HIGLIGHTS OF THE BALKAN MOUNTAINS
The Balkan peninsula is named after the mountain chain, that crosses all of Bulgaria from west to east, splitting the country in halfs. The Balkan range, or the Old Mountain, as locals call it, is a magnificent nature landmark. With it's 700 km length and altitude up to almost 2400 meters above sea, this natural wall offers incredible diversity of terrains – rocky and gentle slopes, high summits and platoes, caves, river gorges and vertical rock walls, pine and oak forests, jungle-like woods and much more.
Day 1.Arriving at Sofia airport and meeting with the tour guide. Transfer (2.30 h.) to the town of Troyan, located in the very heart of the Central Balkan mountains. Visit to the Troyan monastery – the biggest and most popular in north Bulgaria. The monastery was built in the first years of 17th century and is keeper of the icon “The Threehanded Virgin Mary”, which is believed to be miracle working. Transfer further (45 min.) to the “Beklemeto” high mountain pass. Accommodation in a splendid, comfortable family hotel in the woods. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2.Breakfast. Our trek starts from the hotel – through the meadows and pine forests of the main ridge we will reach the famous summit of “Kozya Stena” (Goat’s wall). It is a beautiful rocky massif, home of the chamois and edelweiss flowers. Lunch in the restaurant of the nearby hut. In the afternoon we will traverse the Goat’s Wall ridge and return back to our accommodation. The hike for today takes some 6 hours. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3.Breakfast. Once again our family hotel is the starting point of the trek. The trail crosses the amazing “Steneto” nature reserve – a centuries old forest scared by rocky ridges carved by many caves and waterfalls. Lunch will be a picnic. Through this beautiful scenery we will reach the main ridge of the Balkan mountains. Very close is situated the renewed and comfortable “Dobrila” hut. Today’s trek will take 6 hours. Accommodation there at 1750 meters above sea level. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4.Breakfast. Today we will hike through some of the most exciting parts of the mountain. Start with an ascent to “Ambaritsa” summit (2166 m.) – one of the symbols of the region. Next is a climb to mount “Golyam Kupen” (2169 m.) considered by many to be the most beautiful peak in the country. Lunch will be a picnic. Descent through some marvellous oak forests to “Vasil Levski” mountain hut, named after Bulgaria’s national hero. Visit to a beautiful 32 meter waterfall, located near the hut at 1450 meters above sea level. Today’s trek will take 5.30 hours. Accommodation in the “Vasil Levski” hut. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5.Breakfast. It is time for our most challenging day – we will climb the highest peak of the Balkan mountains. Hike through the highest parts of the massif until we reach the summit point of mount “Botev” (2376 m.). Lunch will be a picnic. From here we will make a descent through the most stunning landscape the mountain can offer – 250 meters of vertical cliffs, green meadows and oak forests. The trail will lead us to the “Rai” (Heaven) mountain hut where we will be accommodated. At a distance of only 200 meters we can see the highest waterfall in the Balkan peninsula (125 m.). The hike for today will take 6.30 hours. Dinner and overnight at the hut.
Day 6.Breakfast. Morning visit to the “Raisko Praskalo” waterfall – the highest in the Balkan peninsula. Lunch will be a picnic. Descent through some of the most amazing Bulgarian forests to the town of Kalofer, located at the foothills of the mountains. Kalofer is a beautiful rustic settlement, typical for its revival period architecture. Today’s hike takes 5.30 hours. Accommodation in a nice family hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7.Breakfast. Transfer ( 2.30 h.) to the capital city Sofia. Tour of the historical center of the city. Transfer to the Sofia airport. Goodbye!
- All the accommodations, mentioned in the program
- All the dinners, mentioned in the program
- All the breakfasts, mentioned in the program
- All the lunches, mentioned in the program
- All the transportations
- All the tickets and taxes for the outdoor activities
- The instant assistance of a licensed, english speaking mountain guide
Price does not Include:
- All the drinks, during lunches and dinners
- Tickets for museums and historical monuments
- Tips and personal expenses
Minimum/maximum participants: 4 to 18
Tour difficulty: Moderate
Suitable for:People with some mountain experience in good shape; children elder than 12 y. o.