Szekler & Saxon Land

Transylvania Romania: (IT-RORT02)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/romania_transylvania_szekler_trails.aspx

Introduction
Transylvania Romania
A Place of Great History & Myth...

Transylvania is a place of great history and myth, which lends to the region a mysterious allure that attracts adventurous travelers and horseback riders from around the world. It is a land comprised of stunning natural phenomena combined with intriguing villages of ancient origin, hidden deep in its sloping valleys and impressive mountains. Transylvania’s landscape varies from the great river basins of Somes, Olt and Mures, to majestic stretches of vast plains (great for canters!), and of course the dramatic Carpathian Mountains. It is a paradise of discovery from the back of a horse, a chance to see the country from a vantage point reserved only for those who are willing to pass without vehicle. The local equestrian centre was established in 1995 with the aim to enable all people who love nature and horses to learn about the wonderful world of Transylvania: about the hidden secrets in the shadows of the mountains, about its culture, natural beauty and rural lifestyle of the common people. We cross trails in all three major territories under the rule of Transylvania: The Sezkler Land, Csangoland and Saxon Land.

On the Salt Way itinerary we follow the "route of the salt" over the Snowy Mountains (Havasok). These were the trails on which the Romanian's predecessors carried salt from the mines of Parajd on ox wagons to the Maros River, where it was loaded onto rafts and delivered to faraway cities. We will travel one part of the salt mine route on our riding tour while discovering the hidden Szekler farming villages and several "Esztena”s.

Accomodation

Accommodations
These are progressive rides so nights will be spent in different accommodations.
Option A: Overnights are 5 nights in guesthouses/ small inns and 2 nights are camping in tents. 
Option B: Overnights are in guesthouses and small inns.
Option C (15-day trek): 4 nights in guesthouses and 10 nights camping

Description
Overall, the accommodations are rustic in remote locations with true immersion into the local culture. Bathrooms are shared everywhere and all include hot water as well as flushable toilets.
Wi-Fi internet is almost never available and there are no laundry facilities.

Accommodations Itinerary for option A - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Guesthouse in Kovács Péter
Night 2: Camping in Fekete Rez
Night 3: Camping near Ördög Lake
Night 4: Tündérkert Panzio in Izvoreni
Night 5: Guesthouse in Székelyvarság
Night 6: Guesthouse near Borzont
Night 7: Guesthouse in Kovács Péter

Accommodations Itinerary for option B - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Guesthouse in Kovács Péter
Night 2: Farmhouse in Izvorul Muresul
Night 3: Guesthouse in Liban / Osztoros
Night 4: Tündérkert Panzio in Izvoreni
Night 5: Guesthouse in Székelyvarság
Night 6: Guesthouse near Borzont
Night 7: Guesthouse in Kovács Péter

Accommodations Itinerary for option C - subject to changes based on availability
Night  1: Guesthouse in Kovács Péter
Night  2: Camping in Fekete Rez
Night  3: Camping near Ördög Lake
Night  4: Camping in Madarasi Hargita
Night  5: Camping in Talabor
Night  6: Camping in Mitács
Nights 7 & 8: Guesthouse in Bixzad
Night  9: Camping on Pap Mountain
Night 10: Camping in Örálla
Night 11: Camping in Kőnyak
Night 12: Camping in Terkő-mező
Night 13: Camping in Poiana Albă
Night 14: Guesthouse in Kovács Péter

Guesthouse in Kovács Péter
This 120 year old rustic log cabin used to be a Csango farm. The traditional architecture was kept. It is hidden in the middle of the nature, far away from civilization. There is no electricity, no internet and no cell service here. The accommodation is simple and guest can choose to stay in shared rooms inside the log cabin or in a Mongolian yurt. Facilities are shared and there are flushable toilets. A fireplace keeps the house warm and the wood-heated outdoor showers provides a special experience.
In the evenings, you can relax in our warm, saltwater-filled bath barrel while enjoying great views of the surrounding mountain.

Tündérkert Panzio in Izvoreni
This charming wooden guesthouse welcomes you with their 11 double rooms, all equipped with a comfortable bed, free Wi-Fi access, heating and almost all rooms have a private bathroom. The guesthouse is surrounded by nature, allowing for a quiet night.

