Location: Sofia, Bulgaria.
Professional experience: Kaloyan (Kofe) is a certified mountain leader since 2016, works with large groups as well as with individual clients, English speaking. Keen on alpine rock climbs, extreme ski descents and mountain trail running.
Experience in the mountains: A large number of activities in the mountains of Bulgaria and the Alps since 2002 – rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, ski-touring, freeriding, mountain biking and trail running. More significant accomplishments:
2005 – Austrian Alps – Grossglockner (3798m) normal route;
2007, 2009, 2011 – Swiss Alps and Dolomites – Zinalrothorn (4221m) classic route; Nadelhorn (4327m) and Stecknadelhorn (4241m) solo traverse; Piz Badile (3303m) – Another Day in Paradise (650m, 6b grade); Piz Bernina (4051m) – Biancograt ridge; Piz Ciavazes (Sella group) – several routes from 6b+ to 7a grade and up to 400m in length;
2013 – French Alps – extreme skiing in La Grave – couloir Freaux (800m descent), Girose de Gauche (2400m descent);
2014 – French Alps – Mont Blanc (4807m) – skiing from top.
2003 – now – rock climbing in most of the Bulgarian mountains;
2010 – 2016 – many extreme ski descents in Rila and Pirin, including two times at Malyovitsa Corridor – 120m, II grade UIAA, S5 skiing grade;
2011, 2012, 2014 – 3rd place in the extreme mountain competition Xco Adventure Cup (team Clandestino with partner Boris Vlaev);
2013 – 2nd place in the extreme mountain competition Xco Adventure Cup (team Clandestino with Boris Vlaev);
2014 – completed the mountain ultra marathon (trail running) Stara Planina 100km x 24h from Mazalat hut to Eho hut in 13h15min;
2017 – mountain ultra marathon StaRa Planina 100×24 in 10h16min – second best time of the route.
2018 – the first man to complete the Bulgarian parts of the transeuropean hiking trails – E3, E4 and E8 in less than one month (26 days, 1300km, 46000m D+, 48000m D-).
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Interests: extreme skiing, alpine climbing, trail running, landscape photography, traditional woodworking.
2018 – Ski Guide certificate #26085-43;
2016 – Mountain Leader award № 5624-438/2016;
2011 – Practical avalanche safety course, Bulgarian Extreme and Free Ski Association;
2010 – 2015 – PhD student in Structural Geology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” ;
2007 – 2009 – Master degree in Geology and Paleontology in Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”;
2002 – 2006 – Bachelor degree in Geology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”;
2004 – Rock climbing course, alpine club Musala;
2001 – Driving license, active driver.
Reviews for this guide:
Elaine, South Africa:
Kofe- I would like to thank you for your attentiveness and for making sure that I had such a memorable and enjoyable day. You are obviously very very fit and did not seem to mind at all that I could only go at a walking pace. Your knowledge ensures for a very informative experience and you have made me aware of the endless possibilities for trail running adventures. The fact that you know the area so well has made it a stress free day by not having to worry about navigating an unknown area. I cannot thank you enough. (And all of this in fluent English). Next time I will do a trail run.
Noam & Elisheva Federman – Israel Hebron
Kaloyan Peychev. Hiking in Rila & Rhodohp mountains
We had a wonderful and quality time with kaloyan.
Lyuben Grancharov arrange us to have a 2 days hike with Kaloyan.
On the first day we went to Malyovitsa peak in the Rila mountains. Kaloyan as very patient and was attentive to our needs. He had interesting explanations about the area and his knowledge in Geology contribute to the hike.
On the second day we went to Rhodop Mountains. We plan to have a hike to Svety Lya – Eagle Eye Peak. When we arrived the area there was rain, so Kaloyan took us to Yagodina Cave even though that it was not the plan we agreed on. After the cave we drove to Yagodina village to start the hike. In the middle of the hike a dangerous thunders & electrical strikes started and we were caught under them. Kaloyan did not lose control, and with cool self-control led us to a forest that we will be protected under the trees. After 1 hour we continue to the destination as nothing happened.
We highly recommend to take Kaloyan as a hiking guy tour, he is the BEST.
We also want to specify a favor to Lyuben Grancharov that answer all our questions before with a lot of patient, and also built for us a driving route for the rest of the days that we visited Bulgaria free of charge.
Vera and Emanuel, Germany:
Skitouring-Trip through the montains of Pirin and Rila with our lokal guide Kaloyan Peychev
We went to Bulgaria for a 7 day’s skitouring trip through the montains of Pirin and Rila.Kaloyan developed a great program far away from the “strandards” for us as advanced skitouring montaineers. We did a lot of great ski descents and got a feeling for the impressive Bulgarian nature in the mountains.The knowledge of Kaloyan about the geological aspects of the montains were very interesting for us.We felt us very comfortable during our trip and he took care about our personal needs and wishes.We can definitely recommend skitouring with Kaloyan as a guide – We had quite a funny and good time with him!
Author: Lyuben Grancharov
“The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” (Augustine of Hippo). I enjoy filling up the page, called “Bulgaria”, both working as a guide and writing about the mountains of Bulgaria on this blog.