Hasmas National Park Ride

Transylvania Romania: (IT-RORT03)
URL: http://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

This is a stationary ride so all nights are spent at the same location.

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.

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 2019 - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
After your individual arrival to Gheorgheni we transfer you to our little house 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.

Day 2: Introductory Ride
After the horses have been matched with their riders, we go on a short introductory ride through the woods to Olt-Quelle and Magas Bükk (1415m).

Day 3: Ride to Tunzéria pusztalya  
We start riding towards the Meggyes peak (1504 m). After a steep climb, we arrive to the main ridge of the Gyergyó snow-covered Mountains (Havasok). From here, there is a wonderful view to the Csalho (1904 m), to the Kiscohárd (1345 m), to the Gyilkos (Killer) stone (1408 m) and to the Kelemen snowy mountains (2100 m). We then continue our trail towards Csofronka (1607 m) from where after a canter through the Tunzéria pusztalya (pasture) we arrive to our accommodation.

Day 4: Ride to Jáhoros pusztája
We ride to the Vörös kő side, where we will go down to Jáhoros pusztája. From here through the valley labyrinth we will arrive back to the horse ranch.

Day 5: Ride to Sipos Mountain
After leaving our csángo ranch in Kovács Péter, we arrive to the Olt source. From here, a long steep climb through the Sóvető snow-covered Mountain (Havasok) leads us to Sipos Mountain. The biggest part of the journey will be done in the forest.  We will take our lunch break on the Peak of Sipos Mountain (1568m) where we will have view towards the Northern Hargita Mountains. Our way back to the ranch, if we stay silent, we might see moor-flows, a deer or a even bear.

Day 6: Little Railway Ride
Today we climb the Pongrác peak (1321 m) on the way of our „little railway”, close to Dancurás.

Day 7: Departure
After breakfast homeward journey.

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Sample Itinerary 2020 - 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: Arrival
After your individual arrival to Gheorgheni we transfer you to our little house 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.

Day 2: Introductory Ride
After the horses have been matched with their riders, we go on a short introductory ride through the woods to Olt-Quelle and Magas Bükk (1415m).
Riding approx. 3 hours

Day 3: Ride to Meggyes
After a sumptuous breakfast typical of the country, it is time to pack the saddlebags and load the horses. Your adventure begins!
We start our ride heading towards the summit of Meggyes (1504m). After a steep climb, we reach the "Giurgiu Alps". From there, you have a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains "Ceahlau"
(1904m), "Kiscohárd" (1345m), "Gyilkos Ko" (1408m). You will continue riding towards "Csofronka" (1607m) and, on the way, you will be able to see the sinkholes of Poiana Alba.
Our campsite is located by a spring. You build your tent and take a short walk to a nearby farm that produces its own cheese.
Dinner around a roaring campfire.
Riding approx. 3 hours

Day 4: Ride to "Nagy Hasmas"
After breakfast, saddle your horse and set off for a ride in the high mountains of "Hasmasu Mare". We will have several opportunities for brisk canters. Along the way we will be able to admire the sinkholes of "Egyeskövet" and the vertical caves of "Zsombolyok". When we reach the top of "Hasmasu Mare" (1792m), we have an incomparable view, a view in all four directions of the Windrose: in the north the "Kelemen" Alps, the "Ceahlau", in the east the "Gosman and Tarkő mountains, in the south the Nemere and Naskalat mountains, in the west the far reaching crest of the Hargita mountains.
Our destination today is the "Nagy Hasmas" (over 1800 m). At the summit, we stop for lunch. We then head back to camp, through forests and over wide meadows, which invite us to a small gallop.
Overnight in the tent.
Riding approx. 4 hours

Day 5: Ride back to the stables
Today, we make our way back to our small mountain house. We will reach the so called "Vörös Kő", and then descend to "Jáhoros" Puszta. On the way, you will once again have the opportunity for some canters. At times, there might be difficult passages (steep sections in difficult terrain) where you have to get off and lead the horse.
Tonight, you can relax in the hot bath and enjoy the sunset over the mountains.
Riding approx. 3 hours

Day 6: Ride to "Magas Büc"
Today brings you to the "Magas Büc" (1400 m). We ride along the ridge for a while, until we reach a mountain dairy farm that serves local specialties. On our way back, we ride through the cowherd.
Riding approx. 3 hours

Day 7: Ride to Mount Sipos
Today, a long descent through the Sóveto Mountains awaits. The trails goes mainly through woods until you reach your destination: Mount Sipos (1568 m). At the top of the mountain, you stop for your lunch break. From here, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the northern part of the Hargitisbirge. On the way back, you might get to see a grouse, a bear or a deer.
Riding approx. 5 hours

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

In case of bad weather, the organizer reserves the right to replace the pack trip by overnight stays on the farm.


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



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20197 day ride, AP€690$830
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

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/29 - 10/05 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP 3 /10 Expired
A 2019 10/20 - 10/26 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP 3 /10 Expired

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!