Olympus, Pirin, Rila Mountains
People per Guide
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Type of Trip
Join me in this Balkan Mountains trek, traversing some of the most beautiful natural areas in Bulgaria and Greece.
The Balkan Mountains, also known as ‘Stara Planina’ (which means ‘old mountain’), are a mountain range at the east of the Balkan peninsula. These mountains cross Bulgaria and divide the country in two sides. They also occupy part of the countries of Serbia, Macedonia and Greece.
During this 8-day Balkan Mountains trek I will take you to the three highest peaks of this mountain range: Musala Peak (2925m), Vihren peak (2914m) and Mytikas (2917m). Each of them are surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of different protected areas.
Rila National Park, for instance, is the largest natural park in Bulgaria and the place where we’ll find Musala Peak, the highest summit of the Balkans.
I will also guide you through Pirin National Park (in Bulgaria), an area protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because of its natural and cultural attractions.
The last protected area to visit will be Mount Olympus National Park in Greece, where I’ll take you on a trek tour to its highest peak: Mytikas.
Finally, the trip includes some sightseeing through the most relevant historical and cultural spots in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city.
For further details, you can find the complete program of this Balkan Mountains trek below.
After your arrival at Sofia airport (in Bulgaria), you are transferred to Govedartsi mountain village, which is an hour away. There’s a short hike in the village. Afterwards, we spend the night there.
In Rila National Park we hike Musala (2925 m), which is the highest peak not only in Bulgaria but in the Balkans. Then, a short transfer leaves us in Borovets ski resort (1390m). Once there, we take the gondola lift towards Yastrebets Peak (2369 ml).
The summit of Musala Peak offers a wonderful view of the surrounding peaks of Rila Mountains. You can also admire the marble edges of Pirin Mountains, see Mount Vitosha and Sredna Gora Mountains, as well as the green summits of Rodopi Mountains.
This day involves between 6 or 7 hours of hiking. It’s worth mentioning you will enjoy some outstanding views of the Balkan Mountains.
Finally, we’re transferred to Bansko, where we stay for the night.
We are transferred to Gotse Delchev hut 1475 m. Once there, we take a chair lift to Bezbog hut 2240m. The hut is the starting point to hike Polejan peak (2851 m). From the summit of this mountain you can have a great view of Popovo Lake, the biggest and deepest lake in Pirin National Park. Our next destination is hiking Bezbog peak (2645 m). After that, we return to Bezbog hut and then to Bansko, where we spend the night. This day we spend four hours hiking.
We hike Mount Vihren at 2914 m, which is the highest peak in Pirin National Park. After a short travel we arrive to Vihren hut (1950 m). This hike gives you the chance of enjoying the views of most of Pirin’s peaks, as well as Vlahini and Bunderishki lakes. You may also find Edelweiss, a typical flower, among other rare plants flowering on the way.
We plan to have lunch in the summit, depending on weather conditions. We stay again in Bansko for the night.
This day involves almost eight hours of hiking.
We are transferred to Prionia, a city in Greece which is between four and five hours away. Once there, we hike to Kakalos hut (2650m) for almost five hours. We spend the night there.
This day we hike Mytikas peak (2917m) which is the highest peak in Mount Olympus National Park and the second highest on the Balkans. This hike takes seven hours. In the afternoon we return to Prionia and travel to Leptokaria, a village on Aegean sea coast where we spend the night.
We are transferred to Sofia (the capital of Bulgaria). On the way, we visit Rila Monastery, one of the country’s most famous landmarks.
After that we go sightseeing to the hermitage of St. Ivan Rilski. Our next stop are the Stob Pyramids, some amazing sand forms. We spend the night in Sofia.
Transfer from Sofia to the airport for departure.
If you interested in this Balkan Mountains trek, please contact me. I will be glad to be your guide for this trip.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer during the trip
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
-Rooms with 4 or more beds
-For groups of less than 4 people contact us for price.
-Dinner on day 7 is not included in the price, as well as entrance fees for cultural and historical sights.
About the Guide
I started snowboarding when only a few people were doing it. At the time, it was just an emerging sport. We used to experiment modifying our equipment by hand. We didn't know about first lines or powder days, we were simply having fun and enjoying amazing snow.
As things got more serious, I gained experience and learned more about the mountains. I found so many new possibilities!
From the mountains, I learned how to enjoy with just the essentials, to travel lightly and to cherish the company of a friend on the snow. But I also learned responsibility and learned from my mistakes.
This passion led me in 1994 to the Himalayas, where the beauty of the scenery and the amazing peaks were almost overwhelming. In summer, I started exploring the mountain and in this way I discovered climbing.
All of this inspired me to become a professional. Now I have a Ski Instructor Qualification Class C, a Professional Mountain Leader UIMLA Qualification and in 2009 I became the first Bulgarian snowboard guide. Since 2017, I'm a snowboard Instructor qualification Level “3” and international ISIA.
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