Perhaps Bucegi massif owns the most known mountain landmarks of Romania. Aside for its highly known and circulated trails, there are some less known paths which hid some of the most beautiful landscapes in Romania. One of this is the spectacular vertical canyon dug by the river of Horoaba.
This is right in the heart of Bucegi. This mountain is shaped as a giant horse shoe, with the outer heights being the shoe that surrounds the inner unexpectedly large valley of Ialomita river.
Somewhere from this valley starts this canyon which in a couple of hours gets you through enchanted landscape: waterfalls, exposed paths, natural tunnels, tight river bed strangled by high walls, vertical iron stairs.
Additionally this tour includes a visit to the beautiful cave of Ialomita with its unique entrance. The big hole in the mountain is closed by the human made wall of a monastery. Actually, the church is inside the cave and the monks are managing the tourist flow.
|Estimated duration of hike
|around 5-6 hours
|about 400 m
|Individual equipment needed
|It is not the case. It is a one day tour. We will be returning at the end of the day.
|We will eat dinner at a restaurant on the return way but some sandwiches and a couple of chocolate bars and/or biscuits will help.
| Transport from and to Bucharest by car
Cave entrance fee
Professional Mountain Guide
| Other meals
Pieces of individual equipment
|For group bookings we apply a discount based on the number of the participants. Please book the tour and/or contact us to negotiate the discount.
Other good to know issues:
- Water is not a problem along the route.
- This tour is available also for the winter months.
We start early from Bucharest so as to avoid the morning traffic jam and to be as much as possible in the outdoors and not in the city. At 9.30 we will be in the middle of Bucegi mountains, at Padina hut, where we leave the car and start the hike.
First, before it gets crowded, we pay a visit to the Ialomita cave which should take us about an hour. The cave first amazes us not by its corridors but by its entrance. A monastery wall closes the entrance making for an artificial-natural rarely seen combination. Passing the church inside, we go through the narrow corridors and get into the big halls of the cave.
In less than half an hour we will be climbing directly towards the canyon while seeing its guarding walls. The trail gets proportionally steeper and more beautiful. It will take us about two hours to pass the canyon. But we won’t be in hurry because this tour is all about lingering and enjoying the moment: waterfalls, exposed paths, natural tunnels, tight river bed strangled by high walls, vertical iron stairs.
We will return to Padina by a different route which now opens up the wide landscape of Bucegi for us.
We will eat at one of the mountain huts along the way and then head back to Bucharest.