Let's travel together #189 - Cascada Obârşia Ialomiţei (Obârşia Ialomiţei Waterfall)

We got used reaching peaks and admiring some great landscapes after a hard hike, but when the whole journey turns into a blessing for the eyes and for the inner adventurous spirit, everything becomes a fairy tale.


Not too much passed and our travelling feet found the way to another place where we are going to meet again Ialomiţa River which we have previously discovered into the cave with the same name that is crossed entirely by this water.
We needed just a single day to already miss the river and getting lost into the wilderness of the mountains, while the new day began with a new drive but this time not on foreign realms because we got to explore some of the most famous parts of the Bucegi Mountains back in the road trip of 2018.
For some of my older followers who have been here when I wrote about the mysterious natural formations of the Bucegi Mountains, called Babele & Sfinxul, you will also recognize some of the paths because there is a connection between these and the waterfall we are going to explore in today's post.
To be honest we wanted to explore the waterfall on the same day when we made all the way up to the natural monuments but we had no idea how exhausting the path was going to be, so we ended up giving up on the waterfall with the promise that one day we will return and also get to meet her. And happily, that moment came just two years later, because the moments shared today are from the road trip of 2020.

Reaching the natural formations comes with the possibility to use the cable car which will save yourself from a big part of the hike, but that is not also the case for the waterfall which is located on an altitude close to 2.000 meters height and which is going to request all your energy and determination in order to reach it.


While in our previous discoveries we either enjoyed rain or cloudy sky, this time the weather was on the opposite pole with a burning sun that was going to dry our energy faster than we calculated.
We all love hiking the mountains, but our biggest enemy is the hot period of the summer rather than the rain because when we get to make all the way up to the mountains, there are no places to rest under the shadow created of a tree or to simply take a break from the sun rays which are becoming more powerful with every step made closer to the mountains because as you can see in the pictures, you can't really find anything else other than peaks, valleys and imposing stone rocks.

A good portion of the journey can be followed without paying too much attention to the indicators because as soon as you cross the first road sign that presents all the directions you can follow to reach different sightseeing attractions, the path can be clearly seen and will lead you to the destination by itself.
But comparing it to some of our previous explorations, the path is entirely marked with road signs and striped poles that will make you confident that you are following the right trail, so you don't need to worry about that aspect.
Thinking about the other trails we followed into the Bucegi Mountains, the route to the waterfall is a decent one, talking about slightly inclined slopes instead of the steep ones you will have to follow in order to reach Babele & Sfinxul, but the biggest enemy in this whole adventure is the sun which if it's too powerful will make you move slower and be in need of breaks way often than you are used with.
However, the path is wide enough so you can rest anywhere, anytime, without the risk of slipping to the valley, but a thing that you should not have missing during this whole journey, it's a big bottle of water and a cap so you won't confront with a sunstroke after the beautiful journey.


Anyway, an aspect that we are completely aware of is that Dâmboviţa County is well known for its most spectacular landforms from Romania, remembering the natural sculptures realized by nature which animate the journey not only when you reach the destination but also all the way up to it. So even though the sun was kind of our enemy on that day, we did manage to find all the determination we needed to keep going, in the mountains and carvings which were surrounding us.


The trail we followed is made through the valley called suggestively Valea Obârşiei, which is accompanied on the right by the Obârşia Mountains and on the left by the stones named Culmea Doamnele (EN: The Ladies' Mountains) which are part of a different trail with lots of other interesting places to discover, but which is well known for less friendly paths that are way craggy than the one we followed, but where only time knows when we will find our way towards it.

