Rila & Pirin Trekking
Bulgaria’s Original Alpine World.
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
- Minimum of participants: 2 persons
Arrival in Govedartsi
Transfer from Sofia to Govedartsi, where you will spend the next three nights.
An alpine highlight awaits you on the first day when you climb the Musala summit at 2,925m! From Govedartsi you take a transfer to Borovets, from where you can reach the start of the hike by cable car. Once at the top, you can enjoy a unique panorama, always with the view of the Musala cliff face. The route leads you past glacial lakes and mountain huts to the summit, the view from the top over the surrounding mountains is breathtaking.
In the morning there is a short transfer to the starting point at the Vada hut. Through shady spruce forests you hike higher and higher into the alpine mountains to the mountain basin of the Sevan Rila Lakes. You will be enchanted by the famous lakes in a dream-like setting that you can see from the edge of the highest lake.
Today is a day to relax and discover the cultural highlights of the region. You leave the Rila Mountains and make your way to the Pirin Mountains. On your way a visit to the famous Rila Monastery awaits you before you reach the beautiful Bansko, which is picturesquely located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains and where you will spend four nights. The alleys and facades of the houses in the old town invite you to take a long stroll.
Your hiking route takes you to the 5th highest peak in the Pirin Mountains, the Polezhan, at 2,851m. A transfer takes you first to the Gotse Delchev hut and then by cable car to the Bezbog hut, the start of today’s trekking stage. On your way, dreamy panoramas offer up the surrounding mountains and the countless glittering lakes, including the largest in the region, the idyllic Popovo Lake. You hike the classic route along the northeast ridge, this is easy to walk, but the last climb to the summit is a special challenge.
After a short transfer to the Vihren hut, you start the hike to the mountain basin of the picturesque Banderishki lakes. From there the route goes over into the neighbouring valley and on to the Todorini Ochi lakes. You hike through dreamy spruce forests and along crystal clear rivers through the Yulen nature reserve. Enjoy the breathtaking landscape!
The last hike begins again at the Vihren hut. Today, the final highlight of your trekking trip awaits you with the ascent of Vihren. With the breathtaking view always by your side, the route goes through the ‘Golem Kazan’ (huge cauldron) below the rugged north flank of the Vihren, where you can watch wild goats and blooming edelweiss. From the summit, you can once again survey the entire Bulgarian mountain world and review the experiences of the past days.
Departure or extension
Transfer to Sofia airport or to hotel for extension, approx. 1.5 hours.
Charakteristics of the route
Fantastic and deserted mountain and trekking tours. A very good fitness level is recommended as well as surefootedness and a head for heights are essential for the demanding tours. The trails are marked well. On some days there is a choice of tours depending on fitness level and weather. You will be enchanted by the impressive views of the Rila & Pirin Mountains world!
Category: 3x familiar guest house (Govedartsi), 4x nice 3***-Hotel (Bansko)
- 7 overnight stays in selected category as stated, breakfast included
- Luggage transfer
- Transfers according to itinerary
- Transfers from/to the airport Sofia
- Carefully elaborated route description
- Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
- GPS Tracks available
- Service hotline
Arrival / Departue:
- Airport Sofia. Organized transfer to first hotel and return transfer from Bansko to Sofia at the end of the tour (duration approx. 1.5 hours). Transfers included.
Things to note:
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
- Minimum of participants: 2 persons
- Cable car fares, approx. EUR 20 per person, payable on site
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!