Transbalkan Trek (Bulgaria)

Transbalkan Trek (Bulgaria) 620 , 9 Days

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes of Bulgaria's Transbalkan Trek, a breathtaking adventure that will take you across the majestic Stara Planina mountain range. This 9-day tour is designed for nature enthusiasts, hikers, and adventurers seeking to immerse themselves in the untouched wilderness of the Balkans. As you descend through forests and meadows to Rozino Village, a train awaits to take you to Koprivshtitsa - a charming town steeped in Bulgaria's rich history and adorned with beautiful architecture.

Highlights:
Botev Peak: Conquer the highest peak of Stara Planina and witness breathtaking views from the summit, surrounded by the beauty of the Severen Jendem reserve.
Central Balkan National Park: Explore the most beautiful part of Stara Planina, where the ridge divides Bulgaria into northern and southern regions, and catch a glimpse of the elusive edelweiss if luck is on your side.
♦ The charming town of Koprivshtitsa with its cobbled streets and well preserved houses


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive Sofia
Arrival in Sofia. After settling into your accommodation, you'll have some leisure time to explore the city's historical landmarks, rich culture, and delicious cuisine. (-/-/-)

Day 2. Sofia - Apriltsi - Pleven Hut
The adventure begins as we depart from Sofia and head to the Vidima district of Apriltsi, our starting point for the Transbalkan Trek. Following the green markings and signs, we ascend along a steep path, surrounded by the rocky slopes of Northern Dzendem and the imposing Botev peak. After a 2-hour hike, we reach the Pleven Hut, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. (B/L/D)

Day 3. Pleven Hut to Botev Peak
Today's highlight is the ascent to the renowned Botev Peak, the highest summit of Stara Planina. The trail is technically easy but physically demanding, taking us through the lush forests, along the ridge, and finally, the challenging final climb. Reaching the summit rewards us with awe-inspiring panoramas of the Severen Jendem reserve. The round trip takes about 6 hours, allowing for ample time to soak in the natural beauty. (B/L/D)

Day 4. Pleven Hut - Ambaritsa Hut
Prepare for a rewarding journey as we traverse several peaks, including the high Kupen, offering wire ropes to guide us through the steepest sections. The 7-hour trek showcases incredible views of Mount Botev, making the effort entirely worth it for any nature lover with a moderate fitness level. (B/L/D)

Day 5. Ambaritsa Hut - Dobrila Hut
On this day, we venture on a standard mountain hike devoid of forest cover, following dirt paths with no water sources along the way. The mesmerizing views from the Levski peak (also known as Ambaritsa) and the alpine ridge of the mountain will make this 4-hour trek unforgettable. (B/L/D)

Day 6. Dobrila Hut - Beklemeto
With a relatively easy and pleasant hike, we enjoy walking along the mountain ridge, passing through open and wooded areas. The trail leads us to the Dermenka hut, where we can take a well-deserved break. We then descend to the Arch of Liberty, an iconic landmark, before continuing our journey towards Beklemeto. (B/L/D)

Day 7. Beklemeto - Echo Hut
Central Balkan National Park awaits, revealing the most captivating part of Stara Planina. As we walk mainly along the ridge, we are rewarded with spectacular views, and if we're lucky, we might even spot the elusive edelweiss. This 5-hour hike involves some elevation gain, so be prepared for a thrilling adventure. (B/L/D)

Day 8. Echo Hut - Rozino Village - Train to Koprivshtitsa
On our final day of trekking, we descend through the forest and meadows of Yumruka Peak. Along the route, we can replenish our energy with cold mountain water from taps. The day concludes with a train journey from Rozino Village to Koprivshtitsa, a picturesque town steeped in history and architectural charm. (B/L/-)

Day 9. Koprivshtitsa - Sofia. Departure.
Our journey comes to a close as we travel back to Sofia from Koprivshtitsa, cherishing the memories of the Transbalkan Trek. With hearts full of appreciation for Bulgaria's natural wonders, we bid farewell to this enchanting land. (B/-/-)


Price Includes:
Private airport transfers in Sofia airport on day 1; group transfer from Koprivshtitsa to Sofia on day 8
all transport acc. itinerary
luggage transport from day 1 to 4
standard hotels with en-suite facilities (days 1 & 7)
guesthouse with shared facilities (days 2&3) and in mountain huts (days 4
5
6)
7
all meals acc. itinerary
English speaking guide

Not Included:
entrance fees
insurance
drinks and meals not mentioned
private transfer to Sofia if your flight is very early
tips
personal expenses

Additional Services:
Supplement per person at 2-3 participants: 100 EUR


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Transbalkan Trek (Bulgaria) (Rated 4.66 / 5 Based on 421 Reviews.)
Price
620 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
100 EUR
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Open for booking
Price
620 EUR
Duration
9 Days
Single Supplement
100 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
650 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
100 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
650 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
100 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
650 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
100 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

These tours include trekking which is a little harder, normally on a challenging terrain. We take it for granted that you are in good condition and fit. You should be physically prepared at home to get the maximum of the tour. Most of the trekking is done at a greater height (max 3000m).

Group Size
4-12
Reservation System Code
BGTRBLKTREK
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