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8-day hiking tour in Rila and Pirin National Parks

8-day hiking tour in Rila and Pirin National Parks
On our way to Mt Vihren which passes through the Koncheto saddle, Pirin Mountains
8-day hiking tour in Rila and Pirin National Parks
Above the Kidney lake in the cirque of the Seven Rila lakes, Rila Mountains

Join a local certified guide on this great journey to the highest mountain ranges in Bulgaria and enjoy one of the most unique natural environments in Europe.

Rila Mountains, Pirin

8 Days

Jun, Aug - Oct




During this 8-days hiking tour you will be able to appreciate Bulgarian natural landscape and its variety of mountains, hills, rivers and valleys and also get to know the country’s rural life and traditional food.

This tour is the perfect excuse for hiking around the Rila and Pirin mountains ranges, the highest in Bulgaria, and for visiting Rila Monastery, which has outstanding universal value (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

During this tour, you will reach the highest peak in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula, Mount Mussala (2925 meters), and visit the Seven Rila Lakes, the most popular glacial lakes in the country. You will also ascend the second highest peak in Bulgaria, Mount Vihren (2914 meters) and reward yourself with a 360° panorama.

Please find a more detailed itinerary below and take into account that this trip can be quite demanding. Our tour can always be adapted to your preferences. Just write to me so that we can arrange a new schedule depending on your preferences.

Do not waste time! Request to book this hiking tour and prepare yourself to be amazed by Bulgarian natural beauty.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Lift tickets

- Transport during the trip

Price details

*The price includes:*

3 nights in a family-run guesthouse in Govedartsi

3 nights in a family-run guesthouse in Bansko.

1 night in a 3* hotel in the center of Sofia.

7 breakfasts and 7 dinners

Professional English-speaking mountain guide

Chairlift tickets (Musala; Rila Lakes; Bezbog)

Transfers and drives according to itinerary

*The price excludes:*

meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary

museum entry fees

flights and taxes


Day 1: Arrival in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Transfer to Govedartsi village, which is located at the foot of Rila Mountains

Day 2: Hike in the Malyovitsa valley

Day 3: Ascent to Mussala Peak (2925 meters), the highest one in the Balkans

Day 4: Visit to the Seven Rila Lakes and the Rila Monastery

Day 5: Ascent to Todorina Porta Mountains

Day 6: Ascent to the Vihren Peak (2914 meters)

Day 7: Bezbog Hut and Popovo Glacial Lake

Day 8: Sightseeing walk in Sofia


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

We specialize in off-the-beaten track experiences with unique itineraries throughout the country and the whole Balkan Peninsula.



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