Eastern Carpathians off road tour – 2000km – 10 riding days
Day 1: Meeting
meeting in Cluj Napoca and get to know each other
Day 2: Transit day – 300 km, 250 km on-road/ 50 km off-road
This day will be a transit day from Cluj-Napoca to the northern point of the Carpathians, only a few kilometers away of the Ukrainian border: the beautiful area of Maramureș, the land of the wooden monasteries. We will have approximately 160 km to travel on asphalt roads, and then we will get into an easy-to-medium off-road trail: 50 km through Maramureș forests, where you will get in contact with “The Romanian off-road”. To the end of the day we will have another 40 km of asphalt road to do, to the guest house where we will sleep. We will visit throughout this beautiful day the famous Bârsana Wooden Monastery (built in 1390) and the Happy Cemetery of Săpânța – probably the only happy cemetery in the world. Our guide, George, will introduce you to the cultural and historic aspects of the area and will also drive the assistance car with our luggage. At the end of the day we will recall the most important things of the day and make the plans for the next one, in the company of some local drinks made of local berries.
Day 3: The real off-road begins – 170 km: 70 km on-road/ 100 km off-road
From the beginning of the day we will go off-road on an abrupt trail in Rodnei Mountains National Park to an isolated lake and from there we will go to Maramureș Mountains National Park. The landscapes are breathtaking. We will go up and down on the mountain ridges and there will also be some small slightly technical sections. Because our roads will be up-high in the mountains, we will take plenty of breaks through our trail just to admire the landscapes, take some photos and have some snacks. In the evening we will reach the land of the fortified monasteries – Bukovina – many of them are part of UNESCO World Heritage, places full of history and culture. Then we will get to our accommodation where we will review our day and plan the next one. That means beer time!
Day 4: The hardest off-road day from Eastern Carpathian Tour 165km: 65 km on road/ 100 km off-road
We will start our day by visiting the Monasteries of Voroneț (UNESCO) and Humor, in the company of our guide, George, who will tell you everything you want to know about these two pieces of art and places of worship. After that, we will go off-road again, in the mountains of Bukovina. Today’s route is the most technical and hard from all our tour days: abrupt and muddy sections, stones on the mountain ridges. The two ridges that we will go on today are two former military roads, with trenches and monuments from World Wars 1 and 2. The first part of the track is short and has a medium-to-hard difficulty. At the end of this first part we will get to Sucevița Monastery, we will visit it and have our lunch in its nearby. The second part of our day is a slightly difficult 45 km road with many ups and downs on the mountain ridge. After these 45 km, we will finally have some asphalt road that will link us to the last day’s trail: an abrupt off-road trail that will get us to a spectacular mountain ridge. The landscapes are truly spectacular thanks to the unusual rocky formations. Here we will stay overnight, at 1650 meters height, in the Rarău Natural Reserve.
Day 5: Hard and long day – 170 km: 50 km on-road/ 120 km off-road
Spectacular and long day in such great heights: mostly medium level of difficulty, but we will have some high difficulty ups and downs and we will pass through 3 mountain ranges. The first part of the track is the most difficult, with stone, dirt and grass roads, forest and transhumance roads in Bukovina Mountains. We will stop for photo sessions, snacks or just to admire the landscapes. We will have our lunch in the small touristic city of Vatra Dornei and from this point we will change our direction to another historic area: Transylvania. But before we leave Bukovina, we will visit the last mountains range of this beautiful day: Călimani National Park. Here we will go through the highest and most spectacular off-road pass in Romania, at 2020 m altitude. In the evening we will get to another small touristic town – Toplița – where we will stay overnight and have our well deserved beer time.
Day 6: Easy off-road day (rest day) – 155 km: 85 km on road/ 90 km off-road
Today we will start our trip on a beautiful asphalt road that serpents through the mountains to the end of the longest artificial lake in Romania: Izvorul Muntelui Lake. From there we will go to the heart of the Ceahlau National Park on a easy-to-medium off-road trail and we will see some beautiful mountainscapes and also some spectacular weird rocky formations. We will continue our trip through some isolated mountain villages, with muddy roads, where just a few old men still live. In the evening we will reach our accommodation from Lacul Roșu (The Red Lake), which is the biggest natural dam lake in our country. Before we have our beer time, we will also take a ride through Bicaz Canyon on a beautiful asphalt road through the massive and tall stone walls of the most spectacular Romanian canyon.
