Bulgarian Balkans, 5 Day Guided Hiking Tour

State certified mountain biking, skiing and hiking guide Zhivko wants to lead you on an exciting 5 day hiking tour through the Balkans of Bulgaria.




Trip Duration

5 days

Mountain Range

Balkan Mountains

People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified



    The Balkans of Bulgaria is a magnificent mountain range. It is full of glorious peaks, ridges and passes that all present the kinds of views most people can only dream of. And for 5 days, you will get to hike through the range, often at a high enough altitude to gaze as far as not only your eyes, but your imagination can see.

    This amazing hiking trip will see you ascending to the tops of no less than three incredible peaks. Those peaks are Mount Kupena (2,169m) and Mount Ambaritsa (2,166m), which we will ascend on the second day of the hike, and Mount Botev (2,376m), which we will ascend on the fourth day of the hike and is the highest mountain in the Balkans. Furthermore you will also get to see several spectacular waterfalls. They include the Babsko waterfall, the Kademlijsko waterfall, and the Rajskoto Pruskalo waterfall, which we will see on the third day of the hike, and at just under 125 metres, is the highest waterfall in the Balkans.

    A lot of ground will be covered on this trip because we will be hiking for an average of about 6 hours per day. As a result, participants should be in good physical condition to handle that amount of hiking. However, every night, you will get a good night’s sleep in a comfortable mountain hut. Thus giving you the chance to get proper rest for the next day’s hike.

    The Balkans in Bulgaria are a wonderful range to hike through. The views you will get from the summits of the various peaks, and the landscape you will get to admire every step of the way will create lifelong memories. If you would like to join me, just send me a request. I would be more than happy to guide you.

    I also offer this 3 day hiking tour through the Pirin mountains as well.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    600 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)


    • Day 1Berklemeto to the Dobrila hut

      On the first day of the hike, you will take a transport from Sofia to the Beklemeto mountain pass. From there, we will hike throughout the day until we reach the Dobrila hut, where we will spend the night.

    • Day 2Dobrila hut to the Vasil Levski hut

      On the second day of the hike, we will depart from the Dobrila hut and ascend 2 mountains, Mount Ambaritsa (2,166m) and Mount Kupena (2,169m) before making out way to the Vasil Levski hut, where we will spend the night.

    • Day 3Vasil Levski hut to the Raj hut

      On the third day of the hike, we will depart from the Vasil Levski hut and make our way to the Raj hut, where we will spend the night. Midway through the day’s hike, we will also stop at the Rajskoto Pruskalo waterfall.

    • Day 4Raj hut to the Tuza hut

      On the fourth day of the hike, we will depart from the Raj hut and ascend to the top of Mount Botev (2,376m) before reaching the Tuza hut, where we will spend the night.

    • Day 5Village of Tuza

      On the final day of the hike, we will deparat from the Tuza hut to the village of Tuza, where you can explore before taking a transport to Karlovo or Troyan, and from there, you can catch a transport to Sofia.


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    The mountain pass of Berklemeto, accessible from Troyan and Karlovo by car or bus from Sofia.


    Dobrila Hut, Vasil Levski Hut, Raj Hut, Tuza Hut

    More info

    Participants should bring the following items with them: hiking boots, rucksack (35-45L), trekking poles, water and windproof jacket, rain cover, sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm hat and gloves, water bottle (1.5L), travel liner (optional), torch, travel linen, personal first aid kit.


    About the Guide


    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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    What People are Saying about Zhivko Zhechev


    All very nice, great guide in a beautiful range of mountains!
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    Matthew Brady
    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!
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    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 :)!
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    Irene Cuijpers

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