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Eastern Carpathians Full Day 4x4 Tour

Product ID: 107188
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Step off the beaten track and embark on a full-day 4WD adventure in the Eastern Carpathians, one of the least known and fascinating regions of Europe. Optionally, you can enjoy easy 3-hour hiking in the rocky Hasmas Mountains or a self-drive experience.
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Duration: 8 hours
Starting times 5:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM
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English, German, Hungarian, Romanian

Pickup included

Included in the price in the surroundings of Miercurea Ciuc or available on request for other locations

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  • Get off the beaten track and explore the Eastern Carpathians in a 4x4 vehicle
  • Challenge yourself on remote forest roads
  • Taste local products and cuisine
  • Hike in the Bicaz Gorges - Hasmas National Park
  • Choice of morning or dawn departure
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
Full description
Traveling with a 4x4 car is the best way to visit and discover the highlands of the Eastern Carpathians. The rugged mountain chain is a dramatic mix of almost untouched forests, pure streams, beautiful gorges, rocky uplands and rolling farmland. Besides the stunning scenery, meet local people on the route and witness their traditional way of living, scenic lookout points and thrilling wilderness routes. Pass through small villages, hidden valleys and along mountain ridges, giving you a unique experience with some fantastic photo opportunities. For lunch, choose between a picnic in nature or freshly baked trout in a remote mountainous village. Optionally, enjoy an easy 3-hour hike in the rocky Hasmas Mountains, or a self-drive experience assisted by your guide on some parts where the terrain is not too difficult.

Your adventure tour starts in Miercurea Ciuc where your guide awaits you to set off with a Suzuki Jimny 4x4 vehicle into the mountains and forests of the Eastern Carpathians. Before starting your off-road experience, ride half an hour along the villages of the Ciuc Basin, until the small village of Csikszentmihaly (Nicolesti) where the wilderness trails of the Ciuc Mountains begin. First, ride up to the bare ridge of the Naskalat Mountains and follow the forest roads going along the ridge. In 2-2.5 hours, get to the border of the Bicaz Gorges – Hasmas National Park - where you'll have a picnic from local products and go on a 2-3 hour easy trekking tour to the top of the 1,707 meter high Ecem Peak. From the craggy ridge of the Ecem Mountains you can enjoy the silence and a great panorama over the surrounding mountains.

When you get back to the car, continue your trip riding on remote forest routes and through mountain traditional areas to the small dispersed village of Haromkut. Here you can witness the traditional way of living and taste locally raised fresh trouts served by a local family. In the surroundings of the village you may meet horses, sheep and oxen flocks grazing, guarded by shepherds. From Haromkut, head to the breathtaking Bicaz Gorges riding along the picturesque Bicajel Valley with wooden houses and haystacks, dense forests and small waterfalls. After admiring the massive gorges and a short walk along Red Lake, a 1.5-hour ride follows back to Miercurea Ciuc.

Those who choose the option of via ferrata at the time of the booking, can experience this engineered vertical adventure powered by metal rungs, fixed iron ropes and an aerial bridge. It is totally secure and perfect for those of all experience levels. Strap on your harness and follow the instructions of your guide, conquer your fear of height and enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Red Lake, the surrounding mountain peaks and the Bicaz Gorges from above. With a secured route and all necessary equipment provided, this fully guided tour is a family friendly outing.

  • Bilingual local driver/guide
  • Private round-trip transportation
  • Meals
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information
What to bring
  • Hiking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Outdoor clothing
Know before you go
• Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
• Please dress warmly: sturdy, waterproof footwear and warm clothing recommended
• Not recommended for pregnant women and participants with back problems
• The programs can be modified depending on the weather conditions or adding other options
• Tours can be personalized on request
• This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
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Carpathian Escapes

Product ID: 107188