Red Wall Peak and Dobrostanski Biser Cave
The Red Wall Peak (1500 m)-Dobrostanski Biser Cave - the Pope Peak
Distance from Plovdiv: 50 km
Location altitude: 1150-1500 m
Total walking time: about 4-5 hours
Total hike length: about 13 km
Total ascent gain: about 310 m
Exposure: several precipitous and exposed sections
About the hike
Rising high above Bachkovo village, the Red Wall Peak at 1500 m a.s.l. is like a guardian of the valley and the monastery. The imposing peak intimidates with its vertical cliffs seemingly impossible to reach when looked from the lower area of the reserve near Bachkovo monastery.
The upper part of the Red Wall - Chervenata Stena Reserve - is perhaps the most picturesque in the area offering beautiful open views towards the Upper Thracian Plain and the peaks of the Western Rhodope Mountains.
Our starting point for the hike is Dobrostan village located at an altitude of 1150 m. While there won't be any significant ascents and descents entering the Reserve from this side, there are several precipitous and exposed sections during the hike that our guide will safely take you through. For a family with young kids, we can adjust the hiking route and choose other paths.
It takes about an hour and a half to hike the tallest peak of the ridge - Red Wall 1500 m a.s.l.. After enjoying the panoramic views towards Bachkovo village, Thracian Valley and the Rhodope Mountains- we will continue the exploration of the Biosphere Reserve. Our path will pass through pine forests and open flowering meadows gradually descending to our next stop the Dobrostanski Biser cave.
Dobrostanski Biser is a small show-cave rich in cave formations - stalactites, stalagmites, big columns and number of small cave ponds that were once full of cave pearls. The cave is home to a small colony of bats and is open to visitors on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from May to November. It takes about 20 minutes to complete the guided visit of the cave.
From here, a few options to extend the hike are available: to the nearby peak the Pope with 360 degrees panoramic views and to the hidden viewpoint Portata, an interesting natural rock formation that resembles rock bridge.
Many rare plants, animals, and birds can be observed in the area.
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