The Carpathian Mountains - Romania
The Carpathian Mountains stretch for more than 900 km inside Romania, in the shape of an arch that isolates Transylvania from the rest of the country. Their territory is covered by vast areas of pristine forests, in fact, the largest track of unfragmented forests left in Central Europe, and is home to the largest brown bear population in Europe and 45% of the big carnivores’ population of the continent (brown bears, lynx, wolves).
Memorable hikes in the Carpathians
In Romania, the Carpathian Mountains are divided into three groups — the Eastern, the Southern, the Western — according to their geographic position, and are bordered by vast areas of plateaus and hills. Each group has distinct landscapes as they developed on various types of rocks: glacial, karstic, structural, and volcanic.
You can choose from hundreds of trails, according to your preferences, fitness level and hiking or climbing experience. You can also go rafting, caving, horseback riding, mountain biking or on specialized tours like photo safaris or wildlife watching.
Uncovering the Romanian Carpathians is truly a unique experience due to their diversity, wilderness and breathtaking landscapes. Moreover, exploring these mountains will give you the chance of traveling to small and remote rural communities with distinct cultures and traditional lifestyles, no longer existent in other parts of Europe.
Wilder than the rest of the European mountainous chains due to the centuries-old sustainable lifestyle of the surrounding rural communities, this mountainous range faces, however, dramatic changes and menaces like massive illegal deforestation, poaching, pollution and a lack of sound environmental policies for their protection.
Highest Peak in Carpathians Mountain
The Carpathian Mountains or Carpathians are a range of mountains forming an arc throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Roughly 1,500 km (932 mi) long, it is the third-longest European mountain range after the Urals at 2,500 km (1,553 mi) and the Scandinavian Mountains at 1,700 km (1,056 mi). The range stretches from the far eastern Czech Republic (3%) in the northwest through Slovakia (17%), Poland (10%), Hungary (4%) and Ukraine (10%) Serbia (5%) and Romania (50%) in the southeast. The highest range within the Carpathians is known as the Tatra mountains in Slovakia and Poland, where the highest peaks exceed 2,600 m (8,530 ft). The second-highest range is the Southern Carpathians in Romania, where the highest peaks range between 2,500 m (8,202 ft) and 2,550 m (8,366 ft).
The highest peak in Romanian Carpathians is Moldoveanu Peak situated on Fagaras Mountain which reach 2544m.