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


Rhodopes Clasic


Days 6   Distance 93 km   Ascent 4980 m   Descent 4360 m

This popular six-day walk at the Western Rhodopes follows the third highest ridge in the Mountains- the ridge Chernatitsa. It implies natural, historical and architectural attractions as high peaks, the natural phenomena Wonderful Bridges, thick ancient forests, green meadows, an amazing canyon with many waterfalls and lakes. The trail offers panoramic views towards the small authentic villages that are scattered on the slopes and passes by remote chapels and well-maintained shelters. Due to the proximity of the region with the second largest city of Bulgaria- Plovdiv and the winter resort Pamporovo, as well the hot mineral water at the foot of the mountains, there are built many huts, that provide good conditions for hiking and relaxation.

Day 1: Walk from the Hrabrino village to the hut Varhovrah. The walk passes along broad paths and dirt roads by several huts and chapels and provides views to the valley of Plovdiv.
Day 2: Walk from the Varhovrah hut to the Persenk hut. Gradually the path enters the mountain and after the village of Churen there are fantastic views towards the mountains. It leads you trough forests, glades and small rivers to the area of the peak Modar where the path gets into ancient Roman road. To the hut the path is through a thick forest where many fallen trees make you ease the pace and pay attention to the lush vegetation
Day 3: Walk from the hut Persenk to the hut Izgrev. Continuing by the ancient Roman road, the path leads you soon to the natural phenomena Wonderful Bridges. Once part of a cave now they remind stone bridges. They owe this shape to the destructive water in the river and possible earthquakes. The walls of the cave collapsed and thus they formed arches or bridges

Day 4: Walk from the hut Izgrev to the resort of Pamporovo. This walk is a real pleasure as it is trough green pastures and without big ascends and descends. On the saddle Pamporovo is built the winter resort with the same name and this is the place where finishes the Chernatitsa ridge.
Day 5 Walk from the resort of Pamporovo to the town of Smolyan. The walk heads off down from the area of the peak Snezhanka at the Pamporovo resort. It is a pleasant walk down that winds along the Smolyanski Lakes, small lakes scattered along the valley and provides views towards the rocky outcrops known as the Orpheus Rocks.

Day 6 This walk is a type of a side walk, but once in the town of Smolyan,  it definitely deserves to pay a visit to the Canyon of the waterfalls. It is a real surprise for the waterfall lovers. After a long ascend along the valley of the river Gerzovitsa, the path enter the Soskovcheto nature reserve where the eco-trail Smolyan waterfalls canyon was set up recently. The trail winds up along the river deep in the ravine that once was wild and nobody could penetrate without special equipment. Today with the support of the many wooden steps, bridges and signs, the path gives the tourists the opportunity to see more than 46 waterfalls and strange rock formations. The path is circular and the second part leads you high above the river and provides panoramic views down to the waterfalls and toward the town.

Self-guided tour*

  • Difficulty: The average difficulty is moderate. The biggest part of the trail is a pleasant walk. The most difficult part is along the eco-trail Smolyan waterfalls canyon, as some of the wooden steps are very steep and walking on them requires a lot of attention, but none of them need of special equipment. 
  • Accomodation: The huts are popular and are frequently visited by many tourists and local people. That’s why it is advisable to book a place in them. In the town of Smolyan there are guest-houses and hotels, whereas in Pamporovo there are mainly hotels. There is no lack of choice- some of them offer traditional atmosphere, some are modern. On the event of a national holiday it is possible to be fully occupied and a booking of a room is a must.
  • Transport: 
    • To the starting point: There are many buses from Plovdiv that serve the village of Hrabrino, as it is popular summer area among the people of the city.
    • To the finishing point: The town of Smolyan is served by buses from the capital city of Sofia and Plovdiv.
  • Security: The trail is totally secure. All parts of it are marked, but at some sections it is possible to miss. Also it crosses many dirt roads and shepherd’s paths that makes the navigation challenging. It is advisable to use some kind of GPS device.  

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*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.
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.