Făgăraş Mountains

Făgăraş Mountains

Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 45.60000°N / 24.73330°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Toprope, Ice Climbing, Scrambling, Skiing
Additional Information Elevation: 8346 ft / 2544 m
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Munţii Făgăraşului (RO) - Fogarasi-havasok (H) - Fogarascher Gebirge (D)
The main ridge of the Făgăraş never drops below 2,000 m over a distance of approximately 50 km
Triple crown of the Făgăraş Mts.
Lespezi-Călţun (left) and Negoiu (right of center) - the crown of the Western Făgăraş


The Făgăraş Mountains belong to the South Carpathians and are one of the most impressive mountain ranges in Romania. They are the country's highest and largest mountains, covering an area of 3,000 square kilometers. Across the Carpathians, there is only one mountain range which is higher than the Făgăraş, namely the Tatra Mountains which rise at the opposite, northern end of the Carpathian arc. The main ridge of the Făgăraş forms a massive spine, which extends west to east in a fairly straight line for more than 70 kilometers - from the valley of the Olt River to the Piatra Craiului and the Iezer ranges. It never drops below 2000 m over a distance of about 50 km. In the Făgăraş sit eight of Romania's fourteen peaks rising above 2500 m. There are also at least 42 peaks whose elevations fall within the 2400-2500 m brackets. The highest peak of both the Făgăraş Mountains and Romania is called Moldoveanu and rises to 2544 m in the heart of the Făgăraş. But no less renowned than Moldoveanu is Negoiu: rockier, reigning in the west, at 2535 m the second highest summit in Romania.

Moldoveanu and Vistea Mare
Moldoveanu (left) and Viştea Mare (right) - photo by Adrian.Scurtu
Mountain poetry
Negoiu - the second highest


A Romanian poet Lucian Blaga overwhelmed by the beauty of the Făgăraş Mountains wrote: "God, please stop the clock with which you measure eternity." The awe-inspiring, wild scenery - a sea of magnificent peaks, endless ridges, deep valleys, narrow crests and picturesque tarns - prompted the French scientist Emmanuel de Martonne to refer to the Făgăraş Mountains as the Transylvanian Alps. This nickname is more often used, however, for all of the South Carpathians. The Făgăraş Mountains form the bulk of a little bigger mountain group which is named after them and which contains the Făgăraş proper and a couple of mountains a bit farther south: the Coziei Mountains and the Iezer Mountains. In fact, the latter can be thought of as part of the Făgăraş proper. On the other hand, among the extremely long lateral ridges branching off the main ridge to run southward there are two that are sometimes listed as separate mountain ranges: the Frunţii Mountains (the ridge sent south by Negoiu) and the Ghiţu Mountains (a ridge branching off not far from Moldoveanu). They can be easily located on the map as they have become separated by a big dam called Lacul Vidraru. The Făgăraş is formed mostly of metamorphic rocks, such as gneiss and schists. In few places thin layers of limestone can be found. The relief of the mountains was shaped by Pleistocene glaciers, hence the U-shaped valleys divided by jagged crests. In the northern valleys the glaciers were up to five km long. On the other, southern side the Valea Rea glacier had a lenght of nine km.  

These winter photos were taken by Vasile.Hosu:

The main ridge of Fagaras mountains
East Central
Capra neagra peak 2494m, Fagaras mountains
Central Făgăraş
The main ridge of Fagaras mountains
West Central

The following table lists - from west to east - all eight mountains that rise over 2500 meters and some other outstanding peaks.

