Dzhanka Saddle

The breathtaking road to Dzhanka Saddle

Dzhanka Saddle is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.346m (7,696ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between Sofia and Blagoevgrad provinces in Bulgaria. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

Set high in the Rila Mountains within the Rila National Park, the road to the summit is totally unpaved and impassable in winters. 4x4 vehicles only. It’s closed to private vehicles. At the summit there’s a fire lookout tower.

The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 18% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The ascent is 7.6km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 438 meters. The average gradient is 5.76%.
Pic: Ivan Stoimenov