Balkan Mountains Walk
The Balkan Mountains offer keen walkers a series of trails through a diverse landscape that is dotted with tiny villages that brim with traditional hospitality. A land where time stands still evidenced by the old water mills that are still in operation and the use of centuries old methods to produce local specialties such as "rakia" (brandy), wild berry jams and Balkan brine cheese. Surrounding the villages are immense beech forests, alpine meadows carpeted with flowers, high ridges with endless views and lush river valleys. During this week long self guided walk there is ample opportunity to experience these highlights on foot while at night you'll soak up the warm welcome in specially chosen hotels and guesthouses.
|DAY 1||Arrive Sofia|
|DAY 2||Drive to Saeva Dupka cave, walk via Glozhene monastery to Goliam Izvor (4-5hrs)|
|DAY 3||Pass by plum tree orchards en route to Brusen, visit Etropole Monastery (4hrs)|
|DAY 4||Walk through pine forests to the village of Cherni Vit (4hrs)|
|DAY 5||Morning transfer before continuing walk through beech forests of Boatin Reserve to Ribaritsa (3-4hrs)|
|DAY 6||Ridge walk along 'Debeli Dial' above Ribaritsa and return to hotel (5hrs)|
|DAY 7||Transfer to Teteven, ascend Petrahilya Peak and return to Teteven (4hrs)|
|DAY 8||Transfer to Sofia Airport (1.5hrs drive), trip concludes|
A good and enjoyable week of varied self guided walks in pleasant scenery in the Central Bulgarian mountains. We are experienced walkers who with the help of the walking notes provided were able to get from A to B without undue difficulty and enjoyed the challenge of sometimes having to tease out where to go next. In rural parts, learning some Bulgarian phrases and some knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet is very helpful. Mikhael our driver for the week was a gem - very careful to make sure we knew what we were about, where we would meet him after each walk and how to get in touch with him - and very attentive to our needs and wishes.