1 night in a hotel in Sofia.
1 night in a family-run guesthouse in Apriltsi.
4 nights in a family-run guesthouse in Cherni Osam.
2 nights in mountain huts in the Balkan Range.
Double or twin rooms with ensuite WC/shower.
In the mountain huts – shared facilities.
|Transport||Depending on group size – either car or mini van.|
|Meals||8 breakfasts and 7 dinners.|
The English-speaking guide for this tour is Marin Sirakov.
Marin Sirakov is one of our most experienced guides.
Marin Sirakov feels the Balkan Range as his second home – he has been born there and has hiked all the paths. Numerous people have enjoyed his company and leadership.
Marin Sirakov is also member of the local mountain rescue team.
|Age Restriction||This trip is designed for adults and hikers with average level of fitness.|
2 persons and above
This tour can be easily tailored depending on how much you wish to hike.
The Balkan Range is the longest mountain range in Bulgaria, and one of the wildest. It includes the Central Balkan National Park; the ‘Steneto’ UNESCO listed natural reserve and several other protected areas. The Balkan Range is also part of the PAN Parks network of Europe’s national parks
We start out from Sofia and head East to Cherni Osam, a village right at the foot of the Balkan Range. We spend 3 days here exploring the area on foot. We also visit Troyan Monastery, the 3rd largest in Bulgaria, as well as the nearby town of Troyan and its fascinating ethnographical museum.
On the 4th day we hike to the Dermenka mountain hut. Following the path through the ‘Steneto’ natural reserve is strenuous at times, but extremely rewarding with its centuries-old forests, stunning rock formations, high-mountain rivers and untouched wild life.
The city of Veliko Tarnovo is the next stop. The medieval capital of Bulgaria has much to offer – the Tsarevets fortress, the Old Town, the former bazaar and its craft shops...On request we can also visit the open-air ethnographical museum – Etara.
Our walks on the following days will bring us closer to the highest parts of the mountain. We hike around the foot of Mt. Botev (2376m) – the highest peak in the Balkan Range.
On the way back to Sofia we stop at the Glojene Monastery, set on the top of steep rocks, with preserved architecture from the 18thC. We end up in Sofia with a tour of the capital and its main sights.