Walls

Finally, I made it. I have been living in Cluj, for quite a while now, and I haven’t visited the gorge from Turda until now. Most of the people who I have talked to were quite amazed by this fact, but what can I do? I think I just never had the time. Now that I’ve been there even I am surprised that I have missed this place until now: it’s a marvelous place!
Tordai hasadek
The formation is not the only gorge in the area, but this one can be passed easily while offering a spectacular view of rock formations. Also the local flora and fauna is interesting. The “Gorge from Turda” is a natural reserve and several plants and animals are protected by law in the area.
Tordai hasadek
One can enter the gorge either from the south or from the north. The southern entrance is more developed (with boutiques and camping places). As like several other nice places in the country the access to the gorge is not properly signaled on the roads. But ask anyone from the surrounding settlements and they will guide you to the right path. There are actually two roads leading to the southern entry point. Both are in acceptable condition, although only one of them is paved (from Cheia). We went on the non-paved road from Sandulesti. I am saying that the non-paved road is acceptable, because I own a car with a very low ground clearance and still I was able to get through without problems (avg. 40-50km/h).

At the southern entry point there is a ticket office, selling entry tickets to the gorge for 3RON(0.75€) (I think a fair price for contributing to the maintenance of the area). The trick what several people use is the fact that the northern entry point is completely in the wild and there is no ticket office from that part: free entry 🙂 . Anyway when we visited, there was a note saying that the gorge was not passable due to floods, and the office was closed. True: one of the bridges was taken by the floods, but luckily when we were there, the water level was low, and we could pass the river easily.

The path within the gorge itself is I’d say quite easy: if all bridges are in place, I do not think there could be any difficulties. I had sandals and I saw people with flip-flops, too, although I would not even recommend the sandals: the path can be slippery in some points and when we were there, we had to cross on some improvised bridge with a wire hanging above it to hold on to something (check the pictures).

All in all it offers a spectacular view and even in a hot sunny day it is a good way to spend the day (the hot air is cooled down within the walls of the gorge).

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