Făgăraș Mountains

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Munții Făgăraș
Hungarian: Fogaras hegység
Muntii Fagarasului, harta turistica si a reliefului.jpg
Relief map - Tourist Map
Highest point
Elevation2,544 m (8,346 ft)
Parent rangeCarpathians
OrogenyAlpine orogeny
Age of rockMostly Triassic
Făgăraș Ridge

Făgăraș Mountains (Romanian: Munții Făgărașului [ˈmuntsij fəɡəˈraʃuluj] , Hungarian: Fogaras hegység [ˈfoɡɒrɒʃ hɛɟˈʃeːɡ]), are the highest mountains of the Southern Carpathians, in Romania. The highest peaks are:

  • Moldoveanu 2,544 m
  • Negoiu 2,535 m
  • Viștea Mare 2,527 m
  • Lespezi 2,516 m
  • Cornul Călțunului 2,510 m
  • Vânătoarea lui Buteanu 2,507 m
  • Hârtopul Darei 2,506 m
  • Dara 2,501 m
  • Scărișoara Mare 2,495 m
  • Mușetescu 2,495 m
  • Capra 2,494 m
  • Roșu 2,489 m
  • Negoiu Mic 2,485 m
  • Podragu 2,482 m
  • Urlea 2,473 m

They are bordered in the north by the Făgăraș Depression, through which the Olt river flows, and in the west by the Olt Valley (Valea Oltului). Most people wanting to hike on the Moldoveanu leave from the town of Victoria, in other areas Făgăraș Mountains - Arpasu de Jos, Porumbacu de Jos, Avrig. Despite its name, Făgăraș, located 20 km to the north, is not the nearest town to the mountain range. Other important cities are Brașov and Sibiu.[1]

A road called the Transfăgărășan runs across the Făgăraș Mountains. It is generally open only between June and September, due to unfavorable weather conditions in the rest of the year.

You can find many glacier lakes in the Făgăraș Mountains. Bâlea (2034 m, 46,508 m2, 11.35 m deep) is the largest lake. The highest lake is in the Hărtopul Leaotei glacial valley. The deepest glacial lake is Podragu (2140 m, 28,550 m2 15.5 m deep). Other lakes: Urlea (2170 m, 20,150 m2), Capra (2230 m, 18,340 m2).

The Făgăraș Mountains are a very popular hiking, trekking and skiing destination in Romania. In the vicinity of the Negoiu, and in the central part of the band take the rocky nature of the mountains, and reaching the main ridge trail there are technical difficulties and exposure. Somewhat difficult part of the trail is a "Three steps from the death" running the main ridge by ridge Custura Arpaşului the lake (in Romanian Lacul) Capra (2230 m). Also a bit challenging is one of the ways to Negoiu - Strunga Dracului. The most difficult section of the ridge Custura Sărăţii between Șerbota (2331 m above sea level) and Şaua Cleopatrei pass (2355 m). At the root of the fire is under Șerbota several meters of steel cable handrail, on the other part there are no artificial enhancements.


In the heart of Romania, at 45°35′N 24°45′E / 45.583°N 24.750°E / 45.583; 24.750.

Panoramic view from Sibiu


The most used access points to the mountains are:
- Transfăgărășan, by car

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  1. ^ Vorhees, M. (2009). Eastern Europe. Lonely Planet. p. 705. ISBN 9781741048544. Retrieved 2015-02-26.

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