About CEAHLAU National Park
Ceahlău Mountain is the most known and most impressive massif from the central part of Eastern Carpathians, being one of the few Carpathian complexes that still preserves unaltered pieces of nature. Besides, Ceahlău is one of the richest mountains in legend and mythology. Here, you can meet Old Lady Dochia, Traian’s Vulture, Panaghia, Toaca and many more.
Surrounded by Bistricioara Valley in north, Bicaz Valley in south, Bistrița Valley in the east and Bistra, Pintic and Jidan Valleys in the west, Ceahlău Massif is shaped by two of the highest peaks, Ocolașul Mare – 1907 m ASL and Toaca – 1904 ASL, with mountain crests with heights from 1000 to 1300 m ASL that diverge from those two peaks.
In this temperate-continental climate, and based on the altitudinal variation of habitats, we will see a lot of species of orchids like Fragrant Orchid (Nigritella rubra and Nigritella nigra), Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium calceolus), and also Globeflowers (Trollius europaeus), Eightpetal Mountain Evans (Dryas octopetala) and Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum), species protected at European level.
Alongside mountain trails, there can be observed many species, from colored frogs and toads (yellow-bellied toad – Bombina variegata) and newts (Carpathian newt – Lissotriton montandoni), to lizards (Viviparous lizard – Zootoca vivipara) and adders (European adder – Vipera berus), many species of birds (big tits, coal tits, willow tits, crested tits, buzzards, Ural owls) and mammals (roe deer, red deer, wild boars, bears, wolfs and even lynxes).