Blue course – 22,4 km; +1220 m elevation
Start: Vârtop – Skipass Guesthouse
Finish: Vârtop – Skipass Guesthouse
Landmarks: Galbena Valley, Fortress of Ponor, Glăvoi Plateu, Cetățile Ponorului Lodge
Distance: 22,4 km
Cumulative elevation gain: + 1220 m
Estimated time: 3h – 4h30min
Marks: runner coloured in blue
Difficulty: beginner, intermediate, advanced level
Recommendations: running shoes, adequate clothes for weather conditions, water
GPS track: http://tiny.cc/zhvxsz
The course is recommended for runners of beginner, intermediate or advanced level. Duration – according to preparedness – between 3 hours and 4 hours 30 minutes. The course sets off in front of the Skipass Guesthouse, on the asphalt road and follows the tourist route marked with the red-line. It starts to abruptly ascend on the hill opposite the ski slope and after a steep descent, at 3,7 km we reach an intersection where we turn to the left and following the yellow-triangle tourist mark we start our descent at first on a tourist path, then on a gravel road. We run on the gravel road to the entrance of the Cheile Galbenei (Galbenei Valley), then we turn right and following the yellow-dot tourist mark we start a long descent.
At the top of the slope, at the intersection, we change the marked tourist route to the blue-dot. Following this mark we reach the Cetățile Ponorului (Fortress of Ponor) point of observation, then we start our descent towards the Glăvoi Plateau. Reaching the gravel road we turn left and following the red-line tourist mark we bypass the Cetățile Ponorului Lodge. The course starts to ascend reaching a sheepfold. We bypass the sheepfold on the left and the course which keeps to the left starts to descend to the same intersection where we turned left at the beginning of our run. This time we run forward and following the red-line tourist mark we start our last ascent. At the top of the slope we find our destination, the Vârtop resort.