Summit Elevation in meters Photo A few words about
Ciortea 2427
Fogaras: Ciortea gerinc es Feleki to
Photo by glzsolt
The westernmost part of the main ridge that rises over 2400 m. It has three peaks which bear the same name plus a number. The western summit, Ciortea 1 is the highest, but the others also exceed 2400 m. The rocky north face of the massif forms a fine cirque, in which sits Avrig Lake.
Serbota  2331
Serbota peak , Fagaras mt, 2331m
Photo by Vasile.Hosu
West from this peak extends Custura Sărăţii, along with Strunga Dracului and Strunga Ciobanului a bit further west, the most difficult (UIAA I, partly fixed with chains) and surely exciting for the hiker stretch of the main ridge trail.
Negoiu 2535
Chimneys of Negoiu
The second highest mountain in Romania, located on the main ridge in the western, jagged part of the Făgăraş, notorious for unstable weather.
Călţun 2505
Lespezi, Caltun peak, Fagaras mt. Romania
Călţun in the center - photo by Vasile.Hosu
Often considered to be the sub-summit of Lespezi, it towers over Călţun Lake.
Lespezi 2517
Jagged part of the Făgăraş
Standing just south of the main ridge, the peak can be seen as the main summit of the Călţun-Lespezi massif. Accessible from the Transfăgăraşan Road via a trail marked with red dots, connected with the main ridge trail via a stretch of blue stripes. 
Iezerul Caprei 2417
Vaiuga peak NW ridge 2443m
Photo by Vasile.Hosu
Its nortwest face being part of the headwall of the Bâlea Valley, the peak is readily accessible from Bâlea Lake.



Saua Caprei Fagaras, Romania
Văiuga on the left - photo by Vasile.Hosu
On the main ridge between Iezerul Caprei and Vânătoarea lui Buteanu. 



Vf Netedu
Photo by nartreb
On Muchia Buteanu, the ridge running north from Vânătoarea lui Buteanu. Due to easy access via blue stripes from Bâlea Lake, the peak may be the most popular with hikers of all of the peaks lying well off the main ridge, whereas the upper stretch of Muchia Buteanu is quite popular with rock climbers.
Vânătoarea lui Buteanu 2507
Vânătoarea lui Butenau peak (2507m)
In the central part of the mountains, just near the Transfăgăraşan Road. It is said to turn bluish-black when a storm is approaching.
Turnu Vârtopel  2385
Sheepherding in Fagaras mountains
Photo by Tomek Lodowy
On the section of the main ridge extending west from Vânătoarea lui Buteanu, which is popular with rock climbers. The main ridge trail skirts this section from the south. 
 Muşeteica 2448
In the front plan, left to right peaks: Buda, Râiosul and Muşeteica. Down there Cota 2000.
The highpoint of the huge lateral ridge running south from Arpașu Mic. 
 Arpașu Mic 2460
Arpasu Mic in sea of mist
Photo by Konrad Sus
On the main ridge between Fereastra Zmeilor and Arpașu Mare.
 Arpașu Mare 2468
Arpaşu Mare summit (2468m)
On the main ridge between Arpașu Mic and Podragu.
Podragu  2462
Lake Podul Giurgiului
On the main ridge west of Arpașu Mic, Podragu is surrounded by pretty tarns. 
Viştea Mare 2527
Vistea refuge
The lower summit of Moldoveanu, with less than 30 meters of prominence (on the right in the photograph), sitting on the main ridge. 
Moldoveanu  2544
Moldoveanu summit  (2544m)
The main summit of the highest mountain in the Făgăraş as well as Romania, just south of the main ridge. The massif can be easily recognized from afar thanks to its characteristic, trapezoid shape. It is surrounded by peaks with elevations above 2400 m, so it cannot be seen from the north foot of the Făgăraş Mountains. It was known as Viştea Mare until the second half of the 19th century, when it was named Moldoveanu, perhaps to celebrate the creation of Romania as a result of a union of Wallachia and Moldavia.
Găleșescu Mare 2471
The highest summit between Viştea Mare and the summits of Urlea and Dara in the east. 
Colţul Bălăceni 2286
Fereastra Sâmbetei - Făgăraş
It is a short spur sent by the main ridge north, into the head of the Sâmbăta - one of the major valleys in the eastern Făgăraș. The crag is one of the most handsome in the mountains, with rock climbing routes up to grade 5B on the Romanian scale (UIAA V). 
Dara 2500
Dara peak (2501m)
Along with nearby Hârtopu, it forms the Făgăraş's easternmost massif that is up to the 2500 m mark.
Hârtopu 2506
Hârtopu massif (2506m)
Just south of Dara, in the gentler, grassy part of the Făgăraş Mountains.


