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Eco-trail from the village of Babintsi to Mount Ostrich and Pokrov Bogorodichen chapel

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Eco-trail from the village of Babintsi to Mount Ostrich and Pokrov Bogorodichen chapel

The eco-trail to Mount Ostrich from the village of Babintsi offers the visitors a magical experience in the area surrounded by nature. It will take you through forests and meadows, will guide you to the impressive panoramic views of the surrounding hills. The tranquility and beautiful nature of this place will help you relax your mind and forget about anything but the present moment.

The final destination of the trail is Mount Ostrich, where the Pokrov Bogorodichen chapel is located. It is located at an altitude of 1050-1100 meters. In front of you will be an incredible view of the city of Teteven, the Vit river valley and the surrounding rock massifs.

How to get to the eco-path?

The eco-trail starts from the village of Babintsi, which is located 8 km from Teteven. The beginning of the trail is next to the school, which is on the left side of the road when coming from Teteven.

How long does it takes?

To walk the path you need about an hour and a half - two hours. You will most likely stop often to take photos and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
It will take you no more than an hour to walk the entire trail. I would recommend you to spare another half to an hour to enjoy the beautiful nature and the view that will open before you on Mount Ostrich.

How long is the eco-trail?

The eco-trail is short, but extremely beautiful and will fill your eyes with views. The total length of the trail is about a kilometer in one direction and 100 meters of ascent.

When is the best time to visit the eco-trail?

The path is suitable for visiting in all seasons - the view from above of Teteven, the Vit river valley and the surrounding peaks will change its colors during the seasons and will delight you with different views.

Is it steep? Are there scary sections?

The path is uphill and the last 50-100 meters are steeper with a handrail in places to help yourself if needed. I wouldn't say that there are scary sections - at the end point next to the chapel there is a railing and you can calmly enjoy the panoramic view in all directions.

Do I need special equipment?

Charge yourself with energy for the climb and shiver in anticipation of the beautiful view of Teteven. This will be enough gear for this short trek.

Can I take my dog?

Yes, you can, although I personally wouldn't recommend it. There are grazing animals in the area, which are moved by a shepherd and shepherd dogs. Our dog is quite fond of barking and if we have the opportunity we would visit him alone so as not to worry.

Who created the chapel and how can I visit it?

Built by Asen Svilenov Urmanov and consecrated in 2007. The key to the chapel is in the village mayor (you can take it and you have to return it). The mayor's house is opposite the school. During our visit the chapel was being renovated and we did not go inside, but we will certainly do so next time.

Is there a convenient picnic spot nearby?
There was a gazebo along the path, which is quite convenient for resting and eating. On Mount Ostrich, next to the chapel, there was a bench where you could sit for a quick bite to eat.

What is interesting nearby?

  • Eco-path "Under the spray of the waterfall" in Teteven - its beginning is in the center of Teteven and will lead you to a magical world of green nature and beautiful waterfalls. Along the trail, you will encounter more than one waterfall, and the final destination will leave you speechless. Read more about it here.
  • Teteven Monastery "St. Elijah" - is located near the center of Teteven and is one of the places that preserve its history and traditions. Preserved over the centuries, this monastery will impress you with its beautiful church, monastery and a wonderful green courtyard with a view of the nearby peaks. Read more about it here.
  • City History Museum - the museum in Teteven is one of the places worth visiting and learning more about the history, crafts and lifestyle of the local population. Many of the old houses are destroyed, but the memories of them come alive in the museum. Read more about it here.
  • The "Dangerous Tooth" eco-trail - it offers a great view over Teteven from the opposite side of Mount Ostrich. A forest path will lead you to a shelter in the rocks, which will make you feel the emotion of climbers climbing a difficult peak with the wonderful panorama that will open before you.

I want to especially thank our hosts from the municipality of Teteven, the regional association Tour Club ReMark, our wonderful tour guide Mladen Milev and ASTOM (Association of Owners of Tourist Online Media) for this wonderful weekend and the great organization.

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