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Located in the Rodnei Mountains between the counties of Maramureș and Bistrița Năsăud and with a height of 2303 m, Pietrosul Rodnei is the highest peak of the Eastern Carpathians.

The best known route of access to the Pietrosul Rodeni peak is the one starting near Borșa, next to the schit, though this is not the only available path. After the Borșa hospital one enters Avram Iancu street and follows the gravel road until the Borșa schit. Road quality is acceptable and allows for any sort of vehicle. Approximately 500 m before the schit we find a „junction”, this is where the actual path up to the Pietrosul Rodnei peak starts. Only 2-3 cars cand park here so it is best if you drive your car all the way up to the schit.­­­

The path up to the weather station takes about 2-3 hours depending on the physical conditions of the tourist and does not present any difficulties since it is basically a forestry road. Nevertheless, you will be needing enough water to last you until the weather station!IMG_0866

Having reached the weather station located at an altitude of 1700 m, right after the cabin there’s a designated camping spot. In case you don’t wish to complete the Borșa – Pietrosul Rodnei peak – Borșa round trip in a single day (recommended only for the experienced tourist in excellent physical condition), this is an ideal place to set up camp and attack the summit the next day, as our team did. Drinking water is also available here, about 200 m from the weather station towards the peak.

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IMG_0883The ideal period to visit this wonderful place in the end of July when the Rhododendron flourishes, transforming the entire area into a pink carpet. It is highly recommended to have multiple layers of clothing available. For the daytime climb a t-shirt will suffice, but it does tend to get chilly in the evening, as low as 3-4 degrees, even in June.

The path up tp the Pietrosul Rodnei starts from the weather station (or the tents). Depending on physical condition, the path takes about 1,5 – 3 hours to complete. Just a few minutes’ walking from the weather station is the Iezer glacial lake, with a surface of 3450 m2, a length of 84 m and a maximum depth of 2,5 m.

Once on the summit, in case we don’t walk right into the clouds and visibility is good, a stunning view awaits us in any direction. A strong wind is not uncommon up here so a hat or a bandana will surely be much appreciated :)IMG_0991

 

Localization

From Bucharest: Bucharest  – Ploiești – Brașov – Târgu Mureș – Reghin – Năsăud – Borșa

From Oradea: Oradea – Aleșd – Huedin – Cluj-Napoca – Dej – Beclean – Salva – Borșa

From Arad: Arad – Oradea – Aleșd – Huedin – Cluj-Napoca – Dej – Beclean – Salva – Borșa

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