Walk Bulgaria

Routes' difficulty
* very easy
** easy
*** average
**** difficult
***** very difficult
 
Please follow our programme regularly for updates caused by weather conditions!
 
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PROGRAMME FROM 1 FEBRUARY TO 31 MAY 2010

FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE
JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOMBER NOVEMBER

 


   
FEBRUARY 2010
 

WalkBulgaria Sunday, February 7 – Hike No. 176
Hike in the Vitosha mountain- average difficulty
Route: Route: Sofia – Vladaya r. d. – area Zlatni Mostove (Golden Bridges) – Momina Skala (Maiden’s Rock) Hut –
Kamen Del (Stone Ridge) Hut - shelter Kikish – Dragalevtzi r. d. – Sofia.
Meeting place: 8:30 a. m. at the terminal stop of tram No. 5 in Knyazhevo r. d. – 8:30 a.m.
Wear/bring: winter outfit, hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch
Leaders: Zvezdomir Dzhurev, GSM: 0885 131623
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

WalkBulgaria Sunday, February 14
Hike in the Vitosha Mountain- average difficulty
Route: Knyazhevo – Zlatni Mostove (Golden Bridges) – Koumata Hut – Fish Restaurant Vladaya
Meeting place: 9.00 a.m. at the terminal stop of tram Ή.5, Knyazhevo
Wear/bring: winter outfit, hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch
Leaders: Georgy Valevski, GSM 0887 928136
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

WalkBulgaria Sunday, February 21
100 km tour around the Vitosha mountain - Hike IV - easy
Route: Sofia – village of Yarlovo – area Yarema – restaurant "Belite Brezi" (The White Birches) –
The Zheleznishka River – village of Zheleznitza – Sofia
Meeting place: 8:00 a. m. – Sofia, Darvenitza Bus Station. Going to the meeting place by private cars is not recommended!
Wear/bring: winter outfit, hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch
Leaders: Petya Dimitrova, GSM: 0889 09-39-40
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

*****WalkBulgaria February 25, Thursday
Meeting of Section “Challenge” to the WalkBulgaria Club.
Meeting place: 7:00 p. m., pizza restaurant Don Domat (the corner of Oborishte and Vassil Aprilov streets).
Organizer:Tomislav Kostyanev, GSM 0887 602384
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

*****WalkBulgaria Sunday, February 28
Hike in the Rila mountain – very difficult
Route: Sofia - CMS Malyovitza – Dvuglav (TWO-HEADED) Peak – CMS Malyovitza – Sofia.
Meeting place: 7:30 – Alexabder Nevski Square
Wear/bring: Especially important is to have COMPLETE WINTER OUTFIT, GAITERS.
Please, consult the Leader in advance! Mountain insurance is obligatory!
Leaders: DOICHIN VASSILEV
Registration of new members.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!
Charity hike lead by DOICHIN VASSILEV for raising funds for organizational needs of the Club. Subject to registration fee both for members and non members – BGN 8 at the beginning of the hike!

 
 
MARCH 2010
 

***WalkBulgaria Wednesday, March Η – Hike No. 181
Hike in the Rila Mountain – average difficulty
Route: Sofia – town of Samokov – mountain resort Borovetz – Chakar Voivoda Hut and back to Samokov.
Auto tour if there is sufficient number of cars available.
Meeting place: 6:50 a. m. at Bus Station SOUTH
Wear/bring: winter outfit (depending on the wether conditions), hiking shoes. gaiters.
Raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leaders: Nelly Tcholakova, Zvezdomir Dzhurev, GSM: 0885 13 16 23
Everyone is WELCOME!
Registration of new members.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

***WalkBulgaria Sunday, March 7
Hike in the Razhana Mountain – average difficulty
Route: Highway Hemus – Mourgash Peak – village of Vratchesh – Sofia.
Meeting place: 7:00 a. m. Podouyane Bus Station
Wear/bring: winter outfit (depending on the weather conditions), hiking shoes, gaiters, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leaders: Nickolay Todorov
Organizer: Daniela Pandourska, GSM 0886 74 30 12
Registration fee for NON MEMBERS: BGN 5!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

**WalkBulgaria Saturday, March 14
100 km tour around the Vitosha Mountain - HIKE V – easy
Route:Sofia – vikkage of Zheleznitza – Zheleznishka River – low mountain round route(Ivan Ivanov Alley) –
Bistrishka River – Yanchevska River – The Simeonovo Lakes – Simeonovo r. d. – Sofia.
Meeting place: 12:00 at the square in the village of Zheleznitza. To get to the meeting place take buses Nos. 69 or 98
(respectively from bus terminals Darvenitza or Hladilnika); or by cars (after the end of the hike you can get to the village of
Zheleznitza by bus from Simeonovo r. d.).
Wear/bring: winter outfit (depending on the weather conditions), hiking shoes, gaiters, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leaders: Daniela Pandourska, GSM: 0886 74 30 12
Registration of new members.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

***WalkBulgaria Sunday, March 21
Vratza Eco Route – Opening of the Spring Season with Mario Gatchev.
Route: Sofia – Vratza – Zgourigrad – Vratza Eco route – Zgourigrad – Vratza – Sofia.
Traveling by cars or by train to the town of Vratza and then 5 km by taxi to Zgourigrad.
Duration of the hike: 4 – 5 hours. Vertical drop: 500 μ.
Meeting place:
Wear/bring:outfit depending on the weather conditions, hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leaders: Mario Gatchev, GSM: 0888 54 10 41
Subject to compulsory registration fee both for members and non members at the start: BGN 5.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

**WalkBulgaria Sunday, March 28
Hike in the Planna mountain – average difficulty.
Route:Sofia – Dolni Passarel – Zheleznitza - Sofia .
Additional information:distance in length about 22 km, vertical drop: +550μ. - 230μ.
Meeting pont: 7:15 a. m. at the bus stop Okrazna Bolnitza in the direction of Plovdiv.
(buses Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6, 76, 114, 204, 213, 214, 305, 306, 313, 604).
The timetable can be seen HERE.
Wear/bring: outfit (depending on the weather conditions), hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leaders: Tomislav Kostyanev, GSM: 0887 60 23 84
Registration fee for NON MEMBERS: BGN 5!
Registration of new members.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 
 
APRIL 2010

**WalkBulgaria Sunday, April 4 – Hike 186
100 km tour around the Vitosha Mountain - Hike VI – easy.
Special knowledge about breathing upon climbing up.

Route:Sofia – Simeonovo r. d. – Alekovi Vodopadi (Aleko’s Waterfalls) – Dragalevski Manastir
(the Dragalevtzi Monastery “The Assumption of Mary”) – the Boyana Lake – Boyana r. d. – Sofia.
Meeting pont: 1:00 p. m. at the terminal stop of bus No. 67 (starting terminal stop The Seminary;
Another possibility is bus No. 98 from the terminal stop Hladilnika).
Wear/bring: winter outfit, hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch. .
Leaders: Milko Stoilov, GSM 0884 60 22 92
Registration of new members.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

**WalkBulgaria Sunday, April 10 – 11
Auto tour in the Old Mountain – average difficulty
Route:village of Cherni Vit to Abadzhiev Hut by cars – Momina Polyana (Maiden’s Clearing) Hut – Kartala Peak and back.
Meeting pont: 7:30 a. m. in front of the Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Wear/bring: winter outfit, hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leaders: Milko Stoilov
Organizer: Daniela Pandourska, GSM: 0886 74 30 12
Registration fee for non Club Members – BGN 8!
Subject to registration in advance by latest April 7 at: hodimise@gmail.com
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

****WalkBulgaria Sunday, April 18
DOICHIN VASSILEV – The route is to be announced later on.

 
 

