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8-day guided hike around Rila and Pirin Mountains

Follow Simeon, a local certified mountain guide, and reach the highest peaks in the Rila and Pirin Mountains on this 8-day hike in Bulgaria.

Mountain RangePirin, Rila Mountains
Duration8 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Enjoy hiking and getting to the highest peaks on this 8-day program to the Rila and Pirin Mountains, two astonishing mountain ranges located in southwestern Bulgaria.

Our meeting point will be at the Sofia Airport in the capital city of the country. During the hike, we will trek the Musala peak (2,925 m), which is the highest mountain in Bulgaria and in the Balkan Mountains. We will also reach Malyovitsa  (2,729 m) and visit the Seven Rila Lakes, a beautiful group of glacial lakes in the Rila Mountains and the Rila Monastery. As for the Pirin range, we’ll get to the top of its highest point, the Mount Vihren (2,914 m). They’ll be eight days of pure hiking with a really amazing background. 

Please take a look at the itinerary below for further information. Keep in mind that this trip implies a physical and technical moderate to strenuous difficulty. So you must be prepared to walk during 3 to 7 hours per day and face an elevation gain of around 900 meters during the hikes. 

Are you interested in this fantastic hike in Rila and Pirin Mountains? All you have to do is send your request to book the trip. I will be glad to guide you across this incredible Bulgarian area!



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Meeting point

Sofia Airport, Bulgaria




Day 1: Welcome

We’ll transfer you from Sofia Airport to Govedartsi in a one and a half-hour drive.

Day 2: Musala peak

We’ll go to the Borovets resort to take a lift.  Afterwards, we’ll walk during 6 hours and reach the Musala peak (2,925 meters).

Day 3: Malyovitsa

On day 3, we’ll hike for 6 hours and reach the Malyovitsa peak (2,729 meters).

Day 4: Seven Rila Lakes

After a 6-hour hike, we’ll get to the Seven Rila Lakes.

Day 5: Rila Monastery

We’ll visit the Rila Monastery and then go to Bansko city, at the foot of the Pirin Mountains.

Day 6: Vihren peak

From the Vihren hut (1,950 meters), we’ll take a 6 to 8 hours hike to Mount Vihren (2,914 meters). At the end, we will see the oldest tree in Bulgaria.

Day 7: Todorina Porta Mountain Pass

We’ll hike from the hut across Todorina Porta to Demianitsa hut (7 hours).

Day 8: Departure

Finally, we’ll transfer you to Sofia and say goodbye.

About the guide

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I've been lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel a lot, most of all in my country and the surrounding ones, but travel has been part of my life since forever. It started as my hobby and a preferred way to spend my holidays which, with the time, naturally evolved into being part of my professional career.

Bulgaria has 2 alpine Mountains which are not the largest in the World, but offer great deal for Mountaineering. Having 4 seasons, I'm able to practice both rock & ice climbing as well as Ski touring and snowshoeing.

I started guiding 7 years ago and, for the moment, I work with foreign people travelling in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula. I guide hiking, scrambling, climbing and mountain biking tours and I work in a cooperation with a few Bulgarian colleagues of mine.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1011 each

Group of 2

EUR 506 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Meals included: 7 breakfast and 4 dinners. Not included: extra meals and drinks, museum entrance fees, personal expenses, flights, and taxes.

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