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Panorama Trail

Mini trail til Central Balkan National ParkA breathtaking and challenging ride
Horseback riding on the top of the 700 km long Balkan Mountain range with a fantastic view is quite a unique experience!

This trail takes you to 3 reserves in the central Balkan National Park.  It combines partly riding days from our trails to Mt. Botev, Balkan Trail and to the Singing Rocks Reserve and at the same time on new and different paths. It is a mountain ride with focus on high mountain horseback riding with exiting ascents and descents, wide open meadows and magnificent views.

If you’re looking for the ultimate horseback riding experience at high mountain altitude combined with a fantastic panorama view this PANORAMA TRAIL is certainly a good choice for you!

You’ll experience the heart of the enormous Central Balkan National Park (85 km long and 10 km wide) – one of the biggest national parks in Europe with a diversity so unique that more reserves are under the protection of UNESCO.

Riding base Balkan has for many years been a national park certified partner and thanks to a unique collaboration we are able to take you through some of the most impressive areas of the park. We ride straight through the mixed forests with several hundred years old beech trees, Macedonian pines, ride thought the points for the chamois, brown bear, wolves, red deer, roe deer, golden eagle, peregrines. We ride though and we leave these unique places without a trace- only from the horses.

The Balkan Mountains divides Bulgaria into two and even today, there are traces of Roman roads that have paved the way for us on several stages. It is a very special experience to ride in these altitudes with prospects of not just the flat and fertile Maritsa plain, the Valley of Roses and well into the Valley of the Thracian Kings - but also to imagination-building rock outcrops, deep gorges, hidden caves and cascading waterfalls.

Panorama Trail combines the strong impressions of nature with unique places, where we stop for lunch and stay overnight. Each place has its particular history and they are carefully selected giving insight into Bulgaria's fascinating history. And at the same time the culinary experience is naturally adapted to both the trail and area.

Day by day program

Day 1

Meeting with the rep from Riding base Balkan in the aipport `nd transfer to Apriltsi in the Balkan Mountains. Accommodation in a cosy and new Guest House in the centre of the village in double rooms with shower/toilet. Welcome dinner.

Day 2

In the morning we meet the horses and we start riding to the top off the beaten tracks and through canyons only ridden so far on our trail to Mount Botev. From the morning we ride in a fast pace giving you the optimal opportunity to read your horse and become friends for the week. Afterwards we head the top entering the Central Balkan National Park. The ride will take you to the ridge of the reserve “Severem Dzhendem” (The northern hell) with views to the land of the bears. The overnight is in the former mountain diary “Mandrata” (1450m) with great views to Maragidik(1889m) and Mt. Botev(2376m). The ride of the day is about 5 hours.

Day 3

From ”Mandrata” we follow the south-western tracks on the top and enter area where you can find the Balkan chamois. On one hand side you have the reserve ”Babskoto Praskalo” and the canyon ”Tazha” and on the other hand side you have great views to Mt. Botev. We ride downhill to the south with wonderful views to “The Valley if Roses” and the Sredna Gora Mountains. We stay overnight a Guest House of a family with many ancestors in the area. The ride of the day is about 6 hours.

Day 4

After breakfast we ride to the east at the foothills of the Balkan Mountains in a terrain made for more long gallops. We have lunch in a beautiful private garden and the traditional summer meal is homemade by the lovely baba Miche. After lunch we start ascending the mountain passing one of the checkpoints of the national park until we reach a mountain complex for the overnight. Once the complex was an attractive resort, now it is most of all a surreal adventure to enter scenery from another era.  The ride of the day is 7 hours.

Day 5 Today’s ride is one of the most challenging mountain rides to the reserve ”Singing Rocks” that we on this trail will see from another not less dramatic angle. The panorama is amazing and here you’ll definitely understand the quality of our mountain horses and your own riding skills will be tested as well. On the top we ride on broad grassy meadows with fantastic panoramas to the mountain chalet “Mazalat”. The ride of the day is about 6 hours.
Day 6 We continue on the top to the next mountain chalet ”Partzanska Pesen”. Here in 1000 m we have our lunch and a break. The descent to the north will lead us to a house in a garden in a miniature village; a picturesque pearl. We stay overnight here enjoying the remote area and wondering how people have lived here for hundreds of years far-far away from everything. A real back to history experience. The ride of the day is about 6 hours.
Day 7 On the last riding day we have a perfect view of Maragidik and ”The Sunlit Valley of Apriltsi”. In a pace.... we head for the base through old woods and villages. Well back at the base we say goodbye to the horses and the farewell dinner is waiting in the same Guest House we stayed overnight at the arrival. The ride of the day is about. 6 hours.
Day 8 Breakfast and free time until the transfer to the airport.

Arrival
The nearest airport is Sofia, which lies approx. 180 km from Riding base Balkan. Pick up and drive to the airport is arranged to fit best for all riders.

Horses and equipment:
Also on this trail, we use our smaller horses that have already proven their abilities in the extreme terrains. They are in top condition. The tack is western – the only right tack in this terrain. 

RidningenRiding Skills and Safety:
You must be an experienced rider, fit and safe in the saddle. You are used to and familiar with nature riding. On this trail the weight limit is 90 Kg and you must be in an up-to-date riding shape. Besides you may not have acrophobia. The pace is mostly slow in the rugged terrain, which requires a calm and relaxed soul. But of course there is room for trots, slow and fast gallop too. This trail is for the experienced rider who is ready for new unique top experiences.

About the accommodation, food & drink.
The trail is based on 7 nights. 3 nights in double rooms with private facilities in nice Guest Houses, 4 nights en route in the mountains in mountain chalets in 2-4 bedded rooms with private facilities or on the floor. The trail is with full board during stay and only beer, wine and alcoholics are paid on spot. The luggage is transported in a supporting vehicle and the riding guide is accompanying the party throughout the trail.  

Guaranteed departures:
Guaranteed departures in 2015 for PANORAMA TRAIL: 27/6, 11/7, 8/8, 5/9, 19/9

Price: EUR 995 – more details here.

More information / book your horse riding vacation right here

In 2014 we had premiere on our new Balkan High Mountain Trail - in 2015 we have these departure dates: 20/6, 12/9. Please contact us if you want to join a group.

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