“Trans Bul­ga­ria Trail”

Camp/hotel tour (2x hotel at the begin­ning and end)

On this breath­ta­kin­gly beau­tiful 12-day camp tour, we cross all of Bul­ga­ria from west to east along the lon­gest moun­tain ridge in the Bal­kans, the Bal­kan Moun­ta­ins, or Stara Pla­nina as the Bul­ga­ri­ans say. Our fan­ta­stic off­road trip starts in Belo­grad­shik on the Ser­bian bor­der and ends at the famous Cape Emine on the Black Sea.

Tour Descrip­tion:

Expe­ri­ence Bulgaria’s breath­ta­king beauty

On this breath­ta­kin­gly beau­tiful 12-day camp tour, we cross all of Bul­ga­ria from west to east along the lon­gest moun­tain ridge in the Bal­kans, the Bal­kan Moun­ta­ins, or Stara Pla­nina as the Bul­ga­ri­ans say. Our fan­ta­stic off­road trip starts in Belo­grad­shik on the Ser­bian bor­der and ends at the famous Cape Emine on the Black Sea.

During our trip we will visit, among others, Magu­rata Cave, Belo­grad­chishka Fort­ress, Etro­po­lis Monas­tery, Arch of Liberty, and Kadem­liysko Pras­kalo Water­fall, to name a few. We climb many inte­res­t­ing peaks with our off-road vehic­les, some of them much hig­her than 2000 meters. A variety of exci­ting off-road roads with dif­fe­rent levels of dif­fi­culty, won­derful wild camps in cen­tu­ries-old forests with magni­fi­cent views await us with a crack­ling camp­fire, where we spend the nights under a mil­lion stars, far from civilization…Picturesque water­falls, breath­ta­king rock for­ma­ti­ons, natu­ral phe­no­mena, forts and monas­te­ries … Cities that have pre­ser­ved a lot of history over the cen­tu­ries! There would be so much to tell but come and expe­ri­ence the adven­ture of Bul­ga­ria!

Mehr erfah­ren…

We start each day at 9am for our respec­tive daily stages and arrive at our camp sites for the night around 5:30pm. Our mee­ting point is a hotel in Belo­grad­shik and we finish our trip in a beau­tiful hotel on the Black Sea. Appro­xi­m­ately in the middle of our tour, we will set up camp not far from a great reno­va­ted moun­tain lodge, so we will have the oppor­tu­nity to use the clean sani­tary faci­li­ties and take show­ers there. We will orga­nize a typi­cal din­ner for our group.

01/09 — Arri­val in Bul­ga­ria, mee­ting of the group in MAGURA hotel com­plex. The hotel is loca­ted in the imme­diate vici­nity of the epony­mous Magura Cave.
The pre­his­to­ric wall pain­tings of Magura have a great simi­la­rity with those of the Grotta dei Cervi in Italy, which are of extra­or­di­nary expres­sion and artis­tic depth and are con­side­red the most important works of art of the Euro­pean post-Paleo­li­thic. For more infor­ma­tion, see Wiki­pe­dia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magura_Cave

02/09 — Day 1 (106,6 km) The first mor­ning we explore the cave
And then drive to the fort­ress Belo­grad­chisk (Kaleto), where they can visit from the inside and have a short cof­fee break and. Next is a drive on forest roads that takes us to Reduta Moun­tain, from where we have a great view of some of the bizarre rock for­ma­ti­ons.

03/09 — Day 2 (108 km) Today we will ride the lon­gest moun­tain ridge in Bul­ga­ria. As we con­quer some of the hig­her peaks, our souls fill with humi­lity, at the latest when we con­quer the moun­tain KOM with our vehic­les. An adre­na­line-fil­led ride to this maje­s­tic peak must not be miss­ing on our tour, of course.

04/09 — Day 3 (72,4 km) This day is dedi­ca­ted to more extreme off­road sec­tions. Depen­ding on the capa­bi­li­ties of the vehic­les and dri­vers, we may have to make a detour here. We will con­quer the moun­tain Mur­gash, where there is a meteo­ro­lo­gi­cal sta­tion and a beau­tiful 360-degree pan­orama. From now on we are out of civi­liza­tion, wit­hout shop­ping faci­li­ties. We end the day with a wild camp in a huge, hundreds of years old beech forest, near one of the oldest cot­ta­ges in Stara Pla­nina — Chav­dar 1925

05/09 — Day 4 (103 km) We start with a gentle climb to the hig­her and bare part of the moun­tain and we con­quer more peaks to enjoy a view of Ser­verna and the sou­thern part of Bul­ga­ria. One of the most impres­sive things about this day is the huge open pit mine and its asso­cia­ted faci­li­ties. We will pass through an aban­do­ned, unfi­nis­hed tun­nel to des­cend to civi­liza­tion — to the town of Etro­pole, where there is an oppor­tu­nity to refuel and shop. We visit the Etro­pol Monas­tery and the water­fall next to it before dri­ving on inte­res­t­ing off-road tracks to our next camp.

