“There are many places in our country where I have been lucky enough to be, but one of them always makes me look forward to visiting it again and again and this is the area of Studen Kladenets Dam in the Eastern Rhodopes. This part of the beautiful Rhodope Mountains is charged with special energy. You feel it somehow subconsciously.
You don’t need someone to tell you myths and legends to feel the special atmosphere, but what can a person say about beauty? No matter how much you watch the views, you never have enough. What can one say about late autumn. A divine palette of colors that only the greatest artist, nature, can paint.
This is the reason we headed to Studen Kladenets Dam. We want to immerse ourselves in the beauty of autumn and enjoy it, but to do it on water. We are greeted by the calm waters of the dam. We are in a hurry. We can’t wait to move on.
One of the best ways to blend in with nature and be present without disturbing the harmony is to do it with a kayak. There is no engine noise, and your personal efforts are the only ones that determine how far you will go. In this case, nature has decided to give us everything we need and accepts us with all its splendor.
We float on the mirror-smooth surface on which the sloping slopes are reflected with their yellow, orange, red and all other colors of autumn. They fill the eyes and the soul. At such a moment you forget everything. Your small worries and anxieties – the views of our hectic daily life are erased, and the silence washes away the last echo of the monotonous city noise. In such a place, a person not only breathes with full breasts, but also gets space. A space where, if you are more philosophical, you understand how small we are and modern life is doomed to live in the box of our own home, small neighborhood, small town and our small seemingly large personal goals.
Such a place is great to clean up and sort out the mess inside you. The effort is worth it. After them comes the smile and you wonder how you managed to travel over 30 kilometers on water in two days. Another proof that our lives are a series of limitations, and in fact we can do much more. But to understand that, you have to step out of your apparent environment of comfort and do it.
BGN 120 per person (BGN 50 to be paid as a deposit)
Transport – BGN 35 in both directions
Minimum number of participants in the group – 6 people.
Maximum number of participants in the group – 16 people
All the details of the kayak tour will be discussed with the group in advance. We will also make a short list of the most necessary things to bring. We will provide everything you need for camping. The program is not final and at the request of the people in the group or unfavorable conditions are subject to change.
Day 1: We leave early in the morning to Studen Kladenets dam. We unload, arrange luggage on the kayaks and after getting acquainted with the equipment and the technique of kayaking, we set off for the adventure. The goal for this first day is to reach the dam wall and the chapel where we will spend the night. On the way we will stop on separate small islands for rest.
Day 2: After breakfast, coffee and a short warm-up, we head to one of the sleeves. Depending on the time, conditions and strength of the group, we make short detours. We continue, returning to the chapel and finally head to the bus. Late arrival in Sofia is expected.
- Equipment for kayaking – paddle, vest
- Transport of equipment
- Quality kayak
- Paddling instruction