Guesthouse in Székelyvarság
This guesthouse used to be an old turbine house but has now been renovated in order to accommodate guests in 4 double rooms. The rooms are cozy and simply furnished. Bathrooms are shared. There are common areas where guests can relax including a living room with a fireplace and a lovely outside terrace.

Farmhouse in Izvorul Muresul
Tonight’s accommodation is in a simple farmhouse with shared bathrooms, flushable toilets and free Wi-Fi.

Guesthouse in Bixzad
This small Inn offers 13 cozy bedrooms decorated in a rustic style. The rooms have a TV, private bathrooms and heating. Free Wi-Fi is available in common areas. Guests are welcome to relax in the garden and use the sauna.

Guesthouse in Liban
This fairly recent accommodation is set in a beautiful area and offers amazing views of the surroundings. Amenities are recent and include two modern bathrooms (shared) with hot water and flushable toilets. Each bedroom can accommodate a maximum of 3 people. Wi-Fi is available at this property.

Guesthouse near Borzont
This lovely country house is surrounded by nature and offers simple and comfortable accommodations. The 6 bedrooms all offer views of the surroundings and feature free Wi-Fi access. Facilities are shared and guests are welcome to use the common areas.

Camping
When camping, there are no facilities so guest can choose to bathe in a nearby river or lake and toilets consist in a hole in the ground.
During camping nights, we provide you with the following gear:
 “Quechua 2 second tent” for 2 persons (2.10 x 1.40 m).
 “Quechua” sleeping bag (-5°C)
 “Quechua” air mattress (5 cm x 200 cm x 80 cm).

Room Occupancy
Single rooms are not available.


Meals
All meals are included with this trip and you will have the opportunity to taste local Romanian dishes.
Alcoholic drinks are not included, but guests are welcome to bring their own if they want.

We serve 2 warm meals (rich breakfast and 2-course dinner) & a saddle bag picnic for lunch everyday.
The ingredients used for our dishes are of sustainable, ecological and regional origin.
Our vegetables and fruits come from the weekly market in Gheorgheni. Cheese and milk are supplied to us by the neighboring farmers and the meat comes from animals that were allowed to grow up in peace on the lush meadows. No antibiotics, no genetic engineering, natural food and happy animals!
We also use trout from nearby fish farms, wild boar and deer products from the nearby forests.
Finally our self-collected porcini mushrooms, chanterelles and blueberries also contribute to a colorful, biologically oriented cuisine.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to vegetarians & vegans and we are always trying very hard to put together a varied menu for you! We also cater to guests with food intolerance or allergies; just let us know if you have any dietary restrictions at the time of booking.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

No matter the option you choose (camping or no camping), you will be riding for 6 days, spending about 6 hours in the saddle every day. In total, we will cover about 170 km.

Horses
The horses are mostly crosses between Lippizans and indigenous breeds (Szekler horses & mountain ponies). We breed our own horses. All are calm, mentally balanced, not overbred or nervous, and live in freedom without any kind of force or negative pressure.
At a very young age, our horses already learn how to proceed securely on broken, slippery and rocky land since they take part on the tours following their mothers.
The studs are kept on the pasture, so their nervous system is stable and calm and they are glad to fulfill their daily tasks.
We start training our horses when they are 4-5 years old and mostly all of them can be used under saddle or as pack-horses.

Tack
Our saddles are comfortable, remodeled, German military saddles that have been specially developed for a high level of comfort for riders and horses over long distances. If required, our guests can get a lambskin seat cushion for their saddle.
The self-designed, leather saddlebags are made by hand and are used to safely carry the guests’ belongings while on the trail (max. 8 kg).
The saddlebags and the packs were modified in order to enable the packhorses to follow the team, even at a canter.

Riding Gear
Some of our guests do not want to give up their usual equipment during their holidays. It is okay to bring your own stirrups, saddle cushions, reins or your own tent. Please, let us know in advance!
However, riding with your own saddle is not possible for the benefit of our horses. Our horses wear saddles that are specially tailored to their individual back shape.

