Rila, Olympus, Bulgaria, Greece 9 Day Guided Hike

Join state certified hiking, mountain biking and skiing guide Lyuben for an amazing 9 day hike in the Rila, Pirin, Olympus mountains of Bulgaria and Greece.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

9 days

Mountain Range

Olympus, Pirin, Rila Mountains

People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    Over the course of 9 exciting days, I want to guide you on an adventure that will stretch over 3 different mountain ranges and 2 countries. The mountain ranges are the Rila mountains and Pirin mