Bucegi Mountains, Omu Peak
Bucegi Mountains, Omu Peak, is a description of a hiking circuit from Busteni to Omu Peak. Omu Peak is the ninth highest mountain in Romania with an altitude of 2505 m.
Bucegi Mountains is the most accessible mountain in Romania. It has the shape of a horseshoe with the eastern side being very busy due to numerous resorts at the bottom of the mountains such as Sinaia, Predeal, Busteni.
The circuit starts from Busteni.
From Busteni take the cable car to Babele Chalet which is at 2200 m altitude. This will save some time in order to complete the circuit in one day. The Cable Car does not function if the weather is bad. Wait until is opened to see if is functioning, as many drivers want to take advantage and try to convince you that is closed and to change your plans at the car at heftier price. Unfortunately this still happens in busy touristic areas.
As you arrive by cable car at Babele you are basically on the Plateau.
On this area, the geology of the mountains is conglomerate and the weather elements created interesting geological features such Babele and the Sphinx.
From the Sphinx follow the track marked with red cross to the Heroes Cross. It takes about 45 minutes.
The Heroes Cross was built between 1926 and 1928 on Caraiman Peak. The Heroes Cross is also known as “The Cross on Caraiman”. The monument was built by King Ferdinand I and Queen Marie of Edinburgh his wife, in the honour of railway heroes who died in the First World War. The Cross is the tallest summit cross in the world. The Cross has a height of 28 metres and two arms of 7 metres. At night the Cross is illuminated and can be seen from far away.
From the Heroes Cross, head towards Costila on the track marked red cross to the Saddle Saua Sugarilor. Take the track marked yellow stripe to Omu Peak. At Omu Peak Hut you can have a cup a tea or coffee. From Omu Peak descent to Busteni, via Cerbul Valley following the track marked yellow stripe. It takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. The descent has some rocky parts at the beginning. A beautiful mountain goat was watching us from a far.
The route without the cable car has about 23.5 km.
The route has a total ascent of 742.28 m and has a maximum elevation of 2,478.34 m. The average speed was 3km/h . Time without the cable car about 8 hours.
The second map includes the trip with the cable car. The total time of the trip including the trip with the cable car was 9 hours.