Herbs and Thracians

This is what Herbs and Thracians programme includes:

Region: The Western Sredna Gora Mountains

Route: Sofia – Babek – Starosel – Malak Bogdan Peak

Day 1

Departure on Friday at 4:30 p.m. from the car park of Sportna Sofia (the tennis tables in Borisova Garden). We arrive at the village of Babek around 6:30 p.m. We will take a walk in the area to collect whatever herbs we might come across.

Day 2

Trek to the Lyulyakovo Sanctuary where a Thracian ritual is being recreated – the Celebration of the Sun. In antiquity the rite used to serve the purpose to honour the gods and so people could get purified through it.

After lunch we move to Starosel, where we will be able to taste different wines from Starosel Winery and walk around the Thracian Temple of Sitalkes inside the Chetinyova Mound. Afterwards we take a walk with whoever feels like picking some more herbs. We spend the night in tents on the shore of Rakovitsa Reservoir.

Low activity during the day.

Opportunities for fishing.

Day 3

Trek from Starosel to Srednogorets Lodge and (5 hours) and the peak of Malak Bogdan (1,530 m). We will take a walk in the area of Bogdan Nature Reserve (the only one in the Sredna Gora), which has been established with the purpose of preserving the centuries-old beech forests there. Return back to Starosel (3 hours).

Duration – 8 hours.

Transfer back to Sofia.

Price: 50 EUR per person.

Price includes guide services.

Dates: 23rd – 25th of June.

Travel is shared.

No expenses on sleeping as we will camp in the wild.

For the trek you will need insurance, dry food and water.

Important: Departure and travel times are approximate and they depend on the pace of the whole group. These also include time for rest.

The guide has the right to change the route upon unexpected circumstances!

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