Carpathian Arc Above Tree Line

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Carpathian Arc Above Tree Line
Created On: Mar 13, 2009
Last Edited On: Jan 15, 2017


Ostrva - 1984 m
Pinus cembra at timberline

There are plenty of pix of both high and low Carpathian ranges and massifs on the Parent Page and its numerous child pages. Some of those mountains are just a few dozen meters too low to qualify here, where you'll find just one 'summerish' and one 'winterish' photo of the highest ranges rising above timberline. Images that show a broader scene, prominent peaks and geologic bricks will be preferred, which means that plenty of wonderful pictures will not be included, e.g.: beautiful flowers and butterflies (which I generally love), not even any truly Carpathian butterflies; bizarre rock formations; the stunning red alpine wintry creatures or fiery sunsets.

If your favourite season is winter, you'll find a winter collection down below the long summerish thru-trek.


Velka Fatra
We start at NW end
Sunset idyll over Cerna valley
At the other (SW) end

when I started my Carpathian adventure (take away my regular childhood vacations at the foot of the Tatra Mountains), at nearly 18 years of age, I headed for Babia Góra (Witch Mtn), the highest peak of the Żywiec Beskid because:

1 I thought I needed some training before scrambling in the Tatras

2 Beskid Żywiecki was the nearest Carpathian range rising above the timberline.

I believe most SP'ers will find both of the above reasons reasonable and hope you enjoy this guided virtual trek along the most elevated sections of the great Carpathian Arc - from its NW to its SW end.

Northwest Carpathians

East Carpathians

Northeastern Carpathians

Mt.Starostyna - Eastern Bieszczady
Eastern Bieszczady
Three polonynas
Bieszczady & Polonyna Rovna
View from Stoj 1681 m
Polonyna Borzhava
Mount Syvula - Gorgany mtns.

Eastern Carpathians

Mount Omului - Suhard mtns.
Gutai/Gutin - part of the volcanic belt
calimans 4
Călimani/Kelemen Mts - highest of the volcanic belt
Panaghia Rock (1776m)
The rabbit ears and other nice rocks
Gârbova: Grohotiş
Baiului from Piatra Mare
Gârbova: Baiul seen from Piatra Mare

South Carpathians

Coziei Mts - view towards Buila, a limestone wilderness in the Căpăţînii Mountains
Towards Nedeia, Căpăţînii Mts
Towards Nedeia (2130m), highest in the Căpăţânii Mountains
The Land of Serenity - Lotru mountains
Lotru Mountains
Oslea Ridge, Vâlcan Mts
Oslea Ridge, Vâlcan Mountains
Cernei Range, southern extension of Godeanu Mts

Winter Tale: Snowy Pix Only


NW Carpathians (Slovakia/Poland)

E Carpathians (mostly Ukraine/Romania)

S Carpathians (Romania)



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Romuald Kosina

Romuald Kosina - Mar 19, 2009 11:05 am - Voted 10/10


It's good!!!


yatsek - Mar 19, 2009 12:30 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: It's...

I hope so:) And it goes well with Peterbud's area page, although - or rather because - we're going to feature different pix. I find it a good:) example of C/EEu cooperation working well without any money from Brussels.


Proterra - Apr 19, 2009 11:30 pm - Voted 10/10

Zywiec Beskids...

Had some great fun in that place...


yatsek - Apr 20, 2009 3:05 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Zywiec Beskids...

LOL (although 'twas below timberline :))


andreeacorodeanu - Mar 30, 2009 3:21 pm - Voted 10/10


really nice page of the Carpathians, good job i like it and thanks cuz u used and my pictures :). Regards, Andreea


yatsek - Mar 30, 2009 3:26 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow,

Thanks Andreea, but the job's not finished yet:) And I hope it never ends!:D


visentin - Apr 7, 2009 3:58 am - Voted 6/10

you should

Complete it now with Czech White Carpathians, the Javorníky, the Malé Karpaty.... :)


yatsek - Apr 7, 2009 4:31 am - Hasn't voted

Re: you should

They're all a bit too low but hopefully will all be included in Péter's gallery/area page. But you're right - there are quite a few ranges still missing from this page: Gorgany, Rarau-Giumalau, Harghita, Postavarul, Capatini, Godeanu...


stelian - Dec 18, 2010 9:46 am - Voted 10/10


Very nice page. Carpathian Mountains in all their splendor.


yatsek - Dec 18, 2010 5:43 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Congratulations.

Multumiri. For your Giumalau and Suhard contributions too.

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