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A guidebook to 12 multi-day treks in Bulgaria's highest and wildest mountain ranges in the Pirin, Rila and Central Balkan national parks. The treks are aimed at fit, experienced mountain walkers, with steep ascents and exposed scrambles. The routes range from 7 to 61km and include a full-day ascent of Mount Vihren.
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For walkers and naturalists, Bulgaria is a paradise. There is an amazing variety of landscapes and a rich biodiversity, yet mountains dominate much of the country. The treks in this guidebook are based in the Pirin, Rila and Central Balkan national parks which cover the three wildest and most majestic mountain regions of Bulgaria.
This guidebook contains route descriptions for 12 two to four-day treks, including one single day trek, that cover spectacular scenery and offer an unrivalled opportunity to encounter some of Europe’s rarest plants and animals. Each walk is broken down into day stages with each stage finishing at either a mountain hut or another suitable source of accommodation. The distance of each trek varies from 7 to 61km in length and covers a variety of terrain including panoramic ridges over Musala and Vihren, the two highest peaks in the country.
The walks in this guidebook are challenging and are aimed at fit, experienced mountain walkers. The trails are often physically demanding, with long steep ascents and descents, often over rocks and boulders. Furthermore, most of the ridge walks require a good head for heights – especially the exposed scramble along the Koncheto crest (Walk 12). Be sure to read the route description carefully before setting out.
As well as providing detailed route descriptions for many of the most outstanding walks offered by these three national parks, it also contains a great deal of background information about the history and geography of places passed along the trails, along with comprehensive details of the wildlife likely to be seen.
The sentence at the top of the page should read: '... crosses one of the headstreams of the Krayovitsa', not Krivnishka Reka.
The sentence at the bottom of the page should read: '... a short rocky crest that drops away precipitously on the left towards the Chanakgyolski Ezera cirque', not right.
|Travelling to Bulgaria|
|Travelling to the Mountains|
|Walking in Bulgaria|
|Food and Water|
|About this Guidebook|
|Key Facts and Figures|
|Part 1 The Central Balkan National Park|
|Walk 1 The Boatin, Tsarichina and Kozya Stena Reserves|
|Walk 2 The Severen Dzhendem, Stara Reka and Steneto Reserves|
|Walk 3 The Dzhendema and Stara Reka Reserves|
|Walk 4 The Peeshtite Skali and Sokolna Reserves|
|Part 2 The Rila National Park|
|Walk 5 The Rila Monastery Nature Park and Forest Reserve|
|Walk 6 Sedemte Ezera and Zeleni Rid|
|Walk 7 The Central Rila Reserve|
|Walk 8 The Ibar Reserve|
|Part 3 The Pirin National Park|
|Walk 9 The Pirin Wine Trail|
|Walk 10 The Yulen Reserve|
|Walk 11 Mount Vihren|
|Walk 12 The Bayvuvi Dupki–Dzhindzhiritsa Reserve and Koncheto|
|Appendix 1 Route Summary Table|
|Appendix 2 English–Bulgarian Glossary and Pronunciation Guide|
|Appendix 3 Further Reading|
|Appendix 4 Mountain Huts and Other Useful Contacts|