Vanatoarea lui Buteanu 2507m, Fagaras, RomaniaMountaineering

In summer, the Făgăraş Mountains are a paradise for backpackers, who usually attempt to trek along the main ridge. Such a trek takes 5 to 7 days, most people are carrying a tent. On days of inclement weather - virtually unavoidable in these mountains, usually swept by high winds and often battered by storms - shelter can be sought in one of the few rudimentary refuges (see Huts and Refuges), of which the refuge by Lake Călţun is the most popular. The most difficult, chain assisted section of the marked trail running along the main ridge is near the peaks of Şerbota and Negoiu in the western part of the Făgăraş. This part of the mountains, especially the surroundings of Negoiu and Vânătoarea lui Buteanu, is more jagged (and readily accessible from Bâlea Lake), hence more popular with rock climbers and mountaineers too. Especially the northern spurs - wild, cut off from the crowds, shattered, abrupt, partly vegetated – can make for memorable climbs which can be graded up to 3B (Romanian scale). A relatively easy (UIAA grade III or perhaps IV) but pretty attractive route with the famed Rabbit Ears, runs along a stretch of the main ridge over the summits of Vârtopel and Arpăşel. Although generally lack of rocks such as granite results in technical climbing in summer being somewhat limited, impressive crags with difficult routes do occur also in the eastern part of the Făgăraş, Colţul Bălăceni being a case in point.

Lake Călţun from Lespezi.
Lake Călţun seen from Lespezi
Fagaras Mt. Arpasel-Vartopel Ridge
Arpașel-Vârtopel Ridge - photo by Vasile.Hosu
Fereastra Zmeilor
Fereastra Zmeilor, west of Arpașu Mic

In winter, a wider area offers many a breath-taking mountaineering option, and the traverse of the main ridge is quite an endeavor. Along a route of over 70 km you will be slogging along a wild ridge with many tricky cornices, and you will have to traverse many places where the avalanche danger is high. In February 1972, a German-Czechoslovak team succeeded in doing the traverse of the highest and rockiest part of the main crest, covering thirty-six summits at above 2300 m. The feat took them as much as 12 days. As far as skiing is concerned, there is plenty of terrain for skiers of various skill. Good, natural slopes can be found near the following huts: Urlea, Sâmbăta, Turnuri, Podragu, Capra, Bâlea, Negoiu, Bârcaciu, Capra. Ski alpinism will be cool on the north-south crossings, there are plenty spots for extreme skiing, while ski touring on the southern ridges you will be practically cut off from civilization.

I love Fagaras
On main ridge traverse in February
Near Ciortea in such a windy day
In high winds by Ciortea
Balii ridge
Bâlea Ridge - photo by Vasile.Hosu

The northern slopes of the Făgăraş Mountains, facing Transylvania, are shorter and steeper, whereas the lateral ridges and valleys branching south of the main ridge drop toward the sunny Muntenia more gradually, being up to 30 km long. Therefore, they are deserted and wild - very few hikers have roamed the area.

Transylvanian Alps
The western part of the Făgăraş seen from Moldoveanu (the main ridge right, the long south ridges left)

When To Go & Climate

If you are a hiker you should come in summer. Early autumn can also be a wonderful - besides being colorful - time, but all this varies between years. As for the summer, August seems to be best, July tends to be very rainy. Some summers have been kind of horror: hurricane force winds, frequent thunderstorms, torrential rains, freezing weather. You'd better be careful when planning your trip. You must realize that a walk-up from the foothils to the main ridge takes at least 10 hours. It is good to start the ascent early in the morning, when the weather conditions are favourable. In winter and spring, the risk of avalanches is usually high.

