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  • DAY 5. PODRAGU CHALET (2136M) – PODRAGU SADDLE – MOLDOVEANU PEAK (2544M) – VALEA SAMBETEI CHALET (1401M). DURATION: 10-11 HRS; LENGTH: 14 KM; CLIMB: 1200 M; DESCENT: 1700 M.
Day 5. Podragu chalet (2136m) – Podragu Saddle – Moldoveanu Peak (2544m) – Valea Sambetei Chalet (1401m). Duration: 10-11 hrs; length: 14 km; climb: 1200 m; descent: 1700 m.

We continue the main ridge to east in a long day. First hike back to Podragu saddle, then the main focus is Moldoveanu Peak (2544m), the highest from Romania. We are able to see trapeze shape of it since we get closer on the level curve trail which goes round few peaks over 2400m. After the last saddle a hike of 150m reach Vistea Mare Peak (2527m), then in 15 min we reach the summit of Romanian Carpathians.  We go back to Vistea Mare Peak in order to continue the main ridge. Steep descent to Portita Vistei saddle (2310m), we leave the ridge and follow the level curve up to Galasescu Saddle (2291m), between the two ridges with close names. The trail continues on the southern exposure up to Fereastra Mica a Sambetei Saddle (22191m), and then a steep descent follows the way down to Sambata valley. We reach the chalet in the late afternoon.

Accommodation in 1* mountain chalet (rooms with several beds, spring fresh water, outdoor restrooms).