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Trekking tour in Rila and Pirin Mountains

Musala peak, Rila mountains

A multiday hike that will take you to the highest peaks of Rila and Pirin mountains. With a cultural rest day in the middle, dedicated to Rila monastery and the area.

Overview

Rila and Pirin are the highest mountains of Bulgaria, famous for their alpine terrain and glacier lakes. Both protected by National Parks. Each of those mountains with an altitude of almost 3000m are excellent choices for your next summer adventure. The Rila Mountains is famous for its beautiful granite peaks, Malyovitsa and Musala, and more than 150 glacial lakes. Pirin offers a unique alpine environment, home to some of the oldest evergreen forests and a large variety of flowers, including the emblematic edelweiss. Also known for its marble ridge, rugged peaks and the famous hiking route - the“Foal”.

 

Price

Rila and Pirin National Parks Price per Person
6 pax 985 EUR
5 pax 1070 EUR
4 pax 1190 EUR
3 pax 1270 EUR
2 pax 1620 EUR
1 pax 2665 EUR

Price includes

  • Mountain guide – driver and all his expenses;
  • All the transfers including pick up and drop off from Sofia;
  • 2 overnight accommodations in hotels with breakfast and dinner included;
  • 5 overnight accommodations in family run hotels with breakfast and dinner included;
  • Insurance;
  • Lift tickets;
  • Local taxes.

Not included

  • Packed lunches;
  • Other personal expenses;
  • Drinks;
  • Tips.

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    Description

    Day 1: Sofia Airport – Sofia

    Transfer from the airport to the hotel in the centre of the city. Visit the historical part of Sofia.

    Day 2: Sofia - Mount Musala - Govedartsi

    Transfer from Govedartsi to Borovets ski resort (1350 m, 0.5 hours drive). We take the gondola lift up to about 2363 m, from where a couple of hours trek takes us to Ledenoto Ezero Chalet at 2700 m. From here starts the last part and steepest part to the peak. Retrace back to the gondola and transfer to the guest house in Govedartsi.

    Distance 13km Ascent 600m Descent 600m

    Day 3: Govedartsi Village - Malyovitsa peak - Govedartsi Village

    Ascend to Malyovitsa Peak 2729 m (the symbol of Bulgarian alpinism). Descend via Urdini Lakes and Urdina river back to Malyovitsa ski centre. Transfer to Govedartsi village - 20 minutes.

    Distance 15km Ascent 1000m Descent 1200m

    Day 4: Govedartsi Village - 7 Rila Lakes and Skakavitsa Waterfall - Sapareva Banya

    Transfer from Govedartsi Village to Pionerska Hut. Hike to Skakavitsa Waterfall and up to the Kidney lake. Hike around the 7 Rila Lakes and back to Pionerska Hut. Transfer to Sapareva Banya. Accommodation in a family hotel. Visit of an outdoor hot mineral pool.

    Distance 7km Ascent 1100m Descent 400m

    Day 5: Sapareva Banya - Rila Monastery - Bansko

    Transfer to Rila monastery. Visit of the monastery and the cave of the monk, who established the monastery in the 10th century . Lunch in the area with trout from the local fish farms. Transfer to Bansko and accommodation in a family hotel in Bansko.

    Day 6: Bansko - Vihren Peak - Bansko

    Transfer to Banderitsa Hut. The Loop hike starts with ascending to Vihren Peak 2914 m (the highest in Pirin). Descend to Vihren Hut and then to Banderitsa Hut. Transfer to Bansko - 45 min.

    Distance 7km Ascent 1000m Descent 1000m

    Day 7: Bansko - Polezhan Peak - Bansko

    Transfer from Bansko to Gotse Delchev Hut. Chairlift to Bezbog Hut (2250 m). Hike to Polezhan Peak (2850 m). Hike back to the chairlift. Transfer to Bansko. Accommodation in Bansko. Traditional dinner in Gorno Draglishte Village.

    Distance 7km Ascent 600m Descent 600m

    Day 8: Bansko - Sofia

    Transfer to Sofia. Accommodation in a hotel in the center. Final dinner.

    Info

    Required equipment
    • hiking boots;
    • rucksack (35-45 l);
    • trekking poles;
    • water & windproof jacket;
    • rain cover;
    • sun hat;
    • sun lotion;
    • sunglasses;
    • warm hat;
    • gloves;
    • water bottle (1,5 litres);
    • travel liner;
    • torch;
    • personal first aid kit.

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