The Curious Shapes of Ciucas Mountains

If you’d like to go on a hiking tour in Romania, check our active tours on

Ciucas Mountains represent one of the best alternatives if you’re thinking of taking your family on a one day hike in Romania. Located between the Eastern and Southern Carpathians, Ciucas Mountains are taller than the nearby mountains, reaching a maximum altitude of 1,954 meters on Ciucas Peak, having nonetheless hiking trails you can easily do even if you’re just a beginner.

Ciucas Mountains

Unique karst formations

Bordered by Teleajenului and Tarlungului Valleys, these mountains are best-known for their unusual and iconic karst formations that made them one of the most popular hiking destinations in the region. The most impressive of these geological attractions are Tigaile Mari and Tigaile Mici, Turnul lui Goliat (Goliat’s Tower), Babele la Sfat (Old Women Talking), Mana Dracului (Devil’s Hand), all of them tall cliffs weirdly shaped over time by climate actions, located in the northern part of the plateau, close to the highest peak.

Ciucas Mountains

Iconic wildlife

Many wildlife species live in the area of Ciucas Mountains, from large carnivores species like bears, lynx, wolves, wild cats to the agile chamois and deer and various bird species like the Finch, the Nightingale, the Blackbird or the Golden Eagle. Wild horses are also a common sight.

Ciucas Mountains

Hiking along its trails, you’ll also come across a variety of wild flowers like the Primrose, the Easter Flower, the Bluebell, the Spring Gentian, the Field Pansy or the Edelweiss. You’ll cross charming beech, ash and birch forests before reaching the higher altitudes of the dense spruce forests.

Hiking trails

You can choose from 12 hiking trails depending on the season, your free time and your departing point. Most trails depart from a local mountains resort, Cheia, easily reached from Bucharest or Brasov. If you depart early, a full summer day should be enough even with kids to reach the highest peak and come back before dark.

Ciucas Mountains

Check the detailed trails (available only in Romanian).

The perfect option for beginner hikers or families looking to have a fun day on mountain trails, Ciucas Mountains are definitely one of the most beautiful and spectacular parts of the Carpathian range.

If you’d like to go on a hiking tour in Romania, check our active tours on

About the author

Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer, focusing on sustainable tourism practices and destinations. You can find Diana Condrea on Twitter and Google+

Back to the top