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The Pack Includes

 Tourist map of the mountain (per post)
 GPS Track of your trail  (new)
 Detailed Itinerary (up to 7 days)
 Hut Reservations (up to 6 person) 
 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
 Meals
 Drinks
 Personal expenses
 Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
 Local transfers
 Travel insurance

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Rhodopes Panoramas

 

Days 5  Distance 34 km   Ascent 2342 m   Descent 2261 m

This emblematic five-day walk at the Western Rhodopes explores the highest region of the mountain. It encompasses the most attractive for the tourists features: the highest peak, ancient forests, green pastures, impressive canyon with many waterfalls, beautiful rivers. The trail passes by authentic villages and chapels built on remote places. Part of the magic is that it provides not only a calm walk among a preserved and pristine nature, but also it meets you with the local people that are known for their hospitality. They prepare delicious food from the products that grow at their land.

Day 1: Walk from the Pamporovo resort to the village Shiroka Laka. The walk is along the river Shirokolashka, whose valley is scattered with authentic small Rhodopean villages as the Stoykite and the Shiroka Laka. The Shiroka Laka village itself is architecture reserve and offers good quality accommodation and opportunities for relaxation in an atmosphere from hundreds years ago.
Day 2: Walk from the Shiroka Laka village to the Lednitsata hut. The start of the walk is behind the musical school in the village of Shiroka Laka. With zig-zags through a shady forest, it climbs up to the picturesque village of Gela. Then along a dirt road, meadows, farm buildings, chapels and magnificent panoramas reaches the hut Lednitsata.
Day 3: Walk from the hut Lednitsata to the hut Perelik. This amazing walk is and open-air ridge walk that is full of panoramas. It climbs up the ridge Mursalitsa that drops from the highest peak of the Mountains- Golyam Perelik (2191m). Despite this fact, the walk is pleasant and the terrain is mild. Unfortunately, the path skirts the fence of a military base, which is built on the very top of the peak and you are not allowed to reach it either from curiosity either for the record
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Day 4: Walk from the hut Perelik to the town of Smolyan. This walk is a real surprise for the waterfall lovers. After a long descend to the valley of the river Gerzovitsa, the path enter the Soskovcheto nature reserve where the eco-trail Smolyan waterfalls canyon was set up. The trail winds down 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.
Day 5: Walk from the town of Smolyan to the resort of Pamporovo. The walk heads off from the town of Smolyan up to the area of the peak Snezhanka and Pamporovo resort. It is a pleasant walk that winds around the Smolyanski Lakes, scattered along the valley and provides views towards the rocky outcrops known as the Orpheus Rocks.

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: The huts are centrally located and are visited by many tourists and the local people. That’s why it is advisable to book a place in them. In the village of Shiroka Laka and the town of Smolyan there are guest-houses and hotels. There is no lack of choice- some of them offer traditional atmosphere, some are modern. On the event of a national holyday it is possible to be fully occupied and a booking of a room is a must.
  • Transport: 
    • To the starting/finishing point: The resort of Pamporovo is served by buses with to and from the capital city of Sofia, Plovdiv and Smolyan.
  • 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.