Touristik Label - 301MN30: Fundata - Vârful Bucşa - Cabana Padina

Trail 30 (red stripe) is a medium/difficult route, appropriate for those familiar with differences in elevation of almost 2,000 m, with winding ups and downs, but very rewarding. The trail starts from Fundata commune, crosses the village of Fundatica and climbs on Sleaul Mandrului to Fiarelor Saddle, which separates the Bucegi Mountains from the Leaota Mountains. Walk past several peaks with elevations below 2,000 m (Sfantul Ilie, Piscul Lacului, Bucsa and Strungile Mici peaks) and the saddles between them (Dudele and Strungulita saddles) and walk below Strunga Fangs to get into Strunga Saddle, where the trail descends below Mount Colti at Padina Hut (1,509 m).
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Trail Details

Difficulty
medium/hard
Distance
20,44km
Duration
5:30-7:00h
Ascent
1070m
Descent
820m
Peak
1935m

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Directions

From the center of Fundata commune follow a road for articulated tractors down to Fundatica, turn left on the main road for 800 meters and then right next to a water catchment station. Climb on Sleahul Mandrului, walk past the second water catchment point and follow the road until it is replaced by a path. Climb on the eastern slope of Mount Santilia to the saddle west of it and then on the western slope of Sfantul Ilie Peak to reach Fiarelor Saddle (1,794 m). Cross the eastern slope of Sfantul Ilie Peak (1,888 m) on the contour line and follow the ridge line over two peaks to climb Mount Dudele and get into Dudele Saddle. Descend into the next saddle and climb Bucsa Peak (1,846 m). Walk down to Bucsa Saddle and climb east to Strungulita Saddle. Continue on a slightly downward contour line, to the north, below Coltii Strungii, and get into Strunga Saddle. Walk down on the left slope of Coteanu Valley (below Mount Colti), along the signposts and then the road for articulated tractors takes you past Strunga sheepfold to Padina Hut (1,509 m).

Stages

Fundata - sat Fundăţica - Curmătura Fiarelor - Vârful Bucşa - Şaua Strunga - Cabana Padina

Description

One of the most picturesque and idyllic villages in Romania is waiting for you in one of the places where Transylvania and Muntenia intertwine, watching over the entire region bordered by Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains. Fundata commune is the highest in our country and the view from 1,360 meters is really spectacular.

The fresh air and the absolutely delightful landscapes of the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului make it a destination in itself, but also an excellent starting point for the high ridges of the Bucegi Mountains. It is also the case for this scenic route, with significant differences in elevation, which trains the physical condition of the hiker, but offers unique horizons to rejoice the soul.

From the center of Fundata commune, walk about 2 km down to the center of Fundatica village, leaving the image of the sharp ridges of the Piatra Craiului in the back, and follow the red stripe trail going up on Sleaul Mandrului and then on the eastern slope of Mount Santilia up to the saddle located at 1,794 m, generically named Curmatura Fiarelor Saddle, which separates the Bucegi Mountains from the Leaota Mountains.

On the contour line, cross the eastern slope of Sfantul Ilie Peak (1,888 m) (burned by a fire in 2012), follow the ridge line over two peaks and climb Mount Dudele in Dudele Saddle between Dudele Mari (1,954 m) and Dudele Mici (1,904 m). Continue along the ridge and climb Bucsa Peak (1,846 m), get into Bucsa Saddle and then Strungulita Saddle.

On a slightly descending contour line, below Strunga Fangs, you reach Strunga Saddle in 10-15 minutes. Strunga mountain hut is located 5 minutes away and can be used in case of need. From here, descend 1½ hours on the left slope of Coteanu Valley (Mount Colti) to Strunga sheepfold and Padina Hut (1,509 m). Padina is an important hub for the trails in the area, a place to rest or relax that can be reached by any means of transport.

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Fundata - Vârful Bucşa - Cabana Padina in Bucegi-Leaota, Braşov, Argeş, Dâmboviţa is a medium/hard hiking trail.
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