Hiking in the high Bulgarian mountains Rila & Pirin
Joining this tour means that you will walk in Southern Europe’s highest mountain ranges – Rila and Pirin. But not only the height is spectacular. Both ranges are National Parks and they have rich flora and fauna. For example in July-August you might see the Edelweiss in Pirin Mountains!
Our first hikes are in Rila Mountains. Here we attempt to climb the highest peak – Mussala (2925m). On the following days we discover the lovely Malyovitsa valley and the sacred Rila Seven Lakes. These are among the most stunning mountain landscapes of Bulgaria.
Making our way from one mountain range to the other we stop en route to see the great Rila Monastery – Bulgaria’s biggest monastery. Its architecture, art, history and setting are all fascinating and a visit is a must.
Towards the end of the tour we explore the alpine Pirin Mountains. We climb the mountains’ highest peak – Vihren (2914m) with its marble pyramid. The range is known for its numerous plant species. Among them is the Edelweiss.
Back in Sofia we make a sightseeing walk and see the capital’s cultural highlights – like the Alexander Nevski Cathedral.
Day 1: Tour starts in Sofia, followed by a transfer to Govedartsi
Day 2: Climb the Mussala peak at 2925m
Day 3: Round hike in the Malyovitsa valley
Day 4: Round hike to the Rila Seven Lakes
Day 5: Walk and visit of the great Rila Monastery
Day 6: Climb the Vihren peak at 2914m
Day 7: Round hike along beautiful lakes – Pirin Mountains
Day 8: Tour ends in Sofia
• 7 breakfasts
• 7 dinners
• mountain guide
• transfers by AC minibus according to the itinerary
• meals and drinks not mensioned in the itinerary
• museum entry fees
• travel insurance