Romania: Сlimbing Moldoveanu Peak

Price: 175 $
Duration: 5 days
Next: 2/06/2018

Trekking Moldoveanu Peak


Medieval castles, spires of Gothic cathedrals that rise among tiled roofs and towns with cobblestone streets are hidden in the mountains of mysterious and picturesque Romania. The Fagaras is most beautiful mountain range. Steep rocky ridges sometimes reminiscent you of the Alps: you just walk along a path but have a mind-blowing experience at the same time. Crystal clear mountain lakes with icy water, which like mirrors reflect the surrounding peaks, keep catching your eye. And the pristine nature of the Carpathian Mountains only highlights the unique beauty of the surrounding landscapes.

What to expect during the campaign:
– climbing a few peaks above 2500 m
– winning the top of the highest mountain in Romania – Moldoveanu, with the altitude of 2544 m
– hiking along the famous route “Creasta Făgăraş”
– spending a night on the bank of a beautiful mountain lake
– descending from the mountains along the most beautiful hairpin turn in Europe – Transfagarasan road, a winding track over two hundred kilometers long passes through the mountain range
– visiting the mystical castle of Count Dracula and the former summer royal residence – the Peles Castle

Price includes:

  • guide service
  • using common camp gear (tents, camp tools, kitchen equipment, first aid kit)
  • meals during the campaign (hot breakfast and dinner, lunch as a snack (meals in a café is self-maintained)
  • overnight stays in a tent during the tour
  • internal moving
  • insurance
Additional charged:

