VRATSA KARST & LEDENIKA CAVE

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A big part of the territory of Bulgaria is covered with mountains, hills, and forests. Less popular with the foreign tourists remains the Balkan Mountains – a long chain that traverses Bulgaria at lengths and cuts it into two halves. Vratsa Mountains form some of the more accessible and picturesque ranges of the Stara Planina (Balkan) Mountains. There are a few eco-trails and challenging routes there, attracting nature lovers and thrill-seekers. A perfect way to spend a day outdoors is to explore the Borov Kamak eco-trail and the nearby Ledenika Cave.

An early transfer (1,40hrs) will take you to Zgorigrad village passing by the rock phenomenon Vrattsata and further to the beginning of the beautiful and thrilling eco-trail of Borov Kamak waterfall (50m high). Climb up on wooden ladders and steps in the pristine valley full of small waterfalls and cascades, enjoy a picnic lunch at the top and descend on a nice beech forest path with great panoramic views to Zgorigrad village and Vratsa Mountains. On the way up to the waterfall you will cross the river on wooden bridges just above the rapids, climb up rocky steep sections on massive wooden ladders and enjoy great views of Borov Kamak waterfall from below and then on top of it. After the hike you will be transferred to the sinister Ledenika Cave where mother nature has made a masterpiece of an enchanting underground world. It is 320m long and its name comes from the icy stalagmites formed at the entrance in winter time and early spring. With its stunning cave formations Ledenika is one of the most beautiful show caves in Bulgaria and a habitat of the endemic beetle Fagomycetes ledenicus or “the light hater”.
This hiking trail is especially recommended for spring, when is the best time to enjoy the turbulent waters of the waterfall and the icy structures inside the Ledenika Cave.

Total transfers time: Appr. 4 hrs.
Hiking specifics: Appr. 3hrs (without breaks); 5-6km; +650m/-650m;
Tour difficulty: the trek is moderately strenuous with some stages of steep inclines. Passing over the wooden construction may be thrilling for people with a fear of heights. There is a risk of slippery in case it rained before this. Narrow slippery paths are also present in the cave. The constant temperature inside the cave is +8C so bring a fleece for inside. A rain jacket may be useful as spring/autumn often happens to rain for a while in the afternoons. Comfortable hiking boots are a must, sandals are not acceptable.


Prices:
 1 pers: 138 euro; 2 pers: 79 euro pp; 3 pers: 58 euro pp; 4-7 pers: 49 euro pp;
* The rates above are per person based on the number of people in one reservation.
** The tour is not private and the group may comprise customers booked under several reservations, each with a different number of people. We aim to keep the total group size not exceeding 12 passengers (normally 2-6).

*** Promo rates may occur for some of the dates; scroll the Book Online tab to check if such are present around your travel dates.
Price includes: Transfer from Sofia to the trailhead in Vratsa Mountains, then to the Ledenika Cave and back to Sofia; English-speaking guide;
Price does not include: cave entry fees, tips, food, personal expenses;
Food: If you have forgotten to take a lunch pack or a sandwich with you, you can have lunch in one of the small restaurants in the area. The menu is limited though: Soups (lentils, beans), grilled meat and some basic meals;
Best period: mid-April – October

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Thrilling and impressive!

5.0 rating
June 11, 2019

I’ve never been to such a enchanting place!
The eco-trail is thrilling and I loved being so close to the waterfall. The cave was impressive, really, you won’t believe it! Must try! Definitely! And the most wonderful part of it is that is little known and meanwhile closer to Sofia. Perfect if you have limited stay and will be based only in the capital city. 

Sasha Williams, UK

Gorgeous Nature and Wondergul Guide

5.0 rating
July 16, 2018

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We took the Vratsa Karst and Ledenika Cave tour. What an amazing day. Our guide was Meto and he was wonderful. We were staying with a Bulgarian family and he picked us up and dropped us off at their residence. His vast and intimate knowledge of the history was a constant source of surprises to us (even to my Bulgarian fianc?e) and his talent for story telling entertained us during the full day tour. He was also more than fully prepared for this little adventure, with walking sticks ready for us,
As for the tour itself, the Vratsa Mountains was truly beautiful place, but getting to the Borov Kamak waterfall is a bit of adventure, with steep climbs and many wooden bridges and ladders. Because of the many recent rainy days, the waterfall was full, and we took a trail behind the waterfall, which soaked us all. Here again Meto was fully prepared for get us warm and dry. With our socks and shoes drenched, we merrily hiked on for another few hours, enjoying the majestic scenery.
Ledenika Cave is one of the many beautiful caves Bulgaria has open for visitors. The formations were fantastic.
We have found out that when the Bulgarian people use the word “tourist”, it usually does not mean sightseeing and amusement parks – it rather means someone who goes on hiking through nature. If this sounds like your idea of fun, this is your tour.

Hiroshi, USA

Great trip

5.0 rating
October 4, 2017

Recommended for a fit people. Very interesting visit

José Antonio, Spain

Vratsa Karst Hike & Ledenika Cave

5.0 rating
September 26, 2017

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This trip was great. Mato was a really informative guy who was passionate about Bulgaria and history. He had great english and had no problems explaining very complex concepts and answers to questions of any genre.
The hike was nice but it was the wrong season to go as there was no water at this time of year. If you are going around Spring-ish time I would recommend this walk. It’s a couple of hours of walking and the start is quite a bit of constant up hill but we stopped when we needed to and had no trouble. Definitely not a typically touristy thing to do as well, which was good.
The cave was interesting too and Mato translated everything from the guide for us which made it easy.

Katherine Grigg, United Kingdom

Very nice guide and trip to the Ledenika cave and Vratsa karst

5.0 rating
September 21, 2017

We’ve joined one day hike to Vratsa and Ledenika at the last moment. It was very good experience and all of us totally enjoyed it. Thanks to our great guide. Recommended for all.

Hans Pedersen, Netherlands

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