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Ortsevo - a weekend in the heights of the Western Rhodope Mountains

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2 Days - 1 Night
30 - 31 March 2024
Rhodope
Organized or own transport
from
beginners

Join us in an endless universe where the magic of the Rhodope Mountains will completely captivate us. We'll admire incredible sunrises and sunsets, immerse ourselves in homely comfort and Rhodope hospitality, while delicious feasts and traditional songs will make our evenings even more enjoyable.

The program will take place with a minimum of 6 participants.

Tour Itinerary

Early departure from Sofia on Saturday. Meeting point is in front of Vasil Levski Stadium at 7:00 AM. For those who prefer personal transportation, the meeting point is directly in the village of Avramovo.

After the group gathers, the guides will provide a brief to the group and safety instructions. We'll pack our backpacks and set off to execute the plan for the day. With spirited steps, we head towards the HIGHEST village in the country - Ortsevo at 1555 meters above sea level. Our trek will last around 4-5 hours, navigating through forest paths and dirt roads. We'll undoubtedly ascend Velitsa Peak and take a break at its marvelous shelter.

In the village of Ortsevo, we'll settle into the welcoming guest house. The views here are a once-in-a-lifetime sight. It leaves us breathless. The entire Pirin Mountain unfolds before us, its peaks lined up like beads on a necklace. The shy Rila Mountain reveals itself, waiting to embrace the sunset in its arms. Here, you can witness the magic happening. Words fall short to describe the enchantment of colors spreading across the snow-capped mountain peaks.

After we spend the day, it's time to honor our smiling hosts who will treat us to a Rhodopean dinner! The food is undoubtedly worth it. A fitting end to the day with music, cheer, and dancing!

Bulgarians say that the day is known from the morning. Our morning will start early with the sunrise at first cockcrow. We'll wait for the sun to paint the sky while holding a cup of coffee, and by the time we feel it, breakfast will be ready. Warm pastries and a cup of tea, and we'll be ready to conquer any peaks.

Today the direction will be downhill. We mustn't miss visiting the renowned fishpond in the village of Buntsevo and enjoying some fish. Once we descend to Yakoruda, we have a surprise for you. A short journey on the narrow-gauge railway to the village of Avramovo. Here we are, amazed by views, sunsets, sunrises, pleasant company, dances, songs, and delicious food.

Unnoticed, the two days have passed, but the memory of this EPIC weekend will linger.

Price Includes
  • Insurance
  • Licensed montain guide
  • Showshoes
Price Excludes
  • Transportation during the program
  • Accommodation in guest house

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What do you need for the trekking?
  • Suitable hiking boots - 3-season hiking boots or mountaineering boots (depending on the program and the season)
  • Spare socks
  • Comfortable hiking pants
  • Thermal underwear - top and bottom
  • Fleece
  • Wind and water proof jacket
  • A down jacket or other jacket with synthetic insulation
  • Winter and summer hat, buff and gloves
  • Raincoat
  • About 40 liters backpack
  • Headtorch with spare batteries
  • Water (1.5 liters)
  • Sunglasses and sunscream with a high SPF
  • Food for the trek
  • Ids and cash money
  • Trekking Poles
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Other things - according your personal needs
Difficulty Level:
  • Intro - Programs that are an introduction in the hiking. For people without any experience. A high level of physical endurance and special hiking equipment are not required. The hikes are usually short and easy up to about 3 hours. The 'Intro' programs happen in spring, summer or fall
  • Beginners - Programs for people with previous hiking experience. Treks of this type are slightly longer (about 4-6 hours) and include a greater positive elevation gain (about 300-400 meters). No technical sections
  • Intermediate - Programs duration is usually around 6-8 hours. Participants must have good physical endurance. Programs of this type include climbing peaks, crossing dynamic terrain. The total positive elevation gain for the day is about 600-800 meters, but it is could exceed 1000 meters
  • Advanced - Treks duration is about 8-10 hours. Includes large elevation gain - 1000+ meters. Programs of this type often involve scrambling terrain in summer conditions or winter ascents of peaks. Participants must be absolutely confident in their physical abilities as well as their equipment. Oftentimes, winter programs of this type require the use of crampons and ice axe
  • Extreme - These programs are only for experienced mountaineers who want to cross the line between hiking and alpinism. The programs are often over 10 hours long and about 1500 meters of daily elevation gain. They include traversing technical edges, climbing rock ledges and/or categorized routes, using mandatory alpine equipment. Participants must know how to use crampons and ice axe
Cancellation Policy:

Чл. 89. (Изм. – ДВ, бр. 37 от 2018 г., в сила от 01.07.2018 г.) (1) Пътуващият има право да прекрати договора за туристически пакет по всяко време преди започването на изпълнението на туристическия пакет.

The tourist owes a penalty as follows:

  • 20 or more days before tour start: - No penalty
  • Between 19 and 14 days before tour start: - 30% from the price
  • Between 13 and 7 days before tour start: - 60% from the price
  • Less than 3 days before tour start: - 100% from the price
Important:
  • In the event of a change in weather conditions during the tour or other unforeseen situations, the guide may change the route or offer another alternative option to the participants for their safety
  • If the program cannot happen due to bad weather forecast, the organizer will refund 100% of the price to the participants
  • In order to take part in the tour, you must be in good physical health and condition, and notify the organizer in case you have any illnesses or injuries
  • If the number of participants is less than the minimum and the program will not happen, the organizer will notify all registered participants up to 7 days before the event
  • Discounts cannot be combined