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 ride through the Hășmaș National Park famous for its vertical caves, steep chasms and rocky outcroppings. With a bit of luck, you will get to see the semi-wild horses that live in the surrounding mountains.

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 (except for the Ester special where all nights are spent at the guesthouse).

Description
Most nights are spent at the guesthouse. We will also spend one night in a lovely mountain hut.

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

Mountain Hut near White Meadow
This mountain hut was built in 1932 by the Transylvanian Carpathian Association. The building has since been expanded and modernized several times.
The shelter has two ground floor rooms with bunk beds. If you want, you can also pitch a tent outside.


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.
Local alcoholic drinks are included.

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

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. 


Rates and Dates for Hasmas National Park Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals, 6 riding days & Transfer from/to Gheorgheni
For camping nights, sleeping bag, tent and matress are provided

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20218 day ride, AP€790$940
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Transfer is included from Gheorgheni train station 0 $0
2021 Transfer from Bucharest airport (330km) at set times, per car (1-4 ), per way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
160 $190
2021 Transfer from Cluj-Napoca airport (230km) at set times, per car (1-4), per way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
110 $135
2021 Transfer from Sibiu airport (230km) at set times, per car (1-4), per way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
110 $135
2021 Transfer from Targu Mures airport (150km) at set times, per car, per way
This is a "Group Rate" - to be paid locally
85 $105
2021 Non-rider, dbl, pp 330 $395
2021 Please inquire for group discounts 0 $0

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

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Gratuities, Alcoholic drinks & Airport transfers

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Hasmas Mountains Ride (IT-RORT03):
In case clients cannot attend their trip due to COVID 19, it is possible to postone to a later date.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

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!