Weight Limit
Out of consideration for our horses, our weight limit is 90 kg. However, some exceptions can be made depending on various factors – please inquire

Tour Leader
Csaba’s love for the mountain, horses and riding tour started in his childhood. He feels most at home when he can be close to horses and nature. He knows the trails inside and out, even the most isolated tracks. I also know many of the locals there.

Insurance
All participants must have their own insurance to take part in this trip.

Solo Travelers
Solo travelers and women traveling alone should feel safe while travelling through Romania. Although public transport is slower than in Western Europe, it is safe and our guests have never had any problems in the past.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes

Option A : The Salt Way in the Mountains (camping) 170km total. 5 nights guesthouse & 2 night camping

Day 1: Gheorgheni to Kovacs Peter
Arrival to Gheorgheni in the afternoon, from here on wagonway we go out with an all terrain-vehicle to the horse ranch (15 km). Dinner, conversation about the tour and explanation of the regulations.

Day 2: Kovacs Peter to Fekete Rez
After breakfast we will assign our riding animals for the trek and learn proper packing and preparation of pack horses. We saddle up and we head away from the ranch to Kovacs Peter to the River Olt spring where we will take a break. What applies for us, also goes for the horses too - , we give them their rest and let them drink. Then we ride a steep ascent up “Sóvető” Mountain until we reach the mountain of Sipos, where we will break for lunch at its peak (1568m). There we will have good views of North Harghita. Then we descend along the “Lok” ridge on a wild path that will deliver us to “FeketeRez’s” Mountain where we will camp tonight - nearby the “esztena” (pastoral quarters).

Day 3: Fekete Rez to Ördög Lake (Devil Lake)
We depart the Mountain and descent further to Marosfő, where we will ride through the Maros / Mures River and then onward into the mountains surrounding “Harghita”. At first we will ride the peak of Vf. Rachitisului (CsikMagasa) (1153m) and then rise again to Ostoros (Osztoros) (1384m). Today we break our trail for a special occasion. We are on a special spot where the basin of “”Gheorghieni” and the mountains of Gurghiului will be to our right and the “Ciuc basin” and  Ciuc mountains to our left. It will be delightful. Afterwards we continue on horseback again to “Ölyves” peak and turn towards the major ridge of “Harghita”. We will ride a natural wind-cut path as we descend to the camp near “Ördög” Lake, where we will enjoy bubbling Romanian stew after we take a short walk to the swamp lake.

Day 4: Ördog Lake (Devil lake) to Izvoreni (Ivo)
Leaving campsite we ride through the wild forests of “Harghita”. Here we often find the tracks of bears and the peeled trees they leave behind. Riding up to “Muntele Mic” (Fertő peak )(1589m) we stop for a moment and revel in the beautiful impressions of the imposing rocks of “Hasmasu Mare” (“Nagy Hagymás”.) Then we descend again through the vast pasture of “Muntele Mic” (“Fertő”) and into the valley and stream of Izvoreni (“Ivo”). We stay the night nearby the Panzio of “Tündérkert” in “Ivo”.

Day 5: Ivo to Szekelyvarsag
We bid goodbye to our kind hosts in “Ivo” and head for the plateau of “Harghita” where we can enjoy some exciting gallops! At the edge of the plateau we will see a glimpse of the Sub Cetatea reservoir. Crossing the Sicasau (“Sikaszó”) stream, we will find ourselves in the southern part of the “Görgényi” Snowy Mountains and ancient pine forest as we enter the farming world of “Székelyvárság”.

Day 6: Varsag (Szekelyvarsag) to Borzont
We saddle up again and explore the entirety of the Varsag “Szekelyvarsag” village and pastureland by horseback. When we have made a full exploration tour of the area we will find the salt mine paths that will lead us to “Borzont” and after all we shall find  the little house on the meadow, where we stay tonight.

Day 7: Borzont to CovaciPeter (Kovacs Peter)
Today we will navigate a labyrinth of streams as we head toward the “Gyergyo” basin. Again we’ll have a chance to enjoy some short and fast gallops when the terrain permits along the way to the “Maros/Mures” River. This was the final destination for the salt from the mines, before loading on river vessels. The horses will drink from the river, while we all cool off on a quick break, before picking up the pace again for another great gallop through the river basin, heading back towards the mountains. We climb, homeward bound, for Peter Kovacs and the home base farm.

