Ceahlau Massif, well-known as the “Olympus of Moldavia”, considered a sacred mountain in the Dacian times, is one of the most spectacular mountains in Romania. It belongs to the Eastern Carpathians. It’s situated in the central-eastern part of Moldavia, and bordered by Bistrita Mountains in the north – west, Izvoru Muntelui Reservoir and Bistrita River in the east and north-east and Bicaz valley separates it from Hasmas and Tarcau mountains to the south.
The massif has a suffice of about 300 square km, appearing from all directions like the a huge natural fortress, which walls can be seen from over 100 km, with a southern peak, Ocolasu Mare, 1907m and a northern peak, Toaca, 1900m, raising from its high plateau.
Ceahlau is formed mainly from conglomerates, with limestone and sandstone. Erosion created a variety of strangely shaped formations, many of them looking like man made creations, a good source of legends, and inspiring our imagination, even nowadays.
The flora consist from mixed forests on its lower level, pine tree forests up to 1700m and the sub alpine level, with dwarf-bushes and juniper shrubs. The alpine level is represented by a variety of wild berries.
The fauna is reach, from wild cat to deer, brown bear and chamois.
Almost the entire massif is part of the Ceahlau National Park, with a strictly protected scientific reserve on the high plateau, around Ocolasu Mare Peak.
Tourism is well developed, due to the proximity of Bicaz Gorges, Durau Resort and Izvoru Muntelui Reservoir, as well as the variety of marked hiking routes.