Sunday, July 31, 2011

Romania, Banatului Mountains, Cheile Nerei

The Nerei Gorge are the most beautiful gorges from Banatului Mountains which are located in the Eastern Carpathians (or Romanian Carpathians), in the west part of Romania being part of Southern Romanian Carpathians; they are often associated with a subgroup of Western Romanian Carpathians. The region I refer is Aninei Mountains, which are located between the DN57 (Moldova Noua) national road and DN57B (Anina, Oravita), at about 30km of Moldova Noua and 25km of Oravita, in the Caras-Severin county.

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Way of access
By road: Timisoara -> Lugoj -> Resita -> Anina -> Oravita -> Sasca Romana;
By road: Drobeta Tr Severin -> Orsova -> Baile Herculane -> Mehadia -> Iablanita -> Bozovici -> Oravita -> Sasca Romana;

Cheile Nerei - Way of Access Map

This 1-day route starts from Sasca Romana, passes a wooden bridge and follows for 1 hour the track named "La Tunele" ("@Tunnels"); then arrives at "Podul Beiului" (bridge) and turns to the right following the Nera river.
Between the objectives:
- the tunnels from "La Tunele"; I counted a number of 7 tunnels, from which the longest one has about 50m;
- Podul Beiului - the start point to Ochiul Beiului (lake), Cascadele Beusnita (waterfalls) and Cheile Nerei (gorges);
- Cantonul Damian with camping place;
- Izvorul Damian (springs);
- La Carlige;
- Grota Boilor (cave);
- Izbucul Iordanului (springs);
- Ogasul Porcului;
- La Scaune;
- Ochiul Dracului (lake);
- Poiana Logor;
- Cheile Susarei (gorges);
All the objectives are part of "Cheile Nerei-Beusnita" National Park.

 Cheile Nerei Map

 So, after we passed the 6th tunnels from Sasca Romana,
we arrived at Podul Beiului

 Inscription at Podul Beiului

 On the way

 The Track

 Damian Shelter

 View to Begul Mare Peak from Damian Shelter

 Markers to follow at Damian Shelter

 Spring after Damian Shelter

 Vegetation grown on stones

 The Track

 You should avoid these (vipers),
they are all the way

 Cave nearest "La Carlige"

 La Carlige

 La Carlige

 Marker after La Carlige
It says the river should be passed... which we haven't understood...

So we had to follow this unmarked wild track,
until we realized the message of the marker above

 ... but we haven't any regrets because we found this.

As the track became impossible,
we had to return to the marker and pass Nera

 Track on the other side

 Track passes tunnels again

 Cayaking on Nera

 The Beautiful Track

 Look behind to Nera

 The Track,
beware of vipers - their home

Pestera Boilor (cave)

 Wooden bridge over Nera

 Pass this bridge with care,
it's a long way down

 Shortcut to Sasca Romana

 Izbucul Iordanului (springs)

 Ogasul Porcului

 Small water hole on Ogasul Porcului

 Small cave on the track

 La scaune - Track Intersection

 Lacul Dracului (lake)

 Poiana Logor

 Cheile Susarei gorge start track
from Carbunari

 Having a soup later with a cat from Sasca
after a full day (35km hiking - 16 hours)

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