Noroc Romania TransCarpathians MTB in Apuseni mountain
Another trail was born…a trail that we have discovered two years ago and we started to organize and offer last year! For us was an amazing experience and our intention is to share with you! Is an “in-line” trail and we have called “TransApuseni”, because it crosses 2/3 part from Western Romanian Carpathians. These mountains are special for us, because Apuseni Mountains are different, unique in our country, with many karsts; here the nature and the inhabitants named “Moți” have been living in a perfect symbiosis from the beginning! You will be charmed by their unique way of life, which is still a long row of traditions, by the specific architecture and local customs. You will cross almost 300km, 6 different mountains, part of Apuseni, from south to north in 7 days; it will be not only a crossing, it will be a-discovering trail, where you’ll discover ancestral traditions, unspoiled areas, mountain villages forgotten by time, beautiful gorges, ice caves.Period: from late April to October/ suitable number of people in a group: 6-12/ the trail can be customized.
Late April to October
300km with +8500m elevation
10% asphalt, 75% dirt roads, 15% natural single tracks
Do you need a bike?
Alba Iulia city, half-day biking. Private transfer from airport (Timisoara,Bucuresti,Sibiu,Cluj-Napoca) to Alba Iulia, for visiting the first capital of the three principalities of Romania: Wallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia, a great historical and cultural center. Four hours biking from the fortress of Alba Iulia to Ampoița, a small village considered the gate of Apuseni Mountains, charming and peaceful village, with beautiful gorges, caves, impressive landscape, unspoiled forests. Overnight at a local guesthouse, where you can taste the unique traditional pies. Technical details: 20 km with 700m+
From the beginning we will be in the middle of an unspoiled nature, in our way we will cross gentle hills and deep valleys; we will meet happy and simple people which are still living like 100 years ago! Here the trails are not technical, you can stay all the time on your bicycle, the downhills are long and fluid…we will stop to see a natural whirlpool still in use in Ighiel. A challenging uphill until the Iezer lake: a real natural mirror. You will cross a hamlet with few scattered houses and 37 inhabitants. The last downhill is a trekking path who lead you at the entry in the famous Râmeț canyon. A visit could be possible. Overnight in a local guesthouse. Technical details: 63km with 1700m+
We’ll continue our crossing until in the place where Arieș river separates Apuseni mountains in two parts. We pass next to a stone pit and climb on a dirt road to Brădești. Picnic lunch in a local house and nice, flowing downhill to Sălciua. A special place as “Vânătarea Ponorului” waterfall is a “must see”. A nice hidden single track down will lead us to a local guesthouse where we overnight. Technical details: 45km with 900m+
Today the trail start crossing the Arieș river on a flying bridge. Then, 4 km flat and a long uphill to Muntele Mare. Our goal for today is to arrive in Băișoara, a famous ski resort from this region. A long uphill followed by a beautiful downhill, traversing one big plateau close to many sheep-folders, lakes, forests. We are far away from civilization and this is impressive. Overnight in a guesthouse in the center of Băișoara. Technical details: 35km with 1100m+
From Băișoara we are going towards to Albac riding on the main ridge of Muntele Mare. A different day, without many inhabited places to see, only forest, blueberries, few forest shelters. The trail is with many “up and down” on a green hilly area. The downhill to Albac is a mixture of single track with dirt road and narrow paths, through forest and people’s gardens. Technical details: 53km with 1200m+
Today we’ll follow a dirt road in uphill which will lead us in a small mountain village where was born Horea: a national hero, the leader of peasant’s rebellion from Transylvania, in 1784. A single track down to the main road and picnic-lunch in a small local bar. One long uphill on a remote asphalted road until Ursoaia saddle. A dirt road crossing on the border between Alba and Cluj counties and the downhill to Scărișoara, flowing long single track. Visit Scărișoara Cave, one of the largest ice caves in Romania. Declared a natural monument and a speleological reservation, the cave (situated at 1150 m altitude) is famous for its glacier that is older than 3000 years. The area of the glacier is 5500 square m and the ice layer alternates between 26 and 37 m in thickness. Impressive landscapes around and welcoming hosts are waiting for you with tasteful food. Technical details: 40km with 1500m+
The last day…we’ll ride up few km to “Padiș plateau”, a place where we can see shepherds with their flocks; we enter in the fascinating world of karst: “Cetățile Ponorului” (Fortress of Ponor). Known as the most imposing and splendid lime formations in Romania are built of three large circles of stone, assembled in an afforested depression. The circles of stone are 300 meters deep and more than 1 km in diameter. The “Focul Viu” ice cave contains the third largest permanent underground fossil ice block in the country. Around noon, the sunlight enters directly through the ceiling window creating an amazing setting. One of the ice block margins leads into a steep crevasse near the stone wall. It will be an interesting day with mountain biking and adventure into a world of rocks and ice. The last long downhill will lead us in the final point of the tour, Arieșeni, in a local guesthouse outside the village. Technical details: 44km with 1300m+
Prices 6-8 people
Prices 9-12 people
Noroc romania – 7 peaks
Transylvania includes central Romania, Transylvania’s hollow and that Carpathian slopes that bowed to it. Transylvania is by far the most romantic Romanian province. Mountains laced by time, cold streams, crystalline, dense and shady woods, wooden churches, legendary castles, memories of an eventful history. Here you can find many interesting places: winter sports resorts and treatment, paths for hiking and biking in the mountains and in their national and natural parks, fascinating medieval towns, art museums and quality accommodation. In this trail we will cross 7 mountains up then 1800m.