**WalkBulgaria Sunday, April 18
Route:By cars to the town of Tran and its neighbourhood; the Yablanitza River gorge near the village of Bankya, mineral spring Mechata Doupka (The Bear’s Den), Zeleni Vir (Green Pool); the famous gorge of the Erma River (climbing up the Tzarkvishte Kanara (Tzarkvishte Cliff), the Tran Monastery “St. Archangel Michael”, visit to the pottery museum in the village of Boussintzi (if there is time) and sightseeing the cultural and historical landmarks of the town of Tran (visit to the monument of the perished in the Serbo-Bulgarian Wa and to the rock chapel “St. Petka” in the Barintzi r. d.) At the end of the trip visit to the restaurant in Erma Hut (optional!)
Meeting palace 1: 8:30 a. m. at Rouski Pametnik (the Russian Monument), Sofia
Meeting palace 1: 9:45 a. m. at the entrance sign of the village of Bankya (Tran Municipality) for the purpose of specifying the route toward the gorge and getting the two groups together. Getting there by private transport.
Wear/bring:suitable outfit (depending on the weather conditions), as well as hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leaders:Stella Markova, GSM: 0889 89 92 90
Registration of new members.
Subject to registration by latest 3 days in advance at:
hodimise@gmail.com and stelamarkova@hotmail.com
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

**WalkBulgaria Sunday, April 25
Karst World – easy. Auto tour.
Route:Sofia – Loukovit – the Karst Caves in the region of Karloukovo – Eco Route “Zadanen Dol” (Dead-End Gorge) –
Loukovit – Eco Route Zlatna Panega – Sofia.
Meeting place: 8:30 a.m. Alexander Nevski Square
Wear/bring:
Leaders:Mario Gatchev , GSM: 0888 54 10 41
Fee for NON Club Members – BGN 5 at the start.
Registration of new members.
Subject to registration by latest 3 days in advance at: hodimise@gmail.com
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 
 
MAY 2010
 

****WalkBulgaria Saturday – Sunday, May 1 – 2
Hike in Sredna Gora - difficult
Route:Sofia – Starossel – Fennera (The Lantern) Hut – Bogdan Peak Αξγδΰν /1604 μ/ - town of Koprivshtitza.
Meeting place: 7:15 a. m. Saturday, May 1, Podouyane Bus Station
Wear/bring:winter outfit, gaiters, torchlight, picnic lunch, water.
Leaders: Tomislav Kostyanev , GSM: 0887 60 23 84
Fee for NON Club Members – BGN 5 at the start.
Registration of new members.
Subject to registration in advance by latest April 24 at: hodimise@gmail.com
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

****WalkBulgaria Sunday, May 9
Route:The route is to be announced later on

****WalkBulgaria Sunday, May 15 – 16
Auto tour in the Old Mountain – Vezhen Peak – difficult
Route: Sofia – village of Ribaritza (from there on foot) – Vezhen Hut (overnight stay) – Vezhen Peak – village of Ribaritza - Sofia
Meeting place: Saturday, Mat 15, 7:30 a. m., the parking lot behind the Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Wear/bring: winter outfit, hiking shoes, raincoat, water and food supplies for two days.
Attention: no food is served or sold at the hut.
Leaders: Illian Marinov
Organizer: Daniela Pandourska, GSM: 0886 74 30 12
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

***WalkBulgaria Saturday – Sunday, May 22 – 23
Ossogovo Mountain – average difficulty
Route: Town of Kyustendil, Trite Bouki (The Three Beeches) Hut – Rhuen Peak /2,251 μ/ - village of Gueshevo. Details to be published later.
Meeting place: 7:30 a. m., Saturday, May 22
Wear/bring:
Leaders: Tomislav Kostyanev, GSM: 0887 60 23 84
Registration fee: BGN 5
Compulsory registration in advance until May 15 at: hodimise@gmail.com
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

***WalkBulgaria Saturday – Sunday, May 29 – 30
Hike in the Old Mountain, Kom Peak – average difficulty by cars
Route: Sofia – Berkovitza – Kom Hut /overnight stay/ – Kom Peak – Kom Hut – Berkovitza – the Klissoura Monastery – Sofia /Stalin Tavern/.
Meeting place: 7:30 a. m., Saturday, May 22
Wear/bring: Tourist outfit, suitable hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leaders: Georgi Valevski, GSM: 0887 928136
FOR CLUB MEMBERS ONLY.
Subject to registration in advance until May 26: hodimise@gmail.com
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

JUNE 2010
 

ATTENTION! PAYMENT OF CHARITY fees from the second half of 2010 is due until june 30

 

**WalkBulgaria Sunday, June 6
Hike in the Kremikovtsi Mountain – easy
Route: Sofia – Buhovo – the Kremikovtsi Monastery  – the St. Geirge Monastery – Kremikovtsi residential district – Sofia.
Additional information: with the participants’ private cars
Meeting place: by bus No. 90 or 117 from bus station “Iztok” (East), 8:00 a. m.
Wear/Bring: Tourist outfit, suitable hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leader: Nelli and Zvezdomir Dzhurev, GSM: 0889 510964.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site! 

 

** WalkBulgaria Saturday, June 12
Hike to the Vitosha Mountain - easy
Route: Dragalevtsi – Kikish – Kamen Dol Hut – Esperanto Hut – Momina Skala Hut – Zlatni Mostove – Vladaya.
Meeting placefirst station of Dragalevtsi chair lift, 9:00 a. m.
Wear/Bring: Tourist outfit, suitable hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leader: Fanka Toshkova, GSM 0888 54 62 59.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site! 

 

*****WalkBulgariaJune 12-1,Saturday-Sunday,
Hike in the Pirin Mountain – very difficult
Route: Sofia – Bansko – Vihren Hut – Koncheto – Vihren Hut – Bansko – Sofia
Additional information: subject to prleiminary registration until May 31 hodimise@gmail.com
Travelling by cars to Vihren Hut.
Registration of non-club-members prior to the start of the hike: BGN 6.
Meeting place: Alexander Nevski Square, 7:00 a. m.
Wear/Bring: Tourist outfit, suitable hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leader: Doichin Vassilev, GSM: 0886 835232.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site! 

 

**** WalkBulgaria Saturday, June 19
Hike to the Vitosha Mountain – very difficult
Route: Sofia – Kladnitsa – Mount of Selimitsa – Black Mount – Mount Skoparnika –Yarlovski Koupen – shelter Sinyata Strela (the Blue Arrow)  – Zheleznitsa – Sofia.
Meeting place: Ministry of Agriculture – 6:45 a. m.
Wear/Bring: Tourist outfit, suitable hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
In one of the longest days of the year, a hike with
Leader: Zhivko Yakimov, GSM: 0899 684950.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site! 

 

** WalkBulgaria Sunday, June 20
Hike in the Rhodopes - easy
Route: By cars – Sofia – Velingrad – Peshtera – Tsigov Chark – the cave „Snezhanka”- the Batak Dam – Sofia.
Meeting place: 7:00 a. m., Alexander Nevski Square.
Wear/Bring: Tourist outfit, suitable hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leader: Nelli and Zvezdomir Dzhurev, GSM: 0889 510964.
CHARITY FEES FOR THE SECOND HALF OF 2010 SHALL BE PAID TO THE HIKE LEADERS.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

*** WalkBulgariaSaturday – Sunday, June 26 - 27
Hike to the Vitosha Mountain – average difficulty
Subject to preliminary registration until June 26 at: hodimise@gmail.com
Route: Night climbing of Cherni Vrah (Black Mount)
Meeting place: the terminal stop of tramcar No. 5, 4:00 p. m.
Wear/Bring: Tourist outfit, suitable hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch.
Leader: Nelli and Zvezdomir Dzhurev, GSM: 0889 510964.
CHARITY FEES FOR THE SECOND HALF OF 2010 SHALL BE PAID TO THE HIKE LEADERS.
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

JULY 2010

 

REGISTRATION FOR THE HIKE TO THE RILA LAKES: JULY 3 – 4, UNTIL JUNE 25, 2010

 

*** WalkBulgariaSaturday – Sunday, July 3 – 4 - Hike 201
A Hike in the Rila Mountain – AVERAGE DIFFICULTY
Preliminary registration by latest June 25, 2010 at: ewelin_bg@abv.bg and hodimise@gmail.com. Tel: 0888 76 68 81
Registration fee for NON-MEMBERS 5 BGN before the beginning of hike.