Day 7: Medium off-road day – 170 km: 50 km on road /125 km off-road
In the morning we will go directly off-road, to the mountain peaks on our road to South. The road level will be medium with some technical parts. We will see beautiful landscapes and go through isolated mountain villages and almost all day long we will be on mountain ridges and take our time to enjoy the view, take photos and have some snacks. We will have our lunch in Miercurea-Ciuc city and in the afternoon we will go on other muddy off-roads, through beautiful beech forests, to our evening location – Băile Balvanyos. If you didn’t get enough of it already, you will have the unique occasion to enjoy some muddy therapeutic baths, but this time the motorcycles will stay out of this!
Day 8: Easy-to-moderate off-road day – 180 km: 60 km on-road/ 120 km off-road.
The first part of the day will get us on beautiful picturesque roads. These mountains are not very high, but this is what makes them friendly, because at lower altitude there are conditions for the people to settle and live in small villages and raise animals. Raising animals is in many cases their only income source. The roads will be made of dirt and grass, because they are mostly frequented by the locals and their ox or horses carts. You will rarely see a car here.
In the second part of the day we will go into the taller mountains area in the Southern Romania and we will reach the altitude of 1700 m. We will go to the Eagles Lake and follow the mountain ridge on another dirt and grass roads to our accommodation place – a mountain chalet situated at 1600 m height, near the top of the mountains.
Day 9: Moderate off-road day – 160 km: 70 km on-road/ 90 km off-road
We will go down on the mountain to the asphalt road and will go up on a sinuous road to the top of the mountain pass. From there we will say good-bye to the asphalt and will go up on an old dirt road to the altitude of 1700 m. We will go further on the ridge for tens of kilometers and enjoy the beautiful views offered to us by the mountains of Ciucaș, Bucegi and the extraordinary Prahova River Valley, the most important and appreciated touristic resort area in Romania. At noon we will go down from the mountains to have our lunch. In the second part of the day we will go up to the altitude of 1800 m again, on a macadam road. After that, we will go down on Prahova River Valley, on asphalt roads, to visit two of the most beautiful Romanian castles: Peleș Castle and the famous Bran Castle (as known as “Dracula’s Castle”). In the evening we will “settle down” in one of the most beautiful historical cities in Romania: Brașov. Obviously, beer time.
Day 10: Easy off-road day – 290 km: 200 km on-road/ 90 km off-road
Today we will have fewer off-road kilometers to do, because in the first part of the day we will pass through the beautiful Transfăgărășan Highway, measuring almost 100 km from one end to another. It is very spectacular because it goes through the tallest Romanian mountains: Făgăraș Mountains. After we cross the mountains, in the second part of the day we go off-road, where we will meet some technical and more difficult parts under Făgăraș mountains, and in the end we will reach our nice accommodation place, near a beautiful lake.
Day 11: Easy-moderate off-road day – 300 km: 210 km on-road/ 90 km off-road
This is our last day of the off-road tour in Romania.
In the morning we will enter on the off-road section and go up immediately to Parâng mountain ridge. Here we will go some tens of kilometers until we will intersect the second famous altitude highway in Romania: Transalpina Highway. We will ride through the most spectacular parts of this road, we will have our lunch, and then we will turn back and follow the shortest way to Cluj-Napoca, the city where we met 10 days ago. It will be our last beer time night in one of the nice pubs of the city. Of course, we will wait for you to come the next year, to go off-road on the other half of the Carpathian Trails!
Note: Because all of the off-road routes from this program are altitude routes, they are not maintained by the authorities and there is a risk to become impracticable because of the natural factors influence: heavy rains, fallen trees, land slips etc. In this case, our route will undergo some changes.
If you like a resting day or to add more off road days to this tour ask for a offer.
Price: 980 euro
Passenger price: 650 euro
Single supliment: 220 euro
- 10 accommodation nights in 3-4 stars guesthouses in a shared room
- 10 breakfasts
- Motorcycle guide, English speaker
- Cultural and historical guide at the touristic attractions that we visit
- Assistance car for luggage (it will reach to the accommodation places only)
- Photographs and movies from our route
- Carpathian Trails gift (surprise)
Price does not include:
- Other meals or snacks than the ones we mentioned in the detailed description
- Health insurance
- Plane ticket
- Tickets and visiting taxes at the touristic attractions in our program
Available periods: 16 -26 August, 14-24 September