Pictures of the Carpathian Mountains • for hiking tours in Romania

An illustrated walk through the infinity of the Cindrel Mountain landscapes

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A tip before starting the tour:

You can find more pictures of the Carpathian Mountains in the Transalpina + Transfagarasan photo gallery

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We start the hike in Sibiu county, Transylvania ...

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... aiming towards the proud Cindrel Mountains.

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Their summits of Cindrel and Frumoasa (the beauty) know many legends, like this one:

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Cindrel, the shepherd, was very much in love with Frumoasa Muntilor (beauty of the mountains).

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Unfortunately, the daughter of a giant also had her heart set on - and she was burning with jealousy.

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So she asked her giant father to kill Cindrel, which he immediately did.

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The mountains were trembling with grief, and Frumoasa Muntilor cried bitterly until her death.

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Their tears fed the mountain lakes Iezerul Mare and Iezerul Mic. In their crystal clear waters ...

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... the peaks of Cindrel (2.255 m) und Frumoasa (2.168 m) are reflected to this day.

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The ascent into the Cindrel Mountains takes you through the oldest beech forest of the continent.

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Unique plants and rare animals live here, some of which you will hardly meet, though.

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On the Poiana Soarelui (sunny glade) we find dozens of hand-carved sculptures ...

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... before reaching the mountain meadows ...

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... overlooking the forested mountains ...

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... and the expanse of the valley.

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Up here, shepherds are no rare sight ...

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... as this mountain range is considered their homeland in Romania.

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The sheep's cheese produced here travels a long way even to Bucharest and Hungary.

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Plus there is a delicious shepherd's goulash ...

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... and grilled polenta dumplings.

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Hikers will often be escorted.

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We leave the mountain meadows ...

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... turning onto a hiking trail ...

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... passing a mountain shelter ...

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... and arrive at a pretty spot not far from the summit.

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A relaxing look back ...

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... one to the left ...

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... and soon the forms alternate between rocks and canyons.

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The mountain lake of Gura Raului

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A cave of the Muntii Apuseni - not exactly fitting in here because a good 100 km away.

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We end the trip with two trees ...

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... both special for different reasons.

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The following pictures were taken in the eastern part of the Carpathian belt.

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A view of the Bucegi mountain range from the village of Holbav, near Brasov.

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Nobody knows who moved these weights centuries ago.

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The Sphinx, however, was shaped by wind and weather.

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