The riddles of the Rila Mountains
Mount Rila is considered Bulgaria’s best alpine tourism site, offering a huge diversity of marked hiking trails of varied difficulty levels. Two large international tourist trails (the Е4 and the Е8) cross the mountain. The Rila offers not only the Balkans’ highest peak (Musala, 2925m/9596ft), but also plentiful glacier lakes (more than 180, in fact!), deep river valleys, broad alpine meadows, and diverse flora and fauna. The Rila National Park is the largest of Bulgaria’s three national parks and one of Europe’s largest.
The tour includes all transfers, including those from and to Sofia Airport. The walking treks are rather arduous and suitable for people experienced in alpine trekking. Paths are well marked, in addition clients receiving maps and detailed descriptions of the routes in English. Some of the days offer opportunities for choosing between different hiking options, depending on weather and clients’ fitness.
A day trip to the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO heritage site and probably the most famous tourist attraction in Bulgaria is a natural extension of this tour, which many clients prefer to book with us. This involves an extra night in Sofia which is normally appreciated by everyone, allowing also more time to explore the capital.
You walk every day with just a daypack. The rest/unnecessary luggage either remains inside the transfer vehicle, or in your accommodation.
Duration8 Days I Difficulty: 3/4 (of 5)
What is includedTransfers to and from Sofia Airport (on first/last tour date only) and all other transfers in the itinerary; 3* and family hotels; en-suite rooms; breakfast every day; supper on Days 2 to Day 4 incl. (options to have supper outside your hotel in Sofia and Borovets resort are numerous); Luggage transport; Detailed English descriptions of routes; Tourist maps of the Rila; GPS tracks; Emergency hotline.
What is not includedCable car tickets; extra food and drink; medical insurance; personal expenses.
Best periodmid-June, July, August, mid-September
Day 1: We meet you at Sofia Airport and transfer you to a city center hotel.
Day 2: Climb to Cherni Vrah peak and transfer to Govedartsi village (16,50km, 5-5,30hrs,+690m/-1120m)
Day 3: Govedartsi village circular trek (20km, 5-6hrs, +705m/-705m)
Day 4: The Seven Rila Lakes (18,7km, 6hrs, +1310m/-1310m)
Day 5: Malyovitsa Valley Trek (12-18,7km, 5-7,30hrs, +880-1600m/-880-1600m)
Day 6: Maritsa River Valley trek (8,10-29,40km, 2-8hrs, +20-1261m/-255-1261m)
Day 7: Climb to the Musala Peak (14,20km, 5hrs, +690m/-690m)
Day 8: Transfer from Borovets to Sofia Airport
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Extension to Rila Monastery
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