Hiking

Hiking

As Shipka is surrounded with the mountain chain Stara Planina, there are many possibilities to hike for those who love to spend their time out of the cities, above the contaminated air and far from the noisy cars.

1. Shipka (570m) – Barata – meadow Bosilkovets –  Strmata meadow – Hut Bouzludja (1280m)

Start: at the east side of Shipka town (starting in the center and continuing for some minutes in the direction of east til reaching the church Uspenie na sv. Blagoroditsa where you take the way to the north, following the street Boyan Chomakov) where is a yellow, blue and green blaze which leads you to the big walnut where you should follow the yellow and green blaze at the crossroads and after that you take the path with the yellow blaze.

Time to go: 3 hours. Height difference: 750 m. Way back: 2 hours and 20 min. The path can be used during the whole year.

2. Shipka (570m) – M. Azbesta – shelter Mushatka (920m) – M. Kachitsa – saddle Nisek preval/ Varnitsite (1190m)

Start: at the east side of Shipka town (starting in the center and continuing for some minutes in the direction of east til reaching the church Uspenie na sv. Blagoroditsa where you take the way to the north, following the street Boyan Chomakov or follow to the east side, to r. Sokolitsa) you follow to the green, blue and yellow blaze, where at the big walnut – green and yellow blaze you take the way to fountain Mushatka where the blaze is green; after the fountaine you follow to the blue blaze.

Time to go: 2 hours and 30 minutes. Height difference: 640m. Way back: 2 hours. The path can be used during the whole year.

3. Shipka (570m) – M. Vodoemite – meadow Mushatka – barrier wall Dema – Gradishka meadow – Vacation house M+C Hidravlik – fountaine Orhideyata – saddle Nisek preval/ Varnitsite

Start: at the east side of Shipka town (starting in the center and continuing for some minutes in the direction of east til reaching the church Uspenie na sv. Blagoroditsa where you take the way to the north, following the street Boyan Chomakov, or take one of the paths continuing the direction of east, to r. Sokolitsa) – blue, green, yellow blaze; from there to Gradishka meadow – blue blaze; after meadow – yellow blaze.

Time to go: 2 hours and 45 minutes. Height difference: 640m. Way back: 2 hours and 15 minutes. The path can be used during the whole year.

4. Shipka (570m) – m. Petkova tower – r. Sokolitsa – Vacation house M+S Hidravlik – Gradishka meadow – peak Malka Gradishtitsa (1318m)

Start: at the east side of Shipka town (starting in the center and continuing for some minutes in the direction of east til reaching the church Uspenie na sv. Blagoroditsa where you take the way to the north, following the street Boyan Chomakov, or continue in the direction ofeast,which leads you to r. Sokolitsa)green blaze.

Time to go: 3 hours and 15 minutes. Height difference: 760m. Way to go back: 2 hours and 30 minutes. Path is accesible during the whole year.

5. Shipka (570m) – m. Petkova tower – r. Dimovec – m. Harmana – meadow Golyam Tarsovets – Dvoyniyazavoy – peak Malak Tarsovets (1355m)

Start: from Shipka town to the crossroads to the m. Petkova tower – green blaze; after the crossroads – blue blaze.

Time to go: to go: 2 hours and 45 minutes. Height difference: 785m. Way back: 2 hours. The way can be used during the whole year.

6. Shipka (570m) – Temenuga hut (1100m) – saddle Kopatsite (1175m)

Start:at the east side of Shipka town (starting in the center and continuing for some minutes in the direction of east til reaching the church Uspenie na sv. Blagoroditsa where you take the way to the north, following the street Boyan Chomakov, or the paths which go more to the east to r. Sokolitsa) the green blaze.

Time to go: 2 hours and 30 minutess. Height difference: 625m. Way back: 1 hour and 50 minutes. Way can be used during the whole year

7. Shipka (570 m) – Monastery monument – Rojdestvo Hristovo – Zaslona – Statue of freedom on the peak Sveti Nikola (1329)

Start: You start in the center of Shipka, where you have to turn left at the bus stop, at the first crossroad you should turn left and after ten minutes you should reach the parking of the Russian church (Hram Pametnik Rojdestvo Hristovo) where starts the tourist path to the Shipka monument. Follow to the green blaze. At the crossroads with Carskiya zavoy you follow the blue blaze to the sedlovina Kpatsite.

Time to go: 2 hours and 30 minutes. Height difference: 760m. Way back: 2 hours. The way can be used during the whole year

8. Shipka (570m) – r. Sredna Varovita – Širokata meadow –

rid Bakadzhika – Shileshki egreg – Biloto zapadno ot Mushatka meadow (around 1230m)

Start: blue blaze, from the center of Shipka you continue on the main street to the West part of the town, where you after some minutes of walking reach the road to Gabrovo, which goes through the Shipka pass.  On the left side there is a restaurant “Tre-bi”, where after the concrete fence, you find a black path which you should follow through the field. Stick to the west part of it and after around 10 minutes you reach the crossroads where you should turn right and follow to the North-West.

Time to go: 3 hours. Height difference: 710m. Way back: 2 hours and 30 minutes. The way can be used during the whole year.