Moldoveanu Climber's Log

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andrei_toma - Nov 8, 2021 1:17 am Date Climbed: May 1, 2014

Via Sambata de Sus   Sucess!

Via Sambata de Sus . Overnight in the refuge near the summit.

PuriP - Mar 18, 2020 9:16 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2018

South route  Sucess!

Took the fast (south) route. Rough road from Slatina to Burnei's sheepfold, though doable with a regular sedan. Easy ascent leading to the Bad Valley Cauldron (Caldarea Vaii Rele), with impressive views (including a beautiful waterfall to the left of the trail). The Cauldron is a flat plateau, easy walk until the Vistea Gate (Portita Vistei). The real ascent starts here, moderately challenging, some steeper angles. After reaching the Vistea Mare Peak, there is a short 20-30 minutes ridge walk until the Moldoveanu Peak, with some helping chains placed conveniently. The whole trail can be done in less than a day.


AlpineTrails - Sep 23, 2019 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2019

Fast hike from Balea Lake  Sucess!

Quick hike from Balea Lake on the red marks via "la trei pasi de moarte". Reached the top after 5 hours then returned the same day via Podragu hut - "Fereastra Zmeilor"


atavist - Oct 17, 2018 9:30 pm Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2018

Dayhike from west  Sucess!

Day hike from Lac Balea. Late start at 8:45 and got back to the road at sunset 6:30pm. I camped at the trailhead before and after the hike. I saw a wild fox at the base camp and even a black bear (being chased by a dog!) on the approach along Transfagaras highway. During hike, weather was good and clear skies. I met an Israeli couple and encountered 10 local hikers along the way.

The previous October I visited Sambata monastery. But overnight a large snowfall killed my hike. Plus I was rehabbing and on crutches so I saved it for this year.

bruno baschung

bruno baschung - Aug 30, 2017 3:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2017

south east route  Sucess!

I climbed the South east route (Valea Rea). this route is quite direct and popular starting at 1410m. You have to drive approx 35 km on an unpaved dirt road (but doable at slow pace with a normal car unless it rained a lot before, of course, much better with a 4WD). It takes apoprox 1h30/2hrs dribving from slatina. Dont' follow another dirt road before being actually sure to follow the valea rea road.

the climb is quite straightforward from the end of the road whre you leave your car. the steepest part is approx 15mn after the start with a direct 550/600m steep part on a good path, then you arrive in a glacial cirque from where you join the ridge. You have the option walking 380km on your right to join vistea mare refuge (only 12 people can sleep there, so bring sleeping bags anyway, plus a tent in case it's full or you arrive late) or to attemps direct Vistea Mare. after a short way down, just follow with abit of care the ridge before reaching Top of Romania.

a very nice place

The approach from Balea Lac is perhaps more spectacular but much much longer, what is to be considered especially if weather is unsettled since you'll be expposed to thunderstorms on the ridge. hence the South east route is safer and more direct (approx 3.2 km in direct line from parking area, compared to more than 10 km from Balea lac).

bruno baschung


bobbyfm - Oct 4, 2016 11:22 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2010

From Balea Lake  Sucess!

The end of a beautiful 4 day trekking in Fagaras.

Kundrt - May 19, 2013 2:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2012

Main ridge  Sucess!

Nice. +mountains Negoiu, Ĺ erbota and Laitel


CoreyBurba - Jul 8, 2012 9:06 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2010

Main Ridge Crest  Sucess!

Summited Mt. Moldoveanu while hiking the main Fagaras Ridge Crest from Turnu Rosu to Victoria. The most exciting parts were around Vf. Negoiu, Strunga Dracului and Custura Saratii. Definitely one of the best hikes of my life!

Andrew Rankine

Andrew Rankine - Jun 20, 2012 12:19 pm Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2012

Climbed from Balea Lac in a day  Sucess!

Long day, 24 miles and 7300 feet of gain for this one. My dad was very sick and it slowed us down on the way back...started at 5 am got back at 10 pm.


markthejock - Feb 19, 2012 6:58 am Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2004

Moldoveanu from Cabana Podragu  Sucess!

Hiked up with Rich Marsh who gave up less than an hour from the top. Continued up to the summit in cloudy weather and then headed back down via the Cabana to town the same day.


PUCHMAN - Nov 19, 2011 5:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2000

First the Europe's Highpoints  Sucess!

during the walking over Fagaras mountains


fubar7500 - Jun 8, 2011 3:36 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2005

Top of Romania  Sucess!

as walking over Fagaras mountains..


mthomas - Sep 19, 2010 12:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2010

Part of hiking the crest of the Fagaras Mountains  Sucess!

Traversed the crest of the Fagaras Mountains over 5 days from Cabana Poiana Neamtsului to Cabana Valea Sambetei. Intermediate nights were spent at Cabana Negoiu, Balea Lac, and Cabana Podragu. We probably only saw the sun for 20 minutes over the 5 days. There was some snow on the ground, lots of wind and cold weather, and the summit day, we were rained on all day long. However, it was a very enjoyable traverse despite the weather. I highly recommend that you stay in the cabins. They are welcoming, the prices are very reasonable, the cabin keepers speak good English and German and what better than a warm meal and a cold beer after a long hiking day! By staying at these cabins, you help support them as they are now privately owned and receive no support from the government. With many people staying in tents, the cabins have a hard time keeping up with even maintenance expenses and they are rapidly deteriorating, which is a real pitty.


andreeacorodeanu - Aug 31, 2010 4:04 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2010

Solo   Sucess!

A part of the ridge, from Negoiu to Sambata. From Capra lake I hiked the ridge alone. When I sumitted Moldoveanu I had the best sunny beautiful day :). I didnt had batteries for my camera but I took a summit pic to my puppy with my cellphone lol. More many foreigners there than romanians :).


attimount - Jul 4, 2010 7:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2000

Creasta  Sucess!

hehe ce vremuri frumoase


mibu - Nov 2, 2009 6:50 am Date Climbed: Jan 2, 1997

Long time ago  Sucess!

Peak climbed once in the winter (via normal main ridge route Cab. Sambata - Moldoveanu - Balea Lac) and once in the summer (complete main ridge Cab. Sambata - Moldoveanu - Negoiu - Turnu Rosu)


SzaniUherkovich - Jun 13, 2009 3:30 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2005

From Kisvist  Sucess!

From village Kisvist (elevation 644 m ASL), through the peak Nagy-Vist, to Moldoveanu. Back on the same day. The total elevation of the tour was 1900 m, with a length of 27 km.


eje138 - Mar 1, 2009 12:24 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2000

Route climbed: Orzanele valley - Vistea - Moldoveanu  Sucess!

Later (Aug 8, 2005) I climbed it again as part of a Fogaras main ridge trekking (Baraka).


andreeacorodeanu - Nov 13, 2008 9:34 am

Routes climbed  Sucess!

From Valea Sambetei-Vistea-Moldoveanu.
From Podragu.
In winter of 2008 I tried two times to climb it and I couldn't cause of the bad weather and avalanches but I will try again and next year :D.


HansG - Nov 5, 2008 2:41 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2007

From Podragul  Sucess!

End of very beatifull trip (From Refugiu Suru to Moldoveanu) and descent in a thunderstorm.

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