In the period 05.08.-08.08.2021, in Sofia, the third transnational project meeting under the Hike Together project was held. The aim was to organize and conduct a hike with local volunteers to Cherni Vrah (Black Peak) –2290 m. This initiative contributes to raising awareness of the importance of health benefits of physical activity through walking in nature – as a natural exercise through increased participation in hiking and trekking.

Hike Together project is focused on young people from disadvantage background, to promote hiking and walking in the nature is a basic to many sporting activities, well-being and fitness. The partner countries that took part in the meeting were from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia and Italy. On August 6, 2021, a competitive Sofia City Treasurer event was organized for the participants from the partner countries, in order to get to know the local sights and history. On 07.08.2021 the international group had the opportunity to conquer Cherni Vrah, accompanied by more than 20 local volunteers.

• To increase the knowledge, acquire new knowledge and experience of using hiking as a tool for social inclusion of young people from disadvantage background and promotion of equal opportunities and bringing together people, regardless of their age, sex, origin, financial status, etc.;
• To create an innovative network of professionals, devoted to active living from different parts of Europe, who will be committed to the project not only during project life, but also after the project end with development and growing network of mountain guides;
• Raise awareness on the added value of hiking and physical activities in relation to the personal, professional and social development of individuals through all planned project activities, in particular with the dissemination events will implement in the partner countries as well as local hiking events;
• To promote access to volunteering in sport and strengthen volunteers skills and management of activities related to nature environment of hiking clubs and improving their role as a professional providers of services in local communities.

Hike Together project is co-financed by Erasmus+ program of the European Union.