Green course – 23,5 km; +1100 m elevation
Start: Vârtop – Skipass Guesthouse
Finish: Vârtop – Skipass Guesthouse
Landmarks: Cetățile Ponorului Lodge, Glăvoi Plateau, Galbenei Valley
Distance: 23,5 km
Cumulative elevation gain: +1100 m
Estimated time: 3h – 4h30min
Marks: runner coloured in green
Difficulty: beginner, intermediate, advanced level
Recommendations: running shoes, adequate clothes for weather conditions, water
GPS track: http://tiny.cc/7jvxsz
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, from where we further follow the red-line mark on an ascending slope. Exiting the forest, on the right we bypass a sheepfold and the course starts to descend towards the Cetățile Ponorului Lodge.
Here we turn in the direction of the Glăvoi Plateau. Leaving the Glăvoi Plateau we follow the yellow-dot mark making a sharp left turn, ascending towards the Focul Viu Glacier Cave. From this point the course starts a long descent through the Poiana Florilor to the entrance of the Cheile Galbenei (Galbenei Valley). Reaching the gravel road we keep to the left and following the yellow-triangle tourist mark we start a light ascent. We get back to the intersection where we make a sharp right turn and following the red-line mark we start our last ascent. At the top of the slope we find our destination, the Vârtop resort.