Touristik Label - 307MN01: V. Oltului - Şaua Podragului - Curmătura Lerescu - Cabana Plaiul Foii


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From E81 European Road on the Olt River Valley in the direction Sibiu-Valcea, after the village of Boita, before entering the village of Lazaret, at the boundary between Sibiu and Valcea counties, there is a bridge that crosses the Olt to the east. Cross the bridge and continue north on the dirt road another 1.5 km until you reach a railway bridge. This is where the red stripe (RS) trail sign appears. Cross the railway and enter the forest to the east, climb towards the ridge on a less visible but well marked path. Walk through a clearing where you come across a forest road. Generally, the trail follows the ridge line through the woods. The constant climb takes you to the first peak, Bulzului Peak. Before the peak, cross onto the northwestern slope on an upward contour line, walk past several peaks and reach a saddle with a large meadow. Cross back towards the northwest through the forest, walk along the secondary ridge that climbs from the west and follow it until you reach an alpine area which offers a beautiful view of the Fagaras Mountains to the east and Lotru Mountains to the west. Continue on the northern slope and get out of the forest in a meadow, close to the alpine zone. The southern slope is steep and rocky, while the northern one is wooded and not very steep. From here, the route follows the ridge through the alpine zone, past Chica Pietrelor peak, crossing a trail that descends to Turnu Rosu marked with a signpost. Walk past another peak on the northern slope and reach a wide saddle, where the trail to Zanoaga Cainenilor continues to the south. After a few hundred meters, in a wide area, the trail to Greblesti splits to the south. Walk past Tataru Peak and descend to Apa Cumpanita Saddle, where there is a spring. On the southern slope, there is a small cottage, a mountain hut 200 m from our trail. The ridge continues east with small ascents and descents and we walk through an area with large stone slabs scattered on the ridge. Further away, the trail that descends to Suru continues north, over Moasa Ridge. Climb Cocoriciu Peak and reach Curmatura Suru Saddle, where you can descend to Suru Hut through Gavanu Glacial Cirque. From Curmatura Suru Saddle, walk along the contour line towards Curmatura Rosiilor Saddle or Budislavu Saddle, where you start the constant climb up Budislavu Peak, followed by a slight descent to Portita Avrigului Saddle. Further, descend to Avrig Lake and from the lake you can descend to Barcaciu Hut on Avrig Valley. The red stripe trail goes up, crossing the steep northern slope of Ciortea Peak to Garbova Saddle. The trail is exposed and sometimes difficult, especially in case of adverse weather conditions. From here, you can descend to Barcaciu Hut, walking below Scara Peak and then along Scara secondary ridge. Continue below Garbova Peak onto the southern slope to the broad saddle that precedes a long and stepped climb to Scara Peak. From here, descend along the ridge that sometimes becomes narrower to Puha saddle, where there is also a Mountain Rescue Hut. From here, you can descend to either Barcaciu Hut through Puha Glacial Cirque or to Negoiu Hut through Serbota Glacial Cirque. You can also walk down to Salatrucu village, to the south, through Topolog Valley. Climb and cross the two Mazgavu peaks and descend into a broad plateau, where you climb up Serbota Peak. You can descend to Negoiu Hut along Serbota edge. To the east, there is an impressive view of one of the most rugged and wild ridge portions of the Fagaras, Custura Saratii knife-like ridge and Negoiu Peak. Descend the narrow and steep edge, where the most exposed areas are equipped with chains, and after a short horizontal portion, go onto the northern slope. There are several ups and downs equipped with chains and cables that take you back to the ridge. The route becomes easier and then, there is a steep climb to a prominent peak equipped with chains. Cross to the northern slope and reach Cleopatra Saddle. To avoid the exposed and difficult trail along Custura Saratii knife-like ridge you can follow the yellow stripe trail from Serbota Peak: descend the inclined dale to Caldarea Pietroasa Glacial Cirque that you cross to the east. Come across the red triangle trail, start the steep ascent along the edge of a stream, sometimes a rather exposed and sloping ascent. The yellow stripe trail ends in Cleopatra Saddle. From here, you can descend to Negoiu Hut on Saratii Valley (blue