A CONSERVATION CHALLENGE
FOUNDATION CONSERVATION CARPATHIA
Ride Romania is a 5-day conservation challenge that explores the south-eastern Carpathians by mountain bike, going through the Făgăraș Mountains to Zăbala.
This epic cycle adventure is a journey over 200-kilometres through the Carpathian Mountains and picturesque medieval villages of Romania. Travelling through the area by bike is the perfect way to explore and connect to nature. Spend time with Europe’s leading conservationists, and visit local wildlife hides for a chance to experience bears in the wild.
We have partnered with an on-the-ground tour operator who will provide professional support for the entire trip. You will have honest, local food prepared fresh for you daily and gain access to Romania’s most exciting conservation projects.
TENT’s Carpathian Challenge rides are ideal for groups of 8 to 12 people. If you wish to create your own private group with a smaller or larger number of riders at a date of your choice, we will be happy to speak with you.
Book Your Place
The trip price includes a £500 donation to FCC to support their work. Funds go towards FCC’s project to protect a total of over 200,000 ha of forests and alpine meadows and to completely protect them as one of Europe’s foremost wilderness reserves. Such an area would be large enough to support significant numbers of wildlife to truly create the ‘Yellowstone of Europe.’ Find out more.
DAY 1 | TO THE MOUNTAINS
Fly into Bucharest airport and take your airport transfer into the mountains and your accommodation for the night, Amfiteatrul.
DAY 2 | AMFITEATRUL TO ȘINCA NOUĂ
Gear up after breakfast and depart on the first day of your Carpathian challenge, cycling through the Făgăraș Mountains in all their glory.
After a picnic lunch, continue onwards to Equus Silvania, a quintessentially Romanian guesthouse and horse riding centre where you will be spending the night.
We will also plan to visit a hide in the Stramba Valley. Wait quietly and you will be in with the chance of experiencing local wildlife including bears.
DAY 3 | ȘINCA NOUĂ TO MICLOȘOARA
On this day, you will follow a path that takes you through some of the most beautiful Transylvanian landscapes, forests and meadows, the perfect way to experience Romania’s incredible biodiversity.
Push on to Count Kálnoky’s guesthouses to rest up for your next day of pedalling.
DAY 4 | MICLOȘOARA TO ZALÁNPATAK
this day offers a great opportunity to experience the area around Zalánpatak. You will take a circular tour allowing for a more restful day during which you can take in the stunning surroundings.
In the evening, settle into your accommodation at Zalánpatak, the beautiful private nature retreat belonging to The Prince of Wales.
DAY 5 | ZALÁNPATAK TO ZABOLA
On your final day, pedal from the nature retreat through beautiful landscapes to Zabola, and its spectacular wildlife hide.
Here you will be in with a chance of experiencing some of Romania’s large fauna such as bears and wolves.
This evening you will stay at Count Mikes’ Zabola Estate, known as “Transylvania’s best kept secret” for its beautiful setting and architecture.
DAY 6 | DEPARTURE
Enjoy the setting of the Estate or perhaps take a short stroll to look for wildlife in the morning.
Your transfers will collect you and take you back to the airport for your flight home.
WE’VE COME ON THIS FIVE DAY TRIP TO ROMANIA AND ALL OF US HAVE BEEN BLOWN AWAY. PARTICULARLY EXCITING FOR ME WAS SEEING BEARS IN THE WILD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, IT WAS JUST SPECTACULAR TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. IT’S BEEN THE MOST INSPIRING TRIP!
TRISTAN FORSTER – 2018
FOUNDATION CONSERVATION CARPATHIA
Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC) aims to create a world-class wilderness reserve in the Southern Romanian Carpathians, large enough to support significant numbers of large carnivores and to allow natural evolutionary processes to thrive.
Founded in 2009 by 12 philanthropists and conservationists, FCC was established with the goal of stopping illegal logging and of protecting a significant area of Carpathian forest for future generations by creating a completely protected area.
The project purchases land and hunting rights with both private and public money in order to protect all the area’s natural resources and wildlife. FCC’s ultimate intention is to return its landholdings to the public domain for permanent protection in the form of a national park.