Trekking With the Wind

Fagaras Main Ridge

Area: Făgăraș Mountains
Level rate: Medium
Dates of departure: June – October, on demand .
Nb. of team members: 2-10
Trip duration (days): 11
Required gear: Backpack, boots, waterproof and warm changing cloths, water can, sweets.
Accommodation: Mountain huts, tents.
Weather conditions: Daytime temperatures should be in the range of 25-30 C, maybe slightly cooler on the late August departure. Night-time temperatures, especially on the Fagaras section where we sleep fairly high, will be much cooler. The highest of the Romanian Carpathians, Fagaras is a pretty cold mountain by night. Generally we will be able to walk in T-shirts and shorts, however mountain weather is always changeable and you should be prepared for a swift thunderstorm. In extreme cases, even snow can be expected in mid august!
Transport: We will use minibuses throughout the trip.

The Program

1st DAY

Welcoming the guests at the Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport and transfer to Sinaia

  • Short walk in Sinaia (if time allows it)
  • Dinner at the hotel (not included)
  • Accommodation: ****hotel in Sinaia

2nd DAY Cultural visits on the way to Fagaras Mountains

Highlights: Peles Castle, Sinaia Monastery Sambata Monastery

  • 07.00 a.m. transfer to Sinaia Resort, in the “Bucegi” Mountains (800 – 1000 m);
  • visit Sinaia Monastery and Peles Castle (former residence of Romanian Royal Family);
  • lunch in Sinaia (not included)
  • 14:00 – transfer to Sambata Monastery (750 m)
    • visit the monastery
    • pitching the tents
    • dinner (not included), next day briefing
    • lights out;

Accommodation: camping near Sambata monastery: 750 m elevation

3rd Day - Hiking up to Sambata Chalet, easy walk in the area

Level rating: It’s an easy hike.

  • Hiking time: ~ 3 hours
  • Height difference: + 1100 m;
  • Highlights: The beautiful view from Sambata Chalet.

Accommodation: Sambata Chalet:1401 m altitude

4th DAY - Hiking on Fagaras Mountains

Level rating: It’s a moderate hiking day.

  • Hiking time: ~ 7 hours
  •  Height difference: + 1100 m;
  • Highlights: The beautiful view from Moldoveanu Peak, Iezerul Moldoveanu Lake.

07.30: wake up;
08.00: breakfast;
09.30 – 12.00: Sambata Chalet – Fereastra Mare a Sambetei (2128 m). The route climbs the alpine valley of Sambata, through the glacial landscape to the main ridge.
While climbing to the ridge, you can see a spectacular waterfall on the right wall of the valley (called “Dragusului” Ridge). We will reach the main ridge in “Fereastra Mare” section.
12.00 – 14.00: Fereastra Mare – Portita Vistei (2310 m). From “Fereastra Mare” we climb the “Slanina” Peak (2245m), then we follow the main ridge marking, bypassing the “Galasescu Mare” peak (2471 m), “Galasescu Mic” glacial lake (2180m), Vistisoara glacial lake, “Fereastra Vistisoarei” (2291 m), finally reaching “Portita Vistei”, our destination for today.
14.00: Camping;
14.30: leaving for the Moldoveanu Peak (2544m), the highest point of Romania- via the Vistea Peak (2527 m), if the weather allows it; the two peaks are connected through a narrow ridge, which allows a spectacular view on the surrounding valleys.
15.30: taking pictures on Moldoveanu Peak;
16.30: returning to the tents. Lunch;
17.30 – 20.30: leisure time, optional walk to the Iezerul Moldoveanu Lake.
20.30 – 21.30: Dinner. Next day briefing;
22.00: lights out;
Accommodation: tents.

5th DAY - Hiking on Fagaras Mountains

Level rate: It’s a moderate hiking day.

  • Height difference: + 850 m Highlights: The Portita Vistei area, Podragu Lake

05.00: Optional hike to the Moldoveanu/Vistea Peak, sunrise photos, if the weather allows it and/or the weather was bad the other day.
08.00: “official” wake up;
08.30: breakfast;
10.00: Portita Vistei – Podragu Chalet (2136 m). Our route takes us to the Vistea Mare Peak (2527 m) peak, and descents to “Orzanelei” saddle, following the trail under the “Ucisoara” peak (2418 m), to the “Ucisoara” saddle (2312 m). This point offers a wide perspective over the “Ucisoara” Valley. From here the trail climbs close to the ridge, to the “Podul Giurgiului” saddle, near the “Podul Giurgiului” valley top section. We will traverse this valley through the top section, and reach “Podragu” saddle (2307 m). From here our path descends into the “Podragu” valley to the “Podragu” Chalet (2136 m), near the “Podragu” lake, one of our points of interest this stage of our journey.
13:30: arriving at Podragu Chalet where we’ll stay for the night;
14:00: having lunch at Podragu Chalet (not included);
– hike to the Podragelu Lake and return (aprox. 3h): the marked path climbs the east side of the valley to the “Strunga Podragelului” point (2153 m) and descents afterwards into “Podragelul” Valley, where this glacial lake lies. From here we will return on the same route to the chalet.
20:30: dinner;
-free time;
22:00: lights out;
Accommodation: camping in tents in Podragu Area

6th DAY - Trekking on Fagaras Mountains

It’s a moderate hike

  • Hiking time: 10 hours
  • Height difference: + 300 m, -1100 m
  • Sightseeing objectives: La 3 Pasi de Moarte, the main ridge.

