Bulgaria Celebrates 120th Anniversary of Tourist MovementTourism | January 17, 2015, Saturday // 11:03| views
Participants in the ascent "In the footsteps of Aleko" mark the 120th anniversary of tourist movement in Bulgaria and commemorate the 152nd anniversary of its founder Aleko Konstantinov. Photo: BGNES
Bulgarians are celebrating the 120th anniversary of the tourist movement in the country with an ascent of the highest peak of mountain Vitosha – Cherni Vrah on Saturday.
The participants in the second mass ascent “In the footsteps of Aleko” will also mark the 152nd anniversary of writer and founder of the tourist movement in Bulgaria Aleko Konstantinov, Darik radio reports.
The hike begins at 8 a.m and the gathering point is the last stop of bus line 93 in Sofia.
Nearly 300 people participated in the first organised ascent of Cherni Vrah peak 120 years ago, while the number of people who have stated their participation this year is four times greater.
The organiserts of this year's tourist initiative explain that the hike aims to seek continuity with the ideas of its founder.
The ascent will also familiarise participants with the beauties of the Bulgarian nature and its historical heritage.
Everyone who decides to take part in the ascent can decide whether to climb the peak on foot or by lift.
The main group will ascend the peak on foot and will descend it by lift.
The ascent of Cherni Vrah lasts for around five hours.
Sofia Municipality has supplied an additional bus on line 93 to accommodate for the increased number of passengers.
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