On our way down
13 July 2009 (worthy of a click: mini-TR inside) - photo by kovacsgaborpal

The climate of the Făgăraş Mountains is alpine and is harsher than the climate of most of the mountain ranges the Carpathians are made up of. The average temperature, the intensity of the winds and the level of precipitation depend on the altitude and the orientation of the mountain faces. The Făgăraş Mountains are characterized by the highest amount of rainfall, which reaches an annual 1400 mm per year.The average yearly temperature in the alpine regions (above 2000 m) is -2°C. Encountering patches of snow in mid-June is not a rare thing. Across the Carpathian Mountains, the most frequent avalanches occur in the Făgăraş. The most deadly accidents in Romania's mountains have been registered here. 

Fagaras Mountains
typical phenomenon
The Approaching Storm
Rainbow bridge
Morning on Saua Serbotei...
The climate of the Făgăraş has its peculiarities determined by the size of the mountain range and the west-east orientation of the main ridge. The north slopes block the cool, wet air coming from the Atlantic and from the north of Europe, and the south slopes block the Mediterranean and tropical air, which leads to the natural timberline (bear in mind that centuries of grazing have lowered it considerably) running much higher on the southern flank. This is an area where we can watch the enchanting cascades of surging fog, which makes the heights seem endless, envelops the rocks in a mysterious shawl, and then unexpectedly opens a window on the world below, where the green meadows are bathed in sunshine. In contrast to the rockier northern valleys, the southern slopes - grassy and descending more gently - have favored an intensive pastoral life.


Balea CascadaCascada Bâlea
Thousands of shining pearls
Thousands of shining pearls
The Făgăraş has the densest river network of all the mountain ranges in Romania. The most popular waterfall is Cascada Bâlea. The mountains also boast numerous lakes, or rather tarns - these true jewels of nature, often referred to as the pearls of the mountains. To some they resemble mirrors scattered at valley heads - emerald green, dark blue or black in color - that enhance mountain scenery greatly. They are precious relics of the past epoch when the valleys were filled with glaciers, which gouged the rock under their cold bodies. The tarns of the Făgăraş, full of splendor and magnificence, are also sources of crystal-clear water, which, nevertheless, must be boiled before drinking. The largest natural lake in the Făgăraş is Lacul Bâlea (46 acres), Podragu is the deepest (15.5 m), Mioarelor is situated at the highest elevation (2282 m), whereas Călţun might be the prettiest.



Lake Călţun and shelter Călţun
End of hike
Bâlea - photo by Konrad Sus
La Fundul Bândei summit (2454 m)
Jewel of nature


Lake Photo Elevation (m) Area (ha) Depth (m) Location
Lacul Avrig
In the western part of the Făgăraş, at the foot of Ciortea (2400 m)
Mountain mirror - Caltun lake
In a cute cirque in the west-central part. Lespezi-Călţun-Negoiu Peaks at about 2500 m form a magnificent background.
Balea Lake (2034 m)
The biggest lake in the Făgăraş Mountains, a tourist honeypot, located in the middle part of the main ridge by the Transfăgărăşan Road.
Capra lake
A little east of Bâlea Lake, under Vânătoarea lui Buteanu. 
Podu Giurgiului
Podu Giurgiului tarn and Podragu peak
In the central-eastern part surrounded by Arpaşu Mare and Mircii peaks (2460 m)
Podragu tarn
The deepest of the lakes, sitting in a cirque in the central part of the range.
Iezerul Triunghiular
Valea Rea lake
In the Rea Valley, the eastern part of the mountains, just under Moldoveanu-Viştea Mare massif
Urlea lake
In the eastern part near Urlea peak (2473 m)
Musetescu summit and Mioarelor lake
The highest lake, encircled by a massive spur with Dara and Hârtopu summits (2500 m)


Flora & Fauna

The diversity of vegetation cover is determined by altitude.

