Nergănița Stream, Izvoarele Nerei old-growth forest, Semenic Mountains National Park, Romania
A national reserve, Izvoarele Nerei extend on 50 km² between the Semenic Plateau and the southern & eastern limits of the national park, along the southern ridge of Semenic Massif. Semenic Massif is the main massif of Semenic Mountains. From its top, that reaches 1,440 m, a tens of km panorama opens to the eyes in all directions, over the endless forests of Banat Mountains. Semenic Mountains extend on 1,180 km². Semenic - Caraș Gorges National Park extend on 356 km² in both Semenic and Anina mountains.
The area of Izvoarele Nerei ("Nera River's Springs") is characterised by several tumultous rivers with deep, hard passable canyons that join together forming Nera River. Nergănița Stream, which appears in these photos, is a longer tributary of Nera and flows on east side of the southern ridge of Semenic Massif, while Nera flows on the west side. Beside the main streams, in Izvoarele Nerei Forest there are tens of relatively big creeks and thousands of brooks.
If on the badly marked touristic trail on top of the ridge few tourists ever go, on the bottom of the valleys even less. In some valleys, only administration personel may ever passed in years. The place is not known even for well informed mountaineers and nature lovers but recently some articles appeared online, because there is an initiative to make the forest an Unesco World Heritage site.
The forest is huge and if you get lost, you can wander for days or die, as happened with some people in last years, because the valleys resemble each other.
After a 40 km across the western part of Semenic Mountains in previous day (from Anina to Văliug, with reaching of several objectives), in the morning e I climbed from Văliug - Crivaia Resort to the Semenic Plateau and from there I got on the touristic trail crossing the Izvoarele Nerei Forest. I walked for a while following the trail blaze on top of the main southern ridge then I lost the blaze and descended on the bottom of the valleys of several brooks. One of these brooks finally got me to Nergănița Stream. I walked along / through water for around 4 km downstream and at the nightfall I climbed the step slope of the eastern bank most opf the night I wandered among the silluetes of the huge, 50 m tall, 1.5 m thick trees at the pale light of a head flashlight. In the morning, I decided to follow any valley downstream to a human settlement. It happened to be Flămânda Valley, on which I walked 30 km until the first village - Pârvova. It was afternoon and all three shops closed and I haven't eaten for 30 hours and not sleeped previous night, while in previous two days I hiked / climbed 40 + 40 km on mountains, Overall, I walked / climbed 120 km in three days.