Things to know about the Galbena gorges

Creasta Galbenei, ©bortescristian/Flickr

Creasta Galbenei, ©bortescristian/Flickr

Located in the southwestern and western part of the closed basin of Padiş – Fortress of Ponor, Galbena is a drainage corridor to the Beius Depression for the majority of the water from the Padiş Basin. Almost throughout the whole area, the Galbena include narrow gorges, bounded by vertical walls and steep slopes, with numerous waterfalls and is very difficult to cross. The upstream sector is the most spectacular, the portion between the Izbuc of Galbena and the confluence with the Luncşoara Valley constituting a narrow canyon, bordered by vertical walls of over 100 m. Let’s see some important things to know about the Galbena gorges.

The Izbuc of Galbena

The Izbuc of Galbena (Izbucul Galbenei) is the resurgence of the underground river of the Fortress of ponor cave, in fact is the resurgence of most of the rivers that cross the closed basin Padiş – Fortress of Ponor and of the Zăpodie System of the Barsa Pit. The Izbuc of Galbena is a body of water with a diameter of about 7 m, located at the base of a rock wall. Downstream the water is cascading in waterfalls.

Izbucul Galbenei. ©Eniko Seres/private photo

Izbucul Galbenei. ©Eniko Seres/private photo

Caught in a narrow canyon, the valley the Valley of the Galbena in Romania created inaccessible gutters and marmite, covering a level difference of 100 m on a length of 700 m.

The cave of the Galbena

In the valley is a cave entrance where the river enters noisily. It’s entrance of the underground tunnel of the Galbena gorges, which is over 100 m long and is hard accessible. It ends in a very picturesque fan waterfall, which is 7 m high, at the base being a lake.

Tourist routes

A tourist route goues through the Galbena gorges, with facilities for tourists, consisting of portions of steel cables and support chains. Due to the difficulty and the danger level, this route is only recommended for tourists with good physical condition. It is not recommended to be visited in bad weather or in times of flood.

Cheile Galbenei, ©paleo_bear/Flickr

Cheile Galbenei, ©paleo_bear/Flickr

A branch of the trail climbs over, on the rocky wall of the Galbena gorges, where there are two lookout points suspended at 200 m above the valley, offering unique views of the canyon and on the opposite wall that is higher then 300 m

The downstream

The downstream, to the confluence with the Pietros Crisul, also known as the Gorges of Jgheabului is also particularly spectacular because of the waterfalls at the confluences with tributaries from the left. This portion of the Galbena gorges is not accessible, but above it were built forest roads in both sides that in some places allow us to contemplate its savagery.

Creasta Galbenei, ©bortescristian/Flickr

Creasta Galbenei, ©bortescristian/Flickr

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