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10-day Bulgaria hiking trip (monasteries, mountains and lakes)


Come and join experienced, local mountain leader Kiril for an amazing 10-day hiking trip through the array of monasteries, mountains and lakes of Bulgaria.


Balkan Mountains, Rila Mountains

10 Days

Jun - Aug




* Enjoy a 10-day hiking adventure throughout Bulgaria.

* Visit a number of monasteries, peaks and lakes.

* Spend your nights in comfortable guesthouses and hotels.


Bulgaria is a truly amazing country. There is so much to see throughout the country that you could easily spend several months there and still find new things to discover. And, while this wonderful adventure doesn’t last several months, I believe that over the trip’s 10 days, you will see enough to last a lifetime.

Over the course of this 10-day expedition, you will get to see no less than 5 cities, 3 monasteries, 3 mountains and 7 lakes!

The 3 monasteries you will get to visit include the Rila monastery, the Troyan monastery and the Backovo monastery. The cities you will visit include Sofia, Tarnovo, Valiko and Plovdiv. The 7 lakes are all part of the famed Rila Lakes in the sensational Rila Mountains. You will also see the highest peak in the entire Balkans Mountain Range: Mount Musala. Other great highlights include the Tracian Tombs in the valley of roses and so much more.

At the end of every adventurous day, you will get to spend your nights in comfortable hotels and guesthouses. Thus ensuring you get plenty of rest to prepare for your next day’s hike.

While not a difficult hiking trip, it is nonetheless important that participants on this trip are in good physical condition.

Exploring a country with a history as rich as Bulgaria is an opportunity no adventurer should pass up. There are more archeological monuments in the country than any other country in Europe except for Italy and Greece! So, if you would like to join me on this unforgettable expedition, please send a request.

I also offer a 3-day ice climbing and winter hiking trip in the Rila Mountains, which you can enjoy here.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

Price details

The price does not include flights, insurance, museum entries and personal expenses.


Day 1: Sofia/ Koprivshtitsa

Day 2: Beklemeto / Troyan monastery / Aprilci

Day 3: Veliko Tarnovo

Day 4: Shipka/Kazanlak

Day 5: Byala reka/Plovdiv

Day 6: The “Wonderful bridges”/ Bachkovo monastery

Day 7: Borovets/ Musala/Samokov

Day 8: 7 Rila lakes/ Sapareva banya

Day 9: Rila monastery/ Sofia

Day 10: Sofia guided tour/Departure



What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Forum Sofia Bulgaria
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Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel Sofia Bulgaria
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Arena di Serdica Residence Hotel Sofia Bulgaria
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About the guide

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Mountain Leader

I was born in the mountains and fell in love with them since I was a little kid. My father was an alpinist and I grew up surrounded by lots of mountaineering books from the family library. I love staying in and moving through a natural environment, no matter if on skis, crampons, bike, climbing or running shoes.

I started guiding in 2016 and I haven't stopped since then. What a great chance to turn my passion into my job! I'm a certified mountain guide in Bulgaria, climbing instructor and ski instructor. I'm working together with a great team of IFMGA and UIMLA certified guides. We work at Climbing and Mountaineering School in Sofia, where we give climbing courses.

We guide in all the Bulgarian mountains and abroad. In summer, we offer rock climbing, trail running and mountaineering tours; in winter, ski touring, freeriding, ice and mix climbing.

I look forward to sharing mountain adventures together!



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What people are saying about Kiril



From start to finish Kiril was the perfect guide! we had the most amazing time and would love to join him on future adventures. Thanks so much!



We had a very good climbing experience with our guide Kiril in the Rila mountains! Even though we were on different levels and had to change plans, Kiril always had an option at hand! Wouldn't want to miss a minute! Thank you so so much!



Kiril loves the mountains and it really shows. He is very experienced and explained everything carefully and patiently. He was also very flexible with adjusting the trip to our personal preferences. We loved our trip with him and would definitely recommend it!

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