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Botev Peak, Kalofer

#5 of 7 in Parks in Plovdiv Province
Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Botev Peak (Bulgarian: (връх) Ботев [(vrɤx) ˈbɔtɛf]) is, at 2,376 metres (7,795 ft) above sea level, the highest peak of the Balkan Mountains. It is located close to the geographic centre of Bulgaria, and is part of the Central Balkan National Park.

Until 1950, when it was renamed in honour of Bulgarian poet and revolutionary Hristo Botev, the peak was called Yumrukchal (Юмрукчал, from Ottoman Turkish Yumrukçal, 'a fist-like peak').

A weather station and a radio tower (opened on 10 July 1966) that covers 65% of the country are located on Botev Peak. The average temperature is −8.9 °C (16.0 °F) in January and 7.9 °C (46.2 °F) in July.

"Botev Peak" is the main facility of Bulgarian FM and TV broadcasting network. The situation at the top near the geographical center of Bulgaria contribute to national radio broadcasts and television broadcast here to cover more than 65% throughout the country, also in parts of Romania and Turkey.
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  • Great view and biking experience. We climbed up to the top and then all the way down to the other side  more »
  • To be here on top of Balkan National Park, you will pass through the beautiful wild life and nature reserved park. You will also see the farms of Safrron. Also a shelter where you can rest the...  more »
  • Amazing peak
  • Peak Hristo Botev is the highest in Balkan Mountain. We have a hiking trip starting from Panitsite - Rai Lodge - Botev Peak. The path was absolutely spectacular with lot of rocks and chains and climping. You can find a mountain shelter where you can buy some food and drinks. And also you can sleep there.

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