Route: Sofia – Panichiste – Rila Lakes – Skakavitsa Hut. Overnight stay at the Rila Lakes Hut: 15 BGN per person
Meeting place: 07:30 a. m. at the Sofia Central Bus Station
Wear/Bring: Toursit outfit, suitable hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Evelina Petkova 0888 766 881
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

**** WalkBulgariaSunday, July 11 - Hike 202
A Hike in the Rila Mountain - DIFFICULT
Registration fee for NON MEMBERS 5 BGN before the beginning of hike.
Route: SMS – Malyovitsa Hut – the Scary Lake – Orlovets Shelter – Mount of Lovnitsa – Malyovitsa Hut - CMS
Meeting place: CMS Malyovitsa – 08:30 a. m. by individual or interurban transport
Wear/Bring: Toursit outfit, suitable hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Mario Gatchev 0888 541 041
Registration of the new members!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

*** WalkBulgariaSaturday – Sunday, July 17 – 18 – Hike 203
A Hike in the Rhodopes – AVERAGE DIFFICULTY
For regular Club members only!

Subject to preliminary registration at: hodimise@gmail.com and pdimitrova@dir.bg until July 12
Route: village of Orehovo – Sunny Glades – Skalni Mostove (Rocky Bridges) Hut – (overnight stay) – Mount of Persenk – Persenk Hut-
village of Orehovo - Sofia

Meeting place: 05:00 p. m. in the local roadway at Okrazhna bolnitsa bus stop in the direction of Plovdiv.
Optional meeting place: 11:00 a. m. on the central square of the village of Orehovo
Wear/Bring: Toursit outfit, suitable hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Petya and Evgeniy Dimitrov, 0889 093 940
Registration of new members with the leaders of the hike!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!
Attention! The hike to Velingrad on August 7 – 8 is subject to preliminary registration until July 25. Overnight stay in Velingrad for 15 BGN. Collection of money for bus tickets until July 31. Registration at: fanka_toshkova@abv.bg; Tel. 0888 54 62 59. See details about the hike in the August Programmε.

 

****WalkBulgariaFriday – Saturday - Sunday, July 23 – 25 – Hike 204
A Hike in the Central Pirin and South Pirin – VERY DIFFICULT
Preliminaru registration until July 15, 2010 at: t_kostyanev@yahoo.co.uk and hodimise@gmail.com

Route: 3-day autohike – Sofia – Gotse Delchev – Popovi Livadi (Priest’s Glades) Hut (overnight stay) – Mount of Orelyak – 2,099 m – Mount of Sveshtnik (Candlestick) 1,975 m – Priest’s Glades Hut – Gotse Delchev (overnight stay) - Sofia
Meeting place: 08:00 a. m. Alexander Nevski Square
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight. Registration fee BGN 5.
Leader: Tomislav Kostyanev, Tel. 0887 602384 or at: t_kostyanev@yahoo.co.uk
Bring BATHING suits!!!
Registration of new members with the leader of the hike!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

AUGUST 2010

 

*****WalkBulgariaSaturday – Sunday, July 31 – August 1 Hike 205
A Hike in the Old Mountain – VERY DIFFICULT
Subject to preliminary registration until July 28, 2010 at: hodimise@gmail.com

Route: Botev Mount from the North, Pleven Hut – by cars.
Meeting place: 08:00 a. m. Alexander Nevski Square
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight.
Meeting place: get information derectly from Mr. Valevski
Leader: Georgi Valevski – 0887 928136
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

***WalkBulgariaSaturday – Sunday, August 7 – 8 – Hike 206
A Hike in the Rhodopes – AVERAGE DIFFICULTY
Route: Western Rhodopes – town of Velingrad – St, George Chapel – St. Nikola Chapel – the Old Wheel neighbourhood – Samovoditsa Hut –
town of Velingrad

Going by bus subject to preliminary registration until July 25. Overnight stay in Velingrad – BGN 15. Collection of money for bus tickets until July 31. Registration at: fanka_toshkova@abv.bg; Tel. 0888 546 259
Meeting place:
09:00 a. m., Saturday, at Bus Station South, Iztok residential district, near Interpred
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight
Leader: Fanka Toshkova – 0888 54 62 59.
Registration of new members!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

****WalkBulgariaSaturday – Sunday, August 14 – 15 – Hike 207
A Hike in the Rila Mountain - DIFFICULT
Route:Sofia – Kostenets villas – Belmeken Hut (overnight stay) – Mount of Belmeken – Kostenets villas - Sofia Transportation to the Kostenets villas by cars
Meeting place:07.30 at Okrazhna Bolnitsa bus stop heading East
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight.
Leader: Nikolai Todorov and Ilian Marinov
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

****WalkBulgariaSaturday - Sunday, August 21 – 22 – night climbingHike 208
A Hike in the Rila Mountain - DIFFICULT
Route: Sofia – Borovets – Moussala Hut – the Ice Lake Shelter (overnight stay) – night climbing of the Mount of Moussala – the Ice Lake Shelter –
Borovets - Sofia

Meeting place: 08:00 Bus station South, Darvenitsa
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight
Leader: Nelly and Zvezdomir Dzhurev – 0889 510964
Registration of new members!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

***WalkBulgariaSaturday - Sunday, August 28 – 29 – Hike 209
A Hike in the Razhana Mountain – AVERAGE DIFFICULTY
Subject to preliminary registration until September 1 at: hodimise@gmail.com
Route: Sofia – Botevgrad – village of Rashkovo – the Seven Altars Monastery (overnight stay) – Trastenaya Hut – railway station Lakatnik – Sofia
Meeting place: 08:00 at Podouyane Bus Station
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight.
Leader: Nikolai Todorov and Iliam Marinov
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

SEPTEMBER 2010

 

****WalkBulgariaSaturday, September 4 – Sunday, September 5 – Hike 210
A Hike in the Ossogovo Mountain – AVERAGE DIFFICULTY
Registration fee for everyone: BGN 5 to be paid before the beginning of the hike
Sibject to preliminary registration until September 1 at:  hodimise@gmail.com or t_kostyanev@yahoo.co.uk
Route:Kyustendil - the Three Beeches Hut – Mount of Rhuen (2,251 m) – village of Gyueshevo. Details to be published additionally
Meeting place: Saturday, September 4 – 07:00 a. m.
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight
Leader: Tomislav Kostyanev, 0887 602384
Registration of new members!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

****WalkBulgariaSunday, September 12 – Hike 211
A Hike in the Western Old Mountain
Only for Club Members and subject to preliminary registration at: hodimise@gmail.com by latest September 7
Route: Sofia – village of Opletnya – Parshevitsa Hut – village of Milanovo – Lakatnik railway station - Sofia
Additional information: length – about 26 km; absolute vertical drop: +1,115 m; -1,000 m; accumulated vertical drop: +1,450 m; -1,330 m;
highest level – 1,407 m

Meeting place: 07:30 a. m. a. in front of the ticket desks at the Sofia Central Railway Station
Wear/Bring: Toursit outfit, suitable hiking shoes, raincoat, torchlight, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Evgeni Dimitrov, 0886 414 927
Registration of new members!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

****WalkBulgariaSunday, September 19 – Hike 212
A Hike in the Lakatish Rila – AVERAGE DIFFICULTY
Registration fee for NON Club Members: BGN 5 before the start of the hike

Route: Sofia – village of Klissoura – along the valley of the Lakatnitsa River down to the village of Govedartsi
Meeting place: 07:10 a. m. at Darvenitsa Bus Station – the route taxis stop
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight
Leader: Danny Pandourska, 0886 743 012
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

