The Mighty Central Balkan

  • Сезон: Summer

  • Кога: 4 days, 3 nights

  • Адвенчър: 2 Adventurer

  • Трудност: 2 Moderate

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The Mighty Central Balkan

01 – 04 JUL 2021

Come and dive into the beauty of the Central Balkan – а program encompassing one of the most emblematic places in Stara Planina

We offer you an intriguing trekking encompasses one of the most emblematic spots of the Balkan. We are going to hike its highest summit – Botev peak, we will go through the alpine traverse of Stara planina. We will enjoy the highest waterfall in Bulgaria – Raiskoto (Paradise) praskalo and will enjoy the hospitality of the local mountain huts. Come with us and become part of this mountain fairy tale.

Stara Planina (or the Balkan, how it is called as well) is the oldest mountain range in Bulgaria dividing it from west to east. Its central part is the most spectacular one and attracts a lot of mountaineers. It is part of the National Park “Central Balkan” which is one of the three national parks in Bulgaria. Stara Planina is often neglected comparing to Rila and Pirin – the highest mountains in Bulgaria. But everyone who has touched to it once knows very well its beauty – the highest waterfalls are here, old beech forests, vast alpine meadows, cosy mountain huts and hospital hosts. Stara Planina for us is something more than its natural beauties – here we feel connected with Mother Nature, we feel like being at home. In the same time Stara Planina has one of the harshest climate when it comes to be angry. Stara Planina is vast enough in variety of aspects and has something for everybody. But the most attractive part remains the Central Balkan no matter if you look at it from north or south.

The huts we are going to stay offer delicious cooked food, electricity and bathroom with hot water (extra paid at the spot). Accommodation is in double, triple or fourfold rooms.

This program is suitable for people with a good stamina and previous mountaineering experience. If you are not sure if this program fits to you, we recommend to call us in advance and we will help you to make a decision. We know that each good mountain experience starts with a proper route choice.

This program will be performed with minimum 5 participants.

Photos from previous adventures

Price Includes


transfer from/back to Sofia

Mountain guide

local mountain guide


3 nights in mountain huts


Full refund in case of cancelled program due to COVID or COVID-related quarantine. More information in our General Terms and Conditions

Price Does Not Include


you may buy it from the huts or bring it with you


travel and mountain insurance

Personal expenses

any personal expenses

Important! You should have valid mountain insurance for this trip. You can purchase one on preferential price here: Parana. Use promo code basecamp for 5% discount.

Day 1 (Thursday): Sofia – Pleven hut
An afternoon transfer (about 3 hours) from Sofia to Apriltsi – a beautiful town in the Balkan skirt. From there we grab the backpacks and within an hour we reach Pleven hut having a fantastic view towards North Dzhendem reserve and Peak Botev. Accommodation late in the evening.

Day 2 (Friday): Pleven hut – Botev peak – Rai hut
We are going to climb the highest peak in the mountain, passing through majestic and respectful valleys of North Dzhendem – one of the reserves in Central Balkan. We will reach the peak for 2.30 – 3 hours to enjoy 3600 view. From her we continue in south direction towards Rai hut passing through so called Tarzan path. Just above the hut is the highest waterfall in Bulgaria – Raisko Praskalo. Definitely we will go there… Rai hut is situated in the heart of another reserve – Dzhendem. An amazing place that will leave you out of breath. Duration 6 hours. Highest point of the route: 2376 m. asl.

Day 3 (Saturday): Rai hut – Levski hut – Ambaritsa hut
After the breakfast we grab the backpacks toward Levski hut. Our path is passing through Dzhendema reserve – you will definitely move into different reality. The pristine nature is in its most luxuriant period. Alpine meadows and free cows are around us all day long. We reach Levski hut for about 4 hours. We may go to the near waterfall Kalofersko Praskalo hidden in the beech forests. This is still the middle of our day. After an hour we move above the forest south from the main ridge before we cross it and finally descent to Ambaritsa hut. No doubt that you will be fascinated by the charm and hospitality of our hosts. Duration 8-9 hours. Highest point of the route: 1950 m. asl.

Day 4 (Sunday): Ambaritsa hut – Golyam Kupen peak – Pleven hut – Sofia
Just another amazing day in the mountain. Today we are going to so called Stara Planina traverse passing through several peaks that form the backbone of the oldest mountain in Bulgaria. Golyam Kupen peak is the most impressive one having technical approach with a fixed rope. The only one glacier lake in the mountain is situated south form the peak even it’s getting dry up sometimes. Magnificent views are everywhere around us in case the mountain wants to reveal them to us. From the ridge we go down to Pleven hut and back to the cars. Return to Sofia late in the evening. Duration: 6-7 hours. Highest point of the route: 2255 m. asl.

* We keep the rights to change the program in case of force majeure circumstances. Our guide can adapt the route depending on weather and group conditions having people safety a top priority.

* Reservation should be done no later than 10 days before the program. Reservation is considered confirmed if payment is processed within 3 days after booking.

* A list of required equipment will be sent to you right after you sign in for this program. If you don’t have anything from it, we may assist you to get it. The most important thing for us are suitable mountain shoes.


Stanislav Radkov
Languages: English and Bulgarian

Ever since he was young he has been wandering the mountains, summer or winter. In the last 10 years he has been very actively engaging in back-country/ski mountaineering.


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