06/09 — Day 5 (92 km) With the begin­ning of the sixth day we go again to the degree of Stara Pla­nina, to the “Arch of Free­dom” to the Bek­le­meto pass, where we ride a little along the pan­o­r­amic road to reach the Der­menka hut. Next is the des­cent to the town of Sopot and through the town of Kar­lovo (pos­si­bi­lity to refuel or buy sup­plies at Lidl) to reach the foot of the reserve “Jen­dema” in the foot­hills of the Bal­kans, where our next game camp will be next to the river Byala.

- 07/09 — Day 6 (91.3 km) Again at the foot of the Bal­kans we will drive to the vil­lage of Tuzha, from where we will climb the moun­tain along the “Rusali Pass”. On the way to the ridge we enjoy quite beau­tiful views and pass the lar­gest water­fall in Bul­ga­ria “Kadem­liysko Pras­kalo”. The height of the fall is 72 m. Below the water­fall is a cross spring and a small cave. In 1965, the area around the water­fall was declared a natu­ral monu­ment on an area of 1 ha. From there we con­ti­nue to the hig­hest peak of Stara Pla­nina — Mount Botev at 2376 meters. After enjoy­ing the view, we des­cend the other side of the moun­tain to make our bivouac to the vil­lage of Ost­rets (where we again have the oppor­tu­nity to rep­le­nish fuel or pro­vi­si­ons).

08/09 — Day 7 (108 km) Today we move east to the geo­gra­phi­cal cen­ter of Bul­ga­ria and after a plea­sant rest with a won­derful pan­orama we drive to two cult monu­ments con­nec­ted with the history of Bul­ga­ria … Monu­ment to Free­dom — Shipka and Buz­ludzha Monu­ment (offi­cial name BKP Monu­ment House) is the popu­lar name of the lar­gest ideo­lo­gi­cal monu­ment of the com­mu­nist regime in Bul­ga­ria. The site is part of the Shipka-Buz­ludzha Natio­nal Park Museum, which has been declared a his­to­ri­cal and archi­tec­tu­ral reserve. Then we con­ti­nue along the ridge with a short stop at ano­ther view peak before the evening approa­ches and we set up camp in untouched nature.

09/09 — Day 8 (95.7 km) We will con­ti­nue along the ridge towards the east in the direc­tion of the sea through inte­res­t­ing anci­ent beech forests over the top of Chu­merna to reach an area where the first waters of one of the lar­ger rivers — Kam­chia — meet, where we will end the day with a bivouac at the sources of the river Kam­chia.

10/09 — Day 9 (110 km) This is the day when the ride along the crest of the pla­teau is like a rol­ler coas­ter ride, as we climb stee­ply up and down in a series of small peaks bet­ween large trees in the forest. We have the oppor­tu­nity to explore a noble cave and visit a town that has pre­ser­ved a small part of the old hou­ses — Kotel. If we are lucky, we will fall in love with a flock of vul­tures living in an area along the ridge. We will have the oppor­tu­nity to taste natu­rally rising salt water from the springs near Var­bitsa and, if the wea­ther is sui­ta­ble, take a beach break at the mine­ral pool. We end the day with a sleep in a hun­ting shel­ter, after the Rishki Pass.

11/09 — Day 10 (101 km) As we approach the sea, the moun­tain beco­mes noti­ce­ably lower and flat­ter.

12/09 — Day 11 (15 km) On the last day we will make a final des­cent from the moun­tain to the waters of the Black Sea and have time for the beach and some rela­xa­tion. Finally, we check into a hotel by the sea. If you wish, you can stay a few days at the Black Sea before the long jour­ney home.

Weni­ger lesen…

Tour Details:

This chal­len­ging trip is sui­ta­ble for off-road vehic­les with gear reduc­tion and AT tires . A winch is an advan­tage, depen­ding on the wea­ther.

  • Dif­fi­culty level:

    "Trans Bulgaria Trail"

  • Accom­mo­da­tion & meals:

    • Com­bi­ned camp / hotel tour, partly with camp­fire
    • In the hotels half board
    • Self cate­ring in the camps
  • Group size :

    • min. 4 & max. 10 vehic­les
  • Included ser­vices:

    • all ent­rance fees
    • 1x Ger­man orga­niza­tion vehicle with a Ger­man-spea­king guide
    • 1x Bul­ga­rian orga­niza­tion vehicle with guide
    • 10x over­night stay on wild camp sites
    • 2x over­night stay (begin­ning and end of the tour) in hotel
    • 1x din­ner at a moun­tain hut
    • Tra­vel insu­rance cer­ti­fi­cate
    • Radio on loan
    • Detailed tra­vel docu­ments

Choose a tour date

“Trans Bul­ga­ria Trail”

01.09. until 12.09.2024

1189 EUR per per­son for two peo­ple in the vehicle and dou­ble room.
120,- EUR sin­gle room sup­ple­ment. 600,- EUR sin­gle dri­ver surcharge.

