Peaks of Romanian Alps
Country: Romania Region: Fogaras, Bugeci
- Climb Moldoveanu, Omul and Negoiu Peaks
- Visit the mystical Count Dracula Caslte
- Walk through the dramatic Fogaras Ridge and the superb Bugeci Mountains
- Explore medieval, rural mountain villages
In the heart of Romania, you’ll find two of the most amazing destinations ever for an exciting Transylvania trek. And, they are Fogaras and the Bugeci Mountains. Anyone who has ever trekked through Romania knows that Transylvania holidays are some of the very best in the world.
Located in the southern part of the Carpathian Mountains, Europe’s biggest mountain chain, are the Mountains of Fogaras, where you’ll find some amazing trekking routes. If all this sounds like heaven to you and you’re yearning for an adventure to remember, then why not let Frozenground show you what Fogaras and Bugeci have to offer?
From the first day of your Transylvanian tours, when you arrive in Sinaia and are greeted by our team, thru day two when you trek from the Busteni Mountains to the Bucegi Mountains and spend a magical night in a Babele mountain hut, Frozenground will ensure that your trek is everything you expected it to be. Then on day three, a five-hour trek across the Bucegi Mountains to Omul Peak, which is 2507 m high, will culminate in a fantastic night in a Malaesti mountain hut. And, days four thru eight will bring panoramic views during your Transylvania trek of the Piatra Craiului Mountains, and a visit to Dracula Castle, as well as Fogaras Mountain and Moldoveanu Peak, which rises to 2554 m. Staying in comfortable, friendly hotels and scenically located mountain huts, this is wild European mountain walking at its very best.
Arrive in Bucharest and transfer to Sinaia
Upon your arrival, a representative from FrozenGround will be waiting outside the airport gates to take you to your accommodation. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in.
Accommodation: Standard 3* hotel
From Busteni Mountains to Bucegi Mountains
Although climbing the Caraiman Valley takes a relatively serious endeavor, the amazing and unique scenery will compensate for your efforts.
We start going from the old paper-mill then we leave the last houses behind and start to climb a dense pine forest. The slope moves alternately from the right and left side of the valley, depending on how passable the terrain is. On 1400 – 1500 meters altitude the forest ends and you can freely enjoy the wonderful sight of the cliffs. After 3.5 – 4.5 hours of walk we reach the Caraiman shelter, then the Babele-shelter which is our today’s accommodation.
If the team does not feel too tired and there is enough time left, the afternoon-evening program may be topped by visiting the Caraiman-cross and lookout tower.
Please note that on day 2 you need to pack for 3 days as we sleep in mountain hut. You will not have access to your main luggage. More details in “What you Carry”.
Accommodation: Babele mountain hut
Walk: 5-6 hours
Trekking across Bucegi Mountains
In the morning, we depart towards the Babele (meaning old women) where we will watch the area’s famous rock formations, the Sfinx and the Babele. Our path leads through extended grassy meadows barely noticeably increasing towards the Omu peak at 2507 meters high. To the left lies the valley of the Lalomita springs, to the right we can see the Prahova Valley and the lower ridge of the Baiului Mountain. Ahead the horizon is dominated by the Moraru (Molnár) ridge.
After approx. 2.3 – 3 hours of walk we reach the Omu peak, standing 2507 meters high, being not only the highest peak of the Bucegi Mountains, but one of the highest points of the whole Transylvanian Carpathians.
After a rest and lunch break, we continue towards our goal of the day, the Malaesti shelter. We cross the Malaesti chimneys, the Malaesti glacier valley, and we can also admire the Gaura caldron and the Tiganesti ridge.
We reach our today’s accommodation, the Malaesti shelter after 1.5 – 2 hours walk from the Omu peak.
Accommodation: Malaesti mountain hut
Walk: 5 hours
From Bucegi Mountains to Piatra Craiului Mountains
Today we cross over the Padina Crucii ridge we visit the Tiganesti Lake and ridge, and then we’ll descend on the Clincea Ridge towards Törcsvár (Bran), where we have the chance to visit the famous Dracula Castle.
Accommodation: Standard 3* hotel
Walk: 3-4 hourss
Fogaras Mountain– Moldoveanu Peak (2554 m)
We rise for an early breakfast in the morning and drive for 2 hours until we get to Fogaras Mountain. We start from Sambata Hut and make our route through the Sambata glacial circus and towards the crest line where we reach Fereastra Sambetei point. From this point that we ascent to reach Moldoveanu, which is the highest peak in Romania. We continue moving through to Podragu Saddle and stop at the hut that bears the same name.
Please note that on day 5 you need to pack for 3 days as we sleep in mountain hut. You will not have access to your main luggage. More details in “What you Carry”.
Accommodation: Podragu or Turnuri mountain hut
Walk: 7-8 hours
Balea Lake Chalet
We pick up from where we stopped at Podragu hut and climb the crest line. When we reach the crest line we will pass the Fereastra Zmeilor passage, Capra glacial circus and Capra Lake on our way to the Balea Chalet. After a tough day, we can put our feet up and enjoy a nice cup of coffee.
Accommodation: Paltinu mountain hut
Walk: 6 hours
Fogaras Mountains– Negoiu Peak (2535 m)
We will leave the Balea Chalet and head for Caltun Lake, passing through Sadller Paltinu and crossing a part of Fogaras ridge. From this point, we ascend to Negoiu Peak, the second highest peak in Romania, and finish up at Negoiu chalet.