triangle) or to Salatrucu village on Topolog Valley (red triangle). A constant climb takes you up to Negoiu Peak, the second highest peak in Romania. Descend parallel to the ridge to a fork, where you can go down south and walk around Varful dintre Strungi Peak and its steep slopes to Doamnei Saddle. To the north, there is the steep and difficult Strunga Dracului chimney crack, equipped with chains. This section is closed due to the danger of rock fall and because the chains the trail was equipped with were destroyed by massive rock falls in the area. Descend along the yellow stripe trail to the south, first in a constant descent, and then continue to the east to Caldarea Berbecilor Glacial Cirque. From here, climb back to the ridge in Strunga Doamnei chimney crack, which is equipped with chains on the first section that is more difficult. Both routes come together in the northern glacial cirque below Negoiu Peak. From here, you can cross through Strunga Ciobanului chimney crack to Negoiu Hut. Continue eastward and descend to Caltun Lake through Portita Caltun Saddle. The old Caltun Mountain Hut is near Caltun Lake and the new mountain hut is located on a small threshold to the northeast. From the lake, you can descend to Caltun Valley and the Transfagarasan high alpine road, at Piscul Negru Hotel, or you can cross Paltinul Valley and get to the south exit of the tunnel on the Transfagarasan road, near Cota 2000 Mountain Rescue Hut. From Caltun, there is a constant and long climb up to Laita Peak, located to the northeast. Descend to Laitel Saddle and cross a difficult section equipped with chains and cables. Walk around Laita Peak, on its southern slope, get onto the northern slope and continue through a rugged section. From here, there is an exposed southern section below Custura Turnul Paltinului knife-like ridge, followed by a rocky area. Reach a high plateau south of Paltinu Peak and from here, you can either descend towards Balea Lake Hut or continue along the main ridge over Balea Ridge and Iezerul Caprei Peak. From here, you can go down to the south, on a steep and wet dale, to the south exit of the tunnel on the Transfagarasan. From Balea Lake Hut, a constant ascent to the east takes you up to Capra Saddle. From the saddle, you can climb to the north-northeast to Vanatoarea lui Buteanu Peak. From the saddle, go down to Capra Lake, where there is a monument dedicated to the mountaineers. From here, you can descend to the southeast and get to the Transfagarasan high alpine road or to the southwest and walk through Moara Dracilor (Devils’ Mill) and get to Cota 2000 Mountain Rescue Hut. From the lake, descend eastward into the suspended glacial cirque below Arpasel Ridge and continue below Arpasel-Vartopel knife-like ridge. Climb on a grassy foot and get to the main ridge, in the place called Fereastra Zmeilor (The Dragons’ Window). From here, you can descend towards the northeast and cross the northern glacial cirques directly to Podragu Hut past Podragel Lake. From Fereastra Zmeilor, continue on the narrow and rugged ridge. This is an exposed section equipped with cables and chains in its most difficult portions. This difficult section is called "Three Steps from Death". Get onto the northern slope of the mountain below Arpasu Mic Peak, descend to a small glacial cirque and climb back onto the ridge, to the place called "The Iron Pole", where the ridge narrows. Climb up Arpasu Mare Peak and cross the ridge that connects it to Mirca Peak. From here, go down along a secondary ridge to Mirca Lake, walk past the ruins of a mountain hut destroyed by avalanche and continue on the southern slope of Podragu Peak until you reach Podragu Saddle. From the saddle, you can descend south to Buda Valley ang get to the Transfagarasan high alpine road. You can also descend north to Podragu Hut. The trail continues along the ridge, generally on its southern slope and takes you to an area where the ridge becomes narrower, Orzanele Saddle. From here, there is a constant ascent towards Vistea Mare Peak, the third highest peak in Romania. From Orzanele saddle, you can go down on Buda Valley and get to the Transfagarasan. If you walk for 30 more minutes from Vistea Mare Peak, you can continue south along the knife-like ridge that takes you to the highest peak in Romania, Moldoveanu Peak. From Moldoveanu Peak, you can continue south, where there are several trails that descend to Rea Valley, Buda Valley or along the southern summits, Scarisoara and Coastele Mari. From Vistea Mare Peak, continue eastward and descend to Vistea Saddle, where you will find