier lake. At this point Negoiu is overpowering us and you must wonder which is the way through these vertical walls. But some chimneys, one of them called the Devil Chimney, solve the problem for us. In five hours since we started we should be breathless both because of the effort and of the view from the peak of Negoiu, the last one being simply spectacular in all directions.
We return to Balea on slightly different route which follows a trail underneath the ridgeline.
We will stay at the same guesthouse, as in the previous evening.
8.30 AM is our departing hour. We return a little bit to the South and then enter a mountain road which we follow about 18 km.
At the junction of two rivers we leave the car(s) and start hiking. The path is steep and heads directly towards Romania’s highest peak – Moldoveanu (2544m). We stand on top of it after 4 tough hours.
All of Transylvania will be at our feet with its low plain of Fagaras and its rolling hills. The ridge of Fagaras itself seems never to finish and only Negoiu, far in the distance, the second peak of Romania that you climbed the day before, blocks the view.
We take advantage of the good hour and we return to our car(s) by other route. This time we will follow a little the spectacular ridge of the Transylvanian Alps up to Podul Giurgiului Glacier Lake.
We estimate to arrive in Bucharest by 22.00, depending on the traffic.