The Carpathians are the second longest mountain range in Europe (1,600km) after the
Scandinavian Alps, being home to the largest European populations of brown bear, European wolf, chamois and lynx and according to the latest discoveries, is the birthplace of the European civilization.We present you an exclusive Enduro MTB tour in the heart of the Carpathians designed for advanced Bikers who want to live an authentic enduro experience togethere experienced riders.
This time we will be accompanied by BORJA MARRÓN, who will share with us his knowledge,helping us to improve our technique..
We will ride in different stages, with pure enduro joy, with a mixture of trails build with lots of flow and also climbings to the top to enjoy wild descents that will put your skills to the test …
It will be 5 days riding, where we will alternate bike climbs, chair lifts, van transfers and the unique experience of a lift in a horse drawn cart.
A trip with the unique Carpathian Dreams style, immersing ourselves in the culture of the country, experiencing lost in time vilages and enjoying the hospitality and the rich gastronomy of the locals.
• Duration: 7 days
• Overnights: 6
• Riding days: 5
• Total length: 190 km
• Total climb/descent: + 2000m (on bike) +5000 (total) /-7000m of downhill
• Lowest and Highest point:350 m/2133 m
• Level: medium to advanced
• experience the archaic romanian country side, with ancient old customs and traditions
• wild and pristine forests, roaming with brown bears, wolves and linx
• Rodnei Mtns. National Park
• training session with Borja Maron, Enduro Champion of Asturias
• Calimani Mtns. National Park
• 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 natural and homegrown food
• remote mountain villagess
• The Piatra Fantanele Monastery, dating the beginning of the 20th century
• ride in Codrii Seculari – a virgin forest with very old trees- Unesco World Heritage site
• archaic region of Bucovina with the Dorna county
The price of this tour varies depending on the number of people in the group, get in touch with us and we will give you a personalized quote.
If you are coming solo and wish to join to another already formed group, please contact us to check the possibilities.
For 2018 we have an open tour from 16th to 22nd of July
Please contact us for booking and extra details.
• All internal transfers
• Vehicles for the transport of the main luggage and material.
• 6 nights in 3 * guest houses, with double room occupation
• Full board during the tour (breakfast and dinner) Supplies for daily rides (picnic bag with sandwich, fruit and energy bars)
• 1 Romanian guide (English and German language) 1 Spanish MTB guide (Spanish, Romanian, English language)
• Travel insurance.
• Mountain bikes
• Alcoholic drinks
Arriving in Romania.Arrive at Cluj Napoca International Airport. Transfer to Colibita Lake.
We will travel to Lake Colibita (3h) where we can take a bath in the lake to recover from the trip, before the welcoming dinner. In the evening we will do a briefing to explain the details of the coming days.
Accommodation on 3* guesthouse. Lunch and Dinner included.
Today’s plan is to cycle around the lake to enjoy the views and make the first descent to the meeting point where two horse-drawn carriages is waiting us to take us to the top of the Orban Stone.
The lift will be a unique experience in which we can share an experience with local people in the means of transport. They still use the horses to climb these steep mountains for logging.
After the last ascent done by bike, we will reach the top where we can enjoy exceptional views, before a descent of 800m of altitude through wild forests to reach the lake where we will decide if we extend the route around it …
Accommodation on a 3* hotel. All meals included
After one hour of driving we will reach one of the routes of the Romanian Downhill Cup. We will take a chairlift to the top and enjoy some nice runs, ending the rides with a bike tour of the area.
In the afternoon we can visit Vatra Dornei to immerse ourselves in the local atmosphere of this lovely tourist town famous for its spas.
We will stay in a rural guest house, having the opportunity to take dinner from ingredients produced in the owners traditional farm.
Accommodation on a rural guesthouse. All meals included
We will go up by car to Pietrele Doamnei – a spectacular rock with great views over the surroundings. The descent, probably the best in this area, is a long single-track of 12km that runs through virgin forests, part of the UNESCO world heritage sites – Codrii seculari de la Slătioara. We will end the day doing a few kilometers through the valley, ending the day trip in a cosy location inspired by the local wooden architecture.
Accommodation on 4* guest house. All meals included.
We will drive up to the Prislop Pass. From here we continue by bike. An impressive panorama opens before our eyes. The Rodnei National Park is the largest and highest mountain range in the northern part of the Carpathians, with peaks that reach more than 2300 m. We will climb to more than 2000m after a bit of push-bike. From here we can continue close to Gargalau Peak, one of the places where the movie Path Finder (min 9:00) has been filmed.
After contemplating the view and regain forces, a descent of almost 15 km will take us into the valley.
Accommodation at 3* hotel. All meals included
The last day of the trip will be spent in the local bike park, that has a variation of trails with lots of flow, jumps, sharp curves … designed and shaped by local riders
We will make several fast lifts in a van so that will have all the energy preserved for the downhill runs.
This Bikepark Codrisor-La Brazi is part of the national Enduro Cup championship together with other local races.
After the riding session we will move near the airport where a farewell dinner awaits us.
Accommodation at a 3 * pension. All meals included
Today it’s time to get up early to catch the plane back home !! If you ever want to come back (for sure), you can always count on Carpathian Dreams to live another unforgettable experience …
Mountainbike in good technical condition – front suspension hardtail or fullsuspension one with a minimum of 2.2 inch tyre
• 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
• 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
• Suncreams if you have a sensitive skin
• Basic firstaid kit
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
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).
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 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 !!!
What you can see and experience on this tour:
If you are interested in attending this trip, please send us a message.