MTB in Dracula’s backyard

Northern Transilvania is not all about Dracula - it's also about dangerously fun trails!

About

Romania is known as the last wilderness in Europe, and that is exactly why we are hosting this tour to Northern Transilvania. On this tour you will experience Romania at its most wild and scenic, coupled with culture and cuisine specific for this particular region of Romania.

Dates 2024: 25. august – 31. august

This is a tour with fixed dates and you can sign up for the tour even if you are not meeting the minimum requirements for group size. Once you have signed up we will confirm the tour when we have enough guests to meet the minimum requirement.

  • Difficulty
    Intermediate
  • Group size
    5 - 8 persons
  • Duration
    7 days
  • Price
    1950 EUR
  • Price includes:
  • Local guide for 6 days
  • Transfer to and from the airport
  • Breakfast, lunch/lunch-pack, dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Uplifts and luggage transfer
  • Program
  • Practical info

Program

Day 1: Transfer from Cluj Napoca to Colibița Lake

2.5 h of transfer by car. Afternoon short ride in Colibita Lake area

Day 2: Lake Colibita

A climb of about 8 km with 700 m elevation will take us up to the Orban Stone, from where we will have beautiful views over the Colibița lake and the surroundings. A technical descent on a single trail (S3-S4) through a wild forest will take us back to the lake.

25 km +950/-950 m

Day 3: Calimani Mountains National Park

Today we will ride in the Calimani Mountains National Park. After a hard, but relatively short climb on a forestry road we will reach the ridge. From here another 3 km of moderate climb on a single trail, will take us to the mysterious 12 Apostles – a group of volcanic rock formations with human and animal shapes. The descent will be on a flowy single trail, both through the forest and open field.

30 km +1000m/-1000 m

Day 4: Bucovina’s Mountains

After a short transfer by car we will be dropped-off at approx. 1500 m in altitude. After a few ups and downs on the ridge, passing near mysterious rocks, we will descend on a flowy and fast trail, through a virgin forest with centuries old trees, part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

15 km + 250 m/ – 800 m

Day 5: Rodna Mountains National Park

After a car transfer we will start the ride in Prislop Pass (1400 m), then climb to Gargalau Peak (2158 m) on gravel/earth paths and single trails. Last few hundred meters will involve a bit of pushing and carrying the bike. After conquering the summit, a long descent on natural single trails will take us back in the valley, passing near the longest waterfall in Romania. The Rodnei National Park is the largest and highest mountain range in the northern part of the Carpathians, with peaks that reach more than 2300 m.

25km +800 m/-1300m

Day 6: Bistrita trails

We will spend the day riding on the flowy trails near Bistrita city. Both man made and natural flowy trails through the forest. Will have a lot of fun on a variation of trails with lots of flow, jumps, drops, sharp curves, designed and shaped by local riders. The trails hosted races in the national Enduro Cup championship and other events.

Day 7: Bistrita trails and departure

We get up for a morning ride in Bistrita, enjoying the last bits of trail before we jump in the van to the airport. Together with our luggage we check-in a lot of new memories from a spectacular week of riding.

Practical info

Level of difficulty

You’re confident in your climbing and descending skills
You can handle moderately technical terrain and obstacles such as small logs and rocks (up to 10-12 cm high).
You have very good control of your bike on intermediate and slightly more advanced terrain, and are comfortable climbing quite technical single-track

You can ride 4-6 hours a day at a moderate pace with some short breaks, over a few days
You can handle moderately steep climbs of about 1000 vertical metres in a day in average

(Levels: 5-6 skill level, 4-6 fitness level)

How to get there

Meet-up and departurer for this tour is in Cluj Napoca

Accommodation

On our tours twin room is the standard for almost all accommodation. On some mountain farms, huts or the like family rooms or rooms that sleep more than two might occur. If you want a single-room there might be some additional costs.

Equipment

We recommend full suspension bikes on all of our tours. We also provide rental, specially tailored for our tours. If you are interested in rental options, please contact us for more information. We will also issue use a recommended packing list as reference to get the most out of your tour!

Terms of payment

When the order is placed you pay a deposit equaling 30 % of the total price. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. The agreement between the parties is not binding until the deposit is paid in full. To read our full terms and conditions click here.

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