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National school for mountain guides "Vasil Levski" in the village of Cherni Osam

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National school for mountain guides "Vasil Levski" in the village of Cherni Osam

The school for mountain guides in Cherni Osam is a prestigious educational institution combining rich experience, modern training and passion for nature. Located in the heart of the amazing Stara Planina, this school offers students an exceptional opportunity to develop their skills in mountain sports, travel and ecology.

With its long history, the school is known for specialized courses, erudite teachers and a high standard of teaching. Students not only learn the technical aspects of mountain sports, but also develop leadership skills, teamwork and the ability to meet the challenges of the wild.

The unique location of the school, amidst the beauty of the Balkans, creates an inspiring environment for learning and development. Anyone who shares the passion for the mountains and the desire to learn to experience them fully will find the Mountain Guide School in Cherni Osam the ideal place to develop as a mountaineer and nature lover.


How to get to the school?

The school for mountain guides "Vasil Levski" is located in the village of Cherni Osam. It is about 10 km from the city of Troyan and is very suitable to combine with interesting places in the city. There is a parking lot in front of the school for several cars, so it is convenient to visit by car.

If you travel by public transport, you can use buses from Troyan to the village of Cherni Osam, which travel several times a day. Troyan can be reached by bus or train.

Cherni Osam is located about 10 km from Troyan, 160 km from Sofia, 80 km from Pleven, 100 km from Veliko Tarnovo, 65 km from Gabrovo and about 135 km from Plovdiv. It is most easily accessible from Northern Bulgaria.

What is this school?

The school is general education, which means that it accepts and educates students from 1st to 12th grade. Admission from grades 1-7 is for students from the Troyan region, and for students from grades 8-12, admission is from the entire country. High school graduates receive a secondary education diploma and a certificate of professional qualification III degree with the specialty "Mountain Guide".

How many children are educated at the school?


About 200 children study in the school, some of them from Burgas, Smolyan, Shumen and other cities in Bulgaria. The school offers boarding for students who are not from this municipality.

What subjects are studied at school?

Along with the standard subjects, specialized subjects such as "tourist and alpine sites", "alpinism and sport climbing", "caveology and caving" are also studied. Apart from them, summer and winter practices are strongly emphasized, and if desired, subjects such as "horse and hunting tourism", "rafting" and others can be studied.
The most important thing that is taught here is the love of nature and movement.

Is there anything interesting I should check out at the school??


I really liked the stairs to the second floor, which were inscribed with the names of the highest peaks of the Bulgarian mountains.
The other thing I'm slightly addicted to were the climbing walls - two outside and one in the gym. I admit that I haven't been climbing for a long time, but it gave me great pleasure to climb with them and challenge myself on the most difficult wall.

Does the school organize different initiatives and when is the best time for me to visit it?

/ Image: Museum of Natural Sciences - Cherni Osam /
The school often organizes various initiatives that allow you to experience their profession and studies. For the first of June, various competitions and games are often organized for the little ones. The last event was "Ranger's Day", which they organized together with the Natural History Museum and gave visitors the opportunity to try a rope trolley, climbing a wall and other interesting games and entertainment. You can follow them on their Facebook group to learn the news as quickly as possible - click.


What is interesting nearby?

  • Natural History Museum Cherni Osam - together with the school share a common yard and you cannot miss visiting it. The museum is very interesting and has managed to collect many interesting animal species. The halls are very well built and will help you feel the atmosphere of this part of Stara Planina.
  • Troyan Monastery "Assumption of the Virgin Mary" - located only a few 2.5 kilometers from the museum. It is the third largest monastery in Bulgaria. It was founded in the 15th-16th century and is known for its impressive building and incredibly beautifully carved church.
  • Museum of folk art crafts and applied arts - located in the city of Troyan, about 12 km from the village of Cherni Osam. In it you will be able to see the crafts that have been developed in the city of Troyan and the region since the Renaissance. You will be able to see a model of the beautiful craft street, which unfortunately burned down, see master works in ceramics, wood and more.

Искам да благодаря специално на нашите домакини от община Троянрегионално сдружение Тур клуб РеМарк, директора на училището за планински водачи "Васил Левски" г-жа Велешка и АСТОМ (Асоциация на собствениците на туристически онлайн медии) за този прекрасен уикенд и страхотната организация.

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