Autumn in Bulgarian mountains


Days 3   Distance 37 km   Ascent 1320 m   Descent 1360 m

Four reasons to love this walk:

  • It is a hike along a narrow river gorge with forested sides;
  • You can travel by mountain train that goes through tunnels, bridges, loops;
  • The possibility to expand the walk into hot mineral water SPA vacation;
  • You can pay visit to the Brown Bear Sanctuary in Belitsa town

The walk is in a mountain region in South-Eastern part of Bulgaria. It is between the three mountains-Rila, Rhodopes and Pirin.
Although it is wild and forested, it is easily reached by… narrow gauge railway train. The train passes through sunny forests, picturesque valleys, rocky passageways and quiet villages. By using it, you can also contribute to preserve the last narrow gouge train in Bulgaria that is so important for the local people using it in their everyday life.
The starting point is the small village St Petka from where you head to the resort Undola. The night you can spend in the hut-hotel Christo Smirnenski. Here the fried potatoes are a must as they are produced nearby.
The second day you can head to the Sport Complex Belmeken. Located at 2050 m above sea level, the sport base is a favorite training place for athletes from all over the world. There is a well-organized hotel with restaurant. The walk passes by the dam Belmeken.
The third day is for the walk along the rocky, gorge-like valley of the river Cherna Mesta. Cherna is Black on Bulgarian language. It means that the river is wild during the spring, but in autumn it is quiet and the walk is easy as there is a macadam road.
Once dawn on the train line, you can expand the vacation in one of the many hotels in the towns and village in the region with hot mineral water like Velingrad, Banya (close to Bansko), Dobrinishte.
And something that will attract the families - the Broun Bear Sanctuary located close to the town of Belitsa. The park offers lifelong care to rescued brown bears; each one has its interesting story. Pay a visit to learn more…

Difficulty: Most of the trail is along macadam road and easy to navigate. There are some steep parts and short parts without marks, but we will send you GPS tracks of the trail.
Accommodation: The hut is cozy and well-maintained. The hotel in Belmeken is well organized and maintained. Both can accommodate big groups.
Transport to/from the starting/finishing point: the villages are connected by buses and train from the capital city Sofia, Velingrad and Bansko.
Security: The trail is totally secure. The area is served by the mountain rescue teams. 

 Self-guided tour*


The prices start from 99 EUR

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Our self guided packs offer you maximum flexibility and often a flexible choice of departure dates. A self guided holiday epitomises the philosophy of exploring the mountains your way at your pace. 
On all our self guided excursions we’ll provide you with detailed route descriptions, maps and local information so you can plan your own day everyday. We’ll also make hut reservations for you. All you need to do is enjoy your hiking holiday with the comfort of knowing that you have adequate time to explore and comfortably savour the sights and delights of the mountain region.

The Pack Includes

 Detailed Itinerary
 GPS Track of your trail  
 Nights' accommodation in the huts
 Tourist map of the mountain (per post) 
 Hut Contacts
 E-mail assistance
 Phone assistance
 Time tables of local public transport
 Local taxi companies contacts 

The Pack Does Not Include

 Travel to and from Bulgaria
 Organised luggage transport from hut to hut
 Personal expenses
 Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
 Local transfers
 Travel insurance

*Self Guided Tour

A note on our self guided adventures

Self guided walking requires individuals to possess problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!).  Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of it as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Using directions and maps can be more difficult for solo travellers as often two heads are better than one when it comes to finding your way. There is a certain level of the unknown that comes with self guided trips, however with a methodical approach potential problems will be averted. Lately the GPS devices came to help the tourist. We prepare and send you a file with your trail so you can upload to your device. Though the GPS satellite data is free and works anywhere in the world, still the devices are expensive and not every one can afford it. More often tourists use their mobile phone with an GPS application. Sometimes in the Mountain you won’t always get a signal or proper speed internet connection. That’s where offline hiking apps come in handy. After uploading the digital trail, you can use it whenever and wherever you need it. The freedom of a self guided trip is something that, once experienced, is sought time and time again.