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Rila-Pirin Mountain Trek (Bulgaria), guaranteed departures

Hiking tour in Plovdiv

Tour Price : 490 Duration : 8 days Languages: English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian

A unique mountain hike above the clouds of the highest mountains on The Balkan Peninsula. During the trek we will visit the highest peak on the Balkans in Rila Mountains (Musala, 2925m a.s.l.) and the giant of Pirin Mountains (Vihren, 2914 m a.s.l.). We will explore enormous national parks, housing vast alpine meadows, stone rivers, glacial lakes, rare vegetation and rich animal life. The biggest Bulgarian monastery (Rila Monastery) and probably the most famous Bulgarian landmark will also be visited as a part of the trip. Tour Highlights

Rila Mountains are the highest mountains in Bulgaria and on the whole Balkan Peninsula with Mount Musala - 2925 m a.s.l.

Pirin Mountains are the second highest in Bulgaria after Rila Mountains and the third in the Balkan Peninsula (Mount Vihren 2914 m a.s.l.).

Rila Monastery (1147 m a.s.l.) is the most popular tourist site among all monasteries in Bulgaria equally for its size, natural surroundings, architecture, wall paintings and ancient history.

Itinerary: Day 1. Sofia Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to hotel for overnight (30 mins drive).

Day 2. Musala Climb - Govedartsi Transfer to Borovets (70 km). We take the cablecar to Yastrebetz (2300 m) and we climb the highest peak on the Balkans – Musala (2925 m a.s.l.). The view from the top is truly breath-taking – you can make out the remaining peaks of Rila Mountains; the marble edges of the Pirin Mountains; Mount Vitosha and the Sredna Gora Mountains; the green summits of the Rodopi Mountains; and last, but not least, the long body of the Balkan range. Uphill walk: 650 m (2,132 ft); downhill walk: 650 m (2,132 ft); walking time: about 6 hrs. Transfer to Govedartsi (1150 m a.s.l.), where we stay overnight (40 min. drive from Borovets). B/-/D

Day 3. Excursion in Sofia. Govedartsi – Maliovitsa resort – Prekorechki Lakes – Govedartsi Another stunning trek from Maliovitsa resort, going up along the valley to the wide circus of Prekorechki Lakes, enclosed by the steep slopes and rocky walls of several peaks exceeding 2700m. Uphill walk: 850m (2,788 ft); downhill walk: 850m (2,788 ft); walking time: about 6.30 hrs B/-/D

Day 4. The Seven Rila Lakes - Rila Monastery - Bansko Early transfer to Pionerska hut, from where we take the chairlift to the Seven Rila Lakes (above 2200m a.s.l.). Loop hike to Razdela, Zeleni Rid. We continue to Rila Monastery - the most famous landmark of Bulgaria. Drive to Bansko for overnight. Uphill walk: 400 m (1320 ft); downhill walk: 400 m (1320 ft); walking time: about 5 hrs. B/-/D

Day 5. Pirin Trek, Bezbog-Tevno Ezero. This 2-days trek takes us to the most beautiful part of Central Pirin. We start from Bezbog hut and after 4-5 hours walking reach Tevno Ezero hut where we overnight. Uphill walk: 450 m (1470 ft); downhill walk: 150 m (492 ft); walking time: about 6 hrs. B/-/D

Day 6. Tevno Ezero - Demyanitsa Hut - Bansko This day walking offers stunning views over Pirin gletcher lakes - Valyavishki, Dulgoto (The Long) Lake, Ribno (The Fish) Lake. The trek takes 5-6 hours before we reach the road under Demyanitsa Hut where we meet our vehicle to drive us back to Bansko. Uphill walk: 150 m (4922 ft); downhill walk: 650 m (2,132 ft); walking time: about 6 hrs.B/-/D

Day 7. Bansko – Mount Vihren – Bansko A fairly difficult ascent to highest peak in Pirin Mountains - Mount Vihren (2914m a.s.l.), awaits us. On our way to the peak we have various opportunities to enjoy most of the Pirin's peaks, Vlahini and Bunderishki glacial lakes as well as Edelweiss and many other rare plants flowering in the Karst parts of the mountains. Uphill walk: 1,000 m (3,280 ft); downhill walk: 1,000 m (3,280 ft); walking time: 6-7 hours. B/-/D

Day 8. Departure Transfer to Sofia airport for departure (2,30hrs drive). B/-/- Included in the price:

6 nights in 3 *** hotels, 1 night in a hut (shared facilities), 6 dinners (days 2-7), 7 breakfasts (days 2-8)

all ground transfers

English-speaking guide

lift tickets

group transfers from/to Sofia (09.00 - 19.00)

VAT and all local taxes

Luggage is transferred from point to point except on days 5-6.

Tour with private guide in Sofia.

Not included in the price:

flight tickets

maps (could be requested in advance when booking the tour)

entrance fees

private transfers: Sofia APT - Sofia center: 17 EUR (per vehicle)



meals on day 1

alcohol drinks and other personal expenses.

Other expenses:

Single room supplement: 85 EURO Good to know:

Extension at the Black Sea coast: we have a unique proposal, which gives you the opportunity to stay on a sea holiday for extra week after your active tour at an incredibly low price in Sozopol, Nessebar, Sunny Beach, Lozenets, Saint Vlas, Golden Sands etc. and all this with arranged transportation right after your tour and before your departure flight.

Do you need help with the flight? Please contact us if you would like us to help you find suitable flights at the best price. 

Additional information

Tour information:
Tour Price: 490
Duration: 8 days
Group Size: 2-20
Languages: English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Tour package includes:
Airport Transfer :YES
Hotel pick-up:YES
Drop-off :YES
Tour Transportation (car, van, limo, boat, etc…):YES
Food and Drinks :YES
Other services (fees apply):
Attraction tickets (concerts, theater, museum, circus...) :YES
Translation services :YES
Reservations (hotels, restaurants, airline) :YES
Visa support :YES
Additional information:
This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :YES
Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :YES
Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :YES