The Transylvanian Alps, also known as the Southern Carpathians, run from west to east across central Romania. Rising to 2500 metres, these mountains offer some of the wildest and most isolated walking in Europe, through areas barely touched by the outside world. With rocky plateaux, wildflower-strewn meadows and high alpine lakes the hiking is exhilarating and the terrain varied. As in the Alps a network of mountain huts provide shelter and food for trekkers and mountaineers. These mountains are home to rare mammals including chamois, bear, wolf and even lynx. You can also expect to see plenty of wildflowers, such as edelweiss and mountain wild rose.