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Last guided tours in the beech forests of the Central Balkan National Park

11 July 2022
Following the initiative of the Central Balkan National Park Directorate organizes free guided tours in the beech forests, part of a serial site on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. The last two visits for 2022 are planned. he aim is to enable a wider range of people to reach pieces of Bulgarian nature that have received international recognition.
The last planned routes for getting acquainted with the beech forests of the Central Balkan are:
1. Beklemeto locality – Kozya stena chalet – Haydushka pesen chalet (high level of difficulty) – September 3, 2022
2. Tsarichina Ecopath (medium level of difficulty) – September 10, 2022.
Each candidate to participate in any of the events must fill in an application form in which to indicate his/ her preferred route(s). The correctly filled in form is a guarantee for participation in the selection. For each route a maximum number of participants is determined, who will be selected according to certain criteria such as the order of the submitted form, information about the interests and experience of the candidates, etc.
The application form can be found here.
Please send the completed form by August 15, 2022 to e-mail project@centralbalkan.bg. For more information you can call +359 886 09 06 58 or . +359 886 76 19 94
Be sure to indicate in the form whether you will be accompanied by your children, as well as whether another member of your family has completed their application.
The selected participants in the transitions will be announced on the website of the Park Directorate (www.centralbalkan.bg) on August 16, 2022.
Route 1: Beklemeto locality – Kozya stena chalet – Haydushka pesen chalet (high level of difficulty) – September 3, 2022
This route will take us from the Beklemeto locality on west to the Kozya stena chalet. Then the trail continues through Kozya stena Reserve – the smallest reserve in the current national park. Along the route, we will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the peculiarities of the forests in the region and why even UNESCO pays attention to their protection. The end is close to Haydushka pesen chalet.
The starting point is the town of Troyan – the bus station. The time we gather is 8:45. The time of departure to Beklemeto with the transport organized by us is 9:00. At the end of the tour we will again rely on organized transportation from Haydushka pesen chalet to Troyan. Expected arrival time in Troyan – 17:00. A lunch pack is provided for all participants. Transport and food are free for participants in the tour!
Route 2: Tsarichina Ecopath (medium level of difficulty) – September 10, 2022.
This route will show us part of Tsarichina Reserve – one of the nine reserves in the Central Balkan National Park. Part of the route enters the northern parts of the Severen Dzhendem Reserve – one of the nine reserves in the park and part of the Bulgarian component of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, preserving the most representative beech forests in Europe. It is located on the northernmost slopes of Balkan Range. Its core is formed by the water catchment basin of the Bolovandjika River and covers nearly 33 square km. area. Our route will run parallel to the border of the Reserve, reaching a viewing point in the locality of “Sloncheto” and to Golyama Shalya peak.
The starting point is the village of Ribaritsa – the square in front of the village hall. The time we gather is 9:00. The time of departure to Neftohima locality with shared transport is 9:15. Expected arrival time in Ribaritsa – 14:30. A lunch pack is provided for all participants. Transport and food are free for participants in the tour!
 
Since 2017 the best preserved and most representative natural beech forests of the nine reserves of the Central Balkan National Park are part of the serial transnational site of UNESCO World Natural Heritage Ancient and Primeval Beech Forest of the Carpathians and other regions in Europe. With an area of nearly 11 thousand hectares, the Bulgarian component is the largest area among a total of 78 components, distributed in 12 European countries.
The visits to the forests of the Central Balkan are realized in the implementation of activity “3.02. Local and national awareness raising“ under the LIFE PROGNOSES Project LIFE20 PRE / BE / 00011 – LIFE PRotection of Old Growth Forests in Europe: Natural heritage, Outline, Synthesis and Ecosystem Services (Strengthening primary and old growth forest protection in Europe by capitalizing on World Heritage sites).
We recommend you to make mountain insurance for the tours!