Ascent of Vlădeasa on 2019-09-06

Climber: Mark Trengove

Others in Party:Camelia Matis (Guide)
Louise Trengove
Date:Friday, September 6, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:6024 ft / 1836 m

Ascent Trip Report

As we had limited time on our first trip to Romania, and did not know the area, we decided to hire a local guide to take us up the mountain. A web-search (see at found us a guide - Camelia Matis, who lives locally. She proved to be an excellent choice - intelligent, engaging and full of local knowledge.

We parked by a barn a few hundred metres up a stony track above the end of the tarmac road, in the upper reaches of the strung-out village of Rogojel. Following the route marked with red on a white background, we continued on the track as it wound up through hay-pastures into the extensive conifer forests on the flanks of the mountain. After several kilometres, we emerged into a wide open meadow with a number of houses situated on it - the largest the Cabana Vladeasa, a mountain hut open all year, with drinks, food and accommodation. After a tasty fruit tea in the company of the large friendly dog who lives there, we took a fainter trail steeply up behind the hut, heading for the tree-line on the north ridge of the mountain. There we joined another stony track that swung south past a minor summit onto the north top of Vladeasa, on which was situated a large wooden house with meteorological equipment. A viewpoint on the west side afforded fine views over the rest of the Apuseni Range, with Lake Dragan below. Camelia told us that on clear days the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia could be discerned. Today it was too hazy to see that far.

We continued south for several hundred metres up onto the southern top, marked with a marker post and a few stones. We ate our lunch out of the chilly breeze on the summit meadow, before heading back to the weather station. One of the employees there told me that the south top, which had the marker, was 0.5m higher than the northern one, on which the weather station is situated. The southern top is therefore the true summit of the mountain.

We headed down by our outward route, stopping to rest at the hut again, where we were greeted by the resident dog.

Our ascent was an 'out & back'. A more extended route can be done be continuing to follow the red-on-white trail south from the summit, returning to the hut via the trail on the east flank of the mountain. If two cars are available, a traverse can be made by picking up the blue-on-white trail on descent from the summit, which will eventually bring you to the Rachitele Cascade - a fine waterfall.

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On the south top - the summit (2019-09-06). Photo by Mark Trengove.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2723 ft / 829 m
    Extra Gain:115 ft / 35 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.8 mi / 15.7 km
    Route:By the red trail via the Vladeasa Hut
    Trailhead:Above Rogojel  3531 ft / 1076 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Sunshine & cloud, with a light wind
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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