Horseback trails along the main ridge of the Carpathian mountains take travellers to untouched and pristine mountainous landscapes with old pine forests, pure creeks, dramatic limestone rocks, hidden farming villages, vast fields and lush meadows still cultivated traditionally by locals. Here you can experience unspoilt nature and step back in time at least 50 years. Your guide knows the trails in this region like the back of his hand so you can be guaranteed an insider's tour.
On these trails you'll meet the Szekely - a Hungarian speaking ethnic group from eastern Transylvania that live in the valleys and hills of the eastern Carpathian mountains.
One of the curiosities of this region is Red Lake (Lacu Rosu), Romania's largest naturally dammed mountain lake which came into being in 1837 as a result of a huge landslide. The tips of the broken trunks of spruce trees can still be seen above the surface of the lake, whilst its deep, green waters reflect the rocks of Suhardul Mic Massif. Being within the vicinity of Bicaz gorges, riders can marvel at the picturesque scenery where caves, sinkholes and waterfalls abound.
The mountains are also rich in flora and fauna, with dense forests and plants such as Edelweiss and the Yellow Lady's Slipper. The forest is home to large Carpathian mammals such as brown bears, wolves, lynx and red deer, although you will be more likely to see their tracks than the animals themselves! Chamois were also reintroduced to the area in the 1970's.
The horses are a mixture of locally bred Lipizzaners and Shagya Arabs, ridden in English tack. As your luggage is transported by vehicle rather than pack horse, you can be assured of some fast riding where the terrain allows.