Accommodation: Negoiu mountain hut
Walk: 6-7 hours
Bucharest at leisure & departure
After breakfast, according to our planes schedule, we will transfer to Bucharest and make our departure.
Walk: 1.5-2 hours
Additional Nights and Extensions
Trip Cost Includes
- Good standard accommodations as per itinerary
- 7 breakfast with tea/coffee
- Private transport as per group size
- Luggage transfer as per itinerary
- English speaking tour/trekking guide
Trip Cost Doesn't Include
- International flight ticket
- Lunch and Dinner
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guide
We stay at good standard hotel or mountain hut every day with restaurant facilities. Alternatively your tour guide take you to a good restaurant nearby where possible. You should allow approx. £ 10 per meal including some refreshment.
We also help you to arrange your lunch pack from the hotels or mountain hut, which cost you £ 4-6
5 nights in mountain hut / 2 nights in 3* hotel
We will spend 2 nights in good standard hotels with restaurant facilities. All rooms in hotel are en-suit and arranged on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. In hotel, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost.
We will also spend 5 nights in wilderness in mountain hut. Normally we have double room on twin share basis in most of them – Paltinu and Babele even have private bathroom. Sometimes in peak season, Podragu and Malaesti mountain hut has dormitory style room available only – 3,4,6 beds.
Some of the mountain huts are quite rustic with only basic washing and toilet facilities due to their remote positions. However, what they may lack in terms of facilities is more than compensated for by their atmosphere and their mountain locations. The huts are very hospitable and a great way of meeting Romanian and other eastern European mountain walkers. All mountain hut has simple restaurant facilities.
What to expect
This trip graded as demanding difficulty level.
Good level of fitness will be required because the trek goes up to altitude of 2554m with average of 10 km daily walk for 6 days.
The amount of time that is spent walking will vary from half day to full day walking depend on the group fitness level and weather and trail conditions. Many of the trails that we are following will have uphill sections and there will be opportunities to take part in longer walks. The exact trails that we take and the distance of these may have to be changed at short notice due to the weather. Heavy rainfall can happen anytime in higher altitude and on the ridge. Temperatures are generally bit cold in the morning, but sunny, nice warm in the daytime, especially in the main season.
The following is fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip:30-40 litre daypack, trekking trousers, waterproof and windproof over trousers/rain pants, thermal base layer shirts, fleece jacket or warm jumper, waterproof and windproof jacket, shorts, warm hat, sunglasses, warm gloves or mittens, socks, underwear, sunhat, sun protector, toiletries, wet wipes, antibacterial hand wash, small towel, earplugs, first aid kit, head torch with spare batteries, 1 litre water bottle.
Trekking pole is not essential, but can be useful on the challenging ascent and descent. Good pair of boots are one of the most important on the gear list. You need to make sure that your boots are braked in before trek.
Despite blankets and pillows are provided in mountain huts, we recommend to bring a lightweight sleeping bag, particularly for the autumn and winter departure.
What you Carry
While you are trekking you only should carry a backpack with water, snacks, extra socks, waterproof light jacket and your camera.
Remember your main luggage will not be with you on every nightstop so ensure your day bag is large enough to carry everything you might need. We recommend a min. 40 litre rucksack. In practice, you should not need to carry more than about 10 kg (extra clothes, towel, toiletries, sleeping bag, extra water and food – in case of slow ascent).
In Bugeci Mountains, for two nights staying in Babele/Malaeste mountain huts (days 2-3-4) your main luggage will be stored either at the next day accommodation in Bran or in the supporting vehicle, ready for your return on day 4.
Also, in Fogaras, for three nights staying in Podragu/Balea/Negoiu mountain huts (days 5-6-7-8) your main luggage will be stored in our supporting vehicles.
A medical kit will accompany each group. You should also bring your own personal first aid kit, which should include the following: broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, Diamox (altitude), diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralyte).
Visa and Vaccination
No visa required for British passport holders. There are no specific health risks.
This trekking holiday not involves high altitude. During your trip, you will reach altitudes of 2000-2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude, but we are here to help you if you have any concern about altitude.
The main season trekking season in Transylvania is from Jun to September. During this period, we can expect daytime, valley temperatures of between 20ºC and 25ºC, dropping to 12ºC at night, sometimes less dependent on the altitude we stay. Rainfall is usually quite low except in the mountains, spring and summer are the wetter seasons. The Carpathian Mountains can be blanketed in snow until mid to late May at higher altitudes.
Winters are quite cold, with average highs even in lower-lying areas being no more than 3 °C and below −15 °C in the highest mountains.
All our tours are escorted by well trained, knowledgeable and English spoken local guides.
This holiday is guaranteed to run with minimum of 2 persons.
If you`d rather share the moments just with your partner, family or friends then we can help to arrange a trip as private departure just for you and your group on your chosen date.
Preparing Yourself Physically
Being properly physically prepared for trekking and its serious physical challenges is very important. First, assessing your own individual physical condition and training accordingly is a significant must. Basically, handling a rigorous trek will be much easier the more fit you are at the onset. For a training program that is well-rounded, be sure to include aerobic cross-fit training, hiking (at high altitudes if possible) and strength training.
Preparing Yourself Mentally
Making the hardest portions of your trek achievable could simply come down to mental stamina. Many trekkers tend to make the mistake of overlooking their mental preparation. Keeping a positive mind-set and never ignoring your body’s signals are significant considerations on your trek.