May to late September
350km with +7500m elevation
30% paved, 70%dirt
Do you need a bike?
Transfer in the middle of Transylvania – Brasov, Zarnesti town. Accommodation to a local guesthouse.Transfer to Campulung – Leresti (3 hours). Here is the the point of our departure to Iezer mountain (2462m) . Iezer Mountain are built between the upper courses of the Dambovita River and Lady, who delineates the north, north-west and west to the high peaks of the Fagaras mountains, and from east to Piatra Craiului Mountains. A large crown of barren hills and high, sometimes higher than 2300-2400m altitude, is harmonious around one of the main water courses, river Targului, resting on two strong pillars-vf.Iezerul Mare, 2462m and vf.Papusa, the 2391m, whose rise up the mountain complex called Iezer mountains. This trail takes for a medium level biker around 4 hours uphill and other 2 for downhill. Accommodation to a local guesthouse. 60 km 1600 m+.
Transfer to Curtea de Arges one of the oldest city in our country. Here we can visit the famous monastery Curtea de Arges with her famous Manole’s legend, Poenari Fortress (built in the time of Vlad Tepes) and also an important tourist attractions Vidraru Lake and Vidraru Dam, which is one of the greatest in Europe.Then we will fallow the Transfagarasan 96 km a road that passes through Fagaras Mountains (the highest mountains in Romania – Moldoveanu peak – 2544 meters) and that connects Walachia and Transylvania. Transfagarasan is the road that climbs to the highest altitude in Romania, 2042 meters, in the Glacial Hollow Balea. The landscape is fantastic, and the differences of altitude and the curves on downhill represent a challenge for mountain bikers. Balea Waterfall, located in the Fagaras Mountains, is one of the most famous waterfalls in Romania, is at an altitude of 1234 meters and the water falls from 68 meters. Balea Glacial Lake is a real monument of nature (formed in a glacial circus) situated at 2 034 meters of altitude. Since 1932, the lake and about 180 hectare of land around it were declared scientific reservation. It must also be mentioned the fact that the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe was built near the lake in 2006. Accommodation to a local pension. 96 km with 1400 m+.
Transfer to Rasnov. It is located at about 15 km from the city of Brasov and about the same distance from Bran, on the road that links Wallachia and Transylvania. In Rasnov a citadel was built around the year 1215 by the Teutonic Knights. The citadel was conquered only once in its history, around the year 1600. A famous well still sits in the centre of Râşnov Fortress, and is 143 meters deep. From here we will depart on a long uphill through the forest and meadows with single tracks till to Poiana Brasov – the most important ski resort from country. We will follow a road to the Postavaru peak (or we will take the cable car) and enjoy the picnic to Postavaru chalet and after then – a long single track downhill (1200m-) to Brasov. Accommodation in a good hotel in Brasov. 45 km with 1100 m+.
Brasov city tour. The old town is full of history, very well preserved and the modern part has a particular charm. Transfer to Busteni a mountain village situated near Baiului mountain. Will climb this interesting and wild mountains more like hills but full of up and downhill. We have here a beautiful view on impressive slopes of Bucegi mountain with Caraiman lighted cross. Will go on bikes all the rounded ridge and the last downhill take us to Sinaia on the edge of Bucegi mountain. Accommodation near the Peles Castle.55 km with 1100 m+.
Visit to the Peles Castle, the summer residence of Romanian royalty, was built during the rule of Carol I (1866-1914) and it is an important national monument of XIX century Europe. Several other buildings,annexed to the castle, were built simultaneously: Pelidor Castle, The Guard’s Chambers, The Economat, The Foisor Hunting House, The Stables, the Electrical Power Plant and the “Sipot” villa. From Sinaia we will climb to the 2000 m high on a easier ski piste. Our goal is to traverse this spectacular mountain with a long and good for mountain biking plateau, so will follow a path who goes down near the Bolboci lake to Pestera. Here we visit a monastery built in an amazing place and we can visit a very large cave. Accommodation in the middle of the mountain in a very modern 3* hotel.25 km with 1500 m+.
We start the day with a long uphill in a saddle till 1900m and now we are in Leaota mountain-the Bucegi brother. We will cross a long , narrow and wild ridge and on the last part of this day we have a technical long single track downhill (1000m-) to Moieciu de Sus where we overnight.20 km with 600 m+.
Day 7-Piatra Craiului-2244m
The last day… we crossing the Bran Country (visit the Bran Castle) and after a short uphill to Magura – a small mountain village. We ride up almost 700 m + through the Jurassic canyon of “Prapastiile Zarnestilor” till 1500m high to Curmatura chalet – an important point of departure in the Piatra Craiului trekking trails. Picnic lunch and the last downhill back to our first day accommodation – in Zarnesti.37 km with 1000 m +. Price for 6 person 750 euro/person.This price includes half-board accommodation + picnic lunch, mtb guide, city guide, transfer between days, luggage transfer, transfer from airport and back, technical T-shirt.