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3-day Winter ascent on Lespezi (Caltun) North Face, Fagaras Mountains

Climbing Lespezi

Join Cristina, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, for this 3-day winter ascent of Lespezi in the Fagaras Mountains. It's a tough yet rewarding climb in the heart of Romania!


Carpathian Mountains

3 Days

Jan, Feb, Dec




  • Unique mountaineering objective tucked away in Romania
  • Explore the beautiful landscapes of Romania's Carpathian Mountains
  • Experienced guide with knowledge of the route


Explore the winter landscapes of Romania during this mountaineering trip to the summit of Lespezi!

At 2,516 meters, Lespezi is among the highest mountains in Romania. Located within the Fagaras, a range in the Southern Carpathian Mountains, this is a challenging climb with a tough approach and complicated descent, particularly during the winter when we can expect snowy and icy conditions.

We will meet at Balea Cascada, aiming for an early departure on the first cable car up the mountain. After arriving at Balea Lake and warming up with a cup of tea, we begin the trek to Caltun Refuge, which we expect to take 4-6 hours. Once we arrive at the rustic refuge, have a quick dinner before turning in for an early night.

We begin our summit push early the next morning, choosing our line up the wall based on conditions. After conquering the wall, we traverse a ridge to reach the summit. We then abseil back down to Caltun Refuge for our second night on the mountain. The following day, we descend back down to Balea Lake and take the cable car back down.

This is a tough climb that requires previous mountaineering experience and solid fitness. For super fit climbers, it is possible to complete the entire trip in 2 days if conditions are favorable.

Book now for a rewarding experience climbing to the summit of Lespezi as you discover the lovely alpine landscapes of this charming country!

Join me on other snowy adventures: 5-day ski touring program in the Carpathian Mountains, Climb the Freshfield Arete in a day, Tour Ronde, Mont Blanc, or 1-day Aiguilles Marbrées Traverse in Chamonix-Mont Blanc!


Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Not included: Lift expenses, personal equipment, personal insurance, accommodation and meals, guide's accommodation and meals on the mountain, fee of 0.35 cents/km for roundtrip transport Baia Mare. Price for 2-day climb: 600 Euro for group of 1, or 300 Euro per person (600 Euro total) for group of 2.



Caltun Refuge - a rustic shelter with no staff or amenities

Meeting point

Balea Cascada cable car

About the guide

I'm an IFMGA mountain guide from Romania and a member of the Austrian Mountain Guides Association (VOBS) and the East European Mountain Guides Association(EEMGA).

My passions are alpinism, rock and ice climbing and ski touring. Over the last decade and a half I have climbed and skied all corners of the World, spent numerous seasons guiding in the Himalayas, New Zealand, Alps and the Carpathians Mountains.

My primary concern as your guide is your safety. With that comes a great deal of fun, learning and engaging in experiences that will be memorable for a lifetime. I hope to have the opportunity to climb with you and help you achieve climbs, summits and experiences not yet imagined!

I have a very strict policy on guide-to-guest ratios for all types of terrain and these are clearly explained prior to engagement. For multi pitch climbs it is usually 1:1 and it never exceeds 1:2. For single pitch venues (especially on instructional outings) it never exceeds 1:4. Higher ratios are possible with the hiring of additional guides and only following prior arrangements. For treks and ski tours the ratios are more generous but depending on the terrain and/or the group’s experience.

I am comfortable in using for guiding and teaching purposes the following languages: English and Romanian.
Contact me for availability, rates or to customize a program to help you achieve your climbing goals.


Romanian | English




Romania, France, New Zealand

What people are saying about Cristina Pogacean

Miika Oksanen


July, 2022

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September, 2018

The BEST weekend with the most glorious guide!! Cristina is a GEM 💎 - the perfect mix of expert guide and hopefully friend-for-life ⛰. Thank you as ever for going above and beyond to give me the very best experience 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻


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