High Alps Cross-country

5.0 (2)
8 days 7 nights
Romania
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic+
Weight limit
85 kg / 187 lb

Discover the stunning Transylvanian high alps on our guided trail, where you'll traverse the scenic landscape atop our reliable and surefooted horses and ponies. Across four one-day excursions, we'll explore alpine pastures near the Ranch, encountering local shepherds caring for their cattle and sheep during the summer months. The expansive alpine meadows provide an ideal backdrop for both grazing animals and our horses, creating picturesque settings for leisurely lunch breaks.

The highlight of the week unfolds in an exhilarating two-day adventure trail ride to the Hasmas mountains. We'll ascend the summit of Nagy Hagymas ('Big Onion') and spend a night at the charming 'Lonely Stone Lodge' nestled in the heart of the Hasmas National Park.

From July to September we'll visit a traditional alpine dairy. Surrounded by cows, sheep, and pigs, we'll delve into the art of crafting handmade cheese and gain insights into the demanding daily life of the shepherds.

US$ 1 420
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
Gheorgheni
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Number of individuals
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Katrin H.
Katrin H. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Originally from the South of Germany, Katrin was raised in a rural environment and started to ride from her early childhood on. After having obtained her degree in violin studies, she worked as a violinist, devoting eight years of her career to music. However, her passion for horses, adventure, the outdoors and Csaba, the founder, brought her to Transylvania in early 2017. Amongst others, Katrin is in charge of the daily rides. Moreover, she takes care of the organizational aspects concerning our ranch and is always willing to help our guests out. If she finds the time, Katrin still loves to creatively express herself on her violin and to jam with our guests at the bonfire.

Tour highlights

Ride to the Hasmas Mountains
Ascend the summit of Nagy Hagymas
Experience the Local Color
Warm hospitality of locals, authentic lifestyle and delicious food
Pass through Beautiful Views
Enjoy picturesque landscapes, mysterious forests and mountain plateaus

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

After your arrival in Gheorgheni, we will take you on an adventurous off-road ride: In our van we will take you to our 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.

Day 2
Ride with a beautiful panorama
Day 3
Towards the river Olt
Day 4
The valley of Kovacs Peter
Day 5
First day of trail
Day 6
Second day of trail
Day 7
The plateau of Pongraz
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

Good to very good physical condition required. The horses have to be led downhill very steeply in passages.

You should be experienced in all paces (walk, trot, gallop)  You should be able to independently control your horse. 

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
6 nights
Camp Site
1 night
6 nights
Ranch

6 overnight stays on our ranch in an oven-heated double- or multibed room

1 night
Hut

Tickets to group meeting place

Group meeting place
Gheorgheni
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Tour conditions

Included

  • 6 riding days / 7 overnight stays;
  • reliable, sure-footed horse and the necessary gear;
  • experienced, English speaking guide;
  • rich breakfast and warm, local dinner;

In special cases vegan, lactose free and gluten free meals can be provided. Please be aware that the meals will be simpler and the diversity reduced. Only possible with a declaration before arrival.

  • local, alcoholic beverages;
  • 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 Pot: wood-heated tub with warm salt water included;
  • free and safe parking spaces;
  • discount for groups possible on request.

Extras

  • flight tickets;
  • transfer to Gheorgheni;
  • insurance;
  • ccompanying non-riders: 550€

Group size

up to 10 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Good hiking/trekking boots, high quality rain gear, head lamp, sleeping bag and warm clothes.

You will receive a detailed packing list after signing up.

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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 2 reviews
  • C
    Claudia
    26 Aug, 2023
    about provider
    It was truly one of the best weeks I've had. I'm immensely grateful to the group and especially to Csaba for their patience during this equestrian adventure. I highly recommend everyone to experience at least 3 days in Harghita. It was absolutely incredible. Sending warm regards and hugs to all.
    26 Aug, 2023
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    Uhhlli
    22 Aug, 2023
    about provider
    Einer meiner schönsten Urlaube! Sehr zu empfehlen für alle Pferde- und Naturliebhaber!
    22 Aug, 2023

Dates and Prices

  • US$ 1 420
    4 – 11 Aug 8 days 7 nights
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  • US$ 1 420
    18 – 25 Aug 8 days 7 nights
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  • US$ 1 420
    1 – 8 Sep 8 days 7 nights
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  • US$ 1 420
    15 – 22 Sep 8 days 7 nights
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  • US$ 1 420
    29 Sep – 6 Oct 8 days 7 nights
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