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Caraiman Peak

Caraiman Peak

EuropeRomaniaDambovita (County)
45.433154, 25.466968
Caraiman Peak - Warm colours surrounding Caraiman Peak in autumn
Caraiman Peak - Caraiman Peak with the Heroes' Cross built in 1926-1928
Caraiman Peak - Town of Busteni viewed from Caraiman
Caraiman Peak - Caraiman Peak with wild flowers plateau in the foreground
Caraiman Peak - The Heroes' Cross is dedicated to the soldiers who fought in WWII
Caraiman Peak - The peak in wintertime
Caraiman Peak - Caraiman Monastery with Caraiman Peak in the background

About Caraiman Peak (Varful Caraiman)

The Caraiman Peak is a mountain peak in the Bucegi Mountains section of the Southern Carpathians in Romania. It stands at an elevation of 2,384 m (~7,821 ft) and it is located in Dambovita county, near the border with Prahova county.

Fauna and Flora

Black goats roam the mountains in flocks. Edelweiss, known as the Flower Queen in Romania (floarea reginei) grows here.

Attractions

Many come to see the Heroes’ Cross, known popularly as the Cross on Caraiman, a monument to those who died during World War I. This was erected at the instigation of Queen Maria of Romania between 1926 and 1928, and stands on the slope to the Seaca Valley at an elevation of 2,291 m (~7,516 ft). The cross itself is 28 m (~92 ft) in height with two arms, each stretching 7 m (~23 ft), and is fully illuminated by 300 bulbs each night, and can be seen from miles away. Construction materials were brought up by funicular and by oxen-led carts.

How to Get There

The small mountain town of Busteni (150 km/ 93 mi from Bucharest) is situated just below Caraiman Peak and is a convenient base for short or longer hikes. Most hiking trails are clearly marked.

Landscape: Mountain