FAQ

GeneralAustriaSlovakiaHungaryCroatiaSerbiaRomaniaBulgariaGreeceTurkey
How to start the Sultan’s Trail?
What is the total length of the Sultan’s Trail?
Through which countries does the Sultan’s Trail run?
What is the best time to go?
Where can I find historical information about the trail?
Where can I buy the Sultan’s Trail hiking guides and hats?
Are there ticks along the route
How safe is the Sultan’s Trail?
Where can I get cash along the route?
What is the voltage and do I need a special plug?
What languages are spoken along the route?
Is there WiFi on the Sultans Trail?
Where can I get information on how to get to the starting point or the airport?
What is the climate along the Sultans Trail
Where can I get water along the route?
What training level do I need to walk the Sultans Trail?
Austria

Sleeping
In countries like Austria and Serbia it won’t be a problem to find a comfortable place to sleep (hotel, pension, private rooms) within walking distance.

In Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey some improvisation might be required. In a lot of places it is possible to stay in private houses. Sometimes you will be invited and won’t even be allowed to give any money (although some shoppings or a little present for the children is apprectiated). Actually this kind of hospitality is one of the things that make this trip so special.

In some areas it is absolutely necessary to bring a tent. Camping in the wild is very easy and very nice, specially in the remote areas.

Some place are particularly welcoming Sultans Trail hikers. They are listed below.

Serbia
Happy Hostel, Alexander Boskovic and Ivana Jevtovic, Kralja Milutina 28, 11000 Belgrade, +381 64 1176075,

Phone: +381113619414
Fax: +381113619415
Mobile phone: +381641176075
Web adress: www.happy-hostel.com
E-mail: happyhostel@yahoo.com ; hostelhappy@gmail.com ; serbiahappyhostel@gmail.com

Slovakia
Hungary
Croatia
Serbia

Sleeping
In countries like Austria and Serbia it won’t be a problem to find a comfortable place to sleep (hotel, pension, private rooms) within walking distance.

In Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey some improvisation might be required. In a lot of places it is possible to stay in private houses. Sometimes you will be invited and won’t even be allowed to give any money (although some shoppings or a little present for the children is apprectiated). Actually this kind of hospitality is one of the things that make this trip so special.

In some areas it is absolutely necessary to bring a tent. Camping in the wild is very easy and very nice, specially in the remote areas.

Some place are particularly welcoming Sultans Trail hikers. They are listed below.

Serbia
Happy Hostel, Alexander Boskovic and Ivana Jevtovic, Kralja Milutina 28, 11000 Belgrade, +381 64 1176075,

Phone: +381113619414
Fax: +381113619415
Mobile phone: +381641176075
Web adress: www.happy-hostel.com
E-mail: happyhostel@yahoo.com ; hostelhappy@gmail.com ; serbiahappyhostel@gmail.com

Romania
Bulgaria

1. Is the Bulgarian stretch of Sultan’s Trail marked? There are two possible routes through Bulgaria. The lowland route and a more mountainous one passing, among others, through the mountain ranges of Vitosha, Rila and Rhodopi. The lowland route has been explored by very few hikers yet and is not marked at all. Parts of the mountain route are marked but it is not recommended to try hiking this route just by the marking signs. The Sultan’s Trail foundation can provide GPS-coordinates, moreover you can buy maps of most of the regions you pass through and finally you can find local guides in almost every village that you will encounter.

2. Is help with the marking appreciated by the Sultan’s Trail Foundation? Yes, help with the marking is very much appreciated. Ideally the local communities that you pass through will start to feel responsible for the maintenance of the route, but we have not reached that stage yet. If you think you would like to help with marking please ask for our marking instructions and get in touch with the coordinator of the Bulgarian stretch (Arjan Schuiling email: arjans@cerberus.nl)

3. Does Sultan’s Trail have a list of accommodations along the route? Yes we do, but once again because the lowland route has not been hiked very often our information is limited to the mountain route. Addresses can be obtained by getting in touch with either Sedat Cakir (info@sultanstrail.com) or Arjan Schuiling (arjans@cerberus.nl)

4. What are the best seasons for hiking in Bulgaria? Bulgaria deviates from the other countries along the Sultan’s Trail in the sense that it is by far the most mountainous country. This is also what makes it one of the most spectacular destinations but it requires a careful planning and preparation. The highest mountain ranges that you will cross (Vitosha and Rila) are barely accessible between early November and early May unless you are a really experienced hiker in snowy conditions. Even in late spring and in summer it is wise to keep track of the weather bulletins because you are hiking in an Alpine environment. In summer it can get uncomfortably hot in the lower-lying parts of the country but then it is often quite pleasant in the mountains. The eastern part of the Rhodopi mountains, roughly east from Kardzhali towards the Greek and Turkish borders, can also be quite nice way into November. This part of the Rhodopes is not that high with altitudes varying between 500 and 800 meters.

5. How many days does it take to cover the Bulgarian stretch? Of course every hiker has its own pace but the entire stretch is about 600 kilometers. Are you willing to cover about 20 kilometers per day, already quite a challenge, you will need about 30 days to hike the mountain route.

6. Should you be prepared for any specific risks or dangers in Bulgaria? The Bulgarians themselves tend to warn you for gypsies but somehow they never manage to give any examples of any harm done by those people. The warnings for certain animals should be taken more seriously especially when it comes to bears and dogs. Undesired encounters with bears can be avoided by making yourself heard, for instance by singing, yelling or whistling and to stay on track. So-called anti-bear sprays can be bought in Bulgaria. When it comes to dogs it is usually sheep dogs. Try to make contact with the shepherd so he or she can control the dogs and try not to move in between the dogs and the sheep.

7. Does Sultan’s Trail organize any group trips to Bulgaria? Yes, go to the activity calendar.

Greece
Turkey

Sleeping
In countries like Austria and Serbia it won’t be a problem to find a comfortable place to sleep (hotel, pension, private rooms) within walking distance.

In Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey some improvisation might be required. In a lot of places it is possible to stay in private houses. Sometimes you will be invited and won’t even be allowed to give any money (although some shoppings or a little present for the children is apprectiated). Actually this kind of hospitality is one of the things that make this trip so special.

In some areas it is absolutely necessary to bring a tent. Camping in the wild is very easy and very nice, specially in the remote areas.

Some place are particularly welcoming Sultans Trail hikers. They are listed below.

Turkey
Kırklareli, Karıncak köyü. One can get the key of the village house at imam Sedat Soycan