Day 8: Kovacs Peter to Gheorgheni
After breakfast we travel back to Gheorgheni. We say our goodbyes to the horses, new friends and the beautiful Szekely region and homeward journey.

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Option B : The Salt Way in the Mountains (No camping) 170km total. 7 nights in guesthouse

Day 1: Gheorgheni to Kovacs Peter
Arrival at “Gheorgheni”, in the afternoon. From here on we go with an all-terrain-vehicle to a horse ranch (15 km). Afterwards we have a dinner, followed by a conversation about the upcoming tour.

Day 2: Kovács Péter to Izvorul Muresul
After the breakfast everyone gets his or her horse and helps packing. Then, we leave our Csángo ranch and make our way to the source of the river “Olt”. From here we start our climb over “Sóvető havas” and head to the mountain “Sipos”. Here the forest spans a dense foliage above us, which rarely lets light through. We will take our lunch break on the Peak of Mount “Sipos” (1568m) where we will have a panoramic view over the North Hargita Mountains. After the break, we will descend to the “Loknyereg” and reach a small village called “Izvorul Muresul” (Marosfő), where we spend the night on a farm. Our lovely host is pulling the strings for us, so that we can have a good rest.
Distance: 20 km. Length: 5 hours

Day 3: Izvorul Muresul to Osztoros
On the next day it is time to say goodbye to the lovely farm. We ride through the village and cross the river “Maros”. Now we find ourselves in the wild and densely forested woods of Hargita. It might happen that we come across some tracks of wild animals such as bears, which leave their marks on trees.
Our first peak of the day is Vf. Rachitisului (“CsikMagasa”) at 1153m above sea level. From here we will ahev some opportunities to canter on the way to mountain “Osztoros” (1384m). We will take the daily lunch break in a special place where an astonishing view unfolds: to our left is the basin of “Gheorgheni”, to our right is the valley of “Ciuc” and in the background, we can see the mountains of “Giurgiu” and the main ridge of the Carpathian Mountains.
In the afternoon, the trail goes downhill to a small and charming guesthouse, where we refill our energy tanks.
Distance: 25 km. Length: 5 ½ hours

Day 4: Liban to Irigyvesz
Our ride starts on the mountain saddle Liban. From here on it is going upwards. The destination for our lunchtime is the so called “Devils swamp”. The first peak after our lunch break is the mountaintop of “Fertő” (1589m), where we have a beautiful sight over the impressive blocks of Hasmasu Mare (“Nagy Hasmas”). From the vast puszta of Muntele Mic (“Fertő”) we descend, where to the river “Ivó”.  Our accommodation for the night is a special place called “To The Fairy Garden” in “Irigyvesz” (Izvoreni), where our host István awaits us with a glass of Palinka..
Distance: 25km. Length: 6 hours

Day 5: Irigyvesz to Varsag
Once again we have to say goodbye to a heartfelt host, for the purpose of going on with our tour. We soon reach the plateau of Harghita, where it is time for some eagerly anticipated gallops. As the end of the plateau the we reach the shimmering surface of the water reservoir of “Sub Cetatea” (Zetelaki's water reservoir).
After we’ve enjoyed the beautiful view, we crossthe river “Sikasszó” on the southern part of the Alps of Muntii Gurghiului (“Görgény”). It is not easy to leave the fairytale-like pine forests, as we head towards our overnight stay, in the farmworld of Varsag (“Székelyvarság”).
Distance: 25 km. Length: 5 hours

Day 6: Varsag to salt way
We enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the soothing effect of the landscape for the last time and go on. In front of our eyes a dark mountain rises up to the sky, while we are riding exclusively on the salt way. The region itself opens its box of secrets and reveals the history of the residents, who in fact must have had some efforts in the process of the transportation of the white gold.
Accommodation in a guesthouse.
Distance: 30 km. Length: 6 hours

Day 7: Back to Kovacs Peter’s
The early bird catches the worm is just a figure of speech, but we try to make that happen. Early in the morning we leave the small guesthouse and ride off a forest meadow and then cross a labyrinth of streams. We leave this area behind us and reach the "Gyergyó" basin. After some short periods of gallop we get to the river Mures (“Maros”), which is a natural landmark also defining the end of the Salt Way. Refreshed by the cool waters of the "Maros" we gallop with our energetic horses through the basin to the Alps of "Gyergyó". The tour ends at Kovacs Peter.
Distance: 35 km. Length: 6 ½ hours

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast homeward journey.

