The Balkan Traverse

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Day 1

18km, 6 hours, +740/-470mm.

Beklemeto

Today we start from the high mountain pass of Beklemeto (1520 m) – one of the gates between Northern and Southern Bulgaria, separated by the Balkan Mountains. The pass is accessible for vehicles, public transport is also available. Nearest towns are Troyan from the north and Karlovo from the south.

Orlovo Gnezdo Hut and Dermenka Hut

Walk along the main ridge via Orlovo Gnezdo Hut and Dermenka Hut. We stay in Dobrila Hut at 1790 m. Total: 18km, 6 hours, +740/-470mm.
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Day 2

6 hours, 16.5km, +950/-1400m

Dobrila-Botev Traverse

Today we’ll do part of the famous Dobrila-Botev Traverse.

Mount Ambaritza and Mount Kupena

We ascend Mount Ambaritza and Mount Kupena.

Vasil Levski Hut

We descend to Vasil Levski Hut for accommodation.
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Day3

5.5 hours, 10.2km, +970/-700m

Raj Hut

Walk to Raj Hut (4,5 hours), located above Juzen Dzendem Reserve.

Rajskoto Pruskalo Waterfal

Visit to the nearby Rajskoto Pruskalo Waterfall. Accommodation in the hut.
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Day4

7 hours, 16.5km, +1250/-1150m

Mount Botev

Ascent of Mount Botev, via the so-called Tarzan Trail.

Tuza Hut

Descent to Tuza Hut.
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Day 5

Kademlijsko Pruskalo

Тoday we visit some other waterfalls in the area – Kademlijsko Pruskalo, Babsko Pruskalo, option to ascend Mount Triglav – the second highest in these mountains.

Rusalijski Pass

The route today follows either Rusalijski Pass, or the nearby ridge – both offer great panoramas towards the main parts of Central Balkan National Park and Juzen Dzendem Rezerve.

Tuza Village

Options to descend to Tuza Village.

Apriltsi

Visit the town of Apriltsi to the north.

Karlovo or Troyan

Transfer back to Karlovo or Troyan.

Equipment Needed

hiking boots
rucksack (35-45 l)
trekking poles
waterproof and windproof jacket
rain cover
sun hat
sun lotion
sunglasses
warm hat and gloves
water bottle (1,5 litres)
travel liner (optional)
torch
personal first aid kit

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