Mountain biking in Southern Carpathians


"We went to Romania in 2005 summer for a mountain bike tour. Costin and his companions guided our tour and organized all services that we needed. Southern Carpathians are an impressive mountain range that we crossed five times by different mountain passes. A great experience, nice and friendly people, amazing landscapes, nice tracks for riding an mtb. I firmly recommend to explore this country and I think Carpat-adventures is the company you're looking for" Rafa Madariaga, from

Rafa Madariaga
Dept. Economia i Empresa
Facultat Empresa i Comunicació

Universitat de Vic
C. Sagrada Família, 7
08500 Vic

trip itinerary

You meet us in Bucharest, on the early morning of July, 28th. From the Sky Gate Hotel, we will transfer to Ploiesti and further to Cheia resort, (2-3 hours). Those of you who will feel comfortable with biking right from the first day, we can cycle up to Muntele Rosu hut and back. Dinner.


After an early breakfast, we will have a short car transfer over Bratocea Pass (1263 m), to the start of the forestry road on Dofteana Valley. The bike route on the forestry road starts on Dofteana Valley, up to Predelus Pass (1295 m) and down again to the south, to Valea Doftanei. We’ll have a short transfer to Sinaia, on Prahova Valley, at the base of Bucegi Mountains. Accommodation and dinner in Sinaia.


Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will transfer to Cuibul Dorului Hut, at the bottom of Bucegi Mountains; from here you will start biking up to Omu Summit (2505 m), on a forestry road and single tracks, passing Piatra Arsa Hut and Babele Hut. You shall have lunch up on the summit and descend afterwards, back to Sinaia, where you will again stay overnight, in the same place. Visit Peles Castle, in the afternoon.


After breakfast, transfer from Sinaia to Zarnesti, near Piatra Craiului Mountains. We will start cycling here, up on the forestry road to Magura village. From Magura we will go up to Joaca Saddle (1350 m), descending through Dambovicioara Gorges, ending the day in Podu Dambovitei. Transfer from Podu Dambovitei to Curtea de Arges. Accommodation and dinner in Curtea de Arges.


After an early breakfast, drive up to Vidraru dam. Start ascending the “Transfagarasan” alpine road, on tarmac road, up to Balea Lake (2030 m), in the highest mountains range of Romania – Fagaras Mountains. Descend to Cartisoara village. Transfer to Sibiu. Accommodation in a centrally located hotel in Sibiu; dinner.


In the morning we’ll drive up to Paltinis resort. Star cycling down on a forestry road, to Sadu Valley, continue up to Steflesti Pass (~1700 m), further down to Sebes valley, ascend again, go over Tartarau Pass (1678 m) and finish the ride in Obarsia Lotrului. Accomodation and dinner in Obarsia Lotrului Hut.


After breakfast, start ascending Parang Mountains, up to Urdele Pass (2145 m), the highest mountain pass in Romania, on a gravel/forestry road. From Urdele Pass go down to Novaci, with a long, steep descent. Transfer from Novaci to Targu Jiu and further to Bucium-Sohodol. Accommodation and dinner.


After breakfast, you will start ascending Vulcan Mountains on a forestry road, going up to Vulcan Pass and descend to Jiu Valley, at Campu lui Neag. Accommodation and rest in Campu lui Neag Hut.


After an early breakfast, start biking up to Campusel and Jiu-Cerna Pass (1330 m) and then descend again on the beautiful Cerna Valley and Gorges, passing Cerna Lake. Transfer to Baile Herculane spa. Accommodation and dinner in Baile Herculane.


Start the transfer back to Bucharest (~350 km) in the morning. Arrive in Bucharest in the afternoon. End of the tour.