Deep into the wilderness of Romania lies a magical place that is waiting to be explored.This Carpathian area, located at the intersection of the historical regions of Transylvania, Bucovina and Maramureş is one of the last regions in Europe where lost in time villages, with ancient traditions and customs, and wild and pristine nature is still to be found.
We are in love of these places and happy to show it, being guided by sustainable principles, respecting nature and local communities.
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 and european wolf.We present you an exclusive trip to the heart of the Carpathians designed for advanced Bikers who want to live an authentic enduro experience together with enthusiast guides.We will ride mainly on natural trails, but will also test some local, specially built trails, used for enduro or light downhill races.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 lifestyle and enjoying the hospitality and the rich gastronomy of the locals.
Pick up from Cluj-Napoca International Airport or your hotel. Transfer to Colibita Lake in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains. Assembling bikes, short warm up ride or a bath in the lake, dinner and detailed presentation of the tour. Transfer: 160 km, 3.5 hIncluded services: airport transfer, dinner, accommodation.
Accommodation: local guesthouse
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 Orban Stone.
The lift will be a unique experience in which we can share an experience with local people, in means of transport they still use to climb these steep mountains for logging.After the last ascent done by bike, we will reach a mountain top with stunning views. From here, a nice single track will take us back to the lake, after a 800m of altitude descent.Included services: breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, dinner, guiding, accommodation.
Accommodation: local guesthouse
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 runs as long as we feel, ending the day with a ride on the hills close to our accommodation place.
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.Included services: breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, dinner, guiding, accommodation, transfer of main luggage.
Accommodation: local certified ecotourism guesthouse
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 that runs through virgin forests, part of the UNESCO world heritage sites – Slatioara secular forest. We will end the day in a cosy location inspired by the local wooden architecture.
Included services: breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, dinner, guiding, accommodation,transfer of main luggage, shuttle.
Accommodation: local traditional guesthouse
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 easy 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 in the valley.Included services: breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, dinner, guiding, accommodation,transfer of main luggage, transfer.
Accommodation: 3* hotel with pool
The last day of the trip will be spent in the local bike park, were we will have a lot of fun on 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 is part of the national Enduro Cup championship and other local races.
After the riding session we will move near the airport where a farewell dinner awaits us.Included services: breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, dinner, guiding, accommodation, transfer of main luggage, shuttle, transfer.
We say good bye and go to the airport. You can also have the option to explore Cluj-Napoca, either before or after the trip. Cluj is an interesting multicultural city and is worth seeing it.
Included services: breakfast, transfer to the airport
• Duration: 7 days
• Overnights: 6
• Riding days: 5
• Fitness level: 3 of 5
• Skills level: Advanced
• Total length: 140 km
• Average per day: 28 km
• Total descent: – 7020 m
• Lowest point: 581 m
• Highest point: 2200 m
• Price: 1600 € (special prices for groups)
• 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
• picturesque region of Bucovina
• Sections of the ancient Roman Road
• Colibitza Lake –sunbathing, swimming, sea kayaking possibilities
• 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
• Slatioara secular forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Dorna county – a certified ecotourism destination
• views over Bucovina and Transylvanian mountains
• Transfer from/to Cluj-Napoca Intern. Airport
• 6 overnights in locally own guesthouses and 3* hotels
• All meals included: breakfasts, sandwiches for lunch and dinners (except for one lunch at Dracula’s Castle )
• Transfer of main luggage from one basecamp to another
• Bike shuttle by van or chairlift
• Guiding for every day of riding
• Technical assistance
• Small bike backpack (around 15 litres)
• Sportbag for transferring 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 Celsius even during the summer in the evenings and mornings or on the mountains)
• Hydratation systems or botlles
• Suncreams if you have a sensitive skin
• Basic firstaid kit
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).
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 !!!
PathFinder – a very beautiful enduro movie with sections filmed also in Romania, in the Carpathians. From minute 8.20 to 12.00, you can see some areas in the Rodnei Mountains National Park, which are also included in our Carpathian MTB Enduro tour.
Sergi, Barcelona – It’s been such a great trip. Everything was perfect. We enjoyed a lot the experience, not only for the routes and places where we stayed, but for our guide Calin, who was a great person and always willing to help.
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