Deep into the wilderness of Romania lies a magical place that is wating 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.
The aim of the tour is to combine the pleasure of biking with the direct experience on the carpathian nature and the romanian village lifestyle. We will have two basecamps from wich we will do round day trips, with one ride that connects them. For the first couple of days we will enjoy the fresh air and the pictouresque landscape of a beautiful mountain village.After this period of accomodation we will be facing the first challenging ride of the tour, in one of the oldest romanian national parks, located in the Rodna mountains. A hard climb, followed by a long descent will be the delicacies of the day. The 4 th day, heading south, will take us over the Borgo Mountains, with their low altitude plateaus wich allowed humans to settle up. Here, passing the remote mountain villages of Ciosa and Poiana Catunenilor we will be experiencing ancient old lifestyle, wich saddly is facing extiction due to globalization.
Reaching Colibitza lake in the afternoon and taking a refreshing swim in its cool waters, will be the reward for the day. With its iodide rich air and marvelous views, Colibitza is the perfect place for our last days of biking, also offerring extra multiple options like seakayaking or trekking.
Our 5th day of riding will take us deeply into the wilderness of the Călimani Mountains, known for one of the most great densities of the brown bear population in Europe. Depending on the shepherds transhumance, we might be able to take lunch at the sheepfold, experiencing this traditional lifestyle.
For the last day of riding we will be passing through misterious forests and places, arriving and taking lunch at the Count Dracula’s Hotel, located in a pitoresque mountains pass, wich connects the historical regions of Transilvania and Moldova.
Wild Carpathia is a TV series made out of 4 parts, showing the unspoiled nature and rural culture of the Carpathians, but also the threats. You can find more info on the official site, together with the other parts of the series. http://www.wildcarpathia.tv/ Enjoy!
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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