Experience the unique nature of the highest mountain range on the Balkan Peninsula.
The Rila Mountains range is not only the tallest on the Balkan Peninsula, but also within southeast Europe. The highest peak is Musala (standing at 2,925 m, or 9,596 ft). Many of the summits here are close to 3,000 m, or 9,842 ft, high. Rila (an old Slavic word, meaning "Water Mountain") looks like a rough sea of mountain ridges and peaks, and boasts deep gorges with no less than 150 crystal clear lakes. Thanks to mild winds from the Mediterranean Sea, the mountains have an entirely unique vegetation. A big part of the National Park is under the protection of UNESCO.
♦ Rila Mountains are the highest mountains in Bulgaria and on the whole Balkan Peninsula with Mount Musala - 2925 m a.s.l.
♦ The circus of Seven Rila Lakes is the most beautiful one in Bulgaria.
♦ Maliovitsa resort is a famous place of the Bulgarian alpinism and mountaineering.
♦ Rila Monastery is the most popular tourist site among all monasteries in Bulgaria equally for its size, natural surroundings, architecture, wall paintings and ancient history.
♦ Mount Musala (2925m/9,596ft) is the highest peak in Bulgaria and the entire Balkan Peninsula.
Day 1. Arrival
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to Govedartsi village in Rila Mountains (1hr drive).
Day 2. Govedartsi – The Seven Rila Lakes
We walk to The Seven Rila Lakes – probably the most eminent area of Rila Mountains. The path climbs up to the first lake on a ridge through dense dwarf pin, offering fine views of both the Vitosha and Verila mountains. We pass through all the 7 Rila lakes, the highest being at 2500m and descend on the panoramic Green ridge with views to the majestic Malyovitsa range. The trek ends again at Vada hut.
Walking time: 6-7 hrs; uphill walk: 1,050 m (3,444 ft); downhill walk: 850 m (2,788 ft);
Day 3. Govedartsi – Maliovitsa resort – Prekorechki Lakes
Today we walk in Maliovitsa region to the wide circus of Prekorechki Lakes, enclosed by the steep slopes and rocky walls of several peaks exceeding 2700m (Popova Kapa, Kupenite, Iglite etc.). We visit also The Scary Lake before walking downhill on a steep rocky slope to the west coast of Yonchevo Lake (more than 200m long) and further to Maliovitsa resort.
Walking time: about 6.30 hrs; uphill walk: 850m (2,788 ft); downhill walk: 850m (2,788 ft);
Day 4. Govedartsi – Musala Peak
The highest peak on the Balkans – Musala (2925 m a.s.l.) awaits us today. Enjoyable walk along Dwarf Pine massifs with the jagged form of Mount Musala at the background leads us to Musalenski Lakes, lying at the foots of the peak. 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 back to Govedartsi.
Walking time: about 6.30 hrs; uphill walk: 650 m (2,132 ft); downhill walk: 650 m (2,132 ft);
Day 5. Departure
Transfer to Sofia airport for departure.
All walks in the original program could be adjusted by the guide on spot depending on the physical condition of the hikers (there is a diversity of hiking trails in the mountains, varying in difficulty grade).
The tour provides the opportunity more days to be added to the program if purchased in advance. These could be spent on self-guided walking in the area, more guided walks, guided sightseeing tours to famous places nearby (Sofia, Rila Monastery, Plovdiv etc.), cycling, birdwatching around Sofia at Dragoman Marsh or along Maritsa River and Pazardzhik hills etc. Please ask for quotation for any of these possibilities.
Incuded in the price: ►4 overnights in a 3*** hotel in double rooms with en-suite facilities on halfboard (breakfast & dinner included, lunchpacks could be ordered on spot at the amount of 5-6 EUR)►all ground transfers►lift tickets ►pick up/drop off at Plovdiv or Sofia airport ►English-speaking guide► VAT and all local taxes.
Not incuded: ►map (could be requested in advance when booking the tour) ►guidance and transfer for additional days outside the program ►lunches/lunchpacks ►tips ►entrance fees ►alcohol drinks and other personal expenses.
Other expences: ►single room supplement: 60 EURO
Good to know: All walks in the original program could be adjusted by the guide on spot depending on the physical condition of the hikers (there is a diversity of hiking trails in the mountains, varying in difficulty grade). The tour provides the opportunity more days to be added to the program if purchased in advance. These could be spent on self-guided walking in the area, more guided walks, guided sightseeing tours to famous places nearby (Sofia, Rila Monastery, Melnik and Rozhen Monastery, Kovachevitsa etc.) etc. Please ask for quotation for any of these possibilities.
EXTENSION AT THE BLACK SEA COAST: we have a unique proposal, which gives you the opportunity to stay on a sea holiday for extra week after your active tour at an incredibly low price in Sozopol, Nessebar, Sunny Beach, Lozenets, St. Vlas, Golden Sands etc. and all this with arranged transportation right after your tour and before your departure flight. In summer time there are loads of opportunities to book a cheap flight to Bourgas or Varna Airport instead of landing at Sofia Airport. We can arrange for you a bus or train ticket to the starting point of the active tour with transfer to the central bus/railway station in these towns, picking you up at the airport upon arrival or vice versa at the end of your tour (this would only cost you appr. 20-30 Euro per car + the bus/train ticket price itself). For detailed information and prices, please look at the trip dossier.
We recommend trip in the period: June - September