According to the Central Balkan National Park Management plan, Road №60 The town of Kalofer - Botev Peak is with restricted access of until 10 motor vechicles per day and it is allowed only in the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and thought the Bulgarian official rest days from the 1st of June to the 30th of September.Read more >>
The Uzunbudzak Biosphere Reserve covers a considerable part of the Strandja Mountain (over 78,400 ha). It is one of the most interesting and rich biodiversity regions in Bulgaria and Europe. Its territory is a natural transition between the vegetation, flora and fauna of Europe and Asia because of the terrestrial connection that existed until about 7,500 years ago at the site of the present-day Bosphorus Strait. The flora of the biosphere reserve is characterized by a large number of species that were widespread during the Tertiary (Tertiary relics). The wildlife is also remarkable for its great diversity of species. The populations of many of them are of global, European and national importance.Read more >>
According to the Central Balkan National Park Management plan, Road Tazha chalet - Botev Peak is with restricted access of until 10 motor vechicles per day and it is allowed only in the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and thought the Bulgarian official rest days from the 1st of June to the 30th of September.Read more >>
The closing session of the Summer University under the UNESCO program "Man and the Biosphere" was held at the Information and Cultural Center of Troyan on the 26th of July. The event was opened with a greeting from the deputy Mayor of Troyan municipality - Bistra Cholakova.Read more >>
The fifth edition of the International initiative was opened on July 22nd in the hall of the Municipality of Karlovo with welcome notes by the deputy mayor of the Municipality of Karlovo Stoyko Karagenski, the Director of the National Nature Protection Service of the MOEW Miroslav Kalugerov, the Permanent Representation of UNESCO in Bulgaria Hristo Georgiev, Director of Central Balkan National Park Gencho Iliev, the Executive director of the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation Rumyana Ivanova and proff. Michael Scoullos from the Greek National Committee of Man and the Biosphere Program of UNESCO. All of them greeted the young professionals from around the world who will be studying for a week on topics related to the successful development of biosphere reserves.Read more >>
· Avoid hiking alone. Always travel in a group and listen to your leader’s/guide’s instructions.
· Adhere to the markings/sign posts. Do not take unnecessary shortcuts, especially in inclement weather. Do not move too quickly—you may become exhausted and lose your bearings.
· In an emergency, immediately seek help from the mountain rescue service or Park Directorate personnel operating in the area.
· When hiking on the mountain, observe the general rules for mountain hiking conditions approved by the Bulgarian Tourism Union and the Mountain Rescue Service. Please obey all instructions from Park rangers and observe rules and regulations.
· Use lightweight, synthetic, weatherproof clothing. Always carry at least one dry set of clothing.
· Always carry drinking water and high-energy bars. Bandages are also good to have on hand.
· In a thunderstorm, do not take cover under large single trees or in rock crevasses, avoid moving along ridges or sharp protruding parts of the mountain, and do not carry large metal objects or equipment.
· Carefully consider how much equipment you can safely carry, the time it takes to hike a trail, and how much information you actually have of the area.
· Do not overdo by undertaking additional, unplanned treks.
· In winter, use snowshoes or skis whenever possible.
· In winter, hiking through unmarked routes through the forest may be far more dangerous than hiking in the treeless areas.
· Keep an eye out for avalanches. In winter, always consult the Mountain Rescue Service before choosing a route.
· Avoid moving or staying for extended periods of time in the high-mountain zone (at altitudes over 2,000 meters).
· Use sunglasses and sun block.
· Gather only those mushrooms and wild fruits that you recognize! Many species of plants growing in the Park are poisonous.
· If an insect or snake bites you, drink plenty of fluids, apply a cold compress to the affected area, and seek medical help.
· Build campfires at designated areas only. When leaving the site, extinguish the fire completely and clean up your debris.
· Use of firearms or fireworks in the Park is strictly forbidden.
· Burning bushes and grass to clear pastures is strictly forbidden.
· In the event of a possible forest fire, immediately notify Park personnel or nearest chalet keeper.
· Do not attempt to handle large fires yourself—this is extremely dangerous. If you decide to assist Park personnel, follow their instructions.
· We appreciate any and all information about Park violations. Your anonymity will be guaranteed.
· If you do observe a violation, do not attempt to handle the perpetrator on your own. Immediately contact Park personnel.