Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Destinations : Sofia, Cherni Vit, Ribaritsa, Teteven, Lesidren, Goliam Izvor
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7 Nights 8 Days
Day 1: Arrive Sofia, transfer to hotel
On arrival at Sofia Airport you will be transferred to your guesthouse in the city centre. The remainder of the day is free to explore Bulgaria’s capital.
Day 2: Transfer to Saeva Dupka cave, walk via Glozhene Monastery to Goliam Izvor (4-5hrs)
This morning you are transferred to Saeva Dupka (1.5 hours), considered one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria. Visit the caves before a further transfer takes you to the village of Glozhene. From here a short trek through beech woods leads you to Glozhene Monastery, with its 1000-year-old icon of St George. From the monastery you will follow the path climbing Mt Lisets which offers stunning views over the Teteven Valley and the Central Balkan range. Continue along some narrow paths and a dirt road to Goliam Izvor. Overnight in Goliam Izvor village. Walking: approx 13.5km/8.4mi, ascent: 400m/1312ft; descent: 350m/1148ft
Day 3: Pass by plum tree orchards en route to Brusen
Today you will start walking directly from your guest house in the village centre, pass through plum tree orchards and pine forests. After a gentle ascent to Mt Orlyak you will follow a dirt road to the small village of Brusen, where a transfer will take you to the village of Lopian for your overnight stay. If you prefer to walk, this is an additional 2 hours. In the afternoon, optional visit by car to Etropole Monastery and a nearby waterfall (supplement applies). Walking: 7.4km/4.6mi, ascent: 600m/1969ft; descent: 350m/1148ft
Day 4: Walk through pine forests to the village of Cherni Vit (4-5hrs)
Today’s trek is a wonderful introduction to the region’s picturesque landscapes of vast meadows dotted with lots of old apple tree gardens and grazing sheep. The path will take you up hill and then along a ridge, before descending to Cherni Vit village, renowned for its great dancers and traditional singers. Walking: 11.4km/7mi, ascent: 450m/1476ft; descent: 300m/984ft
Day 5: Transfer then walk through beech forests of Boatin Reserve to Ribaritsa (3-4hrs)
This morning, after a short transfer to Kordela hut, you embark on arguably the most adventurous part of the trip. The track passes through century-old beech forests in the Boatin Reserve (at 825m/2707ft), reaching a high point at 1080m/3543ft after an hour of gentle ascent. From there, the path descends the other side of the hill, reaching a forestry road that leads to the region of Kostina, where the Bulgarian revolutionary and national hero, Georgi Benkovski, was killed by the Ottomans. This is a good spot for lunch. From this point you walk 3km/1.9mi along a peaceful asphalt road amongst gardens, meadows, villas and houses, to the village of Ribaritsa, where you stay overnight (at 545m/1788ft). Walking: 11km/6.8mi, ascent: 250m/820ft; descent: 530m/1739ft
Day 6: Ridge walk along 'Debeli Dial' above Ribaritsa and return to hotel (5hrs)
Today you walk a circuit route, along the Debeli Dial ridge surrounding Ribaritsa and climb to its peak (1150m/3773ft) for fine views of the Central Balkan Mountains. The path descends along the Osenovia Rat ridge towards the Vasiliov Hut. On the way back to your hotel, you can observe the local way of life and enjoy the atmosphere of a typical Balkan mountain village. Walking: 9.5km/5.9mi, ascentl: 400m/1312ft; descent: 400m/1312ft
Day 7: Transfer to Teteven, ascend Cherven Peak and return to Teteven (4hrs)
After a morning transfer to Teteven your walking commences. The path goes upwards through broad leafed forests and vast meadows to the rocks of Cherven Peak, where you will be welcomed with a superb panoramic view over the town of Teteven and the valley of Beli Vit River. From there you take the eco-path leading to Babintsi village and further down to Teteven. Overnight in Teteven. Walking: 15km/9.3mi, ascent: 700m/2296ft; descent: 700m/2296ft
Day 8: Transfer to Sofia airport, trip concludes
After breakfast, transfer to Sofia airport (1.5 hrs drive) where the trip concludes.