Colibita Lake Bike
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Colibita lake Bike Holidays

  • Overview

    Colibita lake Bike Holidays

    High in the Transylvanian mountains, deep into the wilds of the Carpathians lies a beautiful lake surrounded by majestic mountain crests, covered with endless forests and beautiful flowered meadows.

    Well known for its iodide rich and fresh air, Colibitza was established as a health spa for tuberculosis and lung diseases since early XXth century. But the old village was demolished by the communism regim due to the dam that was build in the valley, in the 80s, for supplying the watter needs of the growing industry in the nearby Bistriţa, the capial city of the county.

    The villagers were forced to move above the water line, but since in every aparantely bad thing, lies also a positive aspect, the region started slowly but consistently to become one of the main touristic atraction in the region.

    Beside exciting mountainbiking trails, Colibitza offers multiple leisure activities like sun tanning, swimming, trekking and hiking, nature and wildlife observation and phototours, interaction with the local people with their traditional lifestyle and customs, and of course, all kind of watersports like seakayaking, windsurfing, canoeing or even white water rafting downstream of the dam.

    Highlights:

    • wild and pristine forests, roaming with brown bears, wolves and linx
    • The Lake of the Faires – natural reservation area
    • Sections of the ancient Roman Road
    • Colibitza Lake –sunbathing, swimming, sea kayaking posibilities
    • Tihutza mountain pass with the Dracula Hotel, located in the area where the Bram Stoker’s story of Dracula is taking place
    • Delicious traditional food
    • The Piatra Fantanele Monastery, dating the beginning of the 20th century
    • views over Bucovina and Transylvanian mountains

  • Trails

    Colibitza MTB trails

    From family easy runs to medium and even challenging, extreme rides for experienced riders, our bike holidays can be customize accordingly to your wishes regarding the duration, level of dificulty and other activities envolved like hiking and trekking, phototours, wildlife observation, seakayaking or river rafting trough our parteners.

    Examples of tours

    1. Easy family runs

    1.1. Colibitza-Borcut mineral spring
    Colibitza-Mitza Village-Long Spring valley-Borcut mineral spring and return

    Highlights: natural mineral water spring
    • fruit and mushrooms picking
    • iodide rich fresh air

    Details: aprox 20 km, gained height 350 m

    1.2. Short Tour of the lake
    Highlights: beautiful views over the lake, the whole valley and the mountains that are surrounding it
    • The dam – built from vulcanic rock, having 300 m width at the bottom and only 12 m wide at the top, 90 m high and 250 m long
    • Slatinita meadow with its salted spring

    Details:25 km, +600m/-600m

    2. Medium level Trips

    2.1. Extended tour of the lake
    Highlights: beautiful views over the lake, the whole valley and the mountains that are surrounding it
    • The dam – built from vulcanic rock, having 300 m width at the bottom and only 12 m wide at the top, 90 m high and 250 m long
    • The Lake of the Fairies natural reserve
    • Slatinita meadow with its salted spring

    Details:35 km, +950m/-950m

    2.2. The three Bourne tour
    A tour that is passing by the historical place called „TheThree Boundaries”, where the Austrian Empire, Romania and Hungary met before 1918.
    Highlights: the Căliman mountains forests with one of the most dense population of brown bear in Romania and Europe.
    • „TheThree Boundaries” historical place
    • Views over the Căliman Mountains National Park with its volcanic peaks and craters
    • The Bistriţa Ardeleană gorges

    Details: 45 km, +1250 m/-1250 m

    2.3. Repedea Valley Natural Reserve
    Highlights: Repedea Valley natural reserve
    • The Horses’s Glade with a traditional sheepfold where we can serve tradtional dishes for lunch
    • the Căliman mountains forests with one of the most dense population of brown bear in Romania and Europe.
    • Views over the Căliman Mountains National Park with its volcanic peaks and craters
    • The Bistriţa Ardeleană gorges

    Details:30 km, +1050m/-1050m

    3. Advanced rides

    3.1. Colibitza – Terha Saddle
    Challenging extended tour of the lake, with a bit of pushbiking up to Terha saddle. It overlapse with the medium extended tour of the lake.
    Highlights: Views over the Căliman Mountains National Park with its volcanic peaks and craters
    • Borcut natural mineral water spring
    • Beautiful views over the lake, the whole valley and the mountains that are surrounding it
    • The dam – built from vulcanic rock, having 300 m width at the bottom and only 12 m wide at the top, 90 m high and 250 m long
    • The Lake of the Fairies natural reserve

    Details: 50 km, +1500m/-1500m

    3.2. Trip to Count Dracula’s Hotel
    Highlights: Tihuta Pass with the Count Dracula’s Hotel and piatra Fântânele monastery
    • Sections of the ancient roman road
    • Views over the Căliman Mountains National Park with its volcanic peaks and craters
    • Views from the north side of the lake
    • The disipated cotagges of the locals with traditional lifestyle

    Details:55km, +1500m/-1500m

    Note: can be shortened and adapted to medium level . Optional: delicious lunch at the Dracula’s Hotel

    3.3. Bike and hike to Bistricioru peak
    Highlights:Caliman Mountains National Park
    • Great views from the top of Bistricioru peak
    • Single trail ride

    Details:35 km, +1000m/-1000m

    Note: the trail has about 1km of pushbiking, and aprox 6 km of hiking.

    These are just some examples of the trails that can be enjoyed in the Colibitza lake area. On request they can be combined, shortened, extended according to your wishes.
    Contact us for more details..

    We are waiting for you for some great adventures!!!

  • Price and Dates

    The prices vary upon the number of days spent and other activities involved.

    Please contact us for more details.

  • 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)
    • Sportbag for transfering your stuff from one location to another
    • 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 Romania was 20 years ago, the second one is NOW !!!

    CarpathianDreams is waiting for you for some great adventures!!!

  • Gallery

    Photos from the Colibita lake area

  • Book now

    Please contact us if you are interested in attending our Colibita Lake Bike Holidays. We will gladly reply to your messages.

    Email: carpathiandreams.com@gmail.com

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