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Option C: Two week Pack Trip in Carpathian Mountains - 330km total. 6 nights in guesthouse & 8 nights camping

The first week of this tour goes totally through the main ridge of Hargita Mountains touching the most noteworthy peaks: Osztoros (1374 m), Ferto (1589 m), Madarasi (1801 m) Kakukk, Mitács and Nagypiliske. This is the tour of us which touches the most deeply Hargita’s several times mentioned ancient pine forests. During our journey we will set up camp on picturesque clearings and we will ride through wild lands.

The second week of this tour have triple character. The triple character of this tour is given first of all by the 3 mountains: Csomád Mountains, Csiki Snow-covered Mountains (Havasok), Gyergyó Snow-covered Mountains (Havasok); secondly by the geographically bounded ethnical groups: the székelys of Háromszék, the csángó of Gyimes, and the székelys of Gyergyó. The change of the landscape is showing the same trinity during the journey, first is the thick forest, which afterwards turns to wide mild pastures and meadows and finally the gloomy rock-blocks, cliff edges and steep rock-paths.


Day 1: Gheorgheni to Kovacs Peter
Arrival to Gheorgheni in the afternoon, from here transfer with an all terrain-vehicle to the horse ranch (15 km). Dinner, conversation about the tour.

Day 2: Ride to "Magas Büc"
After breakfast, we quickly show you how to tack up the horses and we start our ride. The path leads you through mountain streams and idyllic meadows to the summit of "Magas Büc". We enjoy our lunch break at the top of the mountain. Then, we ride through spruce trees back to our accommodation.
Riding approx. 2 hours

Day 3: Kovacs Peter to Fekete Rez
Our adventure begins! After leaving our Csángo ranch we arrive to the source of the Olt River. From here the trail leads us to the Sóveto snow-covered Mountain (Havasok) and we eventually arrive to the tope of Sipos Mountain. The biggest part of the journey will be done in the forest. We will take the midday break on the Peak of Sipos Mountain (1568m) where we will have sight towards the North Hargita. We will then descend to the Lok ridge and make our way to the Fekete Rez’s puszta where we will set up night camp nearby an esztena (pastoral quarters).
Riding approx. 3.5 hours

Day 4: Fekete Rez to Ördög Lake (Devil Lake)
After leaving the huge puszta we descend to Marosfo, here we will ride through the Maros River and we will find ourselves in the mountains of Hargita. Our first peak is the Csik Magasa (1153m), from here we continue our journey towards the Osztoros (1384m) with a slight rise. We will take the daily break in a special place where on our right we can see the basin of Gyergyó and the Görgényi snow-covered mountains (Havasok), on our left the Csiki basin and in the background the Csiki snow-covered mountains (Havasok). Once, well rested, we ride in the direction of Ölyves peak and turn towards the main ridge of the Hargita from where through a wind-cut path we descend to our camp near the Ördög lake. While waiting for dinner, we can have a short walk in the swamp of the Ördög Lake.
Riding approx. 5 hours

Day 5: Ördög Lake (Devil Lake) to Madarasi Hargita
This is our hardest and longest day of the tour as we will ride over the Hargita’s highest peaks: the Ferto teto (1589m) and the Madarasi Hargita (1801). We will take our midday break on the Ferto’s wide pasture where we have beautiful sight towards the Hagymás Mountains imposant blocks, and in the distance we can see the cone’s of the Dancurás and the Likas. Descending to the Ferto ridge we go along a carbonated-water source where we can fill up our water bottles. From here we enter into the vast pine forest of Hargita where we can often see bear’s footprints and young pines with bear scratches.
Our overnight is spent in a pension in the middle of the mountains at 1700m above sea level.
Riding approx. 6.5 hours

Day 6: Madarasi Hargita to Talabor
Through the Rákosi Hargita (1756m) we arrive to the village of Hargita bath (fürdo), where we take our midday break. In the afternoon, we make our way to Tolvajos peak, cross the main road and immediately after enjoy a brisk gallop on Talabor puszta towards our night camp, surrounded by cow and sheep pastures.
Riding approx. 5.5 hours

