Botev Climbing Notes
Please submit any useful information about climbing Botev that may be useful to other climbers. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Botev, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit.
October 19, 2018
Emil from Bulgaria
Besides the Botev shelter (which is actually fine, just as Marimai commented), now there's another refuge on the peak itself, about 50m away from the weather station. Two rooms with total of 11 double beds, food is also offered - the refuge is not a big one though, so usually it will be full on holidays.
February 23, 2017
Marimai from Bulgaria
I'm not in agreement with the Matteo's comment about the Botev shelter. We've always been welcome there, the host is obliging and makes everything possible about the normal function of the shelter on place like this, even in the winter. If you are correct, probably will not have problems. The conditions in the shelter are not luxury, but it’s normal for accommodation of this type. Furthermore, the shelter offers food and bathroom facilities.
February 10, 2017
Matteo from Bulgaria
Botev, the highest peak of Stara Planina mountains. On the not very spectacular top there is a huge weather station. About 100m below west you will find a hut/shelter which opens all year, but don't expect any service, the host is very lazy and often not present, even when the hut is open. The sleeping rooms have no windows and are horrible, wasted with fungus. Recommend only for emergency.
Be aware also of heavy fog and clouds around the peak! There are no trees and many hikers have died after loosing orientation.
In summer and autumn I recommend to climb from Karlovo. There are the huts Hubavets, Ravnets, Balkanki Rosi and Levski on the way, which are all better than Botev hut.
From Kalofer it's also possible to climb up, but the hut Ray (paradise) it's really not paradise! Unfriendly, not heated!
From North, Apriltsi, Vidima, via Pleven hut (good) it's very steep, good to walk also in spring.