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DEUX PAS VERS L'AUTRE

FROM PORTUGAL TO TURKEY, 10,000 KM ON FOOT TO TELL THE STORY OF EUROPE

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BULGARIA

THE HARSHNESS OF WINTER

"When we reached the summit of Botev at 2,376 meters, we realized that we were on the last section of the adventure at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. We will never climb so high again.

SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE ROUTE

regions crossed : 7
Number of guests in the country: 3
Cross-country season: WINTER
Duration in country : 85 DAYS
Distance traveled : 1053 KM
Positive elevation gain : 32 500 M

OUR BULGARIA IN A FEW WORDS

Here we are in a country with a real culture of the mountain. National parks, mountain refuges, marked out paths, we feel that the Bulgarians have this taste for the open air and we found a very alpine atmosphere in these beautiful mountains.

At the end of December and the beginning of January, we were on the heights of the Great Balkan mountain range. It is the mountain that gave its name to the Balkans. In the various Slavic languages, it is also called Stara Planina, "the old mountain". It literally cuts Bulgaria in two from the Serbian border to the Black Sea.

TO REMEMBER IN BULGARIA

PIRIN

With its numerous rivers and nearly two hundred lakes, the Pirin massif is known to be very rich in water. The national park was established in 1962 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It protects the largest Bulgarian forest of Bosnian pine, Macedonian pine and juniper. Here, the refuges are numerous, guarded and open!

KONCHETO

The highlight of the Pirin Park is the Koncheto ridge. In Bulgarian, Koncheto means "little horse". According to the legend, this name was given to the ridge before the installation of the belay cable in 1963, when inexperienced tourists crossed it by riding on it. Not recommended for people prone to vertigo! Crossing the Koncheto ridge is an incredible and powerful experience. The steep slopes on both sides, the fact that we were absolutely alone in the area and the fantastic 360° view made this day unforgettable.

RILA

Just after the previous one, the Rila National Park begins. In the south of Bulgaria, the mountain ranges follow each other and are not alike. With a real autumn weather, the visibility was bad on the heights. Fortunately, the numerous refuges and bivouacs allowed us to spend our nights dry and a little warmer. To finish our crossing of the massif, we arrived at the seven lakes of Rila, probably the most touristic place of the south of Bulgaria! Seven lakes in a huge mountainous cirque that we discovered little by little. Most of the visitors arrive by the bottom, by the chairlift and only a few courageous ones offer themselves the view that we had by arriving by the crests.

BELOGRADCHIK

Belogradchik is definitely in the top 5 of the most beautiful places discovered during this trip through Europe. How is this place not more famous outside Bulgaria! Belogradchik is the reason why we left Serbia at this place. We saw pictures of the place and decided we couldn't miss it. The sandstone, limestone and conglomerate stones have a special shape. The color of the rocks varies from ochre to yellow and some of them reach up to 200 meters high! Belogradchik is also known for its fortress! It was originally built during the Roman period and modified several times during its history.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK:

DEUX PAS VERS L'AUTRE

"When we arrive in Bulgaria, we are mentally exhausted. We've been on the road for almost two years and we're entering our third winter. Initially, we had to leave for a year and a half and we thought that a few more months would not change anything. And yet...

Can an adventure like this become routine?"

OUR ROUTE IN BULGARIA

Our crossing of Bulgaria was almost 100% mountainous. The Pirin and Rila massifs, followed by Vitosha, just south of the capital Sofia, were a good warm-up for what was to come. Coming back from Serbia, we started the crossing of the Great Balkan (or Stara Planina) in the heart of winter, this mountain range which starts in Serbia and then cuts Bulgaria in two until the Black Sea. On this section, we followed the Kom Emine trail. It is the longest, the oldest and the most famous long-distance trail in the country.


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