Trekking the Ridges and Summits of Bulgaria
Bulgaria, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £595 (land only) - from €745 (land only) - from $1,040 (land only)
By: Philip Hayes, Southampton, UK
The trek was actually better than I expected because of the scale and beauty of the mountains. Each day provided a completely different scene with views in all directions.
Ivo was an excellent trek leader with a good pace. Excellent english and clear in communication; he discussed options where neccessary but always decisive in his leading.
By: Al Donatio, USA
KE preliminaries were as good as always. I appreciate the quick follow up to requests.
Great pace and routing. All arrangements/transfers were handled by out guide Ivo who was outstanding. He is a great leader. He is very personable with a good sense of humor. He took the time to review our daily itinerary in detail using local maps. He kept up a good pace for the group and was extremely cautious with us during the more challenging portion of the trek. He also shared with us the local customs including drinking grappa before every meal which I enjoyed.
This trip far exceded my expectations. The views from the ridges which included numerous mountain lakses and extended for hundreds of miles were outstanding! Walking across the many boulder fields was both challenging and exciting. The highlight of the trip was crossing the "Marble Ridge" with our harnesses attached to the cables. With the wind howling and the clear blue skies, it made for an exhilerating traverse. Bulgaria is truly a beautiful country.
I did not realize how beautiful this country is with the many mountain lakes and mountain ranges and ridge crossings. A truly undiscovered part of Europe. You guys are the best!
By: John Gubson, Devon
I most enjoyed the terrain and camaraderie. The 'Grading' system in the 2 trips I have done with KE seems to work well. I am 'no-way' a mountain climber - but I seemed to cope well with the 'technical ' challenges. That was great. I choose KE because I think you are friendly and helpful and offer good value.
By: Tom Good, London
Great places to stay, also the night in the mountain hut was a great addition, and was something to look forward to. It was really nice to see how friendly Ivo was with the hotel owners, it made the whole experience seem more personal. The places chosen to stay were small and 'homely' enough to get our small group very well acquainted. The 'support crew' was great and friendly, couldnt have asked for more.
Very happy, had a great experience and enjoyed the sites. There was enough trekking time to feel like we had achieved a lot in a week, as well as seeing a broad range of the Bulgarian countryside. The rest places and times were well suited and the group managed to really get along. Out leader Ivo in particular did a great job.
By: Louise Bottomley, West Sussex, UK
Would recommend Bulgaria and this holiday to anyone who wanted a really good walking trip - it was a great mix of full days of exciting walking with great views and a nice bit of luxury in the evenings!
Ivo was a great Leader. He obviously knew the mountains very, very well and we felt in very safe hands.
By: Nick Wilkins, London, UK
The scenery was amazing, very pretty. the pace of the trip was quite intense at times, but not so much that it detracted from the enjoyment. As the trip notes said, it was a challenging trip but not to a bad degree. Standard of accommodation was much better than I would have thought and the food was very good. I will take very good memories from this and would not hesitate to book KE again.
By: Alan Wilson, Cumbria, UK
The trip leader was one of the best that I have ever been with. It was a great group of people and everyone got on really well. I have been with KE 4 times now and will certainly be going with them again.
By: John Whatley, Somerset
Our trip leader was an excellent balance of organisation and laid-back flexibility! Very good. Itinerary was really good mix of walks. No wasted time in getting organised.
By: Ryan Sykes, London, UK
Ivo was very competent in leading our trip. He ensured that we were safe on our walk, and at all times ensured that the pace was ok for everyone in the mixed ability group. He worked extremely hard to support the group professionally (safety, pace, assessing weather, accommodation, equipment etc) but also socially; helping inclusion in a group of varied age and backgrounds - enabling friendships to be formed within the first day.
Most enjoyed - The two-day walk straddling the mountain-hut night were extremely enjoyable.
By: Faye Torode, Guersey, Channel Islands
Fantastic holiday, I want to go again, and certainly didn't want to come home.
Ivo sense of humour! The weather was fantastic. Mountains totally unspoiled, no people apart from the first day. The Marble ridge was fantastic and the overnight at the mountain hut all highlights. The food was also excellent.
Fantastic holiday, everything went like clockwork, can't find fault with anything. Even the Easy Jet flights were on time! FAB, FAB, FAB.