High Balkan Trail

5.0 (2)
8 days 7 nights
Bulgaria
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic+
Weight limit
100 kg / 220 lb

Embark on an adventurous trail ride that traces a segment of the renowned E-3 hiking Kom-Emine route. This trail unfolds amidst untamed mountain scenery and steep slopes, leading to the highest grasslands in the Balkans, serving as a summer haven for wild horses. The journey, tailored for confident and seasoned riders, involves extended periods in the saddle. There will be instances necessitating riders to dismount and guide their horses for brief intervals (20 – 30 minutes), requiring a reasonable level of fitness as this may occur both uphill and downhill. A noteworthy aspect of this ride is the opportunity to connect with local communities during the final two days of the trail, enhancing the overall experience.

from US$ 870
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
Sofia
Available dates
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Number of individuals
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Lyuben S.
Lyuben S. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Lyuben was born in 1990 and began climbing at the age of 13. Since then nature and adventure have been his passion. Graduated with Bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship and Master's Degree in Financial control and Auditing, he became part of the team at the beginning of 2011. He considers himself lucky to have a job that largely involves communication with highly motivated and experienced people in travelling. He finds inspiration in undiscovered destinations and customers' desires.

Tour highlights

Follow the Famous Road
This adventurous trail ride follows part of the famous E-3 hiking Kom-Emine route
Feel the Local Vibe
Spend time with locals as part of this trail
Enjoy Breathtaking Views
The trail features wild mountain landscapes and steep hillsides reaching Balkan highest grasslands

Route details

Day 1
Arrival to Sofia

Arrival and transfer from Sofia airport to the hotel for overnight. 

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Day 2
Golyam Izvor - Glozene Monastery - Golyam Izvor
Day 3
Golyam Izvor - Chertigrad - Yamna
Day 4
Yamna - Paskal Hut
Day 5
Paskal Hut - Momina Polyana Hut
Day 6
Momina Polyana - Cherni Vit - Teteven
Day 7
Teteven - Cherni Vit - Golyam Izvor. Back to Sofia
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

Riders need to be fit and capable of being comfortable with trots and canters in open countryside.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic+
Guest House
2 nights
Hotel
3 nights
Camp Site
2 nights
2 nights
Guest House

2 rooms sharing WC/bathroom.

3 nights
Hotel
2 nights
Mountain Hut

Tickets to group meeting place

Group meeting place
Sofia
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Tour conditions

Included

  • 2 nights in guest houses (2 rooms sharing WC/bathroom);
  • 3 nights at hotels (day 1 + day 6 + day 7) in double rooms with en-suite facilities;
  • 2 nights in mountain huts (shared facilities);
  • all meals acc. itinerary;
  • English speaking guide and local guide;
  • saddled horses;
  • pack horse;
  • airport transfers on day 1 + day 8.

Extras

  • fight tickets;
  • drinks and meals not mentioned in the program;
  • tips;
  • insurance;
  • entrance fees;
  • additional transfers;
  • personal expenses;
  • single room supplement (5 nights) at hotels/guest houses: EUR 70.

Group size

up to 4 tourists

Duration

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Saddles: Western and English. Riding helmet is not mandatory. Luggage is carried by a pack horse from day 4 to 6, the other days by car. Weight limit 10 kg in a soft bag.

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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 2 reviews
  • A
    Arnold
    23 Mar, 2024
    about provider
    The tour was excellent, with highlights including Sarajevo, Mostar, Ohrid, and more. The itinerary was relaxed, perfect for a group tour, with no rushing. A big thank you to Bobby, our driver, for keeping us safe back in Sofia. And special thanks to our Tour Leader, Georgi, who was incredibly accommodating, helpful, and always available when needed. Highly recommended tour! Thank you!!
    23 Mar, 2024
  • L
    Lotte
    27 Jul, 2022
    about provider
    I recently enjoyed a 3-day horse riding holiday in the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria and it was fantastic! The horses were well-trained and suitable for riders of all levels. The scenery was breathtaking, whether through villages, forests, or along mountain ridges. Accommodation at Guest House in Lopyan was clean and comfortable, with delicious food that accommodated my vegetarian diet. Our guide, Nikolay, was friendly, punctual, and provided excellent service. Overall, it was a wonderful short holiday in a beautiful country at a very reasonable price.
    27 Jul, 2022

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