Rodna Mountains (Romania)

Duration 5 days
Date
Difficulty Hard
Route Borsa Complex – wtrf. Cailor – lk. Lacul – m. Galatului – ref. La Carti – m. Buhaiescu Mic – m. Pietrosul – lk. Iezer – Borsa
Distance 37 km
Price 100€






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Our route runs through the amazing Cascada Cailor Waterfall (the highest in the Eastern Carpathians, 95 m / 311 ft high), the cave of La Havan, several lakes and peaks with panoramic views. We will visit the highest point of the Rodna Alps – Mount Pietrosul (2 303 m / 7555 ft). From the top, we’ll be watching especially warmly towards the Ukrainian Carpathians. And there will be a lot of fantastic landscapes because most of the time we will be hiking along the mountain ridge without descending into the forest.

Four nights in the Romanian Carpathians is serious! We will spend the first night not far from the waterfall Caylor. There are a lot of one-day hikers near it during the day, but in the evening and in the morning it will all ours. On the second night, we will put a tent near the lake. The third camp is in a simple but cosy wooden shelter at an altitude of 1,830 m. The fourth night is near the lake and meteorological station (there is an option to stay at a paid shelter).

It is in Romania that most of the Carpathians are located. These mountains are tall, wild and beautiful. Lakes, caves, waterfalls, steep slopes and cliffs. They are relatively unpopular, spacious and large.

This is home to many plant and animal species. In the summer, the slopes are bright pink because of the flowering rhododendron. Probably, we will be lucky enough to see a mountain goat, black forest squirrel or marmot. Also, bears, lynxes, and wolves live there, but they (fortunately) prefer to skip the tourist routes.

Sheep breeding is very spread in the Romanian mountains. We will surely see sheep on the slopes, accompanied by big curly dogs and Romanian shepherds. 

 

ROUTE

Day 1: town Solotvyno – Ukrainian-Romaninan border Sighetu-Marmaţiei – tourcomplex Borșa – Cailor waterfall (95 м);

Day 2: lake Lacul;

Day 3: mount Galatului 2048 m – refuge La Carti;

Day 4: mount Rebra, 2119 m – mount Buhaiescu Mic, 2224 m – mount Pietrosul , 2303 m – lake Iezer;

Day 5: meteostationtown Borșa Sighetu-Marmaţiei – Ukrainian-Romanian border – town Solotvyno.

1 DAY

 4 km  +430 m


Through the forest and wide fields, we are heading to an incredible, almost 100-meter cascading waterfall Kaylor. Water is falling loudly by levels, the highest among which reaches 18 m in height.

Some of us can climb to the hard-to-reach cave La Havana, located above the waterfall. The cave is shallow, but it’s a good spot for some climbing experience. 

This place is very popular among those travelling in Romania. Not far away there is a lift, which regularly supplies new portions of tourists to a height of 1,300 meters. We are camping here, so we have the advantage – in the evening and early in the morning we will enjoy the waterfall alone.

Only on the first evening, we will be able to make a fire, in the next few days we cook food on a gas burner.

2 DAY

 3 km  +450 m


On the second day, we’ll climb above the forest line and will be enjoying the alpine scenery for the next 4 days.

The slopes of the mountain ridge are covered with rhododendron in the summer. You can see this flower on the emblem of the Rodnyansk National Park.

3 DAY

13 km  +690 m


 

4 DAY

 9 km  +600 m


5 DAY

 8 km   -1100 m


 

Place of start: Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine or Sighetu-Marmatiei, Borsa in Romania.

From IF we take a bus and get to Solotvyno, where we cross the Ukrainian-Romanian border by feet. Then from Sighetu-Marmatiei we take a bus to Borsa, which is the starting point of hiking.

 Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine or Sighetu-Marmatiei, Borsa in Romania.