Cindrel Mountains hiking map
The Cindrel Mountains are a mountain group in the Southern Carpathians, bordered to the north and east by the Ampoi Corridor, Saliste Depression and Sibiu Depression; to the south by Sadu Valley, Steflesti Saddle and Frumoasa Valley, making the transition to Lotrului Mountains; to the west by Sebes Valley making the transition to Sureanu Mountains.
The geology of Cindrel Mountains consists of hard rocks (crystalline schist) with a rugged landscape, crossed by valleys with steep slopes, where sometimes spectacular gorge sections are formed. The highest peaks are Cindrel Peak 2,243 m, Serbota Mare Peak 2,007 m, and Rozdesti Peak 1,817 m.
The most important tourist attractions are the oldest and the highest mountain resort in the country, Paltinis, at an elevation of 1,450 m. The extensive pastures and the springs have led to the organization of numerous sheepfolds and so the Cindrel Mountains are considered to be one of the most important pastoral regions in the Romanian Carpathians. There are several nature reserves that are worth visiting, such as the Botanical Nature Reserve of Iezerele Cindrelului and Cindrel Natural Park.
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