Fagaras Mountains
alpine roseRhododendron
Aconite and Arpaşu Mic (2460m)
Dianthus glacialisDianthus glacialis
Lower montane zone reaches 1200 meters in elevation. Mean annual temperature is 4-6°C and the vegetation cover is formed by deciduous forests. Various species of flowers can be found here: creeping bellflower Campanula rapunculoides, matragon lily Lilium martagon, Trifolium alpestre, globe-flower Trollius altissimus or autumn crocus Colchicum autumnale
Upper montane zone begins at 1200 m and extends up to 1500 m. It is a domain of the coniferous forest. On the south slopes of the mountains, the upper borders of both deciduous and conifer forests runs 150-200 meters higher than on the steeper and colder north slopes. Open moist meadows are the best habitat for orchid species.
Subalpine zone stretches from 1500 to 2000 m. It is the domain of dwarf mountain pine and common juniper. From the floristic point of view, it is the most interesting habitat. In spring it is covered by enchanting carpets of crocuses. The mountain cornflower Cyanus montanus and the mountain garlic grow here. Allium montanum. The typical representative of this zone is the Carpathian rhododendron with its red shining flowers.
Alpine zone in the Făgăraş Mountains begins at 2000 m and reaches the highest peaks. The alpine pastures are covered by sedges. It is the best habitat for some extremely rare species of flora - relics from the Ice Age, such as Dianthus glacialis. Among other important species are the alpine bellflower Campanula alpina, Primula elatior, Hieracium alpinum, Leontopodium alpinum, Aconitum and Saxifraga.
In the Făgăraş Mountains, the flora is richest in the subalpine and alpine areas. In comparison with other mountains, the Făgăraş boast the largest number of endemic species of flowers which can't be encountered anywhere else in the world.
Fauna of the Făgăraş Mountains is typical of the high mountain zone. The most representative animal of the highest, alpine areas is the Carpathian chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra carpatica). Many populations of this subspecies occur throughout the Transylvanian Alps. Carpathian chamois are slightly bigger than their relatives in the Alps. As a species, the chamois is still common and not threatened. However, several subspecies are on the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Animals. There have been a number of successful reintroductions.Another animal typical of the Făgăraş Mountains is the marmot. Unfortunately, this largest squirrel species is on the verge of extinction. Among the big birds of prey that soar over the mountains are the eagle and the vulture. There is also the big forest game: the Carpathian brown bear, the deer and the wild boar. As for the bears, however, their population is relatively small (fewer than a hundred individuals) compared to some other Carpathian mountains. Most of them still keep away from humans and don't constitute such a big threat as the depraved bears of the Bucegi Mountains.
The Carpathian Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra carpatica)
Carpathian chamois
Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris)
Alpine accentor
A bird of prey
Golden eagle

Red Tape, Camping & Hazards

View to Moldeveanu- Panorama...
Balea Reservation

Because the Făgăraş Mountains are not a National Park yet, you can pitch the tent practically everywhere.There are only a few nature reserves in the Făgăraş Mountains, namely: the area around Lake Bâlea, the clearing with daffodils near Vad, the hunting reserve in the Arpaşul Valley and the fossils reserve near Turnul Roşu. Although the Făgăraş Mountains are home to many unique species of the Carpathian animals and plants, the number of nature reserves isn't big yet.

Potential hazards in summer:
On the ridgeNot always this peaceful, not always the shepherds around - photo by yamesu