  • plane tickets
  • rental of sleeping bag and mat, backpack
  • meals in cities (restaurants, shops)
  • entrance tickets to museums
Day 1. Passage: village of Sâmbăta de Sus – river Sambata – Cabana Valea Sâmbetei, the distance is about 7 km
An instructor meets a group in the city of Brasov. Then they go by bus to the starting point of the tour – the village of Sâmbăta de Sus, well-known as a place of pilgrimage for the religious people from all over the country. Along the river Sambata, which gave its name to the settlement and monastery nearby, we will ascend to Cabana Valea Sâmbetei, so-called tourist shelters in the mountains of Romania. We put up the tents and spend the night by the shelter.
Not far from that place there is an interesting place which we will visit before going to sleep – a cave of hermit Arseniy. A scenic trail leads to the cliff cell. They say the hermit came to this place in 30s years of the XIX century, for four years he had been carving a cell in rock and had lived here for about 70 years. Walking to the cave takes about 30 minutes.
Day 2. Passage: Cabana Valea Sâmbetei – mountain Vârful Slaninei – dam between mountain Fereastra Mare and mountain Galasescu Mic – lake Galasescu – mountain Moldoveanu – mountain Corabia, the distance is about 16 km
On the second day we will have a long route to go and the main purpose of our trip –climbing Moldoveanu. After quick breakfast we go to the main ridge of Faragas. The day begins with the ascending to the dam between mountain Fereastra Mare and mountain Galasescu Mic. While climbing we can enjoy more and more beautiful view of the valley Sambata and the majestic mountain peaks.
Before the dam we have to win the first peak of the ridge – Vârful Slaninei 2268 m, go through the dam and to the Lake Galasescu, from which there is a waymarked trail to the top of Moldoveanu. The ascent is difficult as the trail goes along steep rocky slope and is full of slippery stones. Along the trail there are a lot of large chains hanging which are very helpful as you can hold them or fix yourself with the safety hook while going through dangerous parts of the route.
But, the spectacular view from the highest mountain of the Romanian Carpathians will be a reward for the efforts. There you relax, take pictures and move to the place of the overnight stay. The descent is not simple after which we have to climb another mount – Corabia and break camp for the night there.
Day 3. Passage: mountain Şaua Podragului 2462 m – lake Podragu – lake Podul Giurgiului – mountain Arpaselului 2270 m – lake Capra, the distance of the day is about 9 km
In the morning you do not have to get up early, but to relax after the previous day’s marathon, as the route we have to go is only 9 km on the third day. We are going to enjoy beautiful scenery of the landscape all day long: at the beginning of the route we will win the top of the mountain Şaua Podragului which is located near the eponymous lake. Next to it there is another cabana. There you can treat yourself to some delicious snacks or sweets. In the valley between the mountains there are two breathtaking lakes Podragu and Podul Giurgiului nearby which we stay for a night.
Day 4. Passage: lake Capra – lake Balea, the distance of the day is about 5 km
That day’s aim is a glacial lake Balea (2030 m), the highest point of the route Transfagarasan. Down the lake Capra there is a good waymarked trail. There we can enjoy the picturesque landscape of the hairpin turn Transfagarasan or “road to heaven” as they called one of the most amazing and the most dangerous routes in the world. Its length reaches up to 150 km. We spend the last night of the tour by the lake Balea and the next day we are going to reveal the secrets of Transylvania.
Day 5. Excursion to the castle of Dracula in the town of Bran, citadel in Rychnov and the Peles Castle
In the morning we go down from the mountains along picturesque Transfagarasan leaving mountainous part of Romania behind. This day is dedicated to excursions: first we are going to visit mysterious castle of Count Dracula, then go to the medieval citadel in Rychnov town and finally explore the former royal residence in Sinaia – the Peles Castle.
The legendary Bran Castle in Transylvania attracts tourists from around the world, as it is believed to be the residence of Vlad Tepes, more known as Count Dracula. However, it is just a legend as Count Tepes had never been the owner of the castle, just visited it once and maybe spent a few nights there. The admirers of Bram Stoker, who in the mid-twentieth century went to Transylvania added some mystery as they found the castle quite similar to the one described in a novel. In this way Count Dracula “obtained” his residence. For a long time the castle had been in quite a bad condition. However, Francis Ford Coppola had allocated some money for its restoration before shooting his version of “Dracula” there.
Bran is worth visiting even if you do not believe in vampires. The castle is an important monument of medieval architecture in Romania as it was built in the late XIV century and is one of the most picturesque Transylvanian castles. In addition, Bran village is well-known for its cheese. Quite unusual recipes are often kept in secret and are passed on from generation to generation. Some cheese is “packed” into the tree bark and can be an amazing souvenir from a trip.
Citadel in Rychnov is the next destination. It is very convenient to go to the small town of Rychnov from Bran. Built in the XIII century, the eponymous citadel served as a protection of the people against the attacks of the local lords. Interestingly, citadel was conquered only once in 1612, after a long siege a fortress was surrendered due to the lack of water. In 1623-1640 years in the center of a citadel a well about 143 meters deep was dug.
Finally we are visiting the former summer residence of the royal family of Romania –the Peles Castle in Sinaia town. Peles is considered to be the most beautiful castle and one of the most interesting museums in Romania for a good reason. Its architecture combines elements of English Renaissance, German Baroque and French Rococo. The castle has 160 rooms and 30 bathrooms. Throughout there is a luxurious interior – Ebony, porcelain, oriental rugs, tapestries, paintings and sculptures. Now Peles is not only a historical monument but also a museum with a very rich exposition. Only the collection of weapons in the castle has more than four thousand exemplars. The terraces and magnificent gardens surrounding the residence also deserve admiring.
This tour ends as well as begins in the city of Brasov. You can stay overnight in one of the many hotels or use public transport to get to Bucharest.

More information about the equipment preparation:

Personal clothing:

  1. Trekking shoes
  2. Spare shoes
  3. Trousers, 2 pairs
  4. Shorts
  5. Socks – thick and thin ones, 2-3 pairs
  6. T-shirt – 2-3 pieces
  7. A light sweater of a thin fleece or something like that
  8. A warm sweater
  9. A windbreaker jacket
  10. A raincoat
  11. A panama hat/a bandana/a cap and gloves
  12. Hats and warm gloves
  13. Spare underwear and swimsuits

Personal gear:

  1. A backpackRental
  2. A sleeping bag and padRental
  3. Utensils (a plate, a spoon and a cup)
  4. Dry sacks
  5. Flashlight
  6. A flask or a bottle of water
  7. Personal first aid kit
  8. Personal hygiene items
  9. Sunglasses
  10. The documents, money, cell phone

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