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


Waterfalls and Caves


Days 3  Distance 34 km   Ascent 2342 m   Descent 2261 m

This three-stage walk at the Western Rhodopes is a collection of three representative one-day walks. Each of them is devoted to different natural phenomena, studded on a small area around the town of Smolyan. They illustrate the variety of the Rhodopes nature as amazing waterfalls along a deep canyon, caves full of life and small springs, scattered on a meadow, that give the start of the biggest Rhodopes’ river-the Arda River. The accommodation is at guest-houses where you can experience the hospitality of the local people. They are hearty people and prepare delicious food for the guests, curious to try Rhodopes’ specialties.

Day 1: Walk from the town of Smolyan to the Canyon of the waterfalls and back. It is a real delight 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.
Day 2: Walk from the village of Mogilitsa to the cave Golubovitsa, the cave Uhlovitsa, the cave Nadarska and back to Mogilitsa. The village of Mogilitsa is 23 km far from the town of Smolyan. In the proximity of the village recently is set up a path that passes by the famous caves Golubovitsa, Uhlovitsa and Nadarska. They are not only beautiful and astonishing with their forms but also do they offer a real adventure: the Golubovitsa cave is a water cave and the transition is organised and supported by boats and special equipment, which are provided by local guides.
Day 3: 
Walk from the village of Gorna Arda to the streams of river Arda and back. The village of Gorna Arda is several kilometers far from the village of Mogilitsa. This circular walk leads you to the start of the river Arda that is the biggest in Rhodopes and pours into the Aegean Sea in the neighboring Greece.

Self-guided tour*

  • Difficulty: 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: In the town of Smolyan and the village of Mogilitsa there are many guest-houses and hotels. Some of them offer traditional atmosphere, some are modern. On the event of a national holyday it is possible to be fully occupied and the booking of a room is a must.
  • Transport: 
    • To the starting/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.