Планинско колоездене в Стара планина

Mountain Biking in Western Balkan

С колело от Петрохан до река Искър

From Petrohan Pass to Iskar Gorge

С колело в Понор планина

The route is mostly downhill and is suitable for all

С колело от връх Ком до река Искър

Road to the Iskar river can start from the peak Kom

Планинско колоездене по билото на Понор планина, западна Стара планина

Mountain Biking in Western Balkan

The Ponor Mountain the so called part of the western Balkan Mountains is located between the Petrohan Pass and the Iskar Gorge. The name of the mountain comes from the many pot-holes that swallow the rivers in the high part of the mountain and through cave galleries they lead the underground water to springs and caves in the valley of the Iskar River.

The route of the biking adventure, we offer passes through exactly this rarely visited, but very beautiful area of the western Balkan Mountains. The route winds parallel to the main ridge of the Balkan Mountains at an altitude of about 1300 meters. The starting point is the Petrohan Pass, which can be reached by car. Next comes a short walk to the Petrohan hut from where the biking route starts. 25 kilometers of a dirt road wind through the highest ridges of the Ponor Mountain and descend to village of Zimevitsa. The route is very scenic and is a pleasant combination of descents, flat areas and low-grade climbs. The distance between village Zimevitsa and Petrohan can be covered by every bicyclist within 4-5 hours with breaks and raspberry eating.

From village of Zimevitsa starts a 12-kilometer descent on asphalt road to the gorge of the Iskar River and village of Tserovo. On the way downhill you can see also the 120-meter high waterfall Skaklya, located near village of Zasele. The route described can be completed for about 6-7 hours with an average pace, breaks and photo shooting... Possible are also multi-day trips by bicycle in this area. They can start from the area of peak Kom, pass through Petrohan and descend to the caves and the canyons of Lakatnik or Iskrets.

Map of the program

Video from the bike tour between Petrohan and the Iskar Gorge.

After the bike trip the challenges in this part of the Balkan Mountains can continue with: Cave Elata, Rafting on the Iskar River, Kayaking on the Iskar Gorge, Climbing the cliffs and the caves of Lakatnik or Vratsa.

The routes are considered with the meteorological conditions on the day of the event. Participants can ride their own



One-day biking program is 35 EUR per person.

The two-day program is 65 EUR per person. Accommodations can be in a hut, mountain hotel, guest house or camp.

The price includes: mountain bike with front bumper, helmet, mountain guide, transportation of the bikes to the starting point, packing the equipment in the finals, carrying out of the program.

The price is valid for groups of minimum 8 participants.

Any group of 8 or more people may designate the days of the adventure of their choice. Please inform us about your wishes if possible one week in advance.

For individual participants or small groups under 8 people we can prepare a special offer according to their wishes.

The prices include the implementation and the necessary equipment for the adventure.

The prices do not include transportation, food and accommodation for the participants



Our other programs in this part of Bulgaria are:

Rappelling in a wild cave

Rafting on the Iskar river

Kayaking on the Iskar river

Contact us:

Plamen Paunov: ++ 359 893 680 193 (0893 680 193 from Bulgaria)

Hristo Hristov: hristo@adventure-bulgaria.org, 0878 104669

Georgy Andonov: andonov.georgi@gmail.com, 0878 104667