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Join UIMLA certified guide Zhivko on a fun 2-day overnight hiking trip in the beautiful Balkan Mountains and explore this stunning range in Bulgaria!
The Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria are a stunning region with beautiful landscapes. They welcome visitors year round and offer great hiking opportunities! On this guided 2-day hiking trip I would like to show you some of their top spots.
This is an easy two day hike, intended for the enjoyment of the experience and natural environment. On the first day of our trip, we will meet in Sopot and from there, head to our trailhead. We will hike up to the hut and have a couple of options to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Then, the following day, our objective will be the stunning Vasil Levski peak which will give us a great vantage point of the region. After enjoying the beautiful wilderness, we will return to the hut. Finally, after lunch we will head back to the town. Depending on the season you decide to visit you will be able to enjoy different weather conditions and landscapes, all beautiful in their own way.
This is not a difficult hike, therefore it is open to all levels. We will not hike to very high altitudes and the terrain is quite friendly. In the winter we may need snowshoes and I can advise you on equipment rental if necessary. I will of course be there the whole way to guide you and ensure a safe and fun trip!
Are you ready for an adventure in the Balkan Mountains? Then book your place now and join me on this 2-day hike in Bulgaria!
You can also join me on a stunning Seven Rila Lakes snowshoeing tour if you are interested in some more winter fun in the region!
Transportation to Sopot from any of the main cities in Bulgaria could be arranged. If the trip is done in winter and snowshoes are needed, help with the hire is provided as well.
Town Square in Sopot
We will meet at the town square in Sopot. A short transfer will take us to the base of a lift that will take us to the start of the hike. From there, we will walk around an hour to the hut. After we arrive, we can either do a short hike or learn some navigating, maps and basic mountaineering.
Resting in the hut and enjoying some of the local dishes is always an option.
Elevation: + 400m.
After a proper breakfast in the hut, we will hike for two hours to the top of Vasil Levski peak, also known as Ambaritca. From there, you get a spectacular view over the highest part of the Balkan mountains. If the weather is good, quite a big part of the country of Bulgaria in general is visible from that spot.
When done with taking photos, we will head back to the hut. After lunch, we will descend to the lift and all the way down to the town.
Elevation: + 380m
Hello everyone, my name is Zhivko. I am Mountain guide from the town of Gabrovo, Bulgaria. The place I live is at the base of Stara Planina mountain or the Balkan mountains and therefore since very yearly age I started to get interested in nature and being outside. It all begun with snowboarding, followed by hiking, climbing and mountaineering.
I have been working as guide for the past 6 years in all the mountains in Bulgaria, as well as a snowboard instructor at Bansko ski resort for the winter season. I am also organizing different kinds of group activities, based on mountaineering and outdoor sports.
I became a mountain rescuer in 2012, Senior since 2015.
In terms of experience and personal interest, I have been climbing, hiking and ski touring all over the Bulgarian mountains, and also climbing and hiking in the Alps, the Dolomites, Croatia and Slovenia.
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Group of 1
|EUR 202 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 120 each|
Group of 3
|EUR 83 each|
Group of 4
|EUR 62 each|
Group of 5
|EUR 52 each|
Group of 6
|EUR 52 each|
Group of 7
|EUR 52 each|
Group of 8
|EUR 52 each|
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All very nice, great guide in a beautiful range of mountains!
I think that Zhivko is absolutely brilliant in his role: always providing professional insight and mental support. I am sure I would have never made it to the top had I not been assisted by an experienced guide. Zhivko was very mindful throughout the entire duration of the challenge - e.g. advising on proper way of stepping, breathing, clothing etc. I would like to emphasise not only his great knowledge of practicalities related to hiking and climbing, but also fantastic psychological and social skills, showing respect to both: the environment and fellow hikers/ climbers. I\'ve received a feedback following the completion of my \'mission\' which will surely help me in the future. It\'s apparent that Zhivko loves what he is doing for living and he does what he loves rather than simply earning money. Absolutely fabulous experience!
Mountain guide Zhivko is a very nice, experienced and open minded guide who made me feel safe on our trekking. I am a beginner and he patiently guided me through the inspiring natural winter beauty of Rila Mountain on snow shoes. He prepared everything perfectly and made the trip 100% customized to my wishes. The area is breathtaking and remote in wintertime. We went to the Ivan Vasov hut and did not meet anyone on the way. Shortly: highlly recommended for nature lovers :)!