Fagaras is the biggest, highest and probably most sought mountain massif in Romania in the summer months, while in winter it becomes a challenge. The range it is not called for nothing the Transylvanian Alps.
At its middle point, on a South to North perpendicular axe, the “most beautiful road in the world”, Transfagarasn, crosses the mountain.
This tour takes you on this road up to one of the hidden gems of Fagaras mountains – the canyon called Valea lui Stan (Stan’s Valley). You just cannot enjoy too much this narrow canyon with huge walls and lots of waterfalls. Its climb is secured with metal cables and ladders which makes it all the more interesting.
Additionally, this tour will take us through:
- “the most beautiful road in the world”, Transfagarasan, as it was called a couple years ago by the Top Gear TV series;
- the most spectacular and highest dam in Romania, built on the river Arges.
- Curtea de Arges, a beautiful mountain small city which use to be a capital city for the early medieval kingdom predecessor to modern Romania. We will visit the beautiful orthodox monastery where the German kings of Romania are buried.
|Estimated duration of hike||around 6 hours|
|Elevation gained||about 500 m|
|Individual equipment needed||
|Accommodation||It is not the case. It is a one day tour. We will be returning at the end of the day.|
|Meals||We will eat dinner at a restaurant on the return way but some sandwiches and a couple of chocolate bars and/or biscuits will help.|
|INCLUDED|| Transport from and to Bucharest by car
Professional Mountain Guide
Entrance fees in Curtea de Arges
|NOT INCLUDED|| Other meals
Pieces of individual equipment
|Discount policy||For group bookings we apply a discount based on the number of the participants. Please book the tour and/or contact us to negotiate the discount.|
Other good to know issues:
- Water is not a problem along the route.
- This tour is available also for the winter months but additional gear is needed.
We take the highway towards Pitesti and then Curtea de Arges lovely city. In half an hour we will be then at the beginning of the Transfagarasan road. We will leave the car at a bend in the road and start our hiking tour. We slowly gain height following the river until the trail forces us to the steep banks and then it all starts: the first waterfalls and ladders and bridges come into view. Be prepared with the camera while paying attention where you put your feet on. You will want to take pictures at every corner.
And it goes like this, for about more than an hour. We might even need to pass through the water at some points along the route.
Finally, we feel sorry for actually finishing the canyon route. The remaining route takes us back in an arch to the most impressive dam lake. We must stop to see it, the vertical drop is huge. Then, by following the road, we descend to the cars.
On the return way, after having a late lunch, we will stop in Curtea de Arges to visit the orthodox monastery, which is one of the cultural and historical hallmarks of Romania.
We estimate to arrive in Bucharest by 20.00-21.00, depending on the traffic.