High Balkan Trail Ride

High Balkan Trail Ride 790 , 8 Days

This adventurous trail ride follows part of the famous E-3 hiking Kom-Emine route. The trail features wild mountain landscapes and steep hillsides reaching Balkan highest grasslands, home to wild horses in the summer. The ride, offering long days in the saddle, is suitable for confident and experienced riders. There will also be occasions where you need to dismount and lead your horse for short periods (20 – 30 min) – this can be both uphill as well as downhill so you will need to be reasonably fit. Part of the enjoyment of this ride is spending time with the local people the last two days on the trail.


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrive Sofia
Arrival and transfer from Sofia airport to the hotel for overnight. -/-/-/

Day 2. Golyam Izvor - Glozene Monastery - Golyam Izvor
Transfer from Sofia to Golyam Izvor village in the Teteven Balkan (one hour drive).
Here we get acquainted with our horses. We start riding heading North through meadows and mixed beech and oak forest. We will ascend Mt Lissets above the village where we will see the first beautiful view of the central ridge of Stara Planina and the town of Teteven surrounded by rocky peaks. Then we through an ancient beech forest at the end of which Glozhene Monastery is located. Perched on a high rock, it reveals an even more spacious view of the Danube plain. After visiting the church and the little museum we start riding back to Golyam Izvor following another trail. Overnight in a guest house. B/L/D
Riding: ~4-5 hours

Day 3. Golyam Izvor - Chertigrad - Yamna
Our ride today goes South-West following in the beginning shortly an asphalt road. Then continues along a dirt road with possibilities for some trot and canter. We pass the small deserted village of Slatina before starting climbing among ferns and pasture land. After 3.5 hours in the saddle we reach Chertigrad where we stop for lunch.

Chertigrad is an ancient fortress built by the Thracians in 4-3-rd century BC. There is not much left from the fortress but the place offers stunning views over the Balkan range. We arrive in the village of Yamna after another 1.5 hours ride South-West. We leave the horses in Yamna village and have a short transfer to Lopian village. Dinner and overnight in a guest house. B/L/D
Riding: ~5-6 hours

Day 4. Yamna - Paskal Hut
Today we are heading to the crest of Central Balkan to join for the next two days one of the longest European mountain trails Kom-Emine. Stay at Paskal hut for overnight.  B/L/D
Riding: ~6-7 hours

Day 5. Paskal Hut - Momina Polyana Hut
The next two days we will spend riding through the Central Balkan National Park thus providing superb view towards the Thracian Plain to the South and the Balkan Mountains to the North. Good possibilities for canter crossing the grass highland. We follow the way marking of E-3 at an altitude of 1500-1900 m. Overnight in Momina Polyana Hut (1640 m.). B/L/D
Riding: ~5-6 hours

Day 6. Momina Polyana - Cherni Vit - Teteven
We leave the high mountain trail E-3 descending through thick beech and oak forests and pasture land along the Cherni Vit river. On some steeper descents we have to dismount and lead the horses. Our ride will end in the village of Cherni Vit (800 m) early in the afternoon where our vehicle is waiting and after a short drive we reach the cozy town of Teteven where we stay overnight. We can enjoy the rest of the day by the hotel pool or exploring the town.  B/L/-
Riding: ~6 hours

Day 7. Teteven - Cherni Vit - Golyam Izvor. Back to Sofia
In the morning a transfer back to Cherni Vit, where we have left the horses the previous day. On that last day of ride we will climb once more one of the many ridges from where we will have a last look of the scenery we have admired in the past week. We say good-bye to our horses and guides in the village of Golyam Izvor. Transfer back to Sofia (1 hour) for overnight. B/L/-
Riding: ~5 hours

Day 8. Departure
Transfer to Sofia airport and departure. B/-/-

Good to know: 
Horses: Most of the horses are crossbreeds between the local East-Bulgarian and Karakachan with a mid-height of 1,50 cm, they are well known as thoughtful and tough, and are thus extremely well-adapted to the mountainous region of the Stara planina (Balkan). The maximum weight limit of the riders is 100 kg.
Saddles: Western and English. Riding helmet is not mandatory. Luggage is carried by a pack horse from day 4 to 6, the other days by car. Weight limit 10 kg in a soft bag.


Price Includes:
2 nights in guest houses (2 rooms sharing WC/bathroom)
3 nights at hotels (day 1 + day 6 + day 7) in double rooms with en-suite facilities
2 nights in mountain huts (shared facilities)
all meals acc. itinerary
English speaking guide and local guide
saddled horses
pack horse
airport transfers on day 1 + day 8

Not Included:
Fight tickets
drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
tips
insurance
entrance fees
additional transfers
personal expenses

Additional Services:
Single room supplement (5 nights) at hotels/guest houses: EUR 70


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8 Days
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810 EUR
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8 Days
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100 EUR
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810 EUR
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8 Days
Single Supplement
100 EUR
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810 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
100 EUR
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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).

Tours of this level demand that you be really in good shape. The paths are not always in the best condition and the marking can be scarce. There are day-treks with big ascents and descents. Changing weather conditions /even in midsummer/ play an important role when trekking/cycling at a very high altitude and may cause changes of the preliminary route. This is to be decided by the mountain guide on the spot. Normally, the treks are 6/8h per day, but some can be longer. Preliminary hiking experience is an advantage, but not necessary if you are really in a good shape. Note that during some of the days, you should personally carry your baggage, which is naturally an additional difficulty. No rock/ice climbing experience is needed.

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