a Mountain Rescue Hut. From Vistea Saddle, the trail continues over Hartopu Ursului Peak, then along the southern slope of the mountain, below Galbenele and Galasescu Mare peaks and climbs up Galasescu Mic Peak. From this peak, the trail descends to Fereastra Mica a Sambetei u-shaped saddle, where you will find a Mountain Rescue Hut. You can descend directly to Valea Sambetei Hut through Fereastra Mica or you can walk south below Slanina Peak and get to Fereastra Mare u-shaped saddle, where you can descend to Valea Sambetei Hut. From Fereastra Mare a Sambetei u-shaped saddle, walk eastward and climb several peaks until you get below Cheia Bandei Peak. From here, two trails continue together over Cheia Bandei Peak, one continues along the ridge and descends to the village of Lisa and the other one descends westward towards Valea Sambetei Hut. Walk to the south, below Varful lui Mogos Peak. From the saddle located on the eastern side of this peak, a trail continues over Urlea Peak and descends to the village of Breaza, past the former Urlea Hut. Continue to the south-southeast below the ridge, on the southern slope of the mountain, and get to a small saddle. From here, you can descend north to Urlea Lake or to the mountain hut near the lake, or you can continue towards the former Urlea Hut. Gradually climb from the saddle and reach the ridge again, a knife-like section of the ridge. The ridge suddenly turns eastward. From this point, if you go west, you reach the Dara Peak and Hartopu Peak, both more than 2,500 meters above sea level. Continue eastward and after several ups and downs and a longer descent, reach Curmatura Zarnei Saddle, where there is also a Mountain Rescue Hut. If you walk north-northwest, you can go down to Curmatura Mosului Saddle and the former Urlea Hut. From the saddle, the winding trail climbs up and gets below Zarna Peak and then reaches the ridge. Turn to the south-southeast, continue on the souther slope and walk below Ludisor Peak. Descend on the wide grassland and reach Curmatura Bratilei Saddle, where you find a Mountain Rescue Hut. From here, you can descend to the north and get to the village of Dejani. From Curmatura Bratilei Saddle you can also walk south towards Iezer-Papusa Massif. Climb further and reach Curmatura Vladului Saddle, continue on the southern slope, below the peaks rising from the main ridge and get below Berevoescu Mare Peak. From here, continue northward and you can descend along Scoarta edge to the villages of Malinis or Recea (over Piciorul Batran secondary ridge). After 10 minutes, if you follow the trail to the north, you get to the Mountain Rescue Hut, which is in a much better condition than the old mountain rescue hut south of the trail. The ridge becomes wide and gentle, walk past Lutelor Saddle, easily descend and walk below Comisu Peak (there is a mountain rescue hut close to the peak). Continue the gradual descent and get to an area with dwarf mountain pines, in Comisu Saddle, where you can descend to the north, on Sebes Valley, and reach the villages of Malinis or Margineni. Climb up Lerescu Peak and continue through an area which is increasingly covered by vegetation and go into the forest. Walk through several meadows and reach a logging area. To the south, there is an area of massive logging. Cross several forest roads that reach the area around the ridge. Orientation might be difficult in this area. From Curmatura Lerescului Mic Saddle, go down through the woods and reach Rudarita Forest Lodge. From Curmatura Lerescului Saddle, there are two options. One trail continues along the ridge to Curmatura Foii Saddle and then descends to Plaiul Foii Hut. Due to massive logging in this area, this trail is not recommended as the path gets lost through the chaotic vegetation and deforestation debris. The easiest way is to descend north from Lerescului Saddle until you reach the intersection with the forest road that continues east to Rudarita Forest Lodge and then follow the forest road for about 9 km to Plaiul Foii Hut.


Valea Fratelui/Valea Oltului - Curmătura Surului - Vf. Şerbota - Bâlea Lac - Şaua Podragului - Fereastra Mare a Sâmbetei - Curmătura Brătilei - Curmătura Lerescu - Cantonul Rudăriţa - Cabana Plaiul Foii




Good trail markers. The route is dangerous in winter from Curmatura Lerescului Saddle to Cabana Plaiul Foii Chalet.


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V. Oltului - Şaua Podragului - Curmătura Lerescu - Cabana Plaiul Foii in Braşov, Sibiu, Argeş, Vâlcea, Făgăraş is a hard hiking trail.
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