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Rhodopes, Bulgaria 6-day guided snowshoeing trip

A UIMLA Tour Operator in the Top Guides team wants to lead you on a 6-day snowshoe tour through the breathtaking Rhodopes mountains.

Mountain RangeRhodope Mountains, Rila Mountains
Duration6 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Description

A wonderful snowshoeing trip awaits you! Come with us to the fantastic Rhodopes mountains in Bulgaria! It will be a 6-day excursion in a majestic mountain range that will leave you speechless.

The Rhodopes is the largest mountain area in Bulgaria. It occupies almost a fifth of the entire territory. It is located in the southern part of Bulgaria and it is filled with wild animals in the ancient forests, beautiful green hills (snowy for us) and rural landscapes.

We will also pass through many villages hidden within the Rhodopes mountains. The inhabitants of these villages are both Muslim and Christian, a fact which adds to the marvellous diversity of the area.

Together, we will trek on snowshoes to the Trigrad Cave and gorge and the village of Shiroka Luka (an architectural reserve). Also, we will trek to the village of Jagodina and to the town of Devin, famous for its mineral springs. In addition, you will have the chance of spending the night at local guest houses, so you will get to learn about the locals’ lifestyle and customs.

You don’t have a lot of experience snowshoeing? It’s not a problem since the trip’s difficulty is not high. You can also come with your family and children. We only require you to be in good physical conditions and you are able to trek for 3-4 hours a day.

Do not miss this great opportunity to visit the great Rhodopes in Bulgaria. We will spend 6 days surrounded by nature while practising the extraordinary winter sport of snowshoeing.

Join us and you will have the chance of witnessing the magnificence of one of the world’s most fascinating mountain ranges in Europe. Just send us a request, and it will be a great pleasure to guide you across the Rhodopes.

We can also lead you on a 3 day hut to hut snowshoe tour through the Rila mountains of Bulgaria.

Accommodation

3-star hotel or local guest houses.

Meeting point

Sofia or Plovdiv

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival- Drive to Chepelare (Rhodopes)

We will drive for 2 hours from Sofia or Plovdiv to Chepelare, a town located in a valley at 110 in the middle of the Rhodopes. Spend the night at a 3-star hotel there. You will have some free time.

Day 2: Bear's Mount-Snowshoeing to Chernatitsa Ridge-Descent to Chepelare

We will get at 1800m by taking a chair lift. Reach mountain top Bear’s Mount, for you to enjoy a great view of the mountains. Then, we will snowshoe to the Chernatitsa Ridge forests, inhabited by wild animals which leave visible footprints on the snow. Finally, we will descend to Chepelare by walking for 3 hours. Spend the night at the same hotel.

Day 3: Trigrad village, Cave and Gorge. Snowshoeing to Jagodina

We will head by car to Trigrad Village, famous for its views, Trigrad Cave and also Trigrad Gorge. While going there we will stop to visit Shiroka Luka village and we’ll take a walk. Then, we will visit the Trigrad cave and its marvellous underground waterfall.

When lunch is over, we will snowshoe for 2 hours to Jagodina, our next sleeping location. Spend the night at local guest houses. There, you can also try homemade dishes and talk to the mountain villagers.

Day 4: Reaching St. Ilya Mount top

We will walk for 3-4 hours until we reach the mountain top: St. Ilya Mount at 1560m. From this height you will be able to have a breathtaking view of the landscape around. You will have the afternoon free to visit, for example, the Jagodina cave, famous for its stalactites and stalagmites and pieces of historical evidence of past inhabitants nearby. Spend the night at the same guest house.

Day 5: Town of Devin and thermal water surroundings

We will pass through the Jagodina Gorge and then to the town of Devin, which is the area’s biggest settlement. We will see its famous thermal springs. We will walk for about 2 hours along the Devinska River with water so hot that you can take a swim even in winter with snow surrounding you. Finally, we will go back to Devin to spend the night at a guest house or 3-star hotel.

Day 6: Sightseeing and departure

If there’s time, we will visit once more the thermal pools or maybe the cities of Sofia or Plovdiv before your departure. Staying an extra day in those cities might be a nice way to end the trip.

 


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 1011 each

Group of 2

EUR 568 each

Group of 3

EUR 526 each

Group of 4

EUR 506 each

Group of 5

EUR 454 each

Group of 6

EUR 423 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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