The legend of these mountains goes back in time for thousands of years. It is believed that Bucegi Mountains were the KOGAION mountains from ancient times. It is said that Zamolxis, the supreme God of the Dacians (who are the ancestors of the Romanian people), had his home and sanctuary in a cave, inside the Kogaion. According to Strabo, Zalmoxis retreated in the Kogaion cave to consult the oracles.
The cave must have been branched labyrinth-like, the legend sais that Zamolxis was disappearing for long lapses of time in the depth of the mountain. A stream of clear water rushed at the foot of the Kogaion. In our days this mountain water is known as Ialomita, and the cave from the legend is the Ialomita’s cave.
Zamolxis’s priests were known as ktistai (ascetes) or kapnobatai (cloud swallowers, or cloud walkers, allowing, thereby, to think that Kogaion is a rather high peak). Kogaion means “The head of the Magnificent” which in our days is known as the Sphinx.
“The Old Ladies” (Babele) is another place surrounded by legend. It is said that the old woman Dochia, has been transformed in rock together with her sheep exactly in this place.
Both “The Sfinx” and “The Old Ladies” are close to Babele Hut.
The hut can be reached either by taking the Cable Car from Busteni, or hiking from Sinaia via Piatra Arsa Hut or hiking on the Jepi Valley, from Busteni.