07.09. until 18.09.2025

1189 EUR per per­son for two peo­ple in the vehicle and dou­ble room.
120,- EUR sin­gle room sup­ple­ment. 600,- EUR sin­gle dri­ver surcharge.

Ent­de­cke Off­road-Rei­sen in Ser­bien:

“Geheim­nis­volle Ser­bi­sche Kar­pa­ten”

Ent­de­cke Off­road-Rei­sen in Alba­nien:

“Off­road Adven­ture Alba­nien”

Schwie­rig­keits­grade

Wir unter­tei­len unsere Tou­ren in vier Schwie­rig­keits­grade: Leicht, mit­tel, schwer und schwer Plus

Die Zuord­nung fällt natur­ge­mäß nicht immer leicht, da sich der Anspruch an Fah­rer und Fahr­zeug, z.B. je nach Wet­ter schnell ver­än­dern kann. Kon­tak­tiert uns bitte unter info@npl-overland.eu wenn ihr euch nicht sicher seid, ob der ange­ge­bene Schwie­rig­keits­grad zu euren Erwar­tun­gen passt. Gerne bera­ten wir euch und bespre­chen die Anfor­de­run­gen im Detail.

"Trans Bulgaria Trail" Leichte Tour / Off­road Ein­stei­ger oder wenig Erfah­rung im Gelände / Serien 4×4 / All Ter­rain Rei­fen
"Trans Bulgaria Trail""Trans Bulgaria Trail" Mit­tel­schwere Tour / erste Erfah­rung im Gelände not­wen­dig / Serien 4×4 mit Unter­set­zungs­ge­triebe und evtl. Mit­tel­sperre / gute All Ter­rain Rei­fen evtl. Mud Ter­rain
"Trans Bulgaria Trail""Trans Bulgaria Trail""Trans Bulgaria Trail" Schwere Tour / Erfah­rung im Gelände not­wen­dig / siche­rer Umgang mit dem Fahr­zeug im Gelände / Unter­set­zung / erhöhte Boden­frei­heit / Mit­tel­sperre + evtl. HA-Sperre / Mud Ter­rain Rei­fen / sta­bile Ber­ge­punkte am Fahr­zeug vorne und hin­ten
npl-overland-offroad-reisen-iconnpl-overland-offroad-reisen-iconnpl-overland-offroad-reisen-icon"Trans Bulgaria Trail" Schwere Tour PLUS / gute Erfah­rung im Gelände not­wen­dig / siche­rer Umgang mit dem Fahr­zeug im Gelände / Unter­set­zung / erhöhte Boden­frei­heit / erhöhte Luft­an­sau­gung / Sperre Mitte und Hin­ten / Mud Ter­rain Rei­fen / sta­bile Ber­ge­punkte am Fahr­zeug vorne und hin­ten / indi­vi­du­elle Modi­fi­ka­tio­nen nach Abspra­che / mög­li­cher­weise Son­der­aus­rüs­tung im Fahr­zeug

Kun­den­stim­men

Aben­teuer pur! Jeder Tag war auf’s neue span­nend und auf­re­gend. Dies wird nicht unsere letzte Tour mit Euch gewe­sen sein. Macht wei­ter so! Steffi, Andreas und der Ruby

Steffi & Andreas
Ich kann nur emp­feh­len, pro­biert es aus. Ser­bien ist eine Reise wert. Für uns das wohl schönste Land und Off-Road Para­dies das wir je ken­nen­ler­nen durf­ten. Wir kom­men wie­der. Also die ganze Fami­lie samt Disco!!
Chris­tian Rose

Die erste mehr­tä­gige Off­road­tour für mei­nen erwach­se­nen Sohn und mich. Wir waren ins­ge­samt sehr zufrie­den, auch oder gerade weil nicht alles so klappte, da das Wet­ter Kaprio­len schlug und den Weg immer wie­der mal auf­weichte. Wir möch­ten sehr gerne mit die­sen Scouts noch­mal fah­ren…

Arno Klu­ten

Geil !!! Für mich war es die erste Off­road Tour mit einer Gruppe. Und ich muss sagen, dass es für mich ein super Erleb­nis war. Mein Fahr­zeug ein ATV CF-Moto 800 konnte ich zum Teil bis an seine Gren­zen brin­gen.

San­dro