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.

Steneto Reserve


Days 3  Distance 42 km   Ascent 1792 m   Descent 1184 m

This extraordinary walk in the heart of the Central Balkan National Park is dedicated to the astonishing Steneto Nature Reserve. It is one of the nine nature reserves in the boundaries of the park and arguably the most beautiful. At the same time, not many people know about it. It looks like as if it is a well-kept secret. Being inaccessible from almost all direction but one, Steneto is a refuge of many rare animals and plants. The background of this real wilderness is a deep canyon with 200 m high rock walls. They are studded with caves and rock phenomena while at the abyss bottom the river Cherni Osam sparkles and form beautiful waterfalls. As the only entrance of the path through this paradise is from the hut Dermenka, you need to spend one more night and to go backward and forward by the reserve.

Day 1: Walk from the Karnare village to the hut Dermenka. The path is going up gently to the main crest of the mountain. From this point to the hut, the terrain is mild and grassy, without any substantial ascending and descending.
Day 2: Walk from the Dermenka hut along the path through the Steneto Reserve. It sets off with a long drop along the steep slope for 1hour and 30mins through an ancient beech forest. When the path reaches the place where Suhata River and Kumanitsa River joint to form the river Cherni Osam, it calms down into a flat walk along the Canyon of Cherni Osam River to the area Kiselitsata (960m). Here the path ends and a road, which is leading to the Village of Cherni Osam, starts. At that point you should turn back on the same way to Dermenka Hut (1520m).
Day 3: Walk from the hut Dermenka to the Sopot village by the hut Dobrila. It is a pleasant forest walk along the main crest of the mountain. All the way to the hut Dobrila provides a good panorama to the Ambaritsa peak Dobrila hut is a nice spot for a rest before the drop to the town of Sopot. 

Self-guided tour*

  • Difficulty: As a whole the trail is a pleasant walk but it involves some steep parts in the reserve Steneto that are challenging and require good shape.
    Accommodation: Accommodation: The huts are cosy and well-maintained. During the high season they are not the most frequently visited, but still it is recommended to book the beds in advance.
  • Transport: 
    • To the starting point:The village of the Karnare is connected by buses and trains with the town of Karlovo. Karlovo itself is served by buses and trains from the capital city Sofia. 
    • From the finishing point: The town of Sopot lies on the same train and bus lines that connect Sofia with the town of Karlovo.
  • 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.