Transbalkan Trek - Trekking Trip
1 week: Bulgaria to Bulgaria (TBT)This trip combines trekking in the two most exciting Natural Reserves in the Balkan Mountains: Kozyata Stena and Severen Dzhendem, as well as a visit to Troyan Monastery. We climb Mt. Botev - the highest peak of the Balkan Mountains (2376 m a.s.l.) and enjoy the imposing view of the low-lying mountain of Sredna Gora and the fertile Thracian Valley. After descending the extremely steep southern slope of the Balkan (\"Tarzan\'s walkway\") we visit the little town of Kalofer. The huts in the mountains lie like pearls on a thread and there are walking paths in between. We have high-trained English-speaking mountain guide all the time.
We stay in 3-star hotels (days 1, 2 & 3) and guesthouse (day 7) with private facilities and in a mountain huts (days 4, 5 & 6) with shared facilities on HB (breakfast & dinner included). Lunchpacks are included for the mountain treks during the days 5, 6 & 7.
Arrival at Sofia or Plovdiv airport and transfer to the Beklemeto pass in the Balkan Mountains where we stay overnightDay 2
In the morning we start off from Beklemeto heading towards the peak sections of the mountains leading to the Troyan Pass, before continuing westwards. From here the path follows the summit of the Balkan ridge, passing along the southern slopes of Kozyata Stena Reserve (3 hours walking). At the foot of Baba Peak (1707 m) we turn northwards. We now have about 2,5 hrs more to go before we reach the village of Chiflik. Then we transfer to our hotel in Beklemeto.
Uphill/downhill walk: 250: 950 m; walking time: about 5-6 hrs
After breakfast we head off from Beklemeto to the Dermenka hut. Nice descent along the stream of Cherni Osam River through the Steneto Reserve is expecting us to the village of Cherni Osam. From there we take the transfer to Troyan Monastery, where we will take a short stroll along the monastery walls. In the afternoon we leave for Apriltsi, where we will stay overnight.
Uphill/downhill walk: 450/650 m; walking time: around 7-8 hrs
In the morning we will embark on a short sightseeing trip around Apriltsi, which affords you a good insight into the local way of living. At around noon after short transfer we take a walk along one of the new local eco-paths, ascending towards the Pleven hut where we will stay overnight.
Uphill/downhill walk: 600/100 m; walking time: 1-4 hrs (depending on the extensions in the afternoon)
Today we will head towards the Balkan Mountains’ giant - Mount Botev (2,376 m). Some 30 min after Pleven hut the path goes along the edge of the Northern Dzhendem Reserve. Passing by the Botev refuge we continue to the top. Then we head back and end up in Vasil Levski hut, where we stay overnight.
Uphill/downhill walk: 1100/1040 m; walking time: 6-7 hrs
Walking through the mixed forest by the Vasil Levski hut we reach in an hour a flat place where many mountains paths cross each other. Along the trail we pass through several springs, lying at the foots of the vertical cliffs, surrounding Mount Botev from the south. Highlights of the area are also the Heavenly Rocks and the Heavens Waterfall (\"Raiskoto pruskalo\") - the highest waterfall in Bulgaria. We spend the night in the Rai hut, nearby the waterfall.
Uphill/downhill walk: 600/450 m; walking time: about 4-5 hrs
The route begins with a steep descent along the stream of Biala Reka River to a monastery above the town of Kalofer. From there we take the transfer to Plovdiv, where the rest of the afternoon can be spent on a self-guided sightseeing trip or shopping.
Uphill/downhill walk: 20/800 m; walking time: 4 hrs
After breakfast you will have transfer to Sofia or Plovdiv Airport for departure (transfer time: 20 min to Plovdiv Airport or 2 h to Sofia Airport)