Day 7: Talabor to Mitács
In the morning, we pass by the peat bogs of Lucs and trot towards the szent Imrei Büdös fürdo (saint Emeric stinky bath) from where we enter a vast pine forest. Later on, we reach the caldera of the Kakukk mountain (1557m), from here the landscape is changing and the pines turn in beeches. Your overnight stay is in a traditional alpine hut (esztena) located in Mitács puszta. There, you can watch the shepherds milking the sheep and taste the locally produced cheese.
Riding approx. 5-6 hours

Day 8: Mitács to Bixad
We continue our journey in beech forests until the Nagy Piliske (1374m). After leaving the peak we arrive to a beautiful belvedere where in the distance we can see the Csukás Mountain (1954m), Nagykohavas, Keresztényhavas (1800m), Bucsecs (2505m), Királyko and the Fogarasi snow-covered mountains (havasok) (2500m). From here we leave the main ridge, cross the river Olt and go through the Bixad basin to arrive to our guesthouse guesthouse near Tusnad Fürdö. We enjoy a well-deserved hot shower and enjoy dinner on the terrace with freshly caught trout and other local delicacies.
Riding approx. 4-5 hours

Day 9: Visit of St. Anna Lake (no riding)
Today we will take a break from riding and we will visit St. Ana Lake. The lake is formed in the crater of a former volcano called Ciomatu, which erupted last time thousands of years ago. It was the last active volcano from Eastern Europe. Because it is catered almost exclusive with precipitations, the mineralization level is extremely low, the water’s purity being close to the distilled water. Nowadays, the entire area is declared a natural reserve. In the twin crater, there is a swamp called Mohos - of a divine beauty.
In the evening, a very special experience awaits you: a bear safari. You can observe the native brown bears in their natural habitat.
Overnight stay in a pension.

Day 10: Bixad to Pap Mountain
The day starts with breakfast as usual. Then you swing back into the saddle. We climb to Bolondos peak (1082 m), where we can already feel the nearness of the Büdös (smelly) Mountain. The air is full of sulphur which smells like rotten egg. We will ride along the Buffogó swamp and ride up into the mountains on steep paths. Arriving to Géczi hilltop we can have beautiful view over the basin of Háromszék and in the distance the mountains: Nemere Mountain, Háromszék snow-covered mountains (Havasok), Csukás Mountains. Climbing through the steep paths of the Közteto (1087 m) we arrive to the sub-ridge of the Csiki snow-covered mountains (Havasok) and pass by the Cecele peak (1173 m) where the Lenkert tableland we will spice up the journey with frequent gallops. Beside the Nyerges peak’s monument, we take a short break. Afterwards we go through flowery pastures to our camp, located close to Pap Mountain (1165 m).
Riding approx. 5.5 hours

Day 11: Pap Mountain to Örálla
We leave our campsite through colorful meadows and pastures. Along the way, we enjoy views over the Csiki basin and the Hargita to our left, as well as the Kászoni basin and Nemere Mountain to our right. Once in Botsarka, we join the main ridge and from here the trail goes mainly through pine forests. Tonight, we camp next to a clear, bubbling mountain stream.
Riding approx. 6 hours

Day 12: Örálla to ...
Leaving behind us the Tomotok brook, we ride towards the side of the Szello enjoying beautiful views of the Szépviz reservoir. From here starts the world of the Gyimes alias the csángó-land. We ride along structured pastures and meadows, populated with animals and hard-working csango people. Tonight, we pitch our tents next to an old farm where we can watch the farmers driving in the harvested hay with horse carts.
Riding approx. 5.5 hours

Day 13: Ride through Csángó pastoral quarters
We lead our horses through the csángó pastoral quarters (kaliba). Today again, we enjoy beautifull views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Our campground is located on a plateau with many limestone and picturesque rock formations.
Riding approx. 5.5 hours

Day 14: Ride back to Kovács Péter
Today we arrive in the Hagymás Mountain, which we had already admired from far away earlier on our trip. At the top of Öcsém peak (1707 m) we can delight in a view over the Nagy Hagymás (1792 m), the Fekete Hagymás (1777 m) and the Csalhó’s imposing rock blocks. At times, we will have to lead our horses down on steep paths. Then ride over the Pongrácz Tetö (1321m) back to the Farm, where your hosts have prepared for you a great farewell party with a traditional music group. Overnight at the farm.
Riding approx. 7 hours

Day 15: Departure
After breakfast we say our goodbyes to the horses, new friends and the beautiful Szekely region.


