Happy Donkeys in collaboration with Velia Travel, offer a unique journey – a trek of about 120km through the Central Balkan National Park together with donkeys who will accompany the tourist carrying part of his luggage and equipment. A path full of Nature and History that will end in the city of Kazanlak during the famous Bulgarian Rose Festival where Donkeys and Tourists will parade as protagonists in the traditional parade. We will cross the National Park from West to East, we will walk paths in the middle of nature reserves, we will climb to the highest peak of the Balkans, we will touch places where you can still breathe the millenary history of Bulgaria, the Thracian Tombs, the battles for independence from Ottoman Empire, Socialism.
The route is not particularly demanding and the pace will be decided by the donkeys (about 3km per hour) but given the length of the stages and the differences in height it is suitable for a walker trained with a spirit of adaptation and above all in a group since for four nights you will sleep in mountain huts with shared rooms and bathrooms.
The most difficult part will be in the third stage with gradients of over 1000 meters both uphill and downhill and due to the fact that we will reach the summit of Mount Botev 2400 m.a.s.l. The other stages do not present excessive difficulties.
Clothing and Equipment
All the stages of the route will be above 1200 meters, it is therefore essential to have good hiking shoes, a technical jacket to protect against rain and wind, a hat and goggles to protect yourself from the sun, sunscreen, gloves and a wool hat in case of particularly windy or cold days especially on the 2400 meters of Mount Botev, trekking poles very useful during the descents
The journey on foot is accompanied by donkeys who load some of the material.
The overnight stays are in structures (hotels and shelters) that provide dinner and breakfast
Lunches are packed and / or in restaurants along the route
Cost: € 690 including meals, overnight stays in structures, logistics, travel by minibus, use of nature guides, tourist guides and donkeys, museum entrances, information material
Other expenses not included: Drinks, Insurance, Round trip flight to Sofia.
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