Three weeks of horseback riding through the most remote wilderness of the Romanian Carpathians. Pure nature, spectacular landscapes, mysterious primeval forests: The idyllic Székely Land combines the wilderness of the Eastern Carpathians, the beauty of rugged mountain passes, narrow riding routes, mysterious spruce forests and romantic hidden campsites. It is the diversity of the landscape and the untouched nature that make this 23-day trail an unforgettable experience, which no truly passionate trail-rider should miss out on.
Here, in rural Romania, time seems to stand still. Traditions have a high value in the daily life of the population; shepherds still freely roam over the wide alpine pastures with their sheep and farmers use horse-drawn carriages to bring in wood and hay. On this adventure, you will spend 5 nights in a tent under the starlit sky.
On 12 overnight stays in small, friendly family-run guesthouses, you will get to know the hospitality of the Szeklers, who will spoil you with local delicacies. Moreover, you will have the opportunity observe native brown bears in their natural habitat. Come and join us and our four-legged family on a cultural journey through time and through the unique natural landscape of the Romanian Carpathians.
- 18 riding days / 21 overnight stays
- Trail-ride of 450 km through the wilderness of the Eastern Carpathians
- Daily rides with a duration of 4-7 hours
- Reliable, sure-footed horse and the necessary gear
- Experienced, English speaking guide ⁃ 3 rest days with cultural trips
- 2 hot meals a day ⁃ Local, alcoholic beverages are included
- 1 picnic a day
- 4 overnight stays on our ranch in an oven-heated double- or multibed room
- 17 overnight stays in different guesthouses and mountain huts
- Adventurous off-road drive to our ranch
- Bear observation
- Hot Pot: wood-heated tub with warm salt water included
- Free and safe parking spaces
- Discount for groups possible on request
- Maximum group size is 10
Come with us and discover Transylvania on horseback!
Three-week trail ride in unspoilt nature.
After your arrival in Gheorgheni, we will take you on an adventurous off-road ride: In our van we will take you to our Hipparion Ranch, which is remotely located in the Eastern Carpathian Mountains. With a little luck we might spot a deer, a capercaillie bird or even a bear. Once you have arrived on our ranch, you can unwind after your long journey by immersing yourself in the warm salt water of our Hot Pot. After having familiarized yourself with our horses and moving into your room, our cook Brigitta, will indulge you with an original Szekler dinner, in our rustic log cabin. After having enjoyed a hearty breakfast on the next morning, we will go on a short ride to discover the area around our ranch. This will allow you to get to know your horse and the equipment.
Once we’ve returned at our ranch, we will discuss our upcoming adventure and you will receive a short instruction on how to set up the tents. In the evening, our bath barrel filled with salt water will allow you to relax while enjoying the ravishing sunset. On your third day our pack trip begins. In our first week you will get an insight into the nomadic lifestyle of the local shepherds and farmers. While riding along the main ridge of the Carpathians, you will enjoy the spectacular beauty of the valley below you. We will be spending the nights in tents at beautiful campsites which are far away from any civilization.
The green mountain plateaus will repeatedly invite us to canter. We’ll let the week end at Lake Sfânta Ana, which is the only volcanic crater lake in Eastern Europe, and spend the night in a cozy guesthouse. On our first rest-day, we will take a muchdeserved hot shower, drink the crystal-clear water of the famous healing spring and visit the beautiful Lake Sfânta Ana. In the evening a very special highlight awaits you: During a bear observation, you will get to see native brown bears in their natural habitat.
The fragrant and deep forests of the Harghita Mountains will mark the beginning of our second week. As we’ll ride through the narrow gorges of Varghis, we’ll come past several cultural sights: Our route takes us past a well-known iron foundry, famous for creating the first cannon of the revolution in 1848. Suddenly, the landscape will change: the deep, shady forests and high mountains are going to give way to an idyllic, open and hilly landscape.
We’ll stop to visit a ranch for Arabian horses. After a long riding day, we’ll visit a waterfall, where we can refresh ourselves. We’ll spend two nights in a beautiful old farm and take a ride to a local fishery, where we’ll enjoy the freshly caught trout. Light beech- and ancient oak forests will guide our way to the volcanic Hargita Plateau, where we’ll have a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. On our rest day, we’ll visit a traditional pottery in Korond and relax in a small spa. We’ll be sleeping in charming rural guesthouses.
All through our last week, we’ll be accommodated in rustic and traditional guesthouses. Our way will be leading us further over the Hargita Plateau and through colorful lush mountain meadows, as well as dense primeval forests. In the tranquil village of Varsag, we’ll get to experience how the traditional wooden shingles are made. On a carriage ride through the idyllic village we’ll visit an old mill and a waterfall. After this eventful rest day, we’ll get back into the saddle of our four-legged friends and ride away from the tranquil country life and into the wilderness of the forests in the Harghita Mountains. Off the beaten path, we’ll come through enchanted landscapes, where animals such as deer, capercaillie birds, lynxes, wolves, wildcats and bears roam. Our long journey will be about to come to an end.
The Hipparion Ranch will welcome us with its steaming hot pot and a roast lamb from the oven. The last day will end with a trip to the legendary Murder Lake and the spectacular Bicaz Gorge. In the evening you’ll get to celebrate your wild adventure on a big farewell and with traditional tunes.