The adventurer Vilian Stefanov managed to cross Bulgaria from south to north in 25 days. His means of travel: He walked. When he hit water, he used his inflatable kayak.
His adventure began on August 1st, 2016. In the following 25 days, he travelled 450 kilometers, from the Greek border, on the outskirts of the village of Mugla in the Rhodope mountains, to the town of Nikopol, situated on the bank of the Danube river. In order to reach his goal of crossing his home country, Vilian walked all by himself in the wilderness, he crossed rivers and and climbed mountains, including Botev Peak, 2,376 meters above the sea level, in the Stara Planina mountain range.
Vilian did not look for shelter. He spent each of the 25 nights either sleeping under a mosquito net, in his kayak, or in his hammock, hanging between the trees.
His biggest hardship? The weather conditions. Due to the latter, he spent more than one night sleeping out there in the open during storms. One of his last nights before reaching his final destination, he spent 5 hours in the pouring rain.
With the successful completion of his expedition “River Route Across Bulgaria “, Vilian proved everything is possible. All you need is a little luck and a lot of determination.
by Maya Nikolova
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