Walking in Bulgaria's National Parks

Walking in Bulgaria's National Parks : Pirin, Rila and Central Balkans National Parks

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A guide to walking and trekking in Bulgaria. The routes are based in the Pirin, Rila and Central Balkan national parks that cover the three wildest and most majestic mountain regions of Bulgaria.

12 superb two to four-day routes are described including ascents of Musala and Vihren, Bulgaria's highest peaks. Each walk is broken down into day stages with each stage finishing at either a mountain hut or another suitable source of accommodation. The distance of each route varies from 7 to 61km in length and covers a variety of terrain. The routes described are challenging and aimed at fit, experienced mountain walkers. The trails are often physically demanding, with long steep ascents and descents, often over rocks and boulders. Furthermore, most of the ridge walks require a good head for heights - especially the exposed scramble along the Koncheto crest.

For walkers and trekkers Bulgaria is an unexpected paradise, boasting an amazing variety of landscapes and an outstandingly rich biodiversity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 116 x 172 x 15mm | 280g
  • Kendal, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st edition.
  • over 80 colour photos and 24 colour maps
  • 1852845740
  • 9781852845742
  • 132,852

Table of contents



Protected Territories
Travelling to Bulgaria
Travelling to the Mountains
Walking in Bulgaria
Food and Water
Mountain Rescue
About this Guidebook
Key Facts and Figures

Part 1 The Central Balkan National Park


Walk 1 The Boatin, Tsarichina and Kozya Stena Reserves
Walk 2 The Severen Dzhendem, Stara Reka and Steneto Reserves
Walk 3 The Dzhendema and Stara Reka Reserves
Walk 4 The Peeshtite Skali and Sokolna Reserves

Part 2 The Rila National Park


Walk 5 The Rila Monastery Nature Park and Forest Reserve
Walk 6 Sedemte Ezera and Zeleni Rid
Walk 7 The Central Rila Reserve
Walk 8 The Ibar Reserve

Part 3 The Pirin National Park


Walk 9 The Pirin Wine Trail
Walk 10 The Yulen Reserve
Walk 11 Mount Vihren
Walk 12 The Bayvuvi Dupki-Dzhindzhiritsa Reserve and Koncheto

Appendix 1 Route Summary Table
Appendix 2 English-Bulgarian Glossary and Pronunciation Guide
Appendix 3 Further Reading
Appendix 4 Mountain Huts and Other Useful Contacts
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About Julian Perry

Julian Perry grew up in England, but for the last 20 years has spent most of his time in the Bulgarian mountains where he now runs a specialist eco-tourism company Balkan Trek organising walking and wildlife watching holidays. He is one of the leading authorities on the region and author of The Mountains of Bulgaria: A Walker's Companion, the first English-language guidebook to long-distance hiking trails in Bulgaria.
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