Touristik Label - 301MN54: Cabana Omu - Muntele Strungile - Cabana Padina

Trail 54 (red stripe) is a medium/difficult trail, suitable for those accustomed to differences in elevation of nearly 1,500 m, descending over a 4-5 hour hike, with fascinating views from the ridge of the Bucegi Mountains. The trail descends from Omu, goes around Bucura Dumbrava Peak to continue below Gavanele Peak and crosses below the white limestone in Mecetul Turcesc area to reach Doamnele Saddle, where the spectacular Gaura Valley can be admired. From here, it continues to Batrana mountain hut, crossing the eastern side of Batrana Peak, then to Tapului Saddle, with Tapului Fangs ahead, and below Mount Strungile Mari and into Strunga Saddle, whence it follows a steeper descent below Mount Colti to Padina Hut (1,509 m).
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Trail Details

Difficulty
medium/hard
Distance
12,34km
Duration
2:30-3:15h
Ascent
30m
Descent
1010m
Peak
2480m

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Directions

From Omu Hut (2,507m), walk around Bucura Dumbrava Peak (west) and descend below Gavanele Peak to the rocky area. Walk down along the contour line on the southern slope of Gavanele Peak, below the white limestones in the area and above Mecetul Turcesc and reach the eastern saddle of Doamnele Peak. Climb along the contour line for about 15 minutes and get below Doamnele Peak (2,402 m). Walk down on the winding trail to Doamnele Saddle, continue to Gutanu Peak (2,246 m) covered by dwarf pines and reach Batrana Saddle (mountain hut). From the saddle, descend on the eastern side of Batrana Peak (2,181 m) and further on to Tapului Saddle. The trail descends to the east below Coltii Tapului (2,168 m) and around dwarf pines to climb close to the ridge. Continue below Mount Strungile Mari (2,089 m) and zigzag down to Strunga Saddle (1,909 m) (mountain hut). Continue down on the left slope of Coteanu Valley (below Mount Colti), follow the signpost and then the road for articulated tractors that takes you past Strunga sheepfold to Padina Hut (1,509 m).

Stages

Cabana Omu - Muntele Doamnele - Muntele Strungile - Şaua Strunga - Cabana Padina

Description

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).

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Cabana Omu - Muntele Strungile - Cabana Padina in Bucegi-Leaota, Dâmboviţa, Prahova is a medium/hard hiking trail.
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