****WalkBulgariaSunday, September 26 – Hike 213
A Hike in the Rila Mountain – AVERAGE DIFFICULTY
Route: Sofia – village of Govedartsi – Mechit mount – village of Govedartsi - Sofia
Meeting place: Sofia Central Railway Station, at 07:45 a. m., under the Clock
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight
Leader: Georgi Valevski, 0887 928 136
Registration of new members!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

OCTOMBER 2010

 

***WalkBulgariaSunday, October 3 – Hike 214
A Hike in the Viskyar Mountain – AVERAGE DIFFICULTY
Route:
Sofia – Village of Radouy – Bear’s Stone Mount (1,077) – village of Gourgoulyat – Sofia
Meeting place: Sofia Central Railway Station, 07:45 under the Clock
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight
Leader: Tomislav Kostyanev, 0887 602 384
Registration of new members!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

***WalkBulgariaSunday, October 10 – Hike 215
A Hikein the Vitosha Mountain – AVERAGE DIFFICULTY
Route: Sofia – Dragalevtsi – Bare Mount – Maiden’s Cliff – Boyana Waterfall - Sofia
Meeting place: 09:00 a. m. at the central square in Dragalevtsi
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight
Leader: Georgi Valevski, 0887 928 136
Registration of new members!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

***WalkBulgariaSunday, October 17 – Hike 216
A Hike in the Old Mountain – AVERAGE DIFFICULTY
Route: Sofia – village of Lakatnik – the Proboinitsa River – the Peter River – the village of Milanovo – Starol Selo (Old Village) – the Monument – the Cave Restaurant - Sofia
Meeting place: 07:30 under the Clock at the Sofia Central Railway Station
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight.
Leader: Petya and Evgeni Dimitrov, 0889 093 940
Registration of new members!
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

***WalkBulgariaSunday, October 24 – Hike 217
A Hike in the Vitosha Mountain – AVERAGE DIFFICULTY
Route: the terminal station of the Dragalevtsi chair lift – Golli Vrah (Bare Mount) – sports base Academica – village of Zheleznitsa - Sofia
Meeting place: 09:00 a. m. at the central square in Dragalevtsi
Wear/Bring: Compulsory outfit, good hiking shoes, gaiters, ski sticks, raincoat, torchlight or headlight.
Leader: Daniela Pandourksa, 0886 743 012
Please, get acquainted with the rules for regular participants in the MEMBERSHIP section of this site!

 

WalkBulgariaSunday, October 31 – Hike 218 – the route will be announced additionally

 

PROGRAMME FROM 1 JANUARY TO 29 NOVEMBER 2009

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE
DECEMBER

SPECIAL EVENTS:
 
Routes in Strandzha, 16-17 May Nestinars' holiday, 3 June

TRACKING IN CHAMONIX, July 2009

 
JANUARY 2009
 

** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 4 January
100 km tour around Vitosha - Stage VI
Route: Sofia - Simeonovo - Aleko's waterfalls - Dragalevtsi Monastery "Assumption of the Virgin" - Boyana lake - Boyana - Sofia
Meeting place: last station of bus Ή67 (first station, the Seminary; it is possible to reach the meeting place through bus Ή98, first station Hladilnika), at 13:00
Wear/bring: winter equipment, as well as hiking shoes, raincoat, water and picnic food, possibly a torch
Leader: Silvia Damyanovich, GSM: 0887 79-86-69.

 

* WalkBulgaria Thursday, 8 January
A social walk at the end of the workday
Meeting place at 18:30 in front of South Park's main entrance (at the end of the Vitosha Blvd). Bring a torch! Leader: Stela Markova, GSM: 0889 / 89-92-90.
Enrollment of new members.

 

*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 11 January
A hike in the Lozenska Mountain
Route: Lozen - Polovrak peak - Dolni Pasarel
Meeting place: County hospital St. Ana bus/trolley station
Wear/bring: Winter equipment, hiking boots, gaiters and waterproof pants, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Krasimir Novakov, GSM: 0887 / 84-24-99

 

* WalkBulgaria Thursday, 15 January
A socail walk at the end of the workday
Meeting place at 18:30 in front of the Ariana lake, Eagle's Bridge, at the entrance of the Boris Garden. Bring a toch! Leader: Lidia Simeonova, GSM: 0887 / 60-74-19.

 

** WalkBulgaria Saturday, 17 January
100 km tour around Vitosha - Stage I
Route: Sofia - Boyana - Byalata voda (White Water) - Tihiat kat - Noevitsa - St Ivan Rilski's cross - Vladaya - Sofia
Meeting place: Boyana, at 10:00, the square in front of the Boyana Inn (you can reach the meeting place by bus 64 – starting stations in Sofia: Hladilnika and Centre for Hygiene). If you arrive by car, you can leave it at the meeting place and go back by public transport.
Wear/bring: hiking boots, raincoat, torch and picnic lunch
Leader: Deshka Georgieva, GSM: 0899 / 23-74-49. Enrollment of new members

 

*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 18 January
A hike in the Vitosha mountain
Route: Sofia - Knyazhevo - Zlatni mostove (Golden Bridges) - Planinarska pesen hut - Momina skala hut - Malko Kopito - Boyana - Sofia
Meeting place: last station of tramwayΉ5 in Knyazhevo, at 8:30
Wear/bring: winter equipment (depending on weather conditions), hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leaders: Petya and Evgeni Dimitrovi, GSM: 0889 / 09-39-40. Enrollment of new members

 

* WalkBulgaria Thursday, 22 January
A social walk at the end of the workday
Meeting place at 18:30 in front of South Park's main entrance (at the end of the Vitosha Blvd). Bring a torch! Leader: Vesela Hinova, GSM: 0888 / 88-48-85.

 

*** WalkBulgaria Saturday & Sunday, 24-25 January
Auto trip in the Etropole Balkan mountain
For club members only and after preliminary registration at hodimise@gmail.com and angelfolkmuz@abv.bg not later than 10 January 2009, in order to guarantee room & board in Etropole
Route: Sofia - Etropole (spenidng the night and attending a festival of tourist associations from the entire country, Everest hotel) - Sofia; visiting the Etropole Museum of History and the Etropole Monastery (Saturday); celebrating St. Atanas' Day (Saturday night at the hotel, Sunday at St Atanasa peak, about an hour from Etropole)
Meeting place:
Saturday, 24 January, at the parking lot behind the St Alexander Nevski cathedral, at 10:00
Wear/bring: winter equipment, hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch; town clothers for the time of stay; room and board - around 30 lv.
Leader: Angel Dobrev, GSM: 0888 / 25-22-09.

 

* WalkBulgaria Thursday, 29 January
A social walk at the end of the workday
Meeting place at 18:30 in front of the Ariana lake, Eagle's Bridge, at the entrance of the Boris Garden. Bring a toch! Leader: Maria Topalska, GSM: 0894 / 36-96-47.

 
 
FebRUARY 2009
 

*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 1 February
A hike in the Vitosha mountain
Route: Sofia - Vladaya - Zlatni mostove (Golden Bridges) - Momina skala hut - Kamen del hut - Kikish shelter - Dragalevtsi - Sofia
Meeting place: last station of tramway Ή5 in Knyazhevo at 8:30
Wear/bring: winter equipment, hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Zvezdomir Dzhurev, GSM: 0885 / 13-16-23

 

* WalkBulgaria Thursday, 5 February
A Walk Bulgaria event
Meeting place at 19:00 in the Monparnas restaurant, 35 6th September Str. Everyone is invited, including non-members. Due to limited space, please register at hodimise@gmail.com and at zhivik@gmail.com. Enrollment of new members

 

** WalkBulgaria Saturday, 7 February
100 km tour arond Vitosha - Stage II
Route: Sofia - Vladaya - Vladaya River water supply - above Marchaevo - Kladnitsa - Sofia
Meeting place: Vladaya, at 12:00 - the square in front of the Tsarevets restaurant (you can reach the meeting place by buses Ή58 and 59 – starting station in Knyazhevo, or by a shuttle bus)
Wear/bring: hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leaders: Deshka Georgieva, GSM: 0899 / 23-74-49 and Fanka Toshkova, GSM: 0888 / 54-62-59. Enrollment of new members

 

** WalkBulgaria Thursday, 12 February
Walk Bulgaria special event
Meeting place at 19:00 in the Monparnas restaurant, 35 6th September Str. Preparation of Walk Bulgaria's programme by the end of September. All club members are welcome to present their proposals.

