horse back riding in the West-Carpathians   

dates free to choose for groups from 4 persons and more

 

 the guesthouse in Stana

 
 
 
waterfall in Rachitele 
 
 
fun at the lake in Alunisu 
 
lunch 
 

Mihaela, wife of Ludovico guides the groups

the hilly open "Kalotaszeg" landscape

Ludovico,  who owns the stables together with his wife Mihaela, is ethnic Hungarian. The Hungarians are master horse riders. During several summer festivals they offer a spectacle with games to the public, here Ludovico catching rings.

People who love horses and the outdoors will find in this trip all what they need. We prepared a roundtrip in group by horse through the Apuseni Mountains. The Apuseni Mountains with its hundreds of kilometers of forestry tracks, country roads and wide open meadows are the ideal place to ride horses. There is hardly any traffic and the local population is eager to welcome tourists. You make daily trips of 4-6 hours. A part of the trip goes through the Nature Park Apuseni.

Accommodation is provided in guestrooms, some with private, some with shared bathrooms.  In the evening a warm typical regional dinner will be served. At noon, lunch is served along the trail. Your luggage and all the other equipment will be transported to each location. One or 2 guides will assist the group during the trip, depending the size of the group. You donít have to be a specialist in horse back riding, but experience is required, especially because a 10 day trip is physically hard for the back and muscles in the legs.

 

You can watch a video clip by clicking the following link:

 

 

 

We've included a special page about the Apuseni Mountains:    

click here

 

 

 

Highlights of the trip

Your trip starts at the village Stana, (a hilly reagion near Huedin) and goes right through the Apuseni Mountains over the Muntele Mare - Gilau Mountains to the Vladeasa ridge. The trails go along forestry tracks, over large open meadows and country roads. You'll pass and stay in typical Romanian and ethic Hungarian villages.

On the lower hills (between 3-- and 600m altitude), you find large meadows, agriculture fields and small patches of forest. The region is open to everyone and this makes it an ideal area for horse back riding.  The mountains, between 600 and 1400m offer a more spectacular landscape, large areas are covered with forest, but the riding is often limited to the trails and tracks. But you'll enjoy spectacular views, lovely mountain rivers in a wild superb nature.

You ride on Hutsul horses and mixed breed Lipizaner horses. The horses are very calm and gentle and have a remarkable endurance. We have English style riding saddles.

 

 

THE PROGRAM

 

Day 1: Arrival, acquaintance, introduction in the village Stana where you sleep the first 2 nights. The village is ethnic Hungarian.  If there is some time left we introduce you the horses and give you instructions.  Accommodation in guestrooms in Stana.

 

 

Day 2: Trip in the surrounding hills around Stana. Trip about 5-6 hours riding. Accommodation in guestrooms in Stana.

 

 

Day 3: Trip to the ruins of the Almas fortress.

Trip over open grassland, through patches of forest and along small villages. About 5-6 hours riding. Accommodation guestrooms in Stana.

 

 

Day 4:  Trip to Risca. the trip brings you along the villages Saula, Bica and Manastireni. You leave the hills for the mountains and climb to about 1.000m altitude. The trip goes over open pastures and grassland, patches of forest and country roads.

Distance 30km. 6-7 hours riding.  Accommodation guestrooms in Risca.

 

 

Day 5:  Trip top Scrind. The trip brings you via Belis to the Magura Calatele and Ruginoasa mountains. You ride along forestry tracks, dirtroads and open meadows. The main part you ride through the huge evergreen forest to the north of Lake Fintinele. Distance 33 km. 8 hours riding.  Accommodation guestrooms in Scrind.

 

 

Day 6:  Roundtrip to the waterfall in Rachitele. Trip along small farms and through the Stanciu canyon to the spectacular waterfall. You ride back via the Lespezi rocks and Sulita hill to Scrind. Trip along wagon tracks, open meadow and forestry roads. Distance 20km, 5 hours riding.  Accommodation guestrooms in Scrind.

 

 

Day 7: Trip to the village Sancraiu. You leave the mountains again and ride into the heartland of the ethnic Hungarians, the Kalotaszeg region. The trip brings you along the villages Margau and Bociu. You ride almost entirely over open meadows.

Distance 22 km. 5-6 hours riding.   Accommodation guestrooms in Sancraiu.

 

 

Day 8: Roundtrip tot the lakes of Alunisu. Trip over open grassland and dirtroads to the small lakes in Alunisu where you can take a swim. Distance 15km, 4-5 hours riding. Accommodation guestrooms in Sancraiu.

 

 

Day 9: Trip from the village Sancraiu over Horlacea and Saula back to Stana. Trip over open pastures and dirtroads.

Distance 25km. 5-6 hours riding.  Accommodation guestrooms in Stana.

 

 

Day 10: The program ends after breakfast

 

 

 

 

the horses

Most of the riding horses are Hutsul horses. This is a typical Romanian breed, coming from the Bucovina region, near the Ukrainian border.

The Hutsul was already in the 17th century mentioned in written documents.
It is a relative small but robust horse. Height between 139 and 151cm.
Weight between 380-420kg.
Color: dark red-brown, chestnut, black or gray.
Character: very easy going, lively and with lots of energy. 
The horse is strong and especially adopted for mountain regions. It isn't fussy about food and resists all types of weather.

Other horses are mixed breed, with dominant Lipizaner blood.

 

Price: 10 day program (9 nights - 8 riding days)

995 Euro pro person.  

Price includes accommodation in full board, guiding (English speaking guide), horses and equipment, luggage transport.

 

How to get there: (for links to airliners etc, click here)

Direct flights from London- Luton, Paris- Beauvais and Dortmund to Cluj Napoca with Wizz Air. 

There are also direct flights between Paris- Beauvais or Rome and Cluj Napoca. (Blue Air)

Lufthansa operates a direct flight between Munchen and Cluj Napoca.

We arrange further transport between Cluj Napoca and Stana.

Or:

Flights to Budapest (regular airlines and low-cost) and train to Huedin: there are trains departing the airport Ferihegy at 08.43 (arrival Huedin at 15.47) and 13.43 (arrival Huedin at 20.39) 

(The trains depart at new trainstation at airport terminal 1 and you have to change trains in Szolnok, time between trains is somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes)

Train connections: see at http://www.mav-start.hu/english/index.php  

We arrange further transport between Huedin and Stana.

 

Back to Cluj Napoca: we arrange transport, or by train, there are hourly trains between Stana and Cluj Napoca.

 

Back to Budapest: train leaving Huedin at 07.16 arrives at 12.16 and train leaving Huedin 11.24 arrives 16.16 at the airport