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Hasmas Mountains Ride


Itinerary for Hasmas Mountains Ride




Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
After your individual arrival to Gheorgheni we transfer you to our ranch in the mountains (about 15 km). With a bit of luck, we may spot a deer or grouse on our way. After settling into your cozy rooms, our chef Brigitta indulges you with an original Szeklerian dinner in our rustic log cabin. 
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 2 (Sunday): Introductory Ride
After a rich, typical breakfast, we collect the horses from the paddock, clean them and tack them. Then, after a short briefing, we start our ride. Today we ride through dense spruce forests downhill, into the valley, following a small mountain stream, past wonderful meadows. After our lunch break, we head to a local farm via mountain meadows. Once we are back at the farmhouse, we care for the horses. Then you have plenty of time to relax: bathing, 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 approx. 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 3 (Monday): Ride to Flower Meadows
This morning, we ride past idyllic farms into the valley. We make our way 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 our path 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. Once at the top (1450 meters), we take a lunch break with a wonderful view of our local mountains and the valley of Kovacs Peter. Then, it is time to ride back to the farmhouse.
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 4 (Tuesday): Ride to Little Sipos Mountain
Our third day of riding leads us to the valley of Kovacs Peter. Then we ride uphill through enchanted, unspoilt forests. In some places, brisk gallops over soft forest paths await us. Today's picnic break is on the summit of the Little Sipos Mountain (1564 m). While the horses graze peacefully around us, we enjoy the well-deserved break and perhaps the warm rays of the sun tempt one or the other to take a little nap.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 5 (Wednesday): Ride to White Meadow
Today, we start our small pack-trip adventure into the mountains. We start climbing steeply over stony mountain paths to the main ridge of the Carpathian Mountains. At the top, we let our horses breathe and we enjoy the spectacular view all around: steep rock formations, imposing panoramas and large gorges surround us.
After our lunch break we get back in the saddle and ride towards the famous “White Meadow”, which takes its name from the countless white limestone that surround it. This meadow is located in the middle of the Hasmas National Park. Numerous shepherds and cowherds move here with their animals in the warm summer months. Perhaps we will also meet the semi-wild herd of Csango horses that roam the area.
After crossing the meadow, our trail continues to climb up the mountain, bringing us above the tree line. When we arrive at the top of the Großlauchs summit (1792 m), we enjoy the breathtaking view. Then, we go downhill, leading our horses 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.
Once we arrive at the hut, it is dinner time. In the evening, those who want can climb the craggy rocks of the "Lonely Stone".
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hut near White Meadow


Day 6 (Thursday): Ride back to Kovács Péter
We wake up at dawn to visit a nearby dairy (in 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 sumptuous breakfast at the hut, we get back into the saddle and start riding back to the farmhouse. 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 then continue through mysterious spruce forests and walk down to the valley of Balan. The last stage of the day is very demanding for our four-legged companions. Then it is time to recover with a hot shower.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 7 (Friday): Pongraz Plateau Ride
Today we take it easy. After we have all slept in, we saddle our horses and ride on the plateau of Pongraz, where we have lunch in a restaurant. On the way home, some great gallops over sandy paths are waiting for us. The evening ends around the campfire and you have time to share your experiences of the week.
Riding approx. 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
After breakfast, transfer back to Gheorgheni, from where you start your individual journey home.

Note: In case of bad weather, the organizer reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary. 




Sample Itinerary: Easter Special - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
After your individual arrival to Gheorgheni we transfer you to our ranch in the mountains (about 15 km). With a bit of luck, we may spot a deer or grouse on our way. After settling into your cozy rooms, our chef Brigitta indulges you with an original Szeklerian dinner in our rustic log cabin. 
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 2: Introductory Ride
After a rich, typical breakfast, we collect the horses from the paddock, clean them and tack them. Then, after a short briefing, we start our ride. We will be headed to the valley below, riding through dense spruce forests, crossing a small mountain stream and passing through flowering meadows. After about two hours we will take our lunch break at a cheese farm. You will get a taste of everyday life on the farm and will have the possibility to try the fresh hand-made traditional cheese.
Then, we make our way back to our ranch. After taking care of the horses you can relax: bathing in the Hot Tub, sitting by the bonfire, reading a book, picking mushrooms or herbs; you will enjoy the peaceful time for yourself.
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 3: Ride to Little Sipos Mountain
Our third day of riding leads us to Little Sipos Mountain. On our way we will be passing idyllic farms and our descend to the valley will take us to the source of the River Olt, which is the second largest river in Romania. Here we will water our horses and refill our water bottles. Afterwards we will be riding steeply uphill, passing through primeval forests.
Having reached the summit at 1450 meters, we will take our well-deserved lunch break enjoying the wonderful view over the valley of Kovacs Peter.
In the evening we will be painting Easter eggs. Under expert guidance you will receive an introduction to the traditional Szekler way of egg coloring. Or, you can simply paint and have fun.
Riding approx. 4.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 4: Ride to Flower Meadows
After having had a special Easter breakfast it’s time for an egg hunt! Then, we’ll prepare our horses and get ready for another trail-riding day. Along small and winding paths which lead through mystical spruce forests, we’ll be headed uphill towards a beautiful and vast mountain meadow. Here we’ll have the ideal occasion to canter. On an idyllic small clearing at the heart of a fragrant forest, we’ll pause to take our lunch-break.
In the evening, you’re going to feast on our traditionally prepared stuffed Easter lamb.
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 5: Hargita Mountains Ride
Today you will experience a real highlight. We’ll take you to the high mountains! Stunning views as far as the eye can see, wide mountain plateaus and wild rock formations will let you stand in awe with the beauty in which nature expresses herself. At about 1600 meters high, we’ll have our lunch break. We’ll enjoy the scenic view of the Hargita Mountains and the Bicaz Gorge. On our way back to the Ranch, the soft ground will be ideal for several short canters.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 6: Mount Nagy Sipos Ride
This morning, we’ll be headed to Mount Nagy Sipos (1568 meters). After having enjoyed a rich breakfast, we’ll start our excursion by riding through dense, seemingly impenetrable primeval forests. However, our horses will carefully make their way through the thicket and our efforts will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Gheorgheni basin. Once we’re back at our Ranch, we’ll enjoy homemade cake and have coffee.
The evening will invite us to take a bath, sit together and make music around the crackling campfire or to talk and play board-games in the cozy log cabin.
Riding approx. 5.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 7: Last Ride
For our last riding day, we go on a slightly shorter ride. Passing fields and meadows we go to a small, idyllic forest clearing where we have our picnic. Then we make our way through the thicket up to a small summit, where a winding, romantic path leads us back to the farm.
Riding approx. 3.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, transfer back to Gheorgheni, from where you start your individual journey home.


Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. It is best to have a car in order to do some sightseeing while the rest of the group explores on horseback. 
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Hasmas Mountains Ride
Tour Code: IT-RORT03
8 days / 7 nights ~$940.00
Dates : May to Dec

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 08/15 - 08/22 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP 3 /10 Expired
A 2021 09/05 - 09/12 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP 3 /10 Expired
A 2021 10/24 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 10/31 - 11/07 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 11/07 - 11/14 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 11/14 - 11/21 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 11/21 - 11/28 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 11/28 - 12/05 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 12/05 - 12/12 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 12/12 - 12/19 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP 3 /10 Reserve
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Tack: Remodeled German military saddles
Horses: Szekler Horse (mountain ponies) & Lipi...
Pace: Moderate pace approx. 3-6 hrs in the s...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Targu Mures - Transilvania International Airport
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