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Rila and Pirin Mountains

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During the trek, we will visit the highest peak on the Balkans in Rila mountains (Musula, 2925m) and the giant of Pirin Mountains (Vihren, 2914m). We will explore enormous national parks, housing vast alpine meadows, stone rivers, glacial lakes, rare vegetation and abundant 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.

This trek takes place in the two mountain chains which contain the Balkan Peninsula’s highest peaks housing vast national parks, rare vegetation and rich animal life. The trip is structured to take the participants to remote regions with beautiful and unspoiled natural landscapes. If you do not have the time for extensive trekking in the world’s biggest mountain ranges, this tour is strongly recommended. Here you can enjoy the physical challenge of alpine landscapes above the tree border, as well as the cultural treasures of Bulgaria and the warm hospitality of the local people.

The guide will adapt the trip regarding the weather and people's abilities.

Highlights

Bansko Ski Mania

Bansko Ski Mania is a ski and snowboarding school in the heart of Bansko, Bulgaria. The school is worth a visit if you would like to spend an extra day enjoying some great winter sports for the whole family. The school offers classes in English for all ages from 6 to 66. For the more advanced or expert skiers under you, Ski Mania also rents high standard equipment. So pack some gloves and a warm scarf and ski away.

Velyanova House

The Velyanova House is the best preserved house with Revival architecture in Bansko. It was built in the early 19th century. The house has an impressive interior layout. It was painted by the representative of the Debar Art School, Velyan Ognev, who was invited by the “princes” of the city to make the iconostasis of the church of St. Trinity. If would like to learn about more about life back in the days in Bulgaria, this is the place to visit.

Holy Trinity Church Bansko

The Holy Trinity Church and especially its tall belfry have become a symbol of Bansko as one of the most attractive mountain resorts. The Church dedicated to the Holy Trinity was built in the period of the Bulgarian National Revival. Its inauguration was made in 1835. It’s a truly historic gem for the town of Bansko and the Bulgarians and definitely worth a visit while strolling through beautiful Bansko.

 

 

Sofia to Bansko
Bulgaria: Rila and Pirin Mountains
From €760
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Included in this package
  • 6 nights in 3* hotels
  • 1 night in hut (shared facilities)
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • 6 dinners
  • Lift (cable car) tickets
  • All ground transfers
  • Group transfer to Sofia on day 8
  • Luggage transfers (except days 5 & 6)
  • Private airport transfer upon arrival
  • 24/7 Customer Service
Add-On
  • Private transfer Sofia airport to Sofia centre
  • Extra night stays
Not included
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees

Itinerary

Day 1

Sofia
(Arrival

Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to our hotel for overnight.

Day 2

Musala Climb to Govedartsi

Transfer to Borovets (70 km). We take the cable car 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. Transfer to Govedartsi (1150 m a.s.l.), where we stay overnight (40 min. drive from Borovets).

Day 3

Govedartsi- Circular walk to Maliovitsa resort and Prekorechki Lakes

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.

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 in Bulgaria. Drive to Bansko for overnight.

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, we will reach Tevno Ezero hut where we overnight.

Day 6

Tevno Ezero to Demyanitsa hut

This day walking offers stunning views over Pirin Glacier 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.

Day 7

Bansko- Circular walk to Mount Vihren

A fairly difficult ascent to the 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.

Day 8

Sofia

Transfer to Sofia airport for departure usually around 8am (2,30hrs drive).

Rila and Pirin Mountains Elevation

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