Hiking from Pasul Rotunda to Varful Ineu – MUNTII RODNEI

The Rodna Mountains are part of the Carphatian Mountain Chain and the most beautiful national park in the North East of Romania.

The Rodna Mountains have one of the longest ridges in Romania, with over 50km from east to west.

The two highest points are Pietrosul Rodeni and Ineu peaks, with an altitude of 2303 and 2079m. In this video I am exploring the 2nd highest peak – Ineu, by walking from Pasul Rotunda up to Lake Lala where you can find drinkble water streams, an amazing glacial lake, a brillint panoramic view over the Rodna valley and a perfect spot for camping.

The distance from Pasul Rotunda up to the summit, is about 15km and it can take anywhere between 6 to 7 hours, depending on the endurance of the hiker. The best time to visit Muntii Rodnei is in June due to the beautiful red mountain flowers that blossom in this period of time.

The tempretures can get around 27-30C during the day and anywhere between 5 to 10C during the night.

A summer storm is also very common, so make sure you are prepared for the weather. Although I missed the sunset on the summit due to the storm, the sunrise sounds promising and I found the perfect camping spot nearby the lake.

Camping at Pasul Rotunda – MUNTII RODNEI

Right after my experience in exploring Varful Pietrosul – Muntii Rodnei, I had the desire to also hike the 2nd highest summit in these mountains.

I have left my home town around 3pm and arrived at Pasul Rotunda, the place from where I will have start my journey to the summit, and it took me over 4h to get to this place due to my last 20-30 km which was quite a bad off road and a bit difficult to go through with my car.

I did manage somehow to go through the big ponds, potholes and arrive to Pasul Rotunda where I have set up my tent, eat and carefully made just a small little fire to set up the mood for the evening.

Once I sing my song, I got into the tent and got ready for a good night sleep and an early wake up to properly start my journey to Vf. Ineu.