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Active Trekking in Fagaras Mountains - 11 days

Availability Anytime during the year
Price approx. £1000
Duration 11
days
Difficulty Challenging - Hard

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Enjoy breathtaking views above the tree line in Fagaras Mountains

Challenge yourself to cross the 40 miles mountain ridgeline in 7 days

Discover the unique beauty of the numerous glacial lakes and summits in Fagaras Mountains

Stop to find out about the fascinating history of Brasov town and its surroundings

Be inspired by the Transfagarasan Highroad, the most impressing highroad in Romania

Admire the charming old buildings in centre of Sibiu

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Starting point:

Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport, Romania

Level of difficulty:

Challenging - Hard

Accommodation:

Hotels/ Bed and Breakfasts/Alpine Chalets/Mountain Shelters/Camping in a Tent

Description of the trip:

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Fagaras Mountains can offer the most spectacular 
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such as Moldoveanu Peak (2544m), Negoiu Peak (2535m) and Vistea Mare Peak (2527m). In this trip you will walk on alpine mountain paths, rocky terrain, steep climbs and uneven surfaces at an altitude ranging from 1000m to 2500m. This trip suites those that are physically active and have some background in mountainous terrain with a backpack. A head for heights is required to walk for up to 7 hours daily.

The vegetation of the Fagaras Mountains displays a pronounced zonation: the foothills are mostly covered by mixed deciduous forests, dominated by sessile oak and common oak, whilst the montane zone, between 650m and 1450m is dominated by the European beech and the Norway spruce. Mountain pine occurs at the alpine tree line and above this there is a distinct zone consisting of dense thicket of mountain pine dwarf juniper and green alder. Above this zone the mountain peaks are covered with very sparse alpine vegetation. Sharp ridges and steep rocky crags are the result of the glacier activity with a wide variety of well-preserved forms like deep U-shaped glaciers and alpine lakes. The clear water in these glacial lakes is safe to drink. Snow cover lasts from less than three months in the foothills to more than seven months in the alpine zone. There is a high risk of avalanches in the area during the times when the snow covers the mountain.

The trekking days can start the from the West border of the massif in Olt Valley to the Eastern side in Piatra Craiului. Following on the ridgeline for about 7 consecutive days (a total of 70km), the trail has a challenging level of difficulty, with some hard sections, even extreme on rainy weather. The trail is made to be crossed without any technical equipment, but for your safety it is advised to carry a harness and some rope in case you find difficult to pass the few hard sections where you need to climb up or down a crag. We can suggest some trustful professional guides who can join your trip in exchange of a daily fee.

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Take enough warm clothing and rainwear as in the mountain area is typically rainy and cooler than in other parts of the country. We advise to have a backpack made of lightweight, water-repellent material to carry with you on this active trekking. If you prefer camping we advise to chose a tent that is lightweight and durable. You don’t need a sleeping bag rated for below freezing temperature in this trek, as this trip can be best organised in the summer/autumn time. A list with what equipment you will need and what we can provide is available on the Adventure Activities page.

Depending on how keen you are to learn more surviving skills in a wild environment you could choose to camp in a tent for the full period of trekking or have the option to sleep in the local mountain chalets during the trekking journey. There are options to sleep in local alpine chalets on every night of the trekking trail, but you must be aware that this will involve the physical effort to climb down an extra 800m altitude every evening and climb it up again on the next morning in order to carry on with the trail on the mountain ridgeline. We've done the trail and camped on the ridge every night to ease the trekking experience as the climbing down and up of almost 1000m altitude may be very exhausting, also can take up to an hour each way diverting you from the itinerary.

You will carry your own backpack all long way during the trekking days and you will have to carry the food provisions, your tent, sleeping mat, eating utensils (cutlery set, plate, mug).


Brief suggested itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport. Spend the day at your leisure in centre of Bucharest and find a hotel to stay over. If you choose to transfer directly to the trekking area it will take you another 4 hours driving to Sibiu;
Day 2: Transfer to the trekking area. Touristic attractions: Historic centre of Sibiu;
Day 3: Short drive to Turnu Rosu where your trekking starts (approx. 6 - 7hrs); Sightseeing: Tataru Peak (1890m), Avrig Lake, Scara Peak (2306m); First day of camping
Day 4: Continue the trail on the mountain ridge for approx. 5 - 6hrs; Sightseeing: Negoiu Waterfall, Negoiu Peak ( 2535m), Caltun Lake;Second day of camping
Day 5: Continue the trail on the mountain ridge for approx. 6 - 7hrs; Sightseeing: Paltinului Peak ( 2399m), Balea Lake (Transfagarasan Highway), Capra Peak (2494m); Third day of camping;
Day 6: Continue the trail on the mountain ridge for approx.6 - 7hrs; Sightseeing: Podragu Peak (2462), Moldoveanu Peak (2544); Forth day of camping;
Day 7: Continue the trail on the mountain ridge for approx.6 - 7hrs;Sightseeing: La Fundul Bandei (2454m); Urlea Lake; Fifth day of camping;
Day 8: Continue the trail on the mountain ridge for approx. 6 - 7hrs& descend the mountain; Sightseeing: Zarnei Peak, Comisul Peak (1883m); Sixth day of camping
Day 9: Final day of trekking journey. Drive to Brasov Town where you will relax and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 10: Transfer to Bucharest. In your way you can stop to visit Bran Castle or Peles Castle;
Day 11: Flight return

Active Trekking in Fagaras Mountains

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