Hiking in the Rila mountains
Trekking in the mountains of Bulgaria
Hiking and culture abbey Rila

Rila Trekking

Bulgaria’s Original Alpine World.

The Rila Massif dominates the original Alpine world in the southwest of Bulgaria, home of several peaks of more than 2900 m. This most famous Bulgarian trekking area offers an enormous number of trails varying both in scenery and difficulty. You will cross vast national parks, hike past glacial lakes and stunning alpine pastures. These mountains are mapped and pervaded with an extensive network of well marked trails. One of the highlights of this tour is climbing the highest mountain top of the Balcan region of over 2900m in altitude, the Musala.

Mountain Walking
Mountain Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer
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Arrival at Sofia airport and organized transfer into historic center of Sofia.

A panoramic hiking trail leads over the sharo ridge of mount Vitosha, and starts with the first highlight of these scenic tours across the Rila region: the climb of the Cherni Vrah up to 2290m in altitude. Then across the alpine pastures of nature reserve Torfeno Branishte and follow a trail to the rivers of Zlatni Mostove. Transfer to Govedartsi where you will spend the next 3 nights.

approx. 4.5 hours
11 km
500 m
800 m

A loop walk through the lower parts of the Rila mountains via Govedartsi gives you a taste of what lies ahead with and increasing level of difficulty to come. A comfortfortable walk on which you can enjoy a nice variety of fascinating landscape and stunning panoramic views of steep rocky peaks and deep valleys.

approx. 5 to 6 hours
20 km
650 m
650 m

Through shady fir forests the path leads right up to the alpine part of the mountain and nestled there are the 7 Rila lakes. You will be amazed by the marvellous backdrop of these well-known glacial lakes which you get to see from the highest ridge first hand.

approx. 6 hours
16 km
750 m
750 m

Today first up is the Malyovitsa valley, onwards via the sheltered Alpine peak to lake Strashno Ezero. For extreme enthusiasts there is the option of an alternative hike to the peak of the Malyovitsa mountain which offers an incredible view of the close by ridges and peaks of the Rila mountain area. Transfer to the Borovets ski area, where you will spend the next 3 nights.

approx. 5 hours
12 km
900 m
900 m

Your trail leads through ancient coniforous forests into the Mariza valley and the gently ascending to the royal hunting lodge Saragiol. Then back to Borovets. Another option would be a longer hike in a lesser known part of the Rila Mountains.

approx. 2 hours
10 km
250 m
250 m

To climb the highest peak of the Balcan region, mount Musala at 2925m will take up the whole of this day. Once you have conquered the mountain you will enjoy a unique panorama with views of the rockface of mount Musala. The view from this peak on to the surrounding mountain tops is truly breathtaking.

approx. 5 hours
13 km
750 m
750 m

Transfer to Sofia airport or to hotel for extension, approx. 1.5 hours.

Tour character

Fantastic and deserted mountain and trekking tours. A good fitness level is recommended as well as surefootedness. 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 mountail world!

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Jun 13, 2019 - Sep 9, 2019
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Rila Trekking 8 days, BG-RGWSB-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
Surcharge solo traveler

Category: 3***-hotels, inns and guest houses


Additional Option

Visit to Rila monastery & overnight stay in Sofia

Per person in double room/B&B*             EUR 113

Surcharge single room                            EUR 29

*Services: Transfer to the monastery and back, ticket and guided tour (English) to monastery

Season 1
Jun 13, 2019 - Sep 9, 2019
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb

Services and infos


  • 7 overnight stays in selected category as stated, breakfast included
  • 3x evening meal (Govedartsi)
  • 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)
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Departue:

  • Airport Sofia. Organized transfer to first hotel and return transfer from Borovets 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 15 per person, payable on site
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!


Julia Winklhofer
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Julia Winklhofer, Costumer service


4.5 of 5 Stars (2 Ratings)
4 stars
Carl Østergaard DK | 28.07.2018
Raw nature, friendly people and fine refuge for soups on our hiking.
Rila mountain is a fantastic place for hiking. There are peaks and spectacular views. It could be even better if the directions were supplied with pictures or gps. to the places, were we were in doubt about the route. It was done in that way on our Eurohike tour in Berchtesgaden. The maps was in 1: 50.000, and we would prefer 1: 25.000.
Julia Winklhofer
Julia Winklhofer answered:
Dear Mr. Østergaard, thank you very much for your travel feedback, it is very much appreciated! It is a pleasure to hear, that you liked the peaks and the spectacular views. Concerning the maps, we will do our best to improve our route notes. We hope to welcome you on one of our trips soon and thank you again for your feedback.
5 stars
IVO REETZ | 17.07.2017
Wunderbarer Urlaub
Eine perfekte Auswahl an Touren im Rila mit wunderbaren Aussichten, blühenden Berghängen und gewaltigen Felsen. Schön, dass viele der Touren wenig begangen sind und es oft auch die Möglichkeit gibt, die jeweilige Tour zu verlängern, je nach Kondition. Schöne Unterkünfte mit gutem Essen.

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