07.30: wake up;
08.00: breakfast;
09.30 – 10.00: Podragu Chalet (2136 m) – Podragu Saddle (2307 m); we follow the same route as the other day, until we reach the crossing point in Podragu saddle.
10.00 – 12.30: Saua Podragu (Podragu Saddle)- “La 3 Pasi de Moarte”, on the main ridge; We head West for Balea Chalet, circling the Podul Giurgiului upper valley and passing by the glacial lake which lies in this valley. The trail climbs a steep side of the valley, to the Mircii peak (2467 m), connected with the Arpasul Mare peak (2474 m) by a narrow ridge which also must be traversed. From Arpasul Mare peak, the marked path descends to the difficult passage called “la 3 pasi de moarte” (three steps from death).
– short meal on the route
12.30 – 16:00: “La 3 Pasi de Moarte” (3 steps from the Death) – Capra Saddle, on the main
ridge; Turning right, our path circles the Vartopelul Peak and follows the main ridge to another
difficult section, which ends at “Fereastra Zmeilor” point. From here you can see the “Fereastra Zmeilor” mountain refuge laying well bellow our altitude.
Our route takes us on the steep slopes of “Fundul Caprei” valley, and climbs the south section of “Vanatoarea lui Buteanu” Peak, into a wider location, where a beautiful lake lies (the “Capra” lake – 2241m)
16:00 – 16:30: Saua Capra (Capra saddle (2315 m) – Balea Chalet (20 37 m); The chalet is now near; we reach first “Capra” saddle and descent for about 30 minutes to the Balea chalet, where we stop for the night.
20:00: dinner (not included);
– free time;
Accommodation at the Balea Lake Chalet.

7th DAY - Transfer from the Europe’s wildest mountains to Europe’s capital of culture in 2007

9:00: Breakfast at Balea Lac Chalet;
10:00: leaving for Sibiu
12:00 – 19:30: Visit Sibiu, European capital of culture in 2007.
13:00: having lunch in Sibiu (not included)
20:00: have dinner at the guest-house in Răşinari (not included)
Accommodation in *** guest-house in Răşinari village, near Sibiu.

– 9:00: Breakfast
– 10:00: visit Răşinari village.

11:30- 16:30: visit Astra museum near Sibiu – Museum of Traditional Civilisation, sheltering houses from all over Romania, with the tools used in a traditional household.
13:30: lunch at the restaurant inside museum (not included)
18.00: arriving at Sighisoara
20:30: having dinner (not included)
Accommodation in Sighişoara, *** guest-house.

9th DAY - Cultural tour of Sighisoara, Rupea, Feldioara, Brasov

9:00: breakfast at the guest-house in Sighisoara
10:00: Visit Sighisoara early in the morning, then heading up for Rupea citadel ruins.
– Visit Feldioara ruins (probably built by the Teutonic knights)
– Lunch in Brasov (not included)
– Visit Brasov
– Arrival in Predeal resort by evening
20:00 have dinner at the hotel’s restaurant (not included)
Accommodation at *** hotel in Predeal.

10th DAY Dracula’s Castle

9:00: breakfast at the hotel in Predeal
– Transfer and visit Brasov’s medieval center, the Black Church (famous for its organon)
– leaving Brasov, heading for Rasnov.
– Visit Rasnov stronghold, then heading up to Bran
half of the 20th century, serving as summer residence for Queen Mary.
-leaving for Bucharest;
-dinner at the hotel or other location (not included)
-leisure time;
Accommodation in Bucharest, *** hotel

11th DAY – Departure day

Schedule according to your flight’s timing
– Transfer from Bucharest to Henri Coanda Airport.

Highlights

Sambata

Sambata is one of the largest glacial caldera in Carpathians. Relaxing day before the “big hike”. Sambata Chalet is known to have the best mountain view in Romania.

City of Sibiu


The city of Sibiu is one of the largest in Transylvania and the largest medieval city in Romania, very well preserved. Its fortifications are the largest in Transylvania.
The city’s wealth was given by the commerce with Walachia and by its manufactures specialised in wool.
In Sibiu can be seen: Main Square, Small Square, City hall’s tower, Lairs Bridge.
Sibiu hosts one of the most important museums in Romania (Brukenthall Museum) and the largest open air museum in Europe: Astra – Museum of Traditional Civilisation.

Răşinari


Răşinari (German: Städterdorf, Hungarian: Resinár) is a typical Romanian village in Transylvania, at the foothills mountains of the Carpathians, with influences of the German style. It lies nearby Sibiu, in an area called Marginime and it is famous for its sheep droves. The streets are narrow; the houses have tall walls, hiding the yard and the house. Large gates allow the wagons and still running horse-driven carriages to enter inside, and nearby there is a small door for people. Răşinari is the village where two of the greatest Romanian writers where born: Octavian Goga and Eugen Ionescu, the last being the founder of the absurd theatre. He lived the last part of his life in France, at Paris, being adopted by the French culture under the name Eugen Ionesco.

Sighisoara


The citadel Sighisoara, included by UNESCO in the world heritage, is a unique town in Europe being the single medieval citadel still inhabited. The Clock Tower, The Church on the Hill, the defence bastions and walls are as many things to see in a fabulous medieval town. Sighişoara is knows as city where Vlad III (a.k.a. Dracula) was born.
– Visits the Clock Tower museum, Hill Church, Dracula’s house, the place where Vlad III Dracula was born

Rasnov


Rasnov is a peasant’s fortress built on a cliff by the residents of Rasnov village in the XIII th
century. The fortress couldn’t be conquered by the invaders, one single time the people inside were forced to surrender because they run out of water. After that a deep well is dig.
Bran Castle was built to defend the South border of Transylvania and was also used as custom point on the commercial road to Walachia. It is better known as Dracula’s Castle, even if its connections with Vlad Dracula are scarce. The castle was restored in the first