6-day Backcountry skiing in Romania: Retezat, Fagaras Mountains

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Join Cosmin, an IFMGA-certified local guide, on a unique backcountry skiing trip in the stunning Fagaras and Retezat Mountains in Romania.

Carpathian Mountains

6 Days

Mar

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Enjoy a unique backountry skiing trip in an off-the beaten-path destination
  • Slide down on spectacular powder and explore stunning mountains
  • Discover the best runs along an experienced local guide

Description

I invite you to join me for a great 6-day backcountry skiing trip in Romania, exploring the Bucegi Mountains, the  spectacular Fagaras Mountains and the Retazat Mountains. 

The Fagaras are the highest peaks of the Southern Carpathians range -also known as the Transylvanian Alps- and they are a famous skiing destination. During the winter season, this stunning alpine environment offers many ski touring possibilities, both for intermediate and experienced skiers, departing from the Balea Cascada cable car station.

For a 6-day backcountry skiing trip in Romania, a combination of Bucegi Mountains (1 day), Fagaras (3 days) and Retezat Mountains (2 days)  would be ideal, but our itinerary will depend on the conditions at the time of your trip. From the airport we would transfer to Sinaia, a town and mountain resort close to the Bucegi Mountains, before heading to the Fagaras. You can check the tentative day-by-day itinerary below and check more options on the Extra Info box.

We always dedicate the first day to reviewing basic winter risk awareness, avalanche search and rescue, before heading out into the backcountry. We will close the first day with some easy runs to figure out the level of the group.

The Retezat Mountains are also part of the South Carpathians and they are another great backcountry skiing destination. However, as they are not too high, good snow conditions are not always guaranteed here. In that case we would spend the 6 days in the Fagaras, where good conditions are always guaranteed.

The best time for this trip would be March, as the weather is quite stable, snow is usually good and settled, allowing the perfect conditions for a great backcountry skiing trip.

During this trip, we will be staying at mountain huts in Retezat and in a 3-star hotel when we are in the Fagaras Mountains.

Send me a request if you want to enjoy an amazing backcountry skiing week in Romania! Book your trip and join me on this great program. I also guide a 5-day ski touring trip in the Fagaras Mountains.

Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival in Romania -Transfer to Sinaia

Arrival in Bucharest or other airport (like Targu Mures, Cluj Napoca or Sibiu). Transfer to Sinaia, overnight at hotel. I can charter a transport or you can arrange that by yourselves. Very early arrival in Bucharest and early transfer to Sinaia will allow you to visit Peles Castle (early afternoon closure). We can meet late in the evening at the hotel.

Day 1: Sinaia-Bucegi Mountains

Easy warm up day on slope and then off-piste, chairlift assisted. We will have an avalanche rescue refresher and maybe a bit of touring if we still have time, all in the Sinaia – Busteni area. Overnight at hotel in Sinaia.

Day 2: Fagaras Mountains - Balea

We transfer to Balea early in the morning and take the cable car. Check in at hotel in Balea and then set out on a tour on the first day. On Days 3 and 4 we also enjoy ski touring day trips with overnights at Balea.

Day 5: Retezat Mountains

We take the cable car back down and then drive to the Retezat Mountains. We then hike and ski to the hut (self catered one – better location or catered one); overnight at hut.Day 6: (Retezat Mountains) ski tour then overnight at hut

Day 7: Ski tour or Transfer to Town

Today we could enjoy  another ski tour and overnight at hutor descend back and transfer to town. It is unlikely that you can catch a flight today, except in the evening.

 

Details

Accommodation

-In Retezat we will be staying either at a self-catering hut (need to carry own food and stove) or at a catered hut (a bit lower, still hut style accommodation and basic food). -In Fagaras we will stay at a 3-star hotel with showers in the rooms, central heating and restaurant.

More info

The itinerary proposed above is tentative and we can adapt it to your available time and wishes. You can see other options below: -We could combine only Bucegi and Fagaras - most feasible especially if you fly in via Bucharest or Targu Mures. -If you fly in to Cluj Napoca (3-4hrs drive from Balea or Retezat) we could start with Retezat then move to Fagaras or we can do only Fagaras or Fagars and Retezat. -If you fly in to Sibiu (1h drive from Balea) then we can either do only Fagaras or combine Fagaras and Retezat.


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About the guide

I'm an IFMGA guide from Romania and a member of the Eastern European Mountain Guide Association.

With two decades and a half spent doing mountain sports and nearly a decade guiding or teaching climbing my work and passion has taken me from the mountains and crags near home to the greater ranges.

Please feel free to get in touch for trips involving trekking, climbing, skiing or expeditions. I also run climbing courses (rock, ice, mixed and alpine), ski touring and winter safety workshops as well as self rescue in vertical terrain clinics.

Regular climbs from sport to multi-pitch and alpine terrain are charged on per-day rates plus expenses while expeditions are charged on a flat rate based on the size of the group and the destination.

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 purposes the following languages: English, Romanian, French and Italian and for teaching purposes English and Romanian.


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