Old water mills are still at work; fulling mills continue to wash colourful carpets; the famous "rakia" (brandy) is prepared right before you; Bulgarian housewives prepare unforgettably sweet jams made with wild berries; and the old farmers still make the famous Balkan brine cheese with sheep and goat's milk. And all this surrounded by the wild nature of the Central Balkan National Park and one of its nine green pearls – the biosphere reserve of Boatin, housing one of the largest belts of Beech forest in Europe.
- Central Balkan National Park was established for the conservation of the unique nature of the Central Balkan Mountains. One-third of the Park’s territory comprises nine reserves, four of them - Boatin, Tsarichina, Steneto and Dzhendema are part of the world Biosphere Reserves Network under the UNESCO “Man and Biosphere” Program.
- Ribaritsa village is a beautiful mountain resort with numerous little country houses and villas, which according to latest measurement has the biggest concentration of oxygen in the air in Bulgaria. • Glozhene Monastery was built in the 13-th century by the Ukrainian prince Glozh, housing an icon at the age of about 1000 years. • Saeva dupka cave – although it is only 400 m long the cave is considered to be one of the most beautiful ones in Bulgaria housing a great number of beautiful cave formations
- Departure dates: Every day from 1 April - 30 October
- Min. group size: 2 pax.
Day 1: Arrive at Sofia Airport. Overnight accomodation in Sofia. Opportunity to see highlights of Bulgarian capital in short evening walking.
Day 2: Transfer to Etropole monastery – 90 km. The monastery, surrounded by old forest, is one of the most important spiritual centers in medieval Bulgaria. Next to the cloister there is a beautiful waterfall. Transfer to Yamna. The path follows the ridge over the village and goes descending to the outskirts of the village Cherni Vit. The transfer car waits here to bring you to the Kordela hut near Divchovoto village. Walking distance: 17 km; uphill walk: 400 m; downhill walk: 600 m
Day 3: Time to explore Boatin Reserve. The path goes through the century-old Beech forests of Boatin and descends over the other side of the hill to the region of "Kostina", where one of the Bulgarian national heroes has been killed by the Turks. From this point a short walk along gardens, meadows, villas and houses of local people brings you in the village of Ribaritsa, where you stay overnight. Walking distance: 10.5 km; uphill walk: 250 m; downhill walk: 530 m
Day 4: Today you will walk along "Debeli Dial" - the ridge surrounding Ribaritsa from North. The path continues to Vasiliov Hut but before that you will turn right descending at the upper parts of Ribaritsa, which is actually the longest village in the country (12 km long). On the way back to your hotel you will have the opportunity to see the way of live of the local people and to enjoy the idyll of a typical Balkan Mountains village. Walking distance:14 km; uphill walk: 400 m; downhill walk: 400 m
Day 5: Short transfer to the neighbouring town of Teteven. Check in into the hotel. Walk to Cherven Peak – the easternmost of the three peaks raised above the northern side of Teteven. The path starts from Teteven and goes upwards through broad leaved forests and vast meadows to the rocks of Cherven Peak, offering a superb panoramic view over the town of Teteven and the valley of Beli Vit River. From there you take the new eco-path leading to Babintsi village and further down to Teteven. Time at leisure for sightseeing and shopping. Walking distance: 13 km; uphill walk: 700 m; downhill walk: 700 m
Day 6: This day you will follow the path between Teteven and Lesidren village moving amidst lush forest and meadows. Overnight in Lesidren. Walking distance:15 km; uphill 650 m; downhill walk: 700 m
Day 7: Transfer to the cave „Saeva dupka”. After visit it transfer to the village of Glozhene where a nice trek expects you to through old Beech forest to Glozhene Monastery, where you can see the 1000 years old icon of St. George. From the monastery there is a dirty road leading to the pass between Goliam Izvor and Teteven and then following the peaceful road you get down to Goliam Izvor. Walking distance: 13 km; uphill: 400 m; downhill walk: 350m
Day 8: Transfer to Sofia airport for departure (1,30 hrs drive).
Recommended travel period of the year: April - October.
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