The Carpathian Mountains
are the best place where those who like long walks or hikes can practice their hobby, while enjoying wonderful landscapes. There are hundreds of trails and routes suited for all levels of experience, crossing the mountains from the highest peak to the deepest valley. If the hikers get tired or hungry, there will almost always be chalets, huts and even hotels around to offer homelike meals and a comfortable bed to sleep in.
The Bucegi Mountains offer easier trails on the mountain sides that guard Sinaia
and more difficult hikes above Buşteni
. Most of them, well marked, lead to the Bucegi Plateau, where the Sphinx (Sfinxul
) and the Old Ladies (Babele
) - rock formations with suggestive shapes – and the cross on the Caraiman Massif compensate for the 4 – 5 hours hiking duration. An easier hike can take you from Buşteni to Urlătoarea Waterfall.
The mountains that separate Maramureş
from Bucovina, the remote Rodnei Mountains, represent one of the country’s best hiking areas. They offer no less than 18 marked routes, linking small villages situated at the mountains’ feet with Prislop Pass or the 2,303m high Pietrosu Peak. During your hike you will come across small canyons and gorges, glacial lakes, caves and waterfalls, all part of the Rodnei Mountains National Park’s protected areas. Do not expect to meet on your way too many tourists (or people in general), as these mountains are as little known and visited as they are beautiful.
Also, the Apuseni Mountains, in the western part of the Carpathian Arch, benefit from an excellent network of undemanding hiking trails. This will lead tourists to some of the most beautiful mountainous areas in the world, crossed by subterranean galleries with lakes, waterfalls and caves.