Bucharest – Sinaia – Transbucegi – Piatra Arsa Chalet
Starting at 8:00 in the morning from your hotel, in Bucharest, we go to Sinaia, on Prahova Valley to start driving on Transbucegi, a mountain road that goes to Piatra Arsa Chalet, on the top of Bucegi mountains. Here is big parking and we leave the car to start hiking. After about 1 hour we reach Babele Chalet. Here we visit the Sphinx and Babele (The Old Woman), natural rock formations in the Bucegi Natural Park, at 2,216 meters (7,270 ft), the shape resulting from erosion produced by wind over a long period of time.
There is another way to reach the chalet, going to Busteni (not to Sinaia) and from here by cable car. It’s easier, is for people who are not in a good shape for climbing mountains. Is a little more expansive because there is a cost of the cable car for about 80 lei per person. And sometimes it’s a long waiting line.
Then we start “walking” on the top of the Bucegi Mountains going to Caraiman Cross. “The tallest cross in the world raised at 2,300 m altitude” (Guinness Book of World Records – 2014) is a monument built between 1926 and 1928 on Caraiman Peak (2291 m) in the memory of the railway heroes who died on duty in World War I, by King Ferdinand I and Queen Mary.
Originally, the cross housed an electric generator, which operated 120 bulbs of 500 watts, distributed on the perimeter of the cross. But today the Cross is connected to the national power system for 300 bulbs of 500 watts each.
The cross itself has a height of 28 meters (92 ft) and two arms of 7 meters (23 ft) each. But entire monument, including a pedestal of concrete clad with stone, is 39.30 meters (129 ft).
From here we can admire the entire valley, from the top.