Hasmas National Park Ride

Transylvania Romania: (IT-RORT03)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/romania_transylvania_hasmas_ride.aspx

Introduction
Transylvania Romania
Find peace and relaxation while riding through the picturesque Romanian Carpathian Mountains.

This riding holiday lets you explore the Hășmaș National Park and discover the idyllic and sparsely populated area in which our stables are located. You will see the most famous attractions of the National Park such as the sinkholes of Poiana Alba, vertical caves, steep chasms and rocky outcroppings and, with a bit of luck, the semi-wild horses that live in the surrounding mountains.

Depending on your time of visit, we might be able to go on a short pack trip and camp in the mountains (summertime) or go to Marosfö for an overnight in an old farmhouse (during autumn).

You will be accommodated at our secluded log cabin, located in the middle of the mountains and surrounded by forests. Here, you will be able to experience a life close to nature without any modern appliance to disturb you – allowing for true relaxation and peace of mind!

Accomodation

Accommodation
This is a progressive ride so nights are spent in different locations.

Description
In case of bad weather, we might replace the camping nights by overnight stays at the fam.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes
Nights 1 - 4: Guesthouse near Kovács Péter
Night 5 & 6: Camp near White Meadow
Night 7: Guesthouse near Kovács Péter

Guesthouse near Kovács Péter
You will stay in our 120 year old rustic log cabin that 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.

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

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

Depending on your time of visit, we might be able to go on a short pack trip and camp in the mountains (summertime) or go to Marosfö for an overnight in an old farmhouse (during autumn).

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 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. We will be heading to the valley down below and ride through dense spruce forests, cross a small mountain stream and pass through flowering meadows. After about two hours, we will pause at a cheese farm to have our lunch break. You will get a taste of everyday life on the farm and will have the possibility to tuck into the fresh hand-made traditional cheese. Once you are read,y we will be on our way back to the ranch. After taking care of the horses you can relax.
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 3 (Monday): Ride to Little Sipos Mountain
Our objective will be to ride to the “Little Sipos”. On our way we will be passing idyllic farms and our descent 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 while enjoying the wonderful view over the valley of Kovacs Peter. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to bath in the Hot Tub, sitting together and making music next to the campfire and under the starlit sky.
Riding approx. 4.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 4 (Tuesday): Ride to Flower Meadows
Today, we will be following small and intricate paths through a mystical forest. We will be riding uphill and cross clear mountain streams until we reach blooming flower meadows. From there, we have a breathtaking view of the mountain ranges surrounding us. The open plains will be ideal for our first canter. Once we have reached a small clearing in the forest, we will take our lunch-break. While the horses and cows graze peacefully around us, we’ll enjoy the well-deserved break and perhaps the warm rays of the sun will seduce us to have a little nap. 
Riding approx. 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Guesthouse in Kovács Péter


Day 5 (Wednesday): Ride to White Meadow
Once we have saddled our horses and packed the boilers, plenty of food and our tents, we’ll be on our way. At first, we will be heading to another mountain summit, where we will pause to have lunch. Our ride will continue in the direction of the notoriously beautiful “White Meadow”, which is speckled with white limestone and part of the Hasmas National Park. We will be setting up our tents close to a small spring. Depending on its capacities you can also spend the night in the adjacent mountain refuge. While dinner is simmering in the cauldron, you can take a little walk to the nearby cheese dairy farm, where the young shepherd Sylvester will explain how cheese is traditionally made, here, in Transylvania. Back at the campsite, you can relax to the soothing strumming of the guitar while enjoying the warmth of the glowing bonfire.
Riding approx. 3.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near White Meadow


Day 6 (Thursday): Ride to Mount Nagy Hasmas
Today, we will ride up to the summit of Mount Nagy Hasmas, at about 1800 meters above sea level. Occasionally, we will have to dismount and lead our horses, since the path is very steep. Yet, our efforts will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the mountains all around. With a bit of luck, we might even spot some chamois on the rocks below us. On our descent, we can see a herd of semi-wild Csango horses. Back at our campsite we’ll have dinner together and then take rest in our tents.
Riding approx. 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near White Meadow


Day 7 (Friday): Ride back to Kovács Péter
We head back to the ranch. The soft ground will be ideal to canter as we ride through fragrant forests and enjoy the natural scenery. Once we’ve reached the Ranch, our Hot Tub will be awaiting you!
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 replace the pack trip by overnight stays on the farm. In October the overnight stays in tents will be replaced by an overnight stay in a small farmhouse which has been converted into a cozy guesthouse. 


Rates and Dates for Hasmas National Park Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, all meals, transfer from/to Gheorgheni, experienced riding guide, riding days according to itinerary

Packages and Options




* 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, gratuities and airport transfers

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!