 

** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 15 February
A hike in the Vitosha mountain
Route: Sofia - Kladnitsa - Selimitsa - Zlatni mostove (Golden Bridges) - Sofia
Meeting place: Ministry of Agriculture, at 7:45
Wear/bring: winter equipment, hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Petya Dimitrova, GSM: 0889 / 09-39-40

 

* WalkBulgaria Thursday, 19 February
Walk Bulgaria special event
Meeting place at 18:30 in front of South Park's main entrance (at the end of the Vitosha Blvd). Bring a torch! Leader:

 
*** WalkBulgaria Saturday, 21 February
100 km tour around Vitosha - Stage III
Route: Sofia - Kladnitsa - Chuypetlovo - Yarlovo - Sofia
Meeting place: Sofia (Ministry of Agriculture at 6:45)
Wear/bring: winter equipment (depending on weather conditions), hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Krasimir Novakov, GSM: 0887 / 84-24-99.
 

**** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 22 February
A hike in the Rila mountain
Route: Sofia - Malyovitsa central mountain school - a hike in the vicinity; the route's length and difficulty may vary depending on weather conditions
Meeting place: in front of the Malyovtisa central mountain school, at 9:00
Wear/bring: winter requipment, hiking boots, gaiters, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Doychin Vasilev

 

* WalkBulgaria Thursday, 26 February
Walk Bulgaria special event
Meeting place at 19:00 in the Monparnas restaurant, 35 6th September Str.

 
 
March 2009
 
** WalkBulgaria Saturday, 7 March
100 km tour around Vitosha - Stage IV
Route: Sofia - Yarlovo - Yarema - Belite brezi (White Birchtrees) restaurant - Zheleznitsa River - Zheleznitsa - Sofia
Meeting place: Sofia, Darvenitsa bus station, at 8:00. Arriving by car is not recommended.
Wear/bring: winter equipment (depending on weather conditions), hiking shoes, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Petya Dimitrova, GSM: 0889 / 09-39-40.
Enrollment of new members
 

** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 8 March
A hike in the Lyulin mountain
Route: Sofia - Knyazhevo - Bonsovi polyani hut - Buchinski pass - Lyulin hut (deserted) - Divotinski Monaster Holy Trinity - Mihaylovo - Bankya
Additional information: length - around 23 km
Meeting place: last station of tramway Ή5, at 7:30
Wear/bring: hiking equipment (depending on weather conditions), hiking bots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Krasimir Novakov, GSM: 0887 / 84-24-99.

 

* WalkBulgaria Thursday, 12 March
A social walk at the end of the workday
Meeting place at 18:30 in front of the Ariana lake, Eagle's Bridge, at the entrance of the Boris Garden. Bring a toch! Leader: Daniela Pandurska, GSM: 0886 / 74-30-12. Enrollment of new members

 

** WalkBulgaria Saturday, 14 March
100 km tour around Vitosha - Stage V
Route: Sofia - Zheleznitsa - Zheleznitsa River - low-mountain ring path (Ivan Ivanov alley) - Bistritsa River - Yanchevska River - Simeonovo lakes - Simeonovo - Sofia
Meeting place: 13:00, Zheleznitsa's central square. You can reach it by buses Ή69 or 98 (leaving from bus stations Darvenitsa and Hladilnika respectively) or by car (you can reach the meeting place through public transport).
Wear/bring: winter equipment (depending on weather conditions), hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader:
Deshka Georgieva, GSM: 0899 / 23-74-49

 

*** WalkBulgaria Sundary, 15 March
A hike in the Vitosha mountain
Route: Sofia - Vladaya - Zlatnite mostove (Golden Bridges) - Edelweiss hut - Zlatnite mostove - Knyazhevo - Sofia
Meeting place: 9:00, at the Vladaya downtown area (in front of the Tsarevets restaurant). You can reach the meeting place through buses Ή 58 θ 59, Knyazhevo (last station of tramway Ή5), or by shuttle bus
Wear/bring: winter equipment, hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Pepi Valevska, GSM: 0888 / 56-39-64. Enrollment of new members

 

* WalkBulgaria Thursday, 19 March
A social walk at the end of the workday
Meeting place at 18:30 in front of South Park's main entrance (at the end of the Vitosha Blvd). Leader: Milko Stoilov, GSM: 0884 / 60-22-92

 

*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 22 March
A hike in the Golo Bardo mountain
2 years since Walk Bulgaria's foundation - 110 hikes
Route: Sofia - Pernik - Radomir - Sofia
Meeting place: 9:20, Pernik, railway station (you can reach it by train from Sofia's central railway station, train leaves at 8:40; by bus, leaving every 20 minutes from Ovcha kupel bus station; or by shuttle bus, leading every hour from the Ruski pametnik square)
Wear/bring: winter equipment (depending on weather conditions), hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Stela Markova, GSM: 0889 / 89-92-90

 

*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 29 March
A hike in the Plana mountain
Route: Sofia - Dolni Pasarel - Zheleznitsa - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:15, bus station at St Anne County Hospital, direction Plovdiv (buses 1, 3, 5, 6, 76, 114, 204, 213, 214, 305, 306, 313, 604). Please be advised that Bulgaria is switching to summer time on the day of the hike (clocks are moved an hour ahead)
Wear/bring: hiking equipment (depending on weather conditions), hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Zhivko Yakimov, GSM 0899 / 68-49-50

 
 
April 2009

 

** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 4 April
100 km tour around Vitosha - Stage VI
Route: Sofia - Simeonovo - Aleko's waterfalles - Dragalevski Monastery Assumption of the Virgin - Boyana lake - Boyana - Sofia
Meeting place: 12:00, final station of bus Ή67, Simeonovo (starting station the Seminary; you can reach the meeting place through bus Ή98, leaving from teh Hladilnika bus station)
Wear/bring: hiking equipment (depending on weather conditions), hiking boots, raincoat, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Milko Stoilov, GSM: 0884 / 60-22-92
 

** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 5 April
A hike in the vicinity of Tran, auto trip
After preliminary registration at hodimise@gmail.com and stelamarkova@hotmail.com
Route: Travel to Tran and its vicinities by car - visiting the Yablanitsa River gorge near Bankya (mineral spring, Bear's Hole, Green Pool), the Erma River gorge (climbing the Tsarkvishte cliff), the Tran Monastery St. Archangel Michael, the Busintsi Museum of Pottery (if time allows), as well as Tran's historical and cultural monuments (the Serbian-Bulgarian war casualties monument, and the St Petka cliff chapel in Barintsi).
Meeting place 1: 8:30, Ruski pametnik, Sofia
Meeting place 2: 9:45, at the entrance sign of Bankya (Tran district) for additional instructions on the road to the Yablanitsa River gorge. You are expected to reach the second meeting place with personal transportation
Wear/bring: hiking equipment (depending on weather conditions), hiking shoes, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Stela Markova, GSM: 0889 / 89-92-90 and Lora Petkova, GSM: 0887 / 61-81-57. Enrollment of new members

 

*** WalkBulgaria Saturday, 11 April
A hike in the Balkan Mountain
Route: Sofia - Zlatitsa - Svishti Plas hut - Paskal hut - Pirdop - Sofia
Additional information: length - 22 km; altitude change: +875 m, -860 m; elevation gain: +1065 m, -1055 m; highest point: 1553 m
Meeting palce: 7:30, Sofia, central railway station's ticket office
Wear/bring: equipment (depending on weather conditions), hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Zhivko Yakimov, GSM: 0899 / 68-49-50. Enrollment of new members

 