Mountain Huts & Shelters

The main ridge of the Făgăraş Mountains is completely free of any manned refuges. However, there are several shelters.
Shelter Elevation (meters) Nearby Peaks Nearest source of water (minutes) Capacity (persons) Location
Berevoiescu peak (2300 m)
Easternmost Făgăraş, 800 m from Peak Berevoiescu Mare
Zârnei(2223 m), Leaota(2312 m)
Zârnei saddle in the eastern part
Fereastra Mica - Cheia Bandei
Gălăsescu Mic(2438 m), Slăninei(2268 m)
Fereastra Mica saddle in the eastern part
Portiţa Viştei
Moldoveanu (2544 m), Viştea Mare (2527 m)
In the eastern part close to Romania's highest summit. RENOVATED
Podu Giurgiului
Arpaşu Mare (2468 m), Podragu (2462 m), Mircii (2461 m)
In the central part close to a lake. DAMAGED!!!Not a good option due to a garbageall around
Fereastra Zmeilor
Arpaşu Mic (2460 m)
Central Făgăraş, at the bottom of Fundul Caprei cirque RENOVATED
Lespezi (2517 m), Călţun (2505 m), Negoiu (2535 m)
In the west, near Călţun Lake
2 146
Scara (2306 m)
In the westernmost part of the mountains NEW
Caltun refugeCălţun Refuge
Podragu hostelPodragu Hut
Paltinu ChaletPaltinu Hut
Situated at 2136 m, Podragu Hut is the highest tourist hut in the Făgăraş Mountains.Located at 2044 m, Paltinul Hut is the best known hut just near the Transfăgăraşan road.
Hut, elevation in meters Nearby Peaks Nearest Train Station/DN www/e-mail Telephone/Mobile Remarks
Suru, 1450
Suru (2283 m), Tătarul (1890 m)
Sebeşul de Sus
0723 201 410
Rebuilt near the ruins of the old hut, another smaller hut nearby.
Ghiocelul, 520
Avrig (DN1)
0744 391 877
Fancy, expensive.
Poiana Neamţului, 706
0269 523 261/0788 592 600
Good conditions with clean rooms, hot water, a bit overpriced.
Bârcaciu, 1550
Ciortea (2427 m), Scara (2306 m)
0740 059 805
Great hut, very hospitable hosts, delicious food, many perspico games and chess in case you get bored on a rainy day.
Negoiu, 1546
Şerbota (2331 m), Negoiu (2535 m)
Porumbacu de Jos(DN1)
0744 573 875
Nice hut, hospitable hosts, good food, some people have had problems with the dogs near the hut.
Vama Cucului, 600
Cârţişoara (Sibiu, Transfăgăraşan DN7C)
0744 476 698
Fancy, expensive.
Bâlea Cascada, 1234
Bâlea waterfall
Cârţişoara (Sibiu, Transfăgăraşan DN7C)
0269 211 703
Fancy, expensive.
Bâlea Lac, 2034
Vânătoarea lui Buteanu (2507 m), Iezerului (2417 m), Lake Bâlea
Cârţişoara (Sibiu, Transfăgăraşan DN7C)
0269 523 517/0745 072 602
A bit too expensive. Looks really good with good conditions but not a hut for mountaineers in my opinion, rather for fancy people.
Paltinu, 2034
Paltinului (2399 m),Laiţa (2397 m),Lake Bâlea
Cârţişoara (Sibiu, Transfăgăraşan DN7C)
269 211 703/0744 638 823
Not a good choice. You can choose to sleep on the other side of the tunnel in the rescue team refuge Cârţişoara (just 25 Ron.)
Arpaş, 600
Arpaşu de Sus or Victoria Town
Not functional anymore.
Turnuri, 1520
Arpaşu de Sus or Victoria Town
0740 247 362
A nice hut, very welcoming.
Podragu, 2136
Podragu (2462 m),Tărâţa (2404 m),Lake Podragu (2110 m)
Victoria Town
+40 745 319 766
Many bad comments about the prices and hosts...
Complexul turistic Sâmbăta, 670
Sâmbăta de Jos
0744 332 805
Many expensive villas, fancy.
Hotel Floarea Reginei , 800
Sâmbăta de Jos
+40 724 320 651
Fancy, expensive but I always stop there to eat trout.
Valea Sâmbetei, 1401
Gălăşescu Mic(2438 m),Slănina(2260 m),Colţul Bălăceni(2286 m)
Sâmbăta de Jos
www.simbata.ro, cabana.sambata@yahoo.com
0731 340 914
Dirty, crowded by many young guys that get very drunk (most on the weekend), too noisy, better use your tent.
Piscul Alb, 655
Făgăraş or Sebeş
0722 308 461
Nice, hot water, warm, a bit expensive.
Plaiul Foii, 849
Zărneşti (DN73A)
Fancy, expensive.
Cumpăna, 920
Curtea de Argeş - Căpăţîneni (DN7C)
0248 721 456
Fancy, expensive.
Valea cu Peşti, 850
Curtea de Argeş - Căpăţîneni (DN7C)
0747 11 99 01
Fancy, expensive. Boat trips on Lake Vidraru.
Capra, 1520
Muşeteica (2448 m),Capra waterfall
Curtea de Argeş - Căpăţîneni (DN7C)
0040 248 721 451
Fancy, expensive.
Piscul Negru, 1300
Lespezi (2517 m)
Curtea de Argeş - Căpăţîneni (DN7C)
0248 721109
Fancy, expensive.
Voina chalet, 1020
Câmpulung (DN73)
0722 595 328
Expensive and very crowded by people that come in the car just to eat and have non-mountain fun.
Friends of the Negoiu Hut Friends from Negoiu Hut - photo by vegareve

