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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.


Rila Mountains, Balkan Mountains

10 Days

Jun, Jul, 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

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Lift tickets

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

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




4 nights in a family guesthouse and 5 nights in a hotel.

Meeting point


About the guide

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!




Sofia, Bulgaria

What people are saying about Kiril Popbozhikov

João Teixeira


September, 2022

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Fiona Turrell


September, 2022

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!

Lesley Kaplan


August, 2022

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!

Seamus Mulholland


March, 2022

Musala Peak is a good day out in the mountains, fairly straightforward, with the option of including a section of technical ridge if wanted. Various options to ski down. Kiril was great - good communication and preparation, I felt confident in his ability, and he made sure it was a good day out. Would definitely recommend Kiril. Explore-Share were great for linking me up with Kiril.

Paul Klaassens


July, 2021

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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