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8 Days Nature tour itinerary for bulgaria: Trek Across Rila-Pirin Mountain Range

Blagoevgrad, Plovdiv, Rila Monastery, Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo

Nature Tour
Trekking Tour
Sightseeing Tour
Trek across Rila-Pirin Mountain Range

Enjoying the view


Go for a unique mountain hike amongst the clouds of the highest mountains on the Balkan Peninsula, exploring enormous national parks, housing vast alpine meadows, stone rivers, glacial lakes, rare vegetation and rich animal life & visiting the Rila Monastery.

DAY 01


  • Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to hotel for overnight (30 mins drive).

DAY 02

Musala Climb - 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. 

  • Uphill walk 650 m (2,132 ft); downhill walk 650 m (2,132 ft); walking time: about 6 hrs. 

  • Transfer to Govedartsi (1150 m a.s.l.), where we stay overnight (40 min. drive from Borovets). B/-/D

DAY 03

Govedartsi – Maliovitsa resort – Prekorechki Lakes – Govedartsi

  • 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. 

  • Uphill walk 850m (2,788 ft); downhill walk 850m (2,788 ft); walking time: about 6.30 hrs B/-/D.

DAY 04

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 of Bulgaria. 

  • Drive to Bansko for overnight. Uphill walk 400 m (1320 ft); downhill walk 400 m (1320 ft); walking time: about 5 hrs. B/-/D

DAY 05

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, reach Tevno Ezero hut where we overnight. 

  • Uphill walk 450 m (1470 ft); downhill walk 150 m (492 ft); walking time: about 6 hrs. B/-/D

DAY 06

Tevno Ezero - Demyanitsa Hut - Bansko

  • This day walking offers stunning views over the Pirin Gletcher 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. 

  • Uphill walk 150 m (4922 ft); downhill walk 650 m (2,132 ft); walking time: about 6 hrs.B/-/D

DAY 07

Bansko – Mount Vihren – Bansko

  • 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, Vahini, and Bunderishki glacial lakes as well as Edelweiss and many other rare plants flowering in the Karst parts of the mountains. 

  • Uphill walk 1,000 m (3,280 ft); downhill walk 1,000 m (3,280 ft); walking time: 6-7 hours. B/-/D 

DAY 08


  • Transfer to Sofia airport for departure (2,30hrs drive). B/-/-

  • 490 EUR Per Adult
  • 6 nights in 3-star hotels, 1 night in a hut (shared facilities), 6 dinners (days 2-7), 7 breakfasts (days 2-8).

  • All ground transfers.

  • English-speaking guide.

  • Lift tickets.

  • Group transfers from/to Sofia (09.00 - 19.00).

  • VAT and all local taxes.

  • Luggage transferred from point to point except on days 5-6.

  • Flight tickets.

  • Maps (could be requested in advance when booking the tour).

  • Entrance fees.

  • Private transfers: Sofia APT - Sofia center: 17 EUR (per vehicle).

  • Tips.

  • Lunches.

  • Meals on day 1.

  • Alcohol drinks and other personal expenses.

  • Other expenses, like Single room supplement: 85 EURO.

Please note:

  • 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.

  • Do you need help with the flight? Please contact us if you would like us to help you find suitable flights at the best price. When helping you to find flights we always try to find the best price for you according to the departure and arrival times. Prices vary depending on the airline and current availability. However, remember that the cheap airfares are often difficult or impossible to reschedule or cancel.

  • A service charge (non-refundable) will be added if you want us to help you find the appropriate plane ticket.

Tour Highlights:

  • Rila Mountains are the highest mountains in Bulgaria and on the whole Balkan Peninsula with Mount Musala - 2925 m a.s.l. 

  • Pirin Mountains are the second highest in Bulgaria after Rila Mountains and the third in the Balkan Peninsula (Mount Vihren 2914 m a.s.l.). 

  • Rila Monastery (1147 m a.s.l.) is the most popular tourist site among all monasteries in Bulgaria equally for its size, natural surroundings, architecture, wall paintings and ancient history.


Blagoevgrad, Plovdiv, Rila Monastery, Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo

Nature Tour
Trekking Tour
Sightseeing Tour

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Zlatna Dimitrova

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