The Best of Central Balkan National Park

A 4-day hike in the most interesting part of National Park Central Balkan - part of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.


A 4-day hike in the most interesting part of National Park Central Balkan - part of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Climbing Botev Peak, the highest peak and Golyam Kupen Peak. Hikes in 3 different nature reserves: Stara reka, Severen Djendem, Steneto with rich flora and fauna, wild nature and amazing views from the main ridge.


The best of Central Balkan Price per Person
6 pax 385 EUR
5 pax 420 EUR
4 pax 470 EUR
3 pax 555 EUR
2 pax 730 EUR
1 pax 1245 EUR

The price includes

  • accommodation in huts;
  • 3 full boards: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner;
  • all transfers from/to Sofia;
  • certified mountain guide for 4 days;
  • all the expenses of the guide, all taxes.

Not included

  • insurance;
  • entrance fees;
  • drinks.

Discounts available during low season, for students, bloggers, etc.
Please contact us if you need an offer for a bigger group.



    Day 1: Sofia - Vasil Levski Hut 

    Transfer from Sofia to Karlovo around 2:15 hours. We will start the ascent towards the hut along Stara reka river. Stara Reka is one of the nine reserves in the Central Balkan National Park. The hike is in a century old forest with many small bridges crossing the river. Accommodation in Vasil Levski Hut - 1400m.

    Hiking time: 4:30 - 5 hours;

    Distance 11km Ascent 900m

    Day 2: Vasil Levski Hut - Botev Peak - Pleven Hut

    After a short ascent we will reach the end of the tree line. The views towards Stara Reka reserve and the main ridge of the mountain are very impressive. We will reach refuge Botev - 2050 m. From here it is an hour to Botev Peak - 2376m the highest of the Balkan Mountains. Descent back to refuge Botev. Then we will cross the main ridge and start a descend through Severen Djendem (The Northern Hell) reserve. Accommodation in Pleven Hut - 1400m

    Hiking time: 7:30-8 hours;

    Distance 15km Ascent 1000m Descent 1000m

    Day 3: Pleven Hut - Golyam Kupen Peak - Dobrila Hut

    We will gradually ascend again to the main ridge of the mountain. Then we will start a traverse direction west approaching the most alpine peak of the mountain - Golyam Kupen - 2169m. From both sides of the peak there are fixed metal cables (ropes) that require more attention. The last peak for the day is Ambaritsa - 2166m. Accommodation in Dobrila  Hut - 1800m.

    Hiking time: 7-7:30 hours;

    Distance 13km Ascent 1100m Descent 700m

    Day 4: Dobrila Hut - Karlovo

    We will start the day with walking on alpine pastures with horses and cows. Then continue with  a long descent towards Karlovo following a panoramic ridge with views towards southern Bulgaria.

    Transfer from Karlovo to Sofia - 2:15 hours.

    Hiking time: 4:30-5 hours;

    Distance 11km Ascent 100m Descent 1300m


    Required equipment
    • hiking boots;
    • rucksack (35-45 l);
    • trekking poles;
    • water & windproof jacket;
    • rain cover;
    • sun hat;
    • sun lotion;
    • sunglasses;
    • warm hat;
    • gloves;
    • water bottle (1,5 litres);
    • travel liner;
    • torch;
    • personal first aid kit.



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