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

04 – 07 SEP 2020

Come and dive into the beauty of the Central Balkan – one program encompassing one of the most emblematic spots of 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 difficulty level of this program (considering both duration and technical level) makes it suitable for people with a good stamina and without fear of heights. 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.

All huts in the program have electricity, offer delicious local food and have bathroom with hot water (paid additionally at the spot).

This program will be performed with minimum 4 and no more than 10 participants.

Special price for a group of 6 and more people.

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

Photos from previous adventures

Price Includes

Transport

transfer from/back to Sofia

Mountain guide

local mountain guide

Accommodation

3 nights in mountain huts

Price Does Not Include

Food

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

Insurance

travel and mountain insurance

Personal expenses

any personal expenses

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 and free time.

Day 2 (Friday): Pleven hut – Ambaritsa hut
Today we are going to do the mountain traverse – an amazing day of the highest alpine part. We are passing through several small peaks before reaching the highest one for today called Kupena with some fixed wire on its upper technical part. South from Kupena is the only one high mountain lake here. From that mountain ridge we go down to the cosy Ambaritsa hut for relax and having some delicious local food.

Accommodation. Duration 6-7 hours.

Highest point of the route: 2255 m. asl.

Day 3 (Saturday): Ambaritsa hut – Rai (Paradise) hut
After the breakfast we are getting back to the central ridge and will pass it on its south side where we will dive into beautiful beech forest. Our first short stop for today – Levski hut, is hidden within it. This first part of the trek will take us about 4.30 hours. After that we are going up again to the high alpine meadows from where we stepping into the biggest reserve in Stara Planina – Dzhendema (which means Hell). Our final destination for today is the beautiful Rai hut (Paradise hut) just in the heart of Dzhendema and beneath the Raisko waterfall. An amazing spot which will leave you out of breath. Accommodation.

Duration 9-10 hours.

Highest point of the route: 1950 m. asl.

Day 4 (Sunday): Rai hut – Botev peak – Pleven hut – Sofia
Just another amazing day in the mountain. This morning we start with climbing of the highest peak in the mountain – Botev peak, 2376 m.asl. The track is passing just beneath the highest waterfall in Bulgaria – Rai, before starting a very steep climbing of the so called Tarzan way. We are reaching the peak for about 2.5 hours which offers fantastic 3600 view in good weather. From there we start descending towards Pleven hut and then back to our van. The descending route goes through another reserve called North Dzhendem. Saying Good bye to the mountain we take the van back to Sofia.

Duration: 6-7 hours.

Highest point of the route: 2376 m. asl.

* Due to the dynamic situation of COVID-19, we have the right to make changes to the program in order to comply with all anti-epidemiological regulations. The health and safety of each participant is our main priority.

Guide

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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