cabin fever in the mountains

May – November

8 Days

1190,00 €

Take a deep breath, find peace, let your soul dangle to the rhythm of the horses: relaxing rides through the untouched, wild and romantic nature of the Carpathian Mountains. Our riding holiday for all those who already have riding experience but are still new to the field of trail riding. Daily rides on reliable, sure-footed horses and ponies through a beautiful, now rare natural landscape with dense primeval forests, spectacular mountain panoramas and colorful meadows in bloom. At the end of our riding week we set off on an adventure trail into the Hasmas Mountains. On this 2-day trail ride we climb the rugged peaks of the “Nagy Hasmas”  and finally spend the night in a hut in the middle of the enchanting Hasmas National Park. An experienced, Emglish-speaking trail riding guide will accompany you and can tell you a lot about Transylvania, its culture and unique ecosystem. Enjoy our regional cuisine on a high level and ecological basis. End an exciting riding day full of adventure with guitar music around the campfire or enjoy the sunset over the mountains with a glass of wine in our comfortably warm hot tube.

At a glance
  • 6 riding days / 7 overnight stays
  • Duration of the rides varies from 3-6 hours
  • Reliable, sure-footed horse and the necessary gear
  • Experienced, English speaking guide
  • 2 hot meals a day
  • Local, alcoholic beverages are included
  • 1 picnic a day
  • 6 overnight stays on our ranch in an oven-heated double- or multibed room
  • 1 night in a hut in Hasmas National Park
  • Adventurous off-road drive to our ranch
  • Hot tub: wood-heated tub with warm salt water included
  • Free and safe parking spaces
  • Discount for groups possible on request
  • Maximum group size is 10
  • Accompanying non-riders: 550€
  • Discount for groups possible on request

Come with us and discover Transylvania on horseback!
Eight exciting days in an untouched nature.

Tour description

1st day:

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.

2nd day:

Today we’ll start our first trail-riding tour. Are you excited? Don’t worry, our horses are all experienced climbers who will carry you safely through the mountains! After a typical Romanian breakfast, we will fetch the horses from the meadow together. Next we will be cleaning and saddling our four-legged companions, and after a short briefing our adventure will begin. Our path today leads us through dense spruce forests downhill into the valley, through a small mountain stream, past wonderfully flowering herb meadows, until we reach a small summit after about 2 hours of riding time. where we have our lunch break.

Then it’s on the way back. After about an hour, we reach the local farm via mountain meadows that are rich in blooming species. After taking care of the horses, relaxation is the order of the day: bathing in a hot tub, sitting by the campfire, reading a book, collecting mushrooms or herbs; Here you will find peace and time for yourself. In the evening we will meet again in the log cabin to eat together.

Riding time: approx. 3 hours

3rd day:

After breakfast we set off on our second day’s ride. It goes past idyllic farms into the valley to the source of the Olt River, the second largest river in Romania. Here we water our horses and fill up our water bottles. Then it goes steeply uphill through dense primeval forests. The scent of the forest, the old creaking spruce trees and the wilderness make our route an adventure for all the senses. Arrived at the top at 1450 meters, we take a lunch break at a hunter’s high seat, which offers us a wonderful view of our local mountains and the valley of Kovacs Peter. The evening invites you to swim or to sit together and make music by the crackling campfire under the starry night sky. Riding time: approx. 4 hours

4th day:

Our third day of riding leads us back to the valley of Kovacs Peter. Then it goes uphill through enchanted, unspoilt forests and over winding forest paths with an adventure character. In some places, brisk gallops over soft forest paths await us today. Today’s picnic break is on the summit of the Sipos (1564 m) by a small bench with tables. While the horses graze peacefully around us, we enjoy the well-deserved break and maybe the warm rays of the sun tempt one or the other to take a little nap.

Riding time approx. 5 hours

5th day:

Our trail ride adventure begins! We saddle up our horses and then we start: We climb steeply uphill through rivers and over stony mountain paths to the main ridge of the Carpathian Mountains, until finally, at the top, we let our horses breathe and we can devote ourselves to the spectacular view all around; Steep rock formations, imposing panoramas and large gorges astonish us at the beauty of nature. After a lunch break on a mountain meadow, after another 1.5 hours of riding time, we reach the famous “White Meadow”, which takes its name from the countless white limestones. It is located in the middle of the protected Hasmas National Park in front of an idyllic mountain backdrop. Numerous shepherds and cowherds move here with their animals in the warm summer months through the endless expanses of this uniquely pristine landscape. Perhaps we will also meet the semi-wild herd of Csango horses that roam the meadows up here. It continues uphill again over wild and sometimes impassable paths. We are now above the tree line, which can be seen from the fact that the trees around us are getting smaller and smaller. When we arrive at the top of the Großlauchs summit (1792 m), we take a breather and enjoy the breathtaking view of the small world below. We continue downhill on foot over wide meadows and alpine pastures until we come to a spring where we water our horses and fill up our water bottles. There is no running water in the hut where we will sleep today. But there are picturesque sunsets on the summit. After our arrival and taking care of the animals, there is dinner and those who want can climb the craggy rocks of the “Lonely Stone”. We will sleep in the shared room in bunk beds. If you want, you can pitch a tent.

Riding time approx. 5 hours

6th day:

Early the next day we visit a nearby dairy at dawn (June-September). Here we watch the shepherds milking by hand and learn how the regional cheese is made. You will also get a first-hand insight into the simple and often hard and lonely life of the mountain shepherds. After we have strengthened ourselves with a delicious and sumptuous breakfast at the hut, we swing ourselves back into the saddle. It goes back to the Hipparion traikriding farm. First we ride to the summit again, the morning offers us another completely new natural spectacle, with a little luck we can even spot a few chamois on the rocks below us. The expanses of the mountain plateaus invite us again and again to wonderful long gallops. We continue through mysterious spruce forests and walk down to the valley of Balan, where we can climb back on our ponies. The last stage demands a lot from our 4-legged buddies. You go steeply up the narrow forest paths back to the farm. Then there is time to recover from the rigors of our journey with a hot shower. In the evening we eat together again in the log cabin.

Riding time approx. 5 hours

7th day:

Today we take it easy to round off our exciting week. After we have all slept in, we saddle our horses and ride on the plateau of Pongraz, we have lunch in a restaurant. On the way home, some great gallops over sandy paths are waiting for us. The evening ends romantically around the campfire and you have time to share your experiences and review the week.

8th day:

After a hearty breakfast, we will drive you to Gheorgheni, from where you will start your individual journey back home.

Notes:

Changes to the program are possible at any time, depending on the weather.

Necessary equipment: Good shoes, rain gear, sleeping bag, headlamp. A detailed packing list will be sent with the booking.

 

Equestrian requirements:

The basic gaits of walk, trot (light trot) and canter must be mastered. You should also know how to clean, saddle and lead a horse. Normal, athletic basic fitness.

Tour dates

2021:

07.-14.11.2021 

14.-21.11.2021 

2022:

15.-22.05.2022 

12.-19.06.2022 

26.06.-03.07.2022 

10.-17.07.2022 

31.07.-07.08.2022 

07.-14.08.2022

14.-21.08.2022

21.-28.08.2022

21.-28.08.2022 

02.-09.10.2022 

16.-23.10.2022 

30.10.-06.11.2022

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