Getting There

Turnu Rosu , starting point...
From W
Lake Bâlea cable car
Transfagaras morning
From S
transfagarasanFrom N
Transfagarasan route in...

Most of the routes start from the DN1 highway between the cities of Sibiu and Făgăraş. On the south side most routes begin at Curtea de Argeş, although there are two which run from the Olt Valley up the western reaches of the mountains and there is an eastern route which runs west from the foot of the Piatra Craiului Mountains, namely from Plaiul Foii Hut, accessible from the town of Zărneşti (railway station).

In the early 1970s the Transfăgăraşan Road was built between Arpaşu de Jos - Bâlea Waterfall - Lake Bâlea - Vidraru Artificial Lake - Curtea de Argeş. This second highest road in Romania is 90 km long and at an altitude of 2042 meters turns into a tunnel dug under the main crest of the Făgăraş Mountains. Due to severe weather conditions, the road is only passable in the summer period (approx. 3 months a year). Between Cascada Bâlea Hut (1234 m) and Lake Bâlea (2030 m) a cable car runs almost all year round.
Red BrothersLespezi and Negoiu towering over Vidraru Dam photo by TheCrow

Maps & Books

Făgăraş peaks
The main ridge from east to west
Făgăraş map


Arpasu Mic (left) and Buda...
Arpaşu Mic (left) on the main ridge and Buda (2431 m) on a south ridge - photo by cernomor

Weather & Rescue Service

Scara peak - Făgăraş mountainsScara (2306 m) in winter sunshine
The national Salvamont (mountain rescue service) dispatcher's telephone number is 0-SALVAMONT (0725-826668).
Area covered Rescue team Name Phone number
Lake Urlea - Peak Podragu
Thomas Bross
0268 241940,0726 686 692
North, between Olt river at west and Tărâţa side ridge at east
David Adrian
0269 216477,0745 140 144
Retevoi Valentin (Chief of rescue team Nucşoara)
0744754445,0724 212 591
Curtea de Argeş
Pleşiţa Nicolae (Chief of rescue team Curtea de Argeş)
0745 826 430,0726686788
Câmpulung (Argeş)
Stoica Cosmin (doctor)
0740 673 011
Câmpulung Muscel (Argeş)
Holoboşan Alexandru (Chief of rescue team Câmpulung Muscel)
0744 270 266,0726 686 678
Sănduloiu Ion (Director of rescue team Argeş)
0745 047 069,0726 686 675
East till Berevoi peak
Pivodă Ioan
0726 686 689
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dorucalinciobanu - May 19, 2014 1:01 pm - Voted 10/10


1. Best online free downloadable resources (Guidebook - Romanian - 6 vols. & Map - 2012): http://www.romania-natura.ro/node/24 2. Best weather forecast for Făgăraș mts.: http://freemeteo.ro/weather/muntii-fagaras/7-days/list/?gid=678498&language=english&country=romania


LukZem - May 21, 2014 10:11 am - Hasn't voted

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Thanks a lot.

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Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. For example, the Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' The Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children.