Explore the biggest European wilderness
A lifetime isn't enough to explore the magnificent mountain ranges of the Romanian Carpathians. Once you plunge into them they seem to stretch forever in all directions, being the ideal offroading playground. Everything is huge - mountain ridges, forests, lakes, rivers... Spending a week there gives you a chance only for a short preview, just to grasp the epic nature of a possible Carpathian journey. Even if no other mountains existed in Europe, an offroader roaming through the Carpathians wouldn't notice it at all - he has everything he really needs there.
Price 80 € per vehicle / day
South, East, North or West (Apuseni) Carpathians
Wild camping (hotel accomodation possible)
Duration 4 to 20 days (300 to 2.000 kilometres)
From May to November
AT class tyres minimum, MT recommended
Areas of our Carpathian tours(precise tracks available to clients)
A real Carpathian offroad adventure means camping in the wild – not being in touch with this magnificent nature 24 hours a day is a waste. Among the Carpathian wolves, bears and deer you really feel like a part of that nature. It’s very hard to decide where to start – either from the sky-high ridges of the southern Carpathians (Fagaras mountains, Tarcu, Vulcan, Cindrel, Surean or Kapacini ranges), the fairy-tale-like Apuseni mountains (western Carpathians) with their magnificent caves, or maybe head straight north towards the mystical Maramures and Bucovina counties, full of fascinating ethno-heritage and history. Eastern part of the Carpathians is less known to offroaders, but not less intrigueing. We’re offering to share our fascination and knowledge about this offroader’s paradise with you.
Carpathians really don’t need the Hollywood Dracula stories to be one of the most beautiful and exciting places for nature lovers in Europe. But, if you want to visit the “Dracula” castle, we can take you there. Either to the fake one in Bran, or the real one, in Poenari. And many more castles and points of ancient history that are quite anonymous, but not less interesting.
It is the overwhelming sense of freedom to move over vast spaces of complete wilderness that gets to you as you travel accross Carpathians. There’s nothing about these mountains that can be taken easily – you have to respect and know them to be safe. Every river crossing can be a technical puzzle, and every unverified forest trail could easily mean that you’d have to go back for several hours if you don’t find your way through. As it all happens, your senses are bombarded with impressions and images that won’t let you drop the camera from your hand.
A perfectly prepared vehicle is mandatory for the Carpathians. Jeep has a “trail ready” sticker for their top models. But there is a higher level sticker – it would spell “Carpathians ready”. It’s not some artificially built trial course, it’s a real life challenge.
Equipment of your vehicle depends on the trail difficulty of choice, but the minimum should be
- at least AT tyres (MT highly recommended)
- a rooftop or classic tent
- cooking and other equipment for food preparation
- a shovel
- a compact axe, and a saw
- a can with at least 10 l of spare fuel
- 1 or more snake-ropes for recovery
- CB radio
You should also consider
- Protective sheets over your paint (can be useful in dense forests)
- Winch for easier recovery when needed
- Additional camping gear (tables and chairs, etc.)
(vehicles with low gear are highly advisable for Carpathian tours)
Tour preparation and execution
For Carpathian tours we can either meet at our headquarters in Belgrade, Serbia and travel as a convoy to Romania from there, or set a meeting point inside Romania. For visitors from western Europe the town of Arad is a good meeting point, from where we can start on a tour either towards the Apuseni (West Carpathian) mountains and further north into Maramures, or enter central Romania on our way towards the southern Carpathians. A good starting point is also Drobeta – Turnu Severin, from where we can quickly access the very attractive southern Carpathians (entering Romania at the Iron Gate border crossing over the Danube river). Planning a Carpathian tour really leaves us endless possibilities, either regarding the purely natural geography, or the cultural and urban points of interest. It is best to fill out the application form, and state your additional remarks and interests in the comment field, and we’ll make the perfect Carpathian plan for your group!
Tour price covers
- one adequately equipped guide vehicle with our guide
- all fuel and other expenses for the guide vehicle
- personal counceling before and during the tour
- appropriate GPS maps and data, that can be made available to the participants, if they have compatible hardware
Tour price does not cover
- individual fuel and toll costs
- individual food and drink expenses
- servicing expenses by third parties
- tickets for caves, national parks, etc.
- other individual expenses
Application form for Carpathian tours
(please fill out to schedule a tour for your group)
Payment instructions will be mailed to you
upon reaching final agreement on tour details