*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 19 April
A hike in the Lozenska mountain
Route: Sofia - Dolni Lozen - Lozenski Monastery St Spas - Polovrak peak - Studen kladenets (Cold Well) water - Bachul water - German Monastery St Ivan Rilski - German - Sofia
Additional information: length - 22.5 km; altitude change: +520 m, -600 m; elevation gain: +1430 m; -1510 m; highest pont: 1206 m
Meeting place: 8:15, St Anne County Hospital bus station, direction Plovdiv (buses 1, 3, 5, 6, 76, 114, 204, 213, 214, 305, 306, 313, 604).
Wear bring: hiking equipment (depending on weather conditions), hiking boots, raincoat, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Zhivko Yakimov, GSM: 0899 / 68-49-50. Enrollment of new members

 

** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 26 April
Auto trip in the Balkan Mountain
Route: Sofia - Lukovit - Karlukovo - karst caves and Zadanen dol eco path - Karlukovo - Zlatna Panega eco path - Sofia
Meeting place: 9:30, Lukovit, in front of the Diplomat Plaza hotel (in the town's central area)
Wear/bring: hiking shoes, raincoat, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Mario Gachev, GSM: 0888 / 54-10-41. Enrollment of new members

 
 
May 2009
 

**** WalkBulgaria Friday-Saturday, 1-2 May
A hike in the Balkan mountain
For club members only and after preliminary registration at hodimise@gmail.com and angelfolkmuz@abv.bg not later than 20 April
Route: Sofia - Ribaritsa - Vezhen hut (spending the night) - Vezhen peak - Ribaritsa - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:30, May 1 (Saturday), the parking lot behind the St. Alexander Nevski cathedral
Wear/bring: winter equipment hiking boots, raincoat, torch, water and food for two days. Please have in mind that the hut doesn't offer food.
Leader: Angel Dobrev, GSM: 0888 / 25-22-09.

 

WalkBulgaria Thursday, 7 May
A Walk Bulgaria event
19:00, Mon Parnas restaurant, 35 September 6th Str. We offer two topics on the agenda:
1. Illustrated presentation of Lake District, England - around 30 minutes
2. Debate for the charity work of the people in the Walk Bulgaria project
Everyone is welcome!

 
*** WalkBulgaria Saturday, 9 May
A hike in the Vitosha mountain
Route: to be determined
Meeting place: 9:30, Vodenitsata ("The Mill") restaurant (you can arrive by Ή93, leaving from the Hladilnika bus station at 8:50)
Wear/bring: hiking shoes, raincoat, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Vesela Maleeva, GSM: 0889 / 74 61 11
 

** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 10 May
A hike in the Lakatishka Rila mountain
Route: Sofia - Klisura - Govedartsi - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:15, Darvenitsa bus station (across the University of Forestry); you can reach the meeting place by bus Ή88 (only in direction of the Mladost neighbourhood) or Ή280
Wear/bring: hiking equipment (depending on weather conditions), raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Daniela Pandurska, GSM: 0886 / 74-30-12. Enrollment of new members

 

**** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 17 May
A hike in the Western Balkan Mountain
For club members only and after preliminary registration at hodimise@gmail.com no later than 15 May
Route: Sofia - Opletnya - Parshevitsa hut - Milanovo - Lakatnik railway station - Sofia
Additional information: length - 26 km; altitude change: +1115 m, -1000 m; elevation gain: +1450 m, -1330 m; highest point: 1407 m
Meeting place: 7:30, Central railway station
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Evgeni Dimitrov, GSM: 0888 / 73-86-08. Enrollment of new members

 

*** WalkBulgaria Saturday-Sunday, 16-17 May
Periwinkle's Festival (you can receive more information here - in Bulgarian only)
Due to the short deadlines, we cannot organise participation and transport. The participants in the event will have to organise and and share personal vehicles.

Please have in mind the following schedule, proposed by the local organisers:

Day 1, 16 May 2009 (Saturday): Zvezdets village - Veleka River - Brashlyan village
10:30 - Selski Bair area, Zvezdets village. Opening of the festival
12:30 - Opening of the Stars' Road green corridor

Hiking route Ή1: Stars' Road - Zvezdets village - Veleka River - Brashlyan village
The group will be accompanied by a guide/animator. The route is a challenge, aimed at well equiped and motivated tourists and nature lovers. Duration: 5 hours. Gradual descent, steep ascent, part of the route passes through the Veleka River's shallows.

Hiking route Ή2: Stars' Road - Zvezdets village - Veleka River - Kubarelova Vodenitsa area
The group will be accompanied by a guide/animator. Duration: 2 hours. Gradual descent, steep ascent, part of the route passes through the Veleka River's shallows.

Day 2, 17 May 2009 (Sunday): Veleka River's Estuary wildlife preserve
8:30 - Departure to the Veleka River's Estuary wildlife preserve (with personal transporation)
9:00 - Hiking route in the domain of the periwinkle and Strandzha blackberry
11:00 - Presentation of the first of its kind georoute, both in the park and in Bulgaria, accompanied by a guide/animator.

The route and the event will be included in our programme in 2010. For additional information, please refer to Vesela Maleeva, linnauk@gmail.com

 
*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 24 May
A hike in the Western Balkan Mountain
For club members only and after preliminary registration at hodimise@gmail.com no later than 15 May
Route: Sofia - Berkovitsa - Kom hut - Kom peak - Kom hut - Haidushki vodopadi - Berkovtisa - Klisura Monastery - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:00, at the parking lot behind the St. Alexander Nevski cathedral
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leaders: Georgi Valevski, GSM: 0887 / 92- 81-36, and Fanka Toshkova, GSM: 0888 / 54-62-59
 

*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 31 May
A hike in the Rila Mountain
Route: Sofia - Govedartsi - Mechit hut - Mechit peak - Goverdartsi - Sofia
Meeting place: 6:45, Bus Station South. In case of enough seats, transportation to Goverdartsi may take place by car.
Wear/bring: hiking boots, appropriate equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Georgi Valevski, GSM: 0887 / 92- 81-36. Enrollment of new members

 
 
JUNE 2009
 

WalkBulgaria Wednesday, 3 June
Nestinars' Holiday, Balgari village, Strandzha, 16 km west of Tsarevo
The area offers inexhaustible opportunities for hiking routes to historical sites and natural landmarks.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer organisation of the route this year

 

*** WalkBulgaria Saturday-Sunday, 6-7 June
A hike in the Vitosha mountain - climbing Black Peak at night
For club members only and after preliminary registration at hodimise@gmail.com no later than two days before the hike
We would like to assure all participants who want to vote at the elections for European Parliament on Sunday (7 June) that they will have plenty of time to do so after the end of the hike
Route: Sofia - Vladaya - Zlatnite mostove (Golden Bridges) - Momina Skala hut - Bulgarian Red Cross forest house (sleepover) - Tintyava hut - Gyoreva cheshma (water) - Ushite (The Ears) shelter - the Plateau - Black Peak - Kupena hut - Zheleznitsa - Sofia
Meeting place: 14:00 on 6 June (Saturday), last station of tramway Ή5, Knyazhevo
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch or headlight, warm clothes, walking poles, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Zvezdomir Dzhurev, GSM: 0885 / 13-16-23.

 

*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 14 June
A hike in the Western Balkan Mountain
Route: Sofia - Botevgrad - Kraevo - Razhana - Botevgrad - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:15, Poduene bus station
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Angel Dobrev, GSM: 0888 / 25-22-09. Enrollment of new members

 
WalkBulgaria Thursday, 18 June
Charity evening of Walk Bulgaria
Our club. Past and future. Programme 2009
We expect every leader and club member to be present. Enrollment of new members. 19:00, Mon Parnas retaurant, 35 September 6th. Acceptance of donations
 

*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 21 June
A hike in the Vitosha mountain
Route: Sofia - Dragalevtsi - Goli vrah lift station (by lift) - Black Peak - Yarlovski kupen peak - Sinyata strela ("The Blue Arrow") shelter - Zheleznitsa - Sofia
Additional information: length - 18 km; altitude change: +480 m, -1240 m; elevation gain: +680 m, -1440 m; highest point: 2290 m
Meeting place: 8:30, Hladilnika bus station, bus Ή93 (bus leaves at 8:50)
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch; walking sticks strongly recommended
Leader: Zhivko Yakimov, GSM: 0899 / 68-49-50. Enrollment of new members and renewing contributions by regular members

 

We would like to bring to your attention that the registration deadline for the trip to the Rodopi Mountain and the Gela music fair expires on 25 June 2009 at hodimise@gmail.com.