Rates and Dates for Szekler & Saxon Land

Rates include:

Accommodations, all meals, riding days according to itinerary, all camping equipment for tenting days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198 day ride, AP - (Camping)€790$950
  • B
    20198 day ride, AP - (No camping)€890$1070
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Transfer is included from Gheorgheni train station 0 $0
2019 Transfer from Bucharest airport (330km) at set times, per car (1-4 ), per way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
160 $195
2019 Transfer from Cluj-Napoca airport (230km) at set times, per car (1-4), per way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
100 $120
2019 Transfer from Sibiu airport (230km) at set times, per car (1-4), per way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
100 $120
2019 Transfer from Targu Mures airport (150km) at set times, per car, per way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
80 $95

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic beverages (other than with meals), Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Gheorgheni
Airport: Targu Mures - Transilvania International Airport
Transfer: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca airport, Targu Mures airport, Sibiu airport, and local hotels

Climate:
                                            Miercurea Ciuc area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

29

34

45

57

67

72

76

76

68

57

43

31

Average Low Temperature (°F)

11

14

23

32

40

46

49

47

40

32

25

16

Average High Temperature (°C)

-1

1

7

14

19

22

24

24

20

14

6

0

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-12

-10

-5

0

5

8

9

8

4

0

-4

-9

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

5

5

5

8

10

11

10

9

6

5

5

6

Source: NOAA


Seasons

Romania has a temperate climate with 4 distinct seasons.
Spring and autumn are cool and pleasant; making May, June, September and October the best months to visit.
Summers are hot from July to August and winters are harsh and very cold between December and March, with snow falling throughout most of the country.
Spring and summer are the wettest seasons, but rain can be expected throughout the year.

What To Bring:
Here is a summary of the necessary equipment for your holiday with us:
- Walking shoes - comfortable and run in shoes that are waterproof. Please NO rubber boots, sneakers, western boots or riding boots. Since we have to negotiate stretches on foot in the mountains, sometimes over scree / unpaved roads and through water, good footwear is absolutely necessary!
- Rain trousers - waterproof and large enough to be pulled over riding gear and shoes quickly and easily.
- Raincoat or rain jacket (no soft shell)
- Headlamp - Please also think of a few spare batteries!
- Riding helmet - if this is difficult to bring, this can be borrowed from us. We recommend our guests wearing their own riding helmets.
- Sunscreen
- Power bank
- Towel
- Water bottle
- Bathing suit
- Enough plastic bags to protect clothes etc. from getting wet.
- Personal medication (a standard version of the most important drugs and wound care as well as emergency medications for allergies, etc. are taken with us on the rides)

Please note:
The luggage should not weigh more than 8 kg, as we may transport it on the packhorse or with us in the rear saddlebags.
Our rear saddlebags are big enough to carry the most important things  such as spare clothes and personal medicines (each bag measures 35 x 30 x 12 cm).
Rain gear, drinking bottle, day food and camera can be stowed in the front saddlebags (20 x 17 x 10 cm each).

Clothes for arrival and departure, important documents, etc. can be left theft-proof on the farm.


For the nights that are spent camping, a good quality sleeping bag is required as it can cool down in the mountains at night (up to 10 degrees Celsius). Once packed, the sleeping bag should not be too big as we may have to fit it in the rear saddlebags.
All camping gear for your camping overnight is provided, including plates, knives, forks, spoons and cups and glasses, tents and mats.

It is suggested that you do not bring your good leather riding boots with you, but rather a rubber pair as it can be quite wet in places.
 
This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Personal Travel Insurance
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding breeches
Tall Riding boots (preferably rubber or waterproof).
Riding helmet
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sleeping Bag
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm
Hair dryer - none available at accommodations!