The Carpathian Mountains: An Overview
Carpathian Mountains is our home. We, the people of Extreme Expeditions, are born in this mountains and we love them because here is the place where we grew up and trained for the highest peaks of the world.
Here is a short presentation of the mountains:
The Carpathian Mountains or Carpathians are a mountain range system forming an arc roughly 1,500 km (932 mi) long across Central and Eastern Europe, making them the second-longest mountain range in Europe (after the Scandinavian Mountains, 1,700 km).
They provide the habitat for the largest European populations of brown bears, wolves, chamois and lynxes, with the highest concentration in Romania, as well as over one third of all European plant species. The Carpathians and their foothills also have many thermal and mineral waters, with Romania having one-third of the European total. Romania is likewise home to the second largest surface of virgin forests in Europe after Russia, totaling 250,000 hectares (65%), most of them in the Carpathians, with the Southern Carpathians constituting Europe’s largest unfragmented forested area.
The Carpathians consist of a chain of mountain ranges that stretch in an arc from the Czech Republic (3%) in the northwest through Slovakia (17%), Poland (10%), Hungary (4%) and Ukraine (11%) to Romania (51%) and Serbia (2%).The highest range within the Carpathians is the Tatras, on the border of Slovakia and Poland, where the highest peaks exceed 2,600 m (8,530 ft). The second-highest range is the Southern Carpathians in Romania, where the highest peaks exceed 2,500 m (8,202 ft).
The divisions of the Carpathians are usually in three major sections:
Western Carpathians — Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia.
Eastern Carpathians — southeastern Poland, eastern Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania.
Southern Carpathians — Romania, Serbia.
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Where you can climb in Caucasus?
What is amazing with the Carpathian Mountains is the fact that you can climb then at anytime of the year. During the winter they are spectacular and might find them really difficult technically speaking, but in the summer they can be very gentle and really green. The forest are alive and you can fin a lot of animals and virgin nature. In Romania we are organizing also climbing courses in our Carpathian but as well summer and winter expeditions. The expeditions in the winter are 2-3 days and in the summer we can do it even shorter. Check our Carpathian expeditions and training courses.