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.

Kozya Stena Reserve


Days 3  Distance 33 km   Ascen2390 m   Descent 2413 m

This lovely walk in the Central Balkan National Park examines one of the nine natural reserves in the boundaries of the park. The Kozya Stena (Chamois Wall) Natural Reserve was established to protect rare plants. It is a wild paradise, home to over 40 protected species, among them the «white stars» of the Mountain-the Edelweiss. The scenery is picturesque and has increased variety. Here the ancient beech and coniferous forests give place to queer rocky outcrops and high-mountain meadows. The most spectacular part is along the main mountain crest. It is part of the E3 European long-distance walking route. 

Day 1: Walk from the town of Klisura to the hut Eho. The path is going up through an old forest gently, after that becomes steeper and the open-air meadows take place of the forest. On some vertical passages the water of the streams jump over the rocks thus forming small waterfalls.
Day 2: Walk from the hut Eho the hut Kozya Stena. This walk is one of the most scenic and intriguing walks in the Central Balkan National Park. It is along the main crest of the Mountains. The path squeezes its way through a succession of rugged limestone and is known among the tourists as «The saws». It zigzags the left and right flanks of ridge, providing views towards the southern and northern parts of Bulgaria.

Day 3: Walk from the hut Kozya Stena to the village of Chiflika. Right next to the hut Kozya Stena starts a chain of three rocky peaks. Their inaccessible by people walls are home to many wild animals, among them the mountain chamois that gave the name of the Reserve. Running down along the ridge of Tumin Dyal, the path leads you to the hot mineral water of the Chiflika village. 

Self-guided tour*

  • Difficulty: Despite the fact that there are some rocky parts along the path, it is a pleasant walk in summer. It could be classified as «easy» if there weren’t ascends and descends during the first and the last days respectively.
  • Accommodation: The huts are cosy and well-maintained, regardless of the fact that they are not reachable by car. 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 the starting point: There are buses and trains that connect the town of Klisura with the capital Sofia. 
    • From the finishing point: There are buses between the Chiflika village and the town of Troyan. Troyan itself is connected with Sofia by buses.
  • Security: The trail is totally secure. All parts of the trail are 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.