Vânturiș Peak, Bucegi Mountains

Vânturiș Saddle (ca. 1,700 m) – Vânturiș Peak (1,925 m) and return

Dichiu Cottage

Access

For those who come by car, the first landmark to be reached is Cabana Dichiu, located in Saua Dichiu, in the Bucegi Mountains. It is accessible in summer from DN71 on DJ713 paved road 8.8 km, and in winter from DN71 on DJ714 unpaved road 21 km, but level, superb in autumn if it is dry, through the forest, plus another 3 km on DJ713A, paved road. DJ713 and DJ713A meet right next to the cottage. The Dichiu cabin is located at an altitude of 1596 meters.

cars can be left here in Saua Vânturiș

cars can be left here in Saua Vânturiș

About the hike

Our destination, Vârful Vânturiș, is the highest point of the mountain on the right, which DJ713 came from. Carefully reading a more detailed map, we find out that there is an unmarked path that starts from next to the cottage and goes up, it seems, on the straightest way to the top. Studying the situation on the ground, I identified this path facing Vanturis in the cabin parking lot. In clear weather with good visibility, you can approach this route, which seems that at the beginning it follows an upward level curve, but then it goes up to the grassy plateau of the mountain, this sector leaving the visual spectrum from the parking lot. However, I propose an easier route. For this we continue on DJ713 by car (or on foot) for another 2.4 km from Cabana Dichiu (1,596 m) to Șaua Vânturiș (ca. 1,700 m) on an asphalted road with serpentines, closed to car traffic in winter.

Right where the road makes a curve to the left and the stone parapets on the left end of the road, a secondary dirt road is formed to Stâna Vânturiș (1,723 m). I recommend parking the car on the grassy pasture. From this secondary road there are two more paths to climb the peak. According to the studied map, one leaves from the barn and another from near the pasture where I parked, a route that I will describe. Both should be marked with a red dot, according to older documentation. In the field, however, I did not encounter any markings, not even the 2 washed-out signs that I had seen 4 years ago on the route.

Route Map

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Technical Box

Difficulty: easy

Duration: ascent 45 minutes, descent 30 minutes

Distance: 2 km one way

Marking: red dot, like non-existent

Minimum altitude: Saua Vânturiş 1700 meters above sea level

Maximum altitude: Vârful Vânturiş 1925 meters above sea level

Difference in level: + 200 m / -200 m

Important recommendation: Due to the lack of markings, avoid traveling this route in fog or bad weather. Orientation can raise serious problems, especially if it is a short route.

1. Șaua Vânturiș (1.700) – Vârful Vânturis (1.925)

We continue along the dirt road that leads to the barn. We keep an eye out for markers, but we don’t see any. Precisely here, where at one point you have to change direction to leave a defined road and join a thin path, a sign post with arrows and markings would have been necessary. We cast our eyes carefully to the right of the road to identify where we should go up. We see a small valley and it looks like a path. There would be signs to take into account. We leave the wide dirt road, which continues towards the barn, and head towards that small valley probably supplied with the water of a stream only when it rains or when the snow melts. This is where the actual climb begins.

Even if some pastoral paths can be seen through the tall grass, we must follow the thread of this dry valley. From the configuration of the terrain and the map, it is already obvious that we are on the right track. This valley is the most reasonable climb to the plateau at the top of this mountain. From time to time we look behind us and admire the landscape that opens up more and more over the widest part of the Bucegilor Plateau, and the parked car looks smaller and smaller. The summit to be reached is to the left of the valley we entered, which makes us slowly try to leave the thread of this small valley to the left among blueberry and juniper bushes. We arrive with a little effort on the crest of the mountain. Well, yes, a sign post with markings would have been good here too. We follow the map on the phone on the imaginary path in the grass as close as possible to the steep edge of the mountain. We feel like stopping, but the map and the still slightly ascending slope of the mountain give us evidence that we are not yet at the top. After about 10 minutes of walking on the summit, we reach the metal plate that certifies that we are at the highest point of this mountain.