The closer you get to reach the peak of the mountains and the waterfall, the more often you will meet junipers, which are some plants we were always seeing during our hikes but we only found out about their importance 3 years ago during our road trip in the north side of Romania.
These plants are well known as some natural monuments and superheroes of the mountains which are located higher than 1.500 meters, because on higher altitudes the winter lasts between 80-160 days and the plants have the role to protect the valleys to assist on too many avalanches.
The plants which from the distance can seem as a natural blanket for the stone walls, help on fixing the ground and the snow that once is melted could easily provoke natural disasters such as avalanches, landslides, or even rock fallings.
However, after lots of breaks admiring the view and resting, 3 litres of water drunk and 3 hours hiking the mountains, we finally started hearing the waterfall and noticing the tiny river making its way to the left of us.
That thing, together with the mountain peak which seemed way closer now, and the fresh breeze created by the waterfall, contributed on pushing our limits one more time because we were making our last hundreds of meters before reaching the end of our journey.

Depending on the season of the year when you are meeting the waterfall, you can enjoy a higher or lower water flow, which in some rare cases could be even missing if on that time Romania is confronting with hot summer days with very few rains, but which is definitely not going to happen in 2021 thinking about the crazy weather we had, with lots of storms, torrential rains and snows.


Just as I previously said, Dâmboviţa County, but especially in the area covered by the Bucegi Mountains you will literally get to discover endless interesting waterfalls, but the one that is considered the most spectacular one is Cascada Obârşia Ialomiţei which is the highest waterfall from the Southern Carpathians, and the 2nd largest one from Romania, having a fall from 100 meters height.

Valea Obârşia is well known as being a valley with glaciar origins that is formed from two different levels which are separated from each other by a threshold where the waterfall was formed.
The interest aspect about Obârşia Ialomiţei Waterfall is that it also represents the beginnings of a thing, namely of the river with the same name that crosses 400 km from the country.
A more accurate explanation of how the river was formed you will find if you make one last effort to climb all the way above the waterfall where the mountains previously mentioned are meeting after a disaster caused when a good part of the stone walls came off and hit the ground from where the spring made its way to the surface.
Unfortunately, we didn't find enough resources to see this phenomenon with our eyes, but decided to spend close to one hour at the foothills of the waterfall where we filled our bottles with fresh water and we refreshed ourselves with the water that was extremely cold even during a hot day of the summer.
If you are making worries about how to deal with the water so you have enough for the whole journey, keep in mind that you can refill it with the water provided by Cascada Obârşia Ialomiţei that is potable and safe to drink.


Even though Obârşia Ialomiţei Waterfall is well known as one of the most important sightseeing attraction of the Bucegi Mountains, we only met 5 other tourists during our journey, which made us believe that it's still not promoted enough even though it's included in numerous marked trails that if they are followed, you will also reach the waterfall.

However, the most recommended ones are these which start from either Cabana Omu (EN: Omu Chalet) or Pestera, where you can also spend the night if you wish to stay a little longer in this area where paradise is the right word to describe all the landscapes you will get to admire with every single day you wake up.


Some more sightseeing attractions I'd recommend checking out if you spend more time in this area and which are pretty easy to be reached if you enjoy hiking the mountains are: Cascada Doamnei, Cheile Zanoagei, Lacul Scropoasa, Cascada 7 Izvoare, Cheile Tataru Mare, Turbaria Laptici, Lacul Bolboci, Cheile Horoabei, Manastirea Pestera Ialomitei, Vf. Omu, Sfinxul, Babele, Saua Strunga, and even more.


For those who enjoy mountain sports rather than hiking, there are also possibilities of renting ATVs on the foothills of the mountains that come with quite limited trails to follow but which are also very rich in spectacular views that are going to urge you for more time spent in the Bucegi Mountains. Another thing that people can enjoy, is taking a journey with the cable car that will pass over some of the most beautiful landscapes offered by this area.

In order to reach Obârşia Ialomiţei Waterfall you have to follow the national road DN1 until you reach Pestera Hotel from where you can either take the cable car or follow the marked trail with a blue cross marker all the way to Omu Peak (2.505 m) or the blue line marker that will lead you to the waterfall without including other sightseeing attractions in your journey.




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