About 1.5 km upstream of Campusel, DN66A national road crosses a bridge over Sarba creek – one of the streams that later make up Jiu de Vest river – in a 360-degree turn. A forest road veers off to the right 400 m further. Follow this road, walk past several side roads which remain to the right and about 400 m further from DN66A the road bends sharply to the right and a bad tractor road continues straight ahead. Walk up this road along a dry valley. The road gets even worse as you climb and it turns into a path, which is used by shepherds. Get out of the forest and reach Soarbele sheepfold. From here, climb one of the many paths used by shepherds and sheep (no trail markers) and walk past a water-filled sinkhole, with spruce trees and dwarf pine shrubs on the sides (Taul fara Fund – The Bottomless Lake). There is a steep limestone wall on your right. Climb approx. 1.5 km from the sheepfold and get to a smaller sheepfold, next to a temporary lake and a meadow with beautiful creek meanders. This is the last place where you find water. Turn right and climb the grassy edge that separates Soarbele valley from a dry valley, a tributary of Iarului valley. The view from the edge becomes more and more beautiful. To the left, you can see Zanoaga Soarbele lake and to the right, Piatra Iorgovanului rock formation. Climb the edge towards the ridge. Don’t climb the peak on the edge, but walk around it (right) along the contour line, heading straight to Paltina saddle, marked with a metal signpost.
|2 - 3 h|
|2 - 3 h|