Uhuru Trekking: 2018 Summer Hikes
Mountain adventures in the UK and Bulgaria
Here at Uhuru we provide a range of mountain activities, from guided day walks and hut to hut treks, to Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions.
Our time is split between the UK and Bulgaria, so please, take a look at the ‘what we do’ page, have a read of our blog or social media and if anything whets your appetite, then drop us a line.
Thanks, Peter & Jacqui
What we do
For the last 8 years we’ve been leading people of all ages and abilities on day walks, hill skills, trips and expeditions in the UK, Europe and North Africa. Not to mention enjoying our own personal trips!
We always aim to provide a relaxed, enjoyable, interesting and if you want it, challenging time in the mountains.
All our days are matched to the person or group, we’ll be honest with you as to the degree of difficulty, what kit you’ll need and won’t ever drag you up a mountain on a route march!
Bansko – Bulgaria
Since 2005, we’ve been coming to the town of Bansko, in the heart of the Pirin Mountains. Taking every opportunity, in both summer and winter conditions, we’ve explored the mountains and have built up a portfolio of walks and treks, from day to multi day adventures. So many in fact, that to list them all here would be overload.
We work with individuals and groups and can also help with your accommodation in Bansko, from hostel to hotel or even put together a bespoke multi activity trip.
During the summer months we’ll be posting dates for pre planned hikes in the Pirin, which you’re welcome to join. Keep an eye on our blog and social media for details.
SUMMER HIKES IN BULGARIA
Although we do work privately, over the years we’ve come to recognise that some people like to join a group. It’s a great way to meet like minded folk and enjoy a day in the mountains at the same time. Last years “peaks and ridges” programme proved popular, so for this summer we’ve put together another series of hikes in July and August. They are of various levels of ability and include some old favourites, as well as some exciting new routes.
Our idea is to lead a small group of between 4 and 8 people on each hike. The cost is £15 p/p (33Lv p/p), this includes transport from and back to Bansko, but excludes any chairlifts we may use.
NB The costs for the Musala hike (1/8) and the Sinanitsa overnighter (13/8 & 14/8) are priced separately
The grades explained
Easy – Suitable for most regular walkers in good health. These are generally between 5 to 7hrs of walking, which is predominantly on clear paths, although the terrain can be rocky underfoot. (UK example; English Lake District, Wainwright fell e.g Skiddaw ).
Moderate – Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers, they are generally on good paths and tracks, but can include stretches on boulder fields/broken ground and or exposed areas. Usually 7 – 10hrs walking. (UK example, Welsh 3000ft peak e.g Snowdon ).
Hard – Challenging days. Walks at this grade are suitable for regular hill walkers who are used to extended days and can involve difficult broken terrain, as well as periods of exposure. (UK example, Scottish Munro or ridge walk e.g Ben Nevis, via the Carn Mor Dearg arête).
There are many factors that contribute to the difficulty, such as length of day, the terrain and weather . Since some of these can change, our grades can only provide a general indication. They can’t take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions or are just unsure, please contact us.
What do you definitely need to bring/wear?
- Walking boots or approach shoes. not trainers.
- Suitable trousers, leggings or shorts. not jeans.
- A fleece top or similar.
- Waterproof jacket.
- Drink minimum of 1ltr
- Food and trail snacks for each day of your walk.
- Personal first aid kit. suitable for bumps, bites, headaches and small cuts and any personal meds
- Sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen.
- A rucksack to put it all in.
Extra stuff for overnight trips
- A change of underwear and socks
- A warm down or synthetic fill jacket. Even in the summer we also take a hat and a pair of gloves
- Trainers, sandals or slippers, suitable to wear in and around the hut
- A head torch or hand torch
- Wash kit and toiletries. Don’t forget contact lens stuff, if you use them of course…
- Some loo roll never goes a miss
- A bigger rucksack to put it all in.
How to book on any of the walks
Step 1: Contact us using this drop us a line link. Remember to include:
- The names and ages of all those wanting to come along.
- The walk(s) you’re interested in joining. Please be realistic with your capabilities.
- If you require transport.
Step 2: We’ll reply and confirm the availability. Your place(s) are then reserved for 3 days to give you time to pay.
Step 3: Pay the invoice that we’ll have sent you. There’s an option for both, Paypal or Bank transfer. Once this is done your place is secured.
If you are in Bansko and want to pay by cash, let us know and we’ll arrange this, but places are limited, so your place(s) can’t be secured until you’ve paid.
The small print
As much as we like to work on an informal basis, we have to let you know of the following:
- Our participation statement, “Uhuru Trekking recognises that any mountain based activity has a level of danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement”
- If we cancel the walk, you get all your money back, no quibble. I will try to rearrange, but there’s no obligation on you.
- If you cancel, with more than 14 days to go, you get all your money back, 0-13 days 50%
- Your safety is of paramount importance to us, but in the unlikely event we need it, Mountain rescue is not free in Bulgaria. Please check that your insurance covers you for both this andpersonal injury. (If you’re not covered, our friends at Bansko Tourist Information have put together a deal for Bulgarian mountain insurance.