Trail 54 (red stripe) goes through a significant part of the eastern part of the ridge of the Bucegi Mountains, descending mildly and gradually in places, from Omu Peak to Strunga Saddle and on along the left slope of Coteanu Valley (below Mount Colti) to Padina Hut.
This trail requires moderate physical fitness, poses orientation difficulties in unfavorable weather conditions, and provides no water sources, but nevertheless, it offers a spectacular ‘piece’ of the wilderness and beauty of these mountains. The path begins at an elevation of 2,500 m and descends to Ialomita Valley at 1,500 m, with many lookout points on the way.
From Omu Hut (2,507 m), the trail descends parallel to the trail to Pestera (blue stripe) and Babele (yellow stripe), around the western side of Bucura Dumbrava Peak, and then it runs below Gavanele Peak over the upper cirque of Cerbului Valley, which opens to the left. It continues along a path covered with limestone pebbles, nearly horizontal at the beginning and then in a steep descent, below Doamnele Ridge, over the huge limestone block of Mecetul Turcesc and leaving the upper cirque of Obarsia Ialomitei Valley down to the left.
Soon reach the eastern saddle of Doamnele Ridge (1 ½ hours away from Omu Peak), right in the south of Doamnele Peak (2,401 m). From here, you can admire Gaura Valley, watched over by Mount Doamnele to the left, Omu Peak in the extreme east and Mount Scara and Gaura to the right.
Continue along the ridge of this mountain in a slight ascent and then zig-zag down to Doamnele Saddle, where you get to the intersection with trail 44 (yellow dot), which leads to Pestera Hotel. From this point, the path crosses Mount Batrana, through clusters of dwarf pines, to Gutanu Peak and further to Batrana Saddle, where it gets to the intersection with trail 28 (red triangle) and descends along the eastern side of Batrana Peak (2,181 m).
In favorable visibility conditions, you can climb to Batrana Peak, whence you can see: to the N - Mount Gaura with Lancia Peak (2,275 m) and Podul Spintecaturilor Peak (2,380 m) to the right; to the NNE - the plateau of Scara Peak (2,421 m) and Padina Crucii Peak; to the NE - Omu Peak, Bucura Peak (apparently taller than Omu Peak) to the right and Gavanele Peak (2,472 m); to the ENE – Doamnele Ridge, Coltii Obarsiei Peak (2,488 m) in the back and Obarsia Peak to the right; to the S - Strungile Mari Ridge; to the SSW - Mount Leaota; to the W - Iezer-Papusa Massif in the back; between the SW and the W - Rucar Mountains in the back; between the W and the NW - Bran Pass down and Piatra Craiului Massif to the back; to the WNW - Moieciu de Sus village, down in the valley.
Farther on, the trail descends to Tapului Saddle, with Tapului Fangs ahead, then below Mount Strungile Mari (2,089 m) and farther on into Strunga Saddle (1,909 m), on the Border Guards’ Road (Drumul Granicerilor) (connection with trails 28, 29 and 30). In the middle of the pass stands a milepost and on the eastern flank of the ridge traces of the former customs and border outpost are still visible.
From here, the road descends to the SE, through wide meadows, on the wing of the left slope of Coteanu Valley (below Mount Colti), from where you can see Mount Tataru and to the left, the ridge of Mount Coltii Padinei. Down to the right, beyond the wide grassy platform, you can see Coteanu Valley and above it the foot of Mount Coteanu emerging from Tataru Peak. Descend following the marker posts and then the road for articulated tractors past Strunga sheepfold to Padina Hut (1,509 m).