22 June 2024

Hike in the Făgăraș Mountains: Bâlea Refuge – Capra Saddle – Vânătoarea lui Buteanu

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Route

Bâlea Lac - Bâlea Lac
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Difficulty

Medium

Dear hikers,

We will start from the parking lot near Bâlea Tunnel Refuge and hike up the trail towards Iezerul Caprei Peak, from where we will have a splendid view of the Transfăgărășan, both to the north and south. We will continue towards Capra Saddle, then climb Vânătoarea lui Buteanu Peak and Capra Peak. After a well-deserved break, we will descend past Capra Lake towards the Salvamont center on the southern slope and then back to Bâlea Tunnel Refuge, where we started.
Throughout the hike, we will enjoy the blooming rhododendrons that will color the mountain red.

The hike is suitable ONLY for people with average or good physical condition and children aged 10-12 with mountain experience.

WHERE AND WHEN DO WE MEET?

We will meet in the morning at 7:30 AM in the DECATHLON store parking lot, at Shopping City Șelimbăr.
From there, we will travel by personal cars on the route: Sibiu – Bâlea Lake, where we will park in the parking lot at the southern entrance to the tunnel, near Bâlea Tunnel Refuge.

ROUTE INFORMATION

Distance: 7 km
Elevation gain: 720 m
Route difficulty: medium
Hiking duration: approximately 5-6 hours (including a 30-minute break at Capra Saddle).

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

High hiking boots with good grip
Season-appropriate clothing, including a waterproof outer layer; spare t-shirt or base layer
Small hiking backpack, bottle of hot tea/water, at least 1 liter, sunglasses
Snacks for breaks on the trail
Trekking poles, hat, and gaiters are essential

TRANSPORTATION

We can provide round-trip transport for a limited number of people. To reserve a spot, please contact us by phone at 0722-177001 after registering.
After the registration process is completed, the guide will create a WhatsApp group for us to organize/redistribute into cars.

COSTS

80 lei per adult or child over 14 years, 30 lei for children at least 10 years old.
The tour will take place with a minimum of 10 adult participants.
Children aged 10 and up can participate, provided they have mountain hiking experience and are accompanied by an adult. Parents are responsible for assessing the trail’s difficulty for their children.

GUIDE

Dumitru TROANCA – mountain tourism guide
Contact: 0722-177001

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Disclaimer:

For children under 14, participation in the hike is free, provided they are accompanied by an adult (parents are responsible for assessing the trail’s difficulty for their children).
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Note:

– The route configuration and length will be adjusted according to weather conditions and the homogeneity/heterogeneity of the group.
– The organizer (guide) reserves the right to refuse participants who are not appropriately equipped or who have inadequate physical condition.
– Tours are conducted under safe conditions and with a minimum number of participants. The organizer reserves the right to reschedule or cancel tours without prior notice if these conditions are not met.
– Ticket refunds are only provided in case the organizer (guide) cancels the hike.

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By participating in this event, I consent to being photographed. I acknowledge that the photos may be used for promotional purposes, both online and in printed materials, within the “Anii Drumeției” Program to promote it. I declare under my own responsibility that, to the best of my knowledge, I am physically capable of sustained physical effort during hiking events without jeopardizing my health in any way. My participation in this event is entirely voluntary, understanding the associated risks to which I expose myself.
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The “Anii Drumeției” Program is initiated and funded by the Sibiu County Council in collaboration with the Sibiu County Tourism Association. Its main purpose is to improve hiking infrastructure in the county and promote activities specific to ecotourism.

The date of the hike

22 June 2024

Starting point

Decathlon Șelimbăr

Departure time

07:30

Duration of the hike

6 ore

Difficulty

Medium

Cost / person

80 lei