Omniasig Vienna Insurance Group in collaboration with Rasnov Mountain Rescue and the Oxygen Tourist Association for Nature, started a large rehabilitation project of the Omu Peak, which is believed to be the highest permanent lived place of Romania, the project being to be completed in September, CEO at Omniasig Mihai Tecau (photo) stated.
The company also carried out a survey called “Romanians’ relation with the mountain,” on a representative nationwide sample, revealing that although 90 pct of Romanians recommend hiking to the Omu Peak only 30 pct have visited this sight. Of these, over 46 pct believe that the climb is hard and dangerous. At the same time, 78 pct admit that the mountain would become a safer place if periodically the tracks and mountain informative boards would be rewritten. Moreover, 65 pct of Romanians plan to get to the Omu Peak in the near future.
Tecau said that the project generically named “Omniasig for Omu” is to be carried out until the end of September 2017 in three stages: stage 1 – restoring the markings on Busteni – Pichetul Rosu segment in July; stage 2 – ensuring Pichetul Rosu – Malaiesti Cabin in August; stage 3 – setting up the tourist flatbed of the Omu Peak (altitude of 2,505 m) in September.
Depending on the route chosen, the hiking up to the Omu Peak can last between 6 and 12 hours. The Busteni – Pichetul Rosu – Tache Ionescu – Malaiesti Cabin – Omu Peak route is one of the most impressive of Bucegi Mountains, having approximately 15 km, and it takes about 10 hours to be crossed. The route segments to be provided by Omniasig, are annually visited by 4,000 people, while at the Malaiesti Cabin over 5,00 persons arrive from different parts of the route.
The route has a high degree of difficulty, and the damaged markings make it hard to climb it, and less secure. Hiking is forbidden in winter, regardless of the status of the markings. The most difficult part of the route is from the Malaiesti Cabin to the Omu Peak, the segment with the lowest number of markings.
In 2016, mountain rescuers around the country have been required to intervene in 5,887 rescue and first aid situations, and 6,692 people were saved following their interventions. The interventions in the summer time have exceeded those performed at the winter sports slopes, due to the revival of the summer pedestrian tourism and the emergence and development of new and more popular mountain activities, which gather hundreds of participants at the start.