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Nature trail to Fundătura Ponorului picturesque valley

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  • Peisaj de vis în Fundătura Ponorului
    Peisaj de vis în Fundătura Ponorului
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This is a moderate route, accessible to anyone, which leads to Fundătura Ponorului - the idyllic place in Romania sought by mountaineers, occasional hikers, or photographers alike.
moderate
Distance 10 km
3:29 h
559 m
553 m
1,014 m
594 m

The hiking route is organized as an educational path with 6 information panels, officially known as "Karst Relief from the Șureanu Mountains". It can be completed on foot or by bicycle (on the dirt road).

The Fundatura Ponor or God's Palm, as the place is sometimes called for its surreal beauty, close to the fairy tale, can be considered a unique place in Romania. At the end of the route, travelers discover a wide valley, with the Ponor river cutting its way all along the plateau, with scattered isolated households and with haystacks built by the locals. The area is, in fact, a karst depression located at an altitude of 900 meters. It resulted from the karstic action of Ponor river, which has cut into the Jurassic limestone rocks forming the photogenic ensembles of rocks seen here. The Ponor Valley stretches for 9 kilometers.

In the rainy season, the waters overflow, sometimes flooding the plateau, and in wintertime, they freeze, forming large icy segments, like ice rinks.

Author’s recommendation

You can find a camping spot there - cautiously because almost everywhere it's private property. Locals can offer a hot meal or cheese.
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Author
Sînziana Mihalache 
Update: November 05, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,014 m
Lowest point
594 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 39.21%Path 60.78%
Forested/wild trail
3.9 km
Path
6.1 km
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Tips and hints

The tourist mark to follow is an orange hiker. However, locals might guide you on a shorter, alternative path, which bears no signs - so it's better to have a downloaded digital map.

Start

Federi - the end of the village (594 m)
Coordinates:
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45.534658, 23.142280
DMS
45°32'04.8"N 23°08'32.2"E
UTM
34T 667266 5044579
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Destination

Fundătura Ponorului

Note


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

DC65 road Ohaba-Ponor

Parking

On the side of the road

Coordinates

DD
45.534658, 23.142280
DMS
45°32'04.8"N 23°08'32.2"E
UTM
34T 667266 5044579
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Snacks, photo camera, trekking poles, water (you can refill from locals in the valley).

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10 km
Duration
3:29 h
Ascent
559 m
Descent
553 m
Highest point
1,014 m
Lowest point
594 m
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