The bus will leave on 31 July (Friday), at 18:00, and will return to Sofia on 2 August, late evening. Minimum number of participants - 20 people. Immediately after your registration you will be asked to transfer 40 lv. for transportation costs to the following account: EIBank - central office; IBAN: BG05 BUIB 9888 1097 3535 01, bank code: BUIBBGSF, to the account of: Petranka Dimitrova. Accommodation costs for two nights at the BNT resort station will add up to 30 lv.

 
*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 28 June
A hikε in the Balkan Mountain
Route: Sofia - Zelin retreat area (near Botevgrad) - Ploski polyani ("Flat Meadows") area - Rudinata hut - Boykovets - Etropole - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:15, Poduene bus station
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Lora Petkova, GSM: 0887 / 61-81-57. Enrollment of new members and renewing contributions by regular members
 
 
JULY 2009
 

Attention: the registration deadline for the trip to Croatia in September 2009, and the auto trip in the Chiprovtsi area on 29-30 August expires on 30 July, at hodimise@gmail.com

 

***** WalkBulgaria Saturday, 4 July
A hike in the Rila Mountain
For club members only and after registration at hodimise@gmail.com
no later than 1 July. Maximum number of participants: 8 people

Please bear in mind that in view of the hike's complexity, it can be cancelled or substantially shortened in case of unfavourable weather conditions.

Route: Sofia - Malyovitsa ski centre - Malyovitsa hut - First terrace - Second terrace - Elenino Lake - Main ridge - Petlite ("The Cocks") - Orlovets peak - Prozoretsa ("The Window") saddle - BAK shelter - Second terrace - First terrace - Mayovitsa hut - Malyovitsa ski centre - Sofia
Alternative route (in case of unsuitable conditions): Sofia - Malyovitsa ski centre - Malyovitsa hut - First terrace - Second terrace - BAK shelter - Prozoretsa saddle - Orlovets peak - Prozoretsa saddle - BAK shelter - Second terrace - First terrace - Malyovitsa hut - Malyovitsa ski centre - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:30, Malyovitsa ski centre
Wear/bring: hiking boots, raincoat, water, picnic lunch, torch, telescopic walking sticks
Leader: Mario Gachev, GSM: 0888 / 54-10-41

 

**** WalkBulgaria Saturday-Sunday, 11-12 July
An auto trip in the Balkan Mountain
For club members only and after registration at hodimise@gmail.com

Route: Sofia - Troyan - Chiflik - Kozya stena hut (sleepover) - Kozya stena reservation - Chiflik - visit to Troyan's ethnographic musem (in case there is enough time and the participants are willing) - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:30, Poduene bus station
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and food for two days. There is an option to go sunbathing at Chiflik's mineral water pool, so you can bring your swimming suit
Leaders: Pepi and Georgi Valevski, GSM: 0888 / 56-39-64

 
**** WalkBulgaria Saturday-Sunday, 18-19 July
An auto trip in the Balkan Mountains - Botev peak
For club members only and after registration at hodimise@gmail.com no later than 4 July
Route: Sofia - Vidima - Pleven hut (sleepover) - Botev peak - Pleven hut - Vidima - Sofia
Meeting place: 8:00, 18 July (Saturday), at the square in front of the Al. Nevski cathedral
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and food for two days
Leader: Georgi Valevski, GSM: 0887 / 92-81-36
 

**** WalkBulgaria 23-30 July
Hikes in Mont-Blanc and Aguilles Rouges region, Chamonix, French Alps
For club members only and preliminary registration at hodimise@gmail.com no later than 10 February 2009
Cost - €840 (airplane ticket and transportation costs to Chamonix not included)

Summary
The one-week programme includes 5 (or 6) one-day hikes in the region of Mont-Blanc and Aguilles Rouges (Red Peaks) with average duration not exceeding 4–5 hours and at average altitude 2,000–2,600 m. Starting points for all hikes will be reached using different types of transportation, including train, cable car and lifts.

Hike 1 (in Mint Blanc region)
Route: Chamonix - Montenvers by cog railway – Glacier Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) – Ice cave – Crystal gallery and Alpine Wildlife Museum - Signal Forbes (2,198 m) – Famous footpath North Balcony (Grand Balcon Nord) - Blue Lake (Lac Bleu, 2,299 m) – Le Plan de l’Aiguille (2,310 m) – down to Chamonix by cable car.
Walking time – 3.5 h

Hike 2 (in Aguilles Rouges region)
Route: Chamonix – Le Pra (Les Praz) – La Flegere (1,877 m) by cable car - White Lake (Lac Blanc, 2,352 m) – L ‘Index (2,385 m) – down to Les Praz by chair lift and cable car – Chamonix
Walking time – 4.5 h

Hike 3 (in Aguilles Rouges region)
Route: Chamonix – Planpraz (2,000m) by cable car – Le Brevent summit (2,525 m) – equipped footpath in the region of the Brevent summit – Col du Brevent (2,368 m) – Col Cornu Col du Lec Cornu (2,414 m) - Col de Gliere (2,461 m) – L’Index (2,385 m) – Les Praz by chair lift and cable car – Chamonix
Walking time – 5.5 h

Hike 4 (in Mont Blanc region)
Route: Chamonix – Argentiere by train – Le Grand Montets (3,297 m) by cable car – La Croix de Lognan (1,975 m) by cable car – Glacier Argentie (Glacier d’ Argentiere) – Argentiere village – Chamonix by train
Walking time – 3-4 h

Hike 5 (in Mont Blanc region)
Route: Chamonix – Les Houches by train – Bell View by cable car – Eagle nest (Nid d’Aigle) station (2,372 m) by cog railway – Refuge de Tete Rousse (3,167 m) – Eagle Nest station – Bell View by cog railway – Les Houches by cable car – Chamonix by train.

Tour in Mont Blanc region by cable car and bus
Route: Chamonix - Aiguille de Midi (3,842 m) by cable car – Crossing above the Glacier of Giant (Glacier du Geant) by cable car – Pte Helbronner (3,462 m) in Italy by cable car - return to Chamonix by bus through the Mont Blanc tunnel.

Travelling
The nearest airport is Geneva – around 70 km. From the Geneva airport, Chamonix can be reached by bus or by train (an open return bus ticket costs €55). In case of using train, you need to reach the Sΰint Gervais-Le Fayet station, and then take a train to Chamonix.

