The thing we like most about this place is that it feels more like a home than an accommodation. The rooms are cosy, the view amazing and the food great.
If you choose it as a start point you can come by foot or car from Porumbacu de Sus for about 22 km on a bad forestry road, then climb a steep trail through the forest marked with a blue triangle. There is a place where people can leave their cars, past an abandoned quarry.
The chalet is very big, the food and beer relatively cheap and the rooms have the most amazing view.
Accessing the ridge can be done in three ways:
- west, over Puha ridge, to Scara Peak
- straight over Serbota ridge
- towards Negoiu Peak, through Sărata valley and the northern caldera under Negoiu. You can either climb straight to the peak or go to Călţun lake through Strunga Ciobanului (the shepherd’s pass).
|Getting to the ridge from Negoiu Chalet|
We saw our first bears in Făgăraş from Negoiu Chalet.
|Negoiu Peak and Custura Saratii, seen from Negoiu Chalet|
|Brown bear across the valley|
|A view of the sunset from Negoiu Chalet|
|Scara Peak above the clouds|
|Serbota ridge and Negoiu Chalet|
|Spider web decorations after a rain|
The blue triangle trail, going straight to Cleopatra's saddle, roughly follows the same altitude to the Sărata caldera beneath Negoiu Peak. Just before the caldera, big blueberry bushes will surely delay you for a while :)
|The cadera beneath Negoiu Peak|
|A view of Serbota ridge and Sarata valley from the caldera|
|Negoiu Chalet and the Olt river|