The terrain is varied, with open fields and mountain ridges, scenic mountain tops, dense forests, steep climbs and descends. Daily difference in elevation varies between 300-800 m, the highest point of the tour being on Tuesday at the Great Hasmas Peak (1792 m). You ride between 4-7 hours/day. Be prepared to lead your horse in difficult paths.
Preliminary day-by-day programDay 1: Sunday
Day 1: Sunday - Upon request, we will wait for you at the airport and take you to Gheorgheni with a private car. You will stay overnight in the guide’s guesthouse located outside Gheorgheni and discuss the weekend ahead at your welcome dinner.
Day 2: Monday - After a short test of the participants skills, the ride starts with a free gallop over plain hay fields in the surroundings of Gheorgheni, then continues on a really steep path until we reach Pricske Peak (1545 m). Here we have a picnic at the bottom of the cross, then slope down on a grassy ridge to the narrow valley of the Bekeny Stream. We spend our first night in a pension in the valley. Optionally either today or on Thursday evening you can join a bear watching tour
from a wooden wildlife hide at a surcharge of 35 euro per person payable in cash on site. Prior notice on the day of arrival is required for joing the tour. Distance: 23 km, 5-6 hours of horse riding, elevation gain 950 m
Day 3:Tuesday - After breakfast we set off for a one-hour ride on the banks of the stream, then leave the valley and climb a mountain-pass until we reach Medias peak(1445 m). From here the trail goes along the ridge of the Hasmas Mountains, through the lush green Poiana Alba (White Glade), below the highest peak of the Hasmas Mountains (1792 m) and leading to the rock towers of the Lonely Stone. The panorama is worth all the efforts, as we can see two basins (Gheorgheni and Ciuc) from here. In the east Moldova’s hills and rocky regions, while to the north Ceahlau’s enormous limestone rocks can be seen. We have a picnic at the hut at the bottom of the Lonely Stone then we descend to the isolated village of Haromkut on a steep path. In this ciangau village we spend the night at a local family. Distance: 25 km, 6-7 hours of horse riding, elevation gain 1325 m
Day 4: Wednesday - Riding in the valley of the Little Bicaz Stream, we arrive at Red Lake. We round it and after which we leave the horses at their shelters, we walk across the dramatic Bicaz Gorges. If there is will and energy for it, we can climb up the Little Suhard Massif to enjoy the sunset view. We spend the night at Red Lake in comfortable bungalows. Distance: 17 km, 3-4 hours of horse riding, elevation gain 435 m.
Day 5: Thursday - Leaving Red Lake on an old railway we reach Pongracz Peak, which is the highest point between Gheorgheni and Red Lake. On the old railway we descend to the valley of the Belchiei, where we spent our second night as well.
Distance: 25 km, 5 – 6 hours of horse riding , elevation gain 630 m.
Day 6: Friday - From the Bekeny Valley we ride along the Sipos ridge to the unique Sugo Cave. Here we have a picnic and visit this beautiful dripstone cave, then ride back to the guide’s guesthouse in Gheorgheni.
Distance: 25 km, 5 – 6 hours of horse riding + 1h visiting the cave, elevation gain 1260 m.
Day 7: Saturday - Start the day with a wholesome breakfast, then it's time to say goodbye to your fellow participants and your hosts, before you depart from Gheorgheni.