The Ceahlau Mountains are located in the Eastern Carpathians chain, in Neamt County, Moldavia region. Compact and moderate in altitude, they are an absolute delight to explore.
Toaca Peak (1904 m) is the second-highest crest in the Ceahlau National Park, after Ocolașul Mare. There is a modernized staircase located at its base, facilitating the climb for less experienced hikers. The Ceahlau mountain is accessible at any time of the year and depending on the season offers different landscapes.
Its beautiful rock formations, such as Claile lui Miron; two tall haystack-shaped rocks are surrounded with myth. It is said his flute can still be heard when the wind blows through the haystacks.
Other natural attractions of the Ceahlau Mountains: the rock formations Dochia and Cusma Dorobantului, Duruitoarea waterfall (Cascada Duruitoarea), The Ocolasul Plateau, with the Great Ocolasul Peak, as well as the Bicaz Gorge – one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Romania.
Cabana Dochia is one of the best huts in the country, and from its terrace, you have memorable views over the 30 km long Izvorul Muntelui Lake, that surrounds the mountain at the east.
Over 90 species of birds can be seen in the Ceahlau National Park. The capercaillie (Tetrao urogalus), the biggest among the birds in the park, can be seen in Piciorul Schiop and Poiana Maicilor, during the mating period in April. With a little luck, you can also spot in the same area: the three-clawed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus) a glacial relict, and the wall creeper (Tichodorma muraria). The raven (Corvus corax) usually builds its nest in the high areas of the Ceahlau mountain. Among the rare birds nesting in the Ceahlau park are the cliff butterfly (a bird that could be found also in Cheile Sugaului and Cheile Bicazului), the aquila (Aquila chrysaeltus) and the mountain cock (cocosul de munte). The Ceahlau park is also home to the black goat (Rupicapra rupicapra), which has been colonized here, the lynx (Lynx lynx), the wolf (Canis lupus), the fox (Canis vulpes), the brown bear (Ursus arctos) and the pine marten (Martes martes). The elk (Cervus elaphus var. carpathicus) and the most valuable species of Ceahlau – can be admired in Izvorul Alb, Poiana Maicilor, and Izvoarele Bistrei Mari.