3 generations ready to hike

the road to the sheepfold, Vârful Vânturiș on the right

the small valley

the small valley we followed

blue berries and junipers

beetle

Costila (l) and Caraiman (r)

Vânturiș Saddle

Stâna Vânturiș

2. Vânturiș Peak (1,925 m)

To begin with, we look at the foothills of the climbed mountain and identify the Meadows below Vanturis (ca. 1,700 m) where Stana Vanturis (1,723 m) can be clearly distinguished and more can be guessed next to a fir tree where the entrance to the Avenul from Clinul Vanturisului is fenced (1,743 m). Further down is the Izvorul Dorului Valley on which there is a spectacular trail (all red dots) to the Great Vanturis Waterfall (1,170 m) and the Lower Waterfall (1,020 m). We cross the valley with our eyes and mark the Coltii lui Barbes located on the southern side of Varful cu Dor and far down in Prahova Valley we can see the city of Sinaia.

We start the horizon tour over the Bucegilor Plateau with the peaks visible from Vârful Vânturiș (1,925 m). The perspective is wonderful. The position of the peak opens one of the most beautiful and wide perspectives in the Bucegi Mountains.

You can watch a video of a partial horizon tour on the linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmzrP4g48ZU

We review the peaks in the eastern extremity of the plateau located on the edge of the Prahovean steep from near to far: Varful cu Dor (2,030 m), Furnica (2,103 m), Piatra Arsa (slightly further inland, 2,044 m), Jepii Mari (2,071 m), Jepii Mici (2,154 m, their name is not given by the height of the peaks, but by the junipers), Caraimanul (2,384 m, to the right of which you can see the Cross of Heroes of the Nation, next to which a helipad has now been built), Costila (2,490 m, with its unmistakable long-distance relay).

We start looking to the left and close our Bucegi region visual spectrum with Vârful Obarsiei (2,405 m), which connects with the line of peaks in the western extremity, above the Branean steep. From the distance to the close-up this time, we can see Vf. Batrana (2,181 m), Strungile Mari and Mici separated by Saua Strunga with the unmistakable shape of the letter U, Vf. Tataru (1,998 m).

In the area of ​​Strunga, the Bucegi Mountains join the Leaota Mountains, the peak of Bucșa being also visible. Down at the foot of Tatarului we discover a part of the Bolboci reservoir. What fun it was almost 40 years ago without this lake, located on the course of the Ialomita. After the ridge shown above, you can see the unmistakable line of the Piatra Craiului Mountains.

We sharpen our gaze and circle the ridges that surround Bucegii. To the east the Baiului Mountains with their bare ridge, and behind them the Ciucas Mountains. Superb panorama!

Lespezi stone quarry

Cheile Zănoagei (l) and Tătaru (ri, in plan 2 the Leaota Mountains

Lake Bolboci

Leaota Mountains, in plan 2 Iezer Păpușa Mountains

Strungile (st) and Saua Strunga, in plan 2 the Piatra Craiului Mountains

Colții Țapului și Bătrâna (the Goat's Tusks and the Old Woman)

Obârșia in the middle

Costila (l) and Caraiman (r)

Costila (l), Caraiman, Piatra Arsă, Vârful cu Dor, Furnica (r)

Bucegilor Plateau

Vânturiș Peak

Sinaia

Baiului Mountains

in plan 2 Ciucaș Mountains

Neamțului Mountains

3. The descent and the rhododendron

I made the descent on the same route. This time I held the edge of the mountain even closer. Before we started the descent through the ravine, we admired and photographed several blooming rhododendron bushes with its unmistakable pink color. The blooming period of the rhododendron is after the snow melts and lasts about 3 weeks. This means it can vary slightly from year to year as a function of altitude and when the snow disappears. Usually in the second half of June is the time when many mountain peaks turn red.

We saw several clumps of rhododendron, but in appearance they were past their prime. They are beautiful flowers that delight the eye. They are also called mountain peonies. There is also their domestic, cultured version.

me on Vârful Vânturiș

rhododendron bushes

rhododendron

cicada

bell-shaped flower

descend through blue berries and junipers

Veratrum album

shortcut at the exit from the valley

the little valley

the little valley we went down

Vârful Furnica (Ant Peak)

end of the hike

Conclusion

The Vânturiș Peak offers a generous panorama over the Bucegi Mountains, but also the neighboring massifs such as Piatra Craiului, Iezer, Leaota, Baiului, Ciucas, Neamțului. I also recommend this peak for filming unforgettable sunsets. In this round, we gathered 6 family members from 3 generations, from Denisa (12) to my father (79). All the best!

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