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Hiking in Central Balkan National Park: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Discover the wonderful wilderness of Bulgaria in its third largest national park!

Explore the central and higher portion of the Balkan Mountains on foot. Take in the stunning scenery of the forests and mountains, see some local wildlife and waterfalls along the way as well. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Hiking trips in Central Balkan National Park. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Hiking in Bulgaria

What should I know about Hiking Bulgaria?

Situated in central Bulgaria and nestled amongst the Balkan Mountains, Central Balkan National Park is one of the largest and most valuable protected areas in all of Europe.

The national park is home to a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and boasts thousands of species of plants and animals as well as primeval beech forest.

Exploring the park on foot is a great way to see some of these plants and animals as well as experience the park’s incredible natural beauty.

Aside from Botev Peak, Mount Ambaritsa (2,166 meters), Mount Kupena (2,169 meters) and 124.5-meter high the Rajskoto Pruskalo waterfall are all popular hiking destinations.

Why should I choose Bulgaria for my Hiking adventure?

Stunning scenery

Central Balkan National Park offers a little bit of everything. More than half of the park is covered in temperate and broadleaf forests, waterfalls cascade down the various mountain sides throughout the park and once you climb up to a peak’s summit, the views over the rest of the area are incredible.

Head out hut-to-hut

There’s a lot to see in this 700,000 square kilometre national park, so one day may not be enough. Heading on a hut-to-hut adventure is a great way to see a sizeable portion of the park. These treks usually involve summiting a few of the park’s highest peaks along the way too.

Botev Peak

At 2,376 meters above sea level, Botev Peak is a must climb for ay hiker heading to Central Balkan National Park. Botev is the highest peak in the park and provides phenomenal views out over the rest of the area. It also has a weather station and radio tower on the top, which are interested sites to visit as well.

What can I expect from the weather during my Hiking trip in Bulgaria?

During the summer, average daily temperatures range from 20 ºC to 25 ºC in the national park. Summer is also the most frequent season for rain, with an average of 220 millimeters falling each month.

How can I get to Bulgaria?

Any trip to Central Balkan National Park likely begins with a flight into the Sofia International Airport (SOF). Many guides will meet you here and provide transport to the start of the trip, but if not, it is also fairly simple to make the two hour drive to the park.

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What currency is accepted around Bulgaria?

Lev (BGN). Euros are also commonly accepted in tourist areas.

When is the best time to travel to Bulgaria for Hiking?

June to October

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