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Rhodopes, Bulgaria, 4 Day Guided Hike

A UIMLA Tour Operator in the Top Guides team wants to lead you on a 4-day hiking journey through the Rhodopes mountain range of Bulgaria.

Mountain RangeRhodope Mountains, Rila Mountains
Duration4 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


The Rhodopes in Bulgaria is the largest mountain range in the country. And it is my intention, over the course of 4 exciting days, to guide you through as much of the area as possible. It is important to know that the mountains within the Rhodopes are just one part of why the area is so amazing. And while those mountains are a great part, there is a great deal more to see here. From the spectacular natural sights, to the small villages spread throughout, the area is simply amazing.

While the hiking time in the trip can be as much as 7 hours, the terrain is not too strenuous. Therefore, you don’t have to be a expert hiker to enjoy this trip. However, because of the long hikes, participants should be in good physical shape.

While we have included a more detailed itinerary below, we would like to illustrate some of the highlights, both natural and man-made, you will get to see and enjoy during this 4 day hike through the Rhodopes.

Participants will get see the town of Devin, home to some wonderfully, comfortable thermal pools. They will get to see the Yagodina cave and gorge. There is also the Trigrad gorge and the Devil’s throat cave. And all of that is just the first day!

Other highlights include:

  • The Perelik ridge
  • The Chairite lakes
  • The village of Mugla
  • Mount Karluk
  • The village of Gela
  • The Gela monastery
  • The Miraculous bridges
  • The Slivovdolsko Padalo waterfall
  • The Bachkovo monastery

As you can see, there is an abundance of amazing sights during this 4 day hike in the Rhodopes. From small local villages, where you can immerse into the Bulgarian culture, to natural sights that will amaze you, you will leave with many memories. So send us a request, and let us guide you.

We can also guide you on a 2 day hike above the seven Rila lakes and down to the famous Rila monestary.


Guest houses and small hotels in the local villages.

More info

Participants should bring the following items with them: hiking boots, rucksack (35-45 Litres), trekking poles, water and windproof jacket, rain cover, sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm hat and gloves, water bottle (1.5 Litres), travel liner (optional), torch, personal first aid kit.

Meeting point

Town of Devin, 2 hours by bus from Plovdiv, or 3.5 hours from Sofia.




Day 1: Devin - Yagodina - Trigrad

The trip will start in the town of Devin. From there participants will take a 30 minute transfer to the Yagodina cave before walking for an hour to the Yagodina village. After that we will walk for 2 hours to the Trigrad area, where we will spend the night in either a hotel or guest house in the village of Trigrad.

Day 2: Trigrad - Perelik ridge - Mugla

Today participants will hike for approximately 6 hours from the village of Trigrad to the Perelik ridge area, where we will spend the night in a guesthouse in the small, remote village of Mugla.

Day 3: Perelik ridge - Mount Karluk - Gela

Today participants will hike for approximately 6.5 hours while climbing to the top of the Perelik ridge. After that, we will climb Mount Karluk. And finally, we will make our way to the village of Gela, where we will spend the night in a local hotel.

Day 4: Gela - Shiroka Luka - Devin

On the final day participants will hike for approximately 2.5 hours from the Gela village to the village of Shiroka Luka, where you can catch a bus to Devin or Smolyan, the biggest town in Rhodopes, where you can catch a bus to either Plovdiv or Sofia.

About the guide

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Top Guides is an adventure travel company founded by three UIMLA-certified mountain guides Lyuben Grancharov, Dimiter Samounev, Alexander Serafimov. In 2016 we started as an association between certified local mountain guides united by the idea to ease and enrich the travelers’ outdoor experiences in Bulgaria.

Nowadays we are a leading tour operator specialized in authentic and tailored active tours throughout Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Turkey and Georgia.

We offer a wide-range of activities: hiking, trekking, rock climbing and mountain biking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ski touring and off-piste skiing.

All our guides are certified, experienced and passionate about their job and will guide you with a smile and care through the wild beauty of the Bulgarian and the Balkan mountains.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 645 each

Group of 2

EUR 372 each

Group of 3

EUR 289 each

Group of 4

EUR 248 each

Group of 5

EUR 227 each

Group of 6

EUR 207 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• The price includes transport to and from Sofia, luggage transfer only on day 2 and half board accommodation.

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