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Balkan Mountains Self-guided Trek (Bulgaria)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Bulgaria  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 440 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 440 Euro (EUR)

The area around Teteven in the Balkan mountains offers unique and diverse landscape, dotted with tiny villages lost in greenness and flowers, offering visitors not only tranquillity and calmness.

In this region, traditions are a big part of modern life. 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.

Tour highlights
♦Central Balkan National Park was established for the conservation of the unique nature of the Central Balkan Mountains.
♦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


Day 1. Arrival
Arrive at Sofia Airport. Accommodation in Sofia. Opportunity to see highlights of the Bulgarian capital in short during the day or in the evening depending on the arrival time. Overnight in Sofia.

Day 2. Etropolski Monastery – Yamna – Cherni Vit - Divchovoto village - Kordela Hut
Transfer to Etropole Monastery – 90 km. The monastery, surrounded by old forest, is one of the most important spiritual centres 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 Cherni Vit village. The transfer car waits here to bring you to Kordela Hut, where you spend the night.
Walking time: 4-5 hrs; Uphill walk: 400 m; Downhill walk: 600 m

Day 3. Kordela Hut - Boatin Reserve - Ribaritsa
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 time: 3-4; uphill walk: 250 m; downhill walk: 530 m

Day 4. Ribaritsa - Debeli Dial - Ribaritsa
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). 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. Overnight in Ribaritsa.
Walking time: 5 hrs; uphill walk: 400 m; downhill walk: 400 m

Day 5. Teteven - Cherven Peak – Babintsi Village - Teteven
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 path leading to Babintsi village and further down to Teteven. Overnight in Teteven.
Walking time: 4-5 hrs; Uphill walk: 700 m; Downhill walk: 700 m

Day 6 Teteven - Opasen zab - Petrahilya Peak - Teteven
Today's walk is on the other side of Teteven, and the river. You start the trek through a rocky, but easy to pass area and a beautiful forest with trees with strange forms. Getting to Opasniya Zab (The Dangerous Fang) Shelter from where you have a very nice panoramic view to Teteven and the surrounding area (1179 m.a.s.l.). You continue up climbing Petrahilya Peak, which is the highest mount in the surrounding area. After you climb the peak you descent back to Teteven by a different route, heading to South-East. Overnight in Teteven.
Walking time: 4 hrs; Uphill walk: 810 m; Downhill walk: 810 m

Day 7. Saeva Dupka cave - Glozhene monastery - Goliam Izvor
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. Overnight in Golyam Izvor village.
Walking time: 4-5 hrs; Uphill: 400 m; Downhill walk: 350 m

Day 8. Departure
Transfer to Sofia airport for departure (1,30hrs drive).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Included in the price: ►Accommodation at family-run hotels and pensions en-suite facilities (days 1-6), and in a guesthouse with shared facilities (day 7). ►Breakfast and dinner included (except dinner on day 1). ►Roadbook in English and map of the area, ►private transfers from/to Sofia airport on day 1 and 8, luggage transfers and transfers where specified during the walk ►local back-up and emergency phone.

Not included: Flight tickets, lunches and dinner on day 1 (free to choose in Sofia) ►tips ►entrance fees ►drinks and other personal expenses.

Price of extra services: Single room supplement: 85 EURO