MTB tour in
a legendary mountain Pass
Exploring the land of Count Dracula

3 Days MTB tour in a legendary mountain Pass

    • Overview

      3 Days MTB tour in a legendary mountain Pass:

      Borgo Pass or Tihuta Pass, connects from centuries the two historical romanian regions of Transylvania and Bukowina. Its commercial and strategic role goes even deeply into history. Witness to it being the presence of the ancient roman road, with sections that are well preserved even today.
      Located at 1200 m above the sea level, this legendary mountain pass offers great view over the surrounding areas – the medieval Trasylvania on the west with its hilly landscape, the archaic Bukowina to the est, the volcanic Calimani Mountains with its great and wild forests to the south, and the Rodnei Mountains to the north, with higher and alpine like ridges. The Pass is part of the lower Borgo (Bargau) mountains, which allowed humans to settle up. During summer, the locals from the valleys come up on the mountain, taking their animals with them, to take advantage of the rich meadows, for grazing or collecting hay for the winter. Some of them remained, in the past, also over the winter. The small villages of Ciosa or Poiana Catunenilor were set like this. Here you will still have the chance to observe the way of life of the locals, which, in some aspects have not changed for hundreds of years.
      We will be accommodated at the Dracula’s Castle Hotel, built in the late 70s by the communist regime, with a medieval like castle look, in order to connect it with the legend of count Dracula from the Bram Stoker’s novel. The story from it is taking place in this area.

      Overview:

      Duration: 3 days
      Overnights: 3
      Riding days: 2
      Total length: 47 km
      Avarage per day: 23 km
      Total climb: 960 m
      Lowest and Highest point:770 m/1282 m
      Level: easy to medium (we can find alternative harder and longer tracks)

      Highlights:

      • experience the archaic romanian country side, with ancient old customs and traditions
      wild and pristine forests, roaming with brown bears, wolves and linx
      • Tihutza mountain pass with the Dracula Hotel, located in the area where the Bram Stoker’s story of Dracula is taking place
      • Delicious traditional natural and homegrown food
      • The remote mountain villages of Ciosa and Poiana Catunenilor
      The Piatra Fantanele Monastery, dating the beginning of the 20th century
      • views over Bucovina and Transylvanian mountains

    • Price and Dates

      The price for this trip starts from 250 euros/person. The final price will depend on the total number of the participants.
      Please contact us for more details and the available dates.
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      Included:

      • 3 overnights at Dracula’s Castle Hotel with breakfasts
      • Picnic lunches
      • Guiding for every day of riding
      • Basic Technical assistance

      Not included:

      • Transportation to location
      • Dinners
      • Mountain-bikes
      • Health and accident insurance

    • Itinerary

      First day

      Arriving in Piatra Fantanele. Accommodating at the Dracula’s Castle Hotel
      Visiting the Piatra Fantanele Monastery. Watching the Sunset from a belle-view point. optional, short warm/up ride.
      Included services: accommodation, guiding

      Day 2 / Cycling to the remote, Ciosa village

      We will cycle trough remote mountain villages, experiencing the traditional lifestyle of the locals. We will pass some of the ancient roman road and will take a traditional lunch from natural homegrown food. If time and desire we can go further to an even more remote village, where the electricity network is still not present. The track will be an easy one, from one point to another and back, with a short loop, mainly on gravel and earthed roads, but can also be extended and designed for more enthusiast and advanced riders.
      Included services: breakfast, guiding, picnick lunch, accommodation
      Distance: 25 km +460/-460 m

      Day 3 / Going deeply into the Carpathian forests

      Our second and last day of riding will take us deeply into the wilderness of the Carpathians. After passing this mysterious forest we will be arriving and riding trough a section of beautiful meadows and glades, where we will be experiencing the traditional shepherding. Here we will also taste a specific sheepfold dish made from polenta and fresh cheese. After this, after riding a bit downhill, we will go up, back to the accommodating place. After dinner, we can do a short walk to a natural mineral water spring.

      Included services: breakfast, guiding, accommodation
      Distance: 22 km +500/-500m

      Day 4 / We say good bye

      Included services: breakfast

    • Logistics and info

      What to bring with you

      Bike:
      Mountainbike in good technical condition – front suspension hardtail or fullsuspension one with a minimum of 2.2 inch tyre

      Technical gear:
      • Small bike backpack (arround 15 litres)
      • 2 or more bike jearsey, 2 or more bike pants, underware, socks, bikeshoes, gloves
      • Helmet
      • Sunglases with interchangeable lenses
      • Rain resistant biking jacket and pants
      • Warm clothes for evenings (temperatures can drop as low as 5 degrees Celcius even during the summer in the evenings and mornings or on the mountains)
      • Hydratation systems or botles
      • Swimwear
      • Suncreams if you have a sensitive skin
      • Towel
      • Basic firstaid kit
      • Camera

      Tools to bring
      • Multitool, tyre levers, pump

      Spare parts for your bike
      Rear derraileur hangers (we insist to bring at least one of it with you), spare tubes, brakepads, a couple of extra spokes, extra chain

      Weather in Romania

      During summer time weather in Romania can be very warm to hot, with short periods of cold rainy days and with regulary summer storms with lightnings and thunders during afternoons. Temperatures during summer can vary from 5 degrees Celsius in the morning to as much as 35 degrees at noon (even 40 degrees in the southern part of Romania).

      Travel Insurance

      We highly recommend you to have a travel and accident insurance, for your holiday, that should cover you over the time spent in Romania.

      Romania – a short overview

      Romania, a country from the east part of Europe is a place little known for the rest of the World, but wich has a lot to offer.
      Romania’s mountains are considered to be one of the last wild places in Europe beeing home of more than half of Europe’s large carnivores like bears and wolves.

      With almost half of its population living in the countryside, Romania and its villages is the place where you can still experience the rural lifestyle, in its true sense, witnessing ancient old traditions and customs, wich are extinct in other parts of Europe. People are still working and living from the land, using their own hands and animals for this. They still use horse drawn carts for carrying stuff and colecting hay in the old ways.

      But this fragile paradise is facing extinction due to globalization, Eu regulation (Romania entered European Union in 2007) and young people migration to urban areas and to foreign countries in search for a place to work.

      Also, other danger that Romania is facing is deforestation. Tourism and income from it could be an alternative to distruction of the wild habitats. It can also add an income to the local economy, helping to preserve the fragile way of life of the local comunities.

      The best moment to visit the wild and archaic Romania was 20 years ago, the second one is NOW !!!

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