The Bucegi Mountains (Romanian: Mun?ii Bucegi Template:IPA-ro; Template:Lang-hu) are located in central Romania, south of the city Bra?ov. They are part of the Southern Carpathians group of the Carpathian Mountains.
To the east, the Bucegi Mountains have a very steep slope towards the popular tourist destination Prahova Valley (a.o. Bu?teni and Sinaia). At a higher elevation is the Bucegi Plateau, where wind and rain have turned the rocks into spectacular figures such as the Sphinx and Babele.
The Bucegi is believed to be the Dacian holy mountain Kogainon, on which the God Zalmoxis resided in a cave.
The name of the mountains is derived from Slavic buk meaning "beech tree".
The mountains are grouped in three ranges:
- Bucegi Mountains (Omul Peak - 2505 meters)
- Leaota Mountains (Leaota Peak - 2133 meters)
- Piatra Craiului Mountains (Baciului Peak - 2238 meters)
The Bran Pass separates the Piatra Craiului and Leaota ranges; it was marked by border crossings between Wallachia and Transylvania, and was defended by the Bran Castle.
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Omu Peak, 2505 m asl.
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Ascending Bucsoiu peak
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Mountaineering in Bucegi
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Impressive vertical walls in Bucegi Massif
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The Heroes' Cross on the Caraiman Peak
Costila Relay on Bucegi mountain top
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The Sphinx of Bucegi
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Caraiman chalet in Bucegi Mountains
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Caraiman Cross, view from Costila peak
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Bucegi Mountains in early summer
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A herd of sheep near Sinaia
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M?l?ie?ti Valley in late autumn, deep in the heart of Bucegi Mountains at around 1720 m asl
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Ascending Brana Aeriana
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Paragliding at high altitude
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Bucegi Mountains in summer