Omu Peak is the highest peak from Bucegi Mountains and the eleventh peak as height from Romanians Carpathians.
The Bucegi Mountains, which are situated in the Natural Park with the same name. It looks like an alpine quadrilateral with dimensions of 20 km length, 15 km width and an area of about 300 kmp.
On the Omu Peak, there is a narrow platform which shelters in the center a huge monolithic block of stone, about 10m height. On its shelter the Omu House was built, the old chalet from our mountains. The chalet is also situated on the highest altitude from Romania.
To arrive on the Omu Peak, there are a lot of variety of trails. We propose you the route:
Predeal – Diham chalet – the Mălăiești Meadow – Mălăiești chalet – Omu Peak – downhill through the Deer’s Valley.
- Route length: 20,37 km;
- Level of difference: +1782 km:
- Trip duration: 9’45’’ hours.
Equipment needed: spiked boots, resistant to rain and wind jacket and pants. We recommend you to take trekking poles, it will be useful both uphill and downhill.
It’s mandatory that you have food, sweets and also water. The only places where you can re-feed with water are: the Diham Chalet, the Mălăiești Chalet (if you buy), the Omu Chalet (if you buy) or in the Deer Valley.
It will be useful to have with you also spray against the bears. In the Bucegi Mountains this kind of meetings are not unusual.
The route starts close to the Belvedere shelter which is placed on the route Predeal- Râșnov. In the direction of your walk (climbing towards the Cold River), you will have on the left side a forest road but also a red point travel mark.
You can reach to this forest road or on the travel mark from Predeal.
We advise you to come with the car because you save time, which is very important, the route we proposed is quite long. Pay attention where you leave the car (and also what you leave in the car), because there are bears which prowl.
We move on the forest road for about 1 km till we get to an intersection. The mark leads you to right, to a road you can not go with the car any further. We cross several streams, which cross the forest going more on a curve level. We don’t get too much on altitude.
In Frăsinetului meadow we met the yellow cross mark which is poorly visible. Till you get to the Diham chalet the best is to guide yourself after the red circle mark. At the Diham Chalet (altitude 1320m) you can take a pause.
We have come up to here 3,5 km climbing 225 m positive level difference.
From Diham Chalet to Mălăiești Chalet we follow a touristic path, with blue cross mark. On the summer period between those two locations we make 2’45’’ hours.
We descend a lot (about 300 m level of difference) till we get to Glăjeriei Valley. Intersecting the Glăjeriei Valley right away the valley you can see the forest road and after that, the path which continues the mark. Till here the route unfolds only through the forest being not so interesting. Only from here we start to climb on the Mălăiești Valley.
From this area to the Omu peak, the climbing up is continuous and uninterrupted.
We intersect the blue tape mark, which comes from Râșnov. This one will be the the representing mark from the Mălăiești meadow (stream) to the Mălăiești Chalet. The rock slopes start to be seen upstream the Mălăiești Valley.
Slowly we reach to the forest edge and after that to the chalet. The building is situated on a morena of the Mălăeşti Valley, at the shelter of the jagged ridge Padina Cross. This ridge separate the Mălăiești Valley from the Ţigăneşti glacial Valley.
To understand better the landscape around us, it is important to know little information about the geology of the area.
The north part of the Bucegi Massif was affected during the Quaternary glaciers. They were situated around the Omu Peak, from where the radial descended forming tongues of ice.
The proof of this strong action of ice it hollows from whom pull up the rivers Ialomita, Ladies valley, Sugari valley, Morar valley, Deer valley, Mălăeşti, Ţigăneşti and also Gaura valley (The Whole). All mentioned valleys have the form of “U letter” and numerous rapids and moraines.
Once we arrived to Mălăiești Chalet, it’s worth doing a tea pause. You can buy tea from the chalet sustaining in this way one of the most beautiful mountain chalet from the Carpathians.
Pay attention to the quantity of water you have with you. Until the Omu Chalet you don’t have any other source of water. At Omu you can buy tea or water.
The marked road (blue tape) from the Mălăeşti chalet to Omu successively traverses glacial thresholds results from the under digging action of the glacier which was someday.
We climb the first glacial threshold and from this level we can be see better the rocks wall greatness that we are surrounded with.
The adjacent ridges of this glacial buckets are: Bucşoiu, The Mălăeştilor Tour and The Chimneys. From the main path comes the road which goes to The Goats Belt(The blue triangle mark). It is a route with a hardest level of difficulty, being closed during winter.
The route we continue, the blue strip mark it is not difficult, technically speaking. There are no areas where you must cimb. It is accessible to all the tourist who have a good physical condition. A positive aspect of this route is that the access to it being long enough, there aren’t many tourists, though the landscape is extraordinary.
If you don’t make too much noise, you have all the chances to see here the black goats (rupicapra rupicapra).
During the summer, the route between those two locations (Omu-Mălăiești) is taking 3 hours.
The road on the Mălăeşti valley offers a beauty perspective above the Postăvaru Mountain, the Bârsa plain and the Codlea Hillock.
Once we arrived to the head of the Mălăiești valley, the path bifurcates in the version which climbs through the Mălăiești chimney and in the version which climbs serpentine through the head the Mălăiești valley till it arrives in the main ridge. The version through the Mălăiești chimney is laborious.
It has jumpings formed by huge blocks of rock and also a lot of scree. From this reason, in the summer exist the risk of stone injury. During winter the second version is closed because of the danger of avalanches. The climbing through the Mălăiești chimney is the only version during winter, to get from the valley to the Omu Peak.
The climbing gets to the end when we arrive in the main ridge in the saddle between the Scara Peak and the Omu peak.
From there you can see the building from the Omu Peak. It also can be seen the Bucșoiu peak and the Azuga and Predeal resorts.
Arrived on Omu peak, at the altitude of 2505m we can rest admiring the beautiful landscape. We notice the Coștila Peak, with the weather station and also the Deer valley, through which we will descend.
Don’t stay to long on the peak, because the downhill is pretty long and it takes about 3 hours.
The level difference which you have to traveled is 1548m.
The touristic mark which we must follow on the Deer valley is the yellow tape.
All downhill, from the Omu Chalet is steep, in serpentine. The steep rock walls borders here the valley also. The Moraru Massif constitutes the left slope of the Deer valley, and the Coștila Massif the right slope.
Getting in the forest you have to walk for about 3 km and a negative level difference about 300 m till you get in the main road from the Deer valley which goes towards the Gura Diham Chalet. If you left your car here, it is easy to recover it, the car left on the Predeal-Râșnov road at the start of the route.
For guided trips in Bucegi mountains don’t hesitate to contact us.