 
*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 26 July
A hike in the Rila mountain
Everyone is welcome after registration at hodimise@gmail.com. Non-members will have to pay a fee of 5 levs at the beginning of the hike
Route: Sofia - Malyovitsa ski centre - Malyovitsa hut - Malyovitsa lakes - Ushite peak - Second terrace- Malyovitsa hut - Malyovitsa ski centre - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:15 at South bus station, or 8:30 at the Malyovitsa ski centre
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Zvezdomir Dzhurev, GSM: 0885 / 13-16-23
 

Auto trip in the Western Balkan Mountain - Chiprovtsi area
For club members only and after registration with three names and personal ID number at hodimise@gmail.com and emopavlov1975@abv.bg no later than 30 July

Auto trip in Croatia, September - registration no later than 30 July at hodimise@gmail.com

 
 
AUGUST 2009
 
** WalkBulgaria Friday-Sunday, 31 July - 2 August
A hike in the Rodopi mountains, the Gela fair
For club members only and after registration at hodimise@gmail.com no later than 25 June
The trip will be carried by bus, out only if at least 20 participants are gathered. Total expenses for transportation and accommodation - 40 lv. for transportation, and 30 lv. accomoddation per person
Route: Sofia - Pamporovo (sleepover at BNT's resort station) - Gela - Pamporovo - Sofia
Meeting place: 18:00, 31 July (Friday)
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and food for two days
Leaders: Vesela Maleeva, GSM: 0889 / 74-61-11, and Petya Dimitrova, GSM: 0889 / 09-39-40
 
**** WalkBulgaria Saturday-Sunday, 8-9 August
A hike in the Rila mountain
For club members only and after registration at hodimise@gmail.com. Non-regular members will have to pay a fee of 10 levs at the beginning of the hike
Route: Sofia - Borovets - Musala peak - Musala hut - Chakar Voyvoda hut (sleepover) - the Saragyol Palace - Borovets - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:15 at bus station South, or at 8:30, at the starting station of the Borovets gondole lift
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and food for two days
Leaders: Neli Cholakova, GSM: 0889 / 51-09-64 and Zvezdomir Dzhurev, GSM: 0885 / 13-16-23
 

**** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 16 August
A charity hike for raising funds for the organisation, registration fee - 8 lv.
Route: to be determined
Meeting place: to be determined
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Krasimir Novakov, GSM: 0887 / 84-24-99

 
*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 23 August
A hike in the Vitosha Mountain
Route: Sofia - Dragalevtsi monastery - Kikish shelter - Kamen Del hut - Esperanto hut - Momina Skala hut - Zlatnite mostove ("Golden Bridges") - Vladaya - Sofia
Meeting place: 8:30, Hladilnika bus station, bus Ή93
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Fanka Toshkova, GSM: 0888 / 54-62-59
 
**** WalkBulgaria Saturday-Sunday, 29-30 August
Auto trip in the Western Balkan mountains
For club members only and after registration with full name and personal ID number at hodimise@gmail.com and emopavlov1975@abv.bg no later than 30 July
Route: Sofia - Chiprovtsi - visit of Chiprovtsi's history museum - Chiprovtsi waterfall - Chiprovtsi (sleepover) - Tri chuki peak (1,968 m) - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:30, Saturday (29 June), at the parking lot behind St. Alexander Nevski cathedral
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and food for two days; accommodation costs - 18 lv.
Leader: Emil Pavlov, GSM: 0885 / 79-77-67
 
 
SEPTEMBER 2009
 
**** WalkBulgaria Saturday-Sunday, 5-6 September
A hike in the Rila Mountain - climbing Musala peak at night
Route: Sofia - Borovets - Musala hut - Everest shelter (sleepover) - Musala peak - Musala hut - Borovets - Sofia
Meeting place: 10:00, 5 September (Saturday) at bus station South, or 11:30 at the starting station of the Borovets gondole lift
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and food for two days
Leaders: Neli Dzhureva, GSM: 0889 / 51-09-64 and Fanka Toshkova, GSM: 0888 / 54-62-59. Enrollment of new members
 

WalkBulgaria Thursday, 10 September
A Walk Bulgaria event - know Europe!
Mario Gachev: pictures and films about the European trips of Walk Bulgaria in 2009. Presentation of European alpine tourism. Chamonix. 19:00, Monparnas restaurant, 35 September 6th Str. Enrollment of new members

 
** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 13 September
A charity hike in the Lakatishka Rila mountain
Registration at start: regular members - 2 lv., all others - 8 lv.
Route:
Sofia - Klisura - Govedartsi - Sofia
Meeting place: 7:15, Darvenitsa bus station (across the University of Forestry); you can reach the meeting place by bus Ή88 (only in direction of the Mladost neighbourhood) or Ή280
Wear/bring: hiking equipment (depending on weather conditions), raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Daniela Pandurska, GSM: 0886 / 74-30-12. Enrollment of new members
 

WalkBulgaria Thursday, 17 September
A Walk Bulgaria event - know the world!
An evening with Doychin Vasilev, a famous Bulgarian alpinist and photographer. 19:00, Monparnas restaurant, 35 September 6th Str. Enrollment of new members

 
**** WalkBulgaria Friday-Tuesday, 18-22 September
Auto trip in Croatia
For club members only and after preliminary registration at hodimise@gmail.com no later than 30 July 2009. Minimum size of the group - 12 people. Approximate costs for accommodation, ferry tolls, logistics and programme - 180 euro

Food and transportation costs are not included in the sum listed above and will be calculated according to the number of cars and passengers by respective drivers.

Route: Split (by car) - Brac (by ferry) - Milna - Bol – Split (back from Brac by ferry) - Hvar (by ferry) - Svetja Nedelja - Stari grad - Split (by ferry). It is possible to envisage two additional days for hikes in the National Park and Zadar, and will be discussed with all registered participants.
Meeting place: to be determined
Wear/bring: food and appropriate equipment
Leader: Vesela Maleeva
 
WalkBulgaria Sunday, 27 September
A hike in the Rila Mountain - peaks Dvuglav ("Two-Heads") and Zlia zab ("The Evil Tooth"); participation fee - 8 lv.
Route: to be determined
Meeting place: 8:00, Malyovitsa ski centre
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Doychin Vasilev
 
 
OCTOBER 2009
 
*** WalkBulgaria Saturday-Sunday, 3-4 October
A hike in the Western Balkan mountains
For club members only and after registration at hodimise@gmail.com
Route: Sofia - Berkovitsa - Belogradchik - Sofia
Meeting place: to be determined
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and food for two days
Leader: Daniela Pandurska
 

*** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 11 October
An auto trip in the Western Balkan Mountain; participation fee - 6 lv.
Route: Sofia - Vratsa - Bozhia most ("God's Bridge") cave - Vratsa - Sofia
Meeting place: to be determined
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch

Leader: Mario Gachev, GSM: 0888 / 54-10-41

 

*** WalkBulgaria Saturday-Sunday, 17-18 October
A hike in the Rila Mountain - the Seven Rila Lakes
Route: to be determined (sleepover at the Seven Lakes hut)
Meeting place: 7:15, 17 October (Saturday), bus station South
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and food for two days
Leader: Ani Stoilova, GSM: 0886 / 16-63-91. Enrollment of new members

 

WalkBulgaria Thursday, 22 October
A Walk Bulgaria event - Traveller club night
Tales and information for routes from travellers, presented by Stela Markova. The event venue will be determined additionally. Enrollment of new members

 

**** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 25 October
A hike
Route: to be determined
Meeting place: to be determined
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leaders: Georgi and Pepi Valevski

 
 
November 2009
 

**** WalkBulgaria Sunday, 1 November
A hike in the Western Balkan Mountian
Route: to be determined
Meeting place: to be determined
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leader: Iliyan Marinov; organiser - Daniela Pandurska, GSM: 0886 / 74-30-12

 

WalkBulgaria Sunday, 8 November
A hike
Route: to be determined
Meeting place: to be determined
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leaders: to be determined

 

WalkBulgaria Sunday, 15 November
A hike in the Balkan Mountain
Route: Sofia - Kremikovtsi - Kremikovtsi Monastery St. George - monument of Dimitar Stefanov "The Cossack" (second flag bearer of the Botev's company) - Sredets hunting lodge - Obarshe - Sveta Voda - Kremikovtsi - Sofia
Meeting place: to be determined
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leaders: Krasimir Novakov, GSM: 0887 / 84-24-99

 

WalkBulgaria Thursday, 19 November
A Walk Bulgaria event
An evening with Dimitar Podvarzachov. The event venue will be determined additionally. Enrollment of new members

 

WalkBulgaria Sunday, 22 November
A hike in the Vitosha Mountain
Route: Sofia - Aleko - Cherni vrah ("Black Peak") - Vladaya - Sofia
Meeting place: to be determined
Wear/bring: hiking equipment, raincoat, torch, water and picnic lunch
Leaders: Atanas Maleev, GSM: 0888 / 70-08-98

 
Walk Bulgaria will publish its programme at the end of each quarter