Called Stara Planina, or the Old Mountains, The Balkan stretches across the entire territory of Bulgaria and one can follow its main ridge from the west border to the seaside. This route is part of the international E3 long-distance trail. During our, trip we’ll follow the most interesting parts of it.
~ Day 1 ~ The trek starts from the high mountain pass of Beklemeto (1520 m.) – one of the passes between Northern and Southern Bulgaria, separated by Balkan Mountains. The pass is accessible to vehicles and public transport is also available. Nearest towns are Troyan from the north and Karlovo from the south side.
Walk along the main ridge via Orlovo Gnezdo Hut and Dermenka Hut. Overnight stay in Dobrila Hut at 1790 m.
Total: 6 hours, +550/-300m
~ Day 2 ~ Next is the famous Dobrila-Botev Traverse, ascending Mount Ambaritza and Mount Kupena and finally descending to Vasil Levski Hut to where the group will spend the night.
Total: 6 hours, +600/-800m
~ Day 3 ~ Walk to Ray (Paradise) Hut (4,5 hours), located above Juzen Dzendem Reserve and visit the nearby Raysko (Paradise) Pruskalo Waterfall. Accommodation in the hut.
Total: 5,5 hours
~ Day 4 ~ Ascent of Mount Botev, via the so called Tarzan Trail and descent to Tuza Hut.
7 hours, +1000/-900m
~ Day 5 ~ Visit of several waterfalls in the area – Kademlijsko Pruskalo, Babsko Pruskalo, option to ascent Mount Triglav – the second highest in these mountains. The route follows either Rusalijski Pass, or the nearby ridge – both offer great panoramas towards the main parts of Central Balkan National Park and Juzen Dzendem Rezerve. Options to descent to Tuza Village to the south or the town of Apriltsi to the north and transfer back to Karlovo or Troyan.
Balkan Vagabondz will be able to arrange transfer from Sofia to Troyan and back upon request.