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

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.

Tsarichina Reserve


Days 4   Distance 63 km   Ascen4030 m   Descent 4030 m

This amazing walk in the western part of the Central Balkan National Park explores the area of the Tsarichina Nature Reserve and around it. Within the boundaries of the park are designated nine nature reserves that are rich in flora and fauna. That is why the trail offers real wilderness in combination with cosy touristic huts. The landscape is varied. It comprises ancient beech and coniferous forests where the average age of the trees is around 150 years, high-mountain meadows and narrow rocky strips along the main mountain crest. At one stage of the walk, the most spectacular one, you will follow the main ridge of the Stara Planina. It is part of the E3 European long-distance walking route.

Day 1: Walk from the Ribaritsa village to the hut Vezhen. The path is going gently along the course of the river Kostina. Next section of the path starts to climb up steeply through a beech forest to reach the hut Benkovski which can be used as a place for rest. The last part is along a dirt road that connects the hut Benkovski with the hut Vezhen.
Day 2: Walk from the Vezhen hut to the hut Eho. This walk is one of the most amazing walks in the Central Balkan National Park. It is along the main crest of the Mountains and traverses the peak of Vezhen. The panoramas from it are impressive.
Day 3: Walk from the hut Eho to the Vassilyov hut. In this day we offer you an interesting option that is along the ridge that links the Stara Planina Mountains with the smaller Mountain Vassilyov. The views from it towards the Balkan are stunning. 
Day 4: Walk from the hut Vassilyov to the village of Ribaritsa. Going down along the Debeli Dyal ridge all day long you will have the possibility to watch the string of peaks of the Balkan spread out in front of you as a fan.

Self-guided tour*

  • Difficulty: As a whole the trail is a pleasant walk but it involves some steep parts that are challenging and require good shape.
  • Accommodation: The huts are cosy and well-maintained. In the last years their hut-keepers have put a lot of efforts to improve the conditions and to serve better to the tourists. During the high season they are frequently visited, so there is a need to book the beds in advance.
  • Transport: 
    • To/from the starting/finishing point: There are mini-buses that go twice a day from the town of Teteven to the village of Ribaritsa. Teteven itself is served by a regular bus line that connects it with the capital Sofia. 
  • Security: The trail is totally secure. All parts of the trail are well marked. The area is served by the mountain rescue teams.  

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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.