Price per person: 197€ (valid for a group of 2 people)
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Optional extension: one day hike to Mussala peak.
Best period: Mid June – mid October
Trip style: Self-guided hut-to-hut hike
Technical difficulty: For experienced hikers (6-8 hours a day; up to 900 m of ascent/descent)
Date: Upon request
Transport: Transfers by public transport
Optional private transfers if interested.
Rila National Park, the largest national park in Bulgaria, is located about 100 km. south of Sofia, in the central and highest regions of the Rila Mountains. The Park contains rare and endangered wildlife species and communities, self-regulating ecosystems of biological diversity, as well as historic sites of global cultural and scientific significance.
Some of the largest rivers in the Balkan Peninsula originate here. The name Rila is derived from the Thracian word roula, meaning ‘lots of water’.
The Park was established on February 24, 1992 to conserve the natural heritage of the Rila Mountains as well as the local traditions, culture, and livelihoods linked with the area. The National Park Directorate, a regional body reporting to the Ministry of Environment and Waters, manages the Park. The Directorate engages local organizations and volunteers to pursue its goals.
Day 1: The day begins with an early morning transfer by public transport from Sofia to the complex of Malyovitza passing through the town of Samokov. From there we have three walking options for the day:
– A hike to Malyovitza peak (2729m) Duration: 5.30-6 hours
– A walk to Strashnoto ezero (2465m) Duration: 5-5.30 hours
– A walk to BAK refuge (2520m) Duration: 4-5 hours
Day 2: The aim of the day is Rilski Ezera hut (2150 m). From Maliovitsa region we have three options to get there with a different duration of 7.30h or 6/7 hours, or 4 hours depending on the chosen trail.
Day 3: The day begins with an easy walk to the Seven lakes hut. Our next aim is to reach Ivan Vazov hut (2300m) where we will stay for the night. Duration: 4-6 hours (depends on the chosen trail).
Day 4: Our last mountain trek will lead us to Rila Monastery (1100m). We will stay for the night in the holy place in a nearby hotel 2**. Duration: 6 hours.
Day 5: Today before heading to Sofia you can do a short walk to Saint Ivan Rilski’s hermitage cave, which is in the deep forest above the monastery and in the boundaries of the Nature Park.
Head back to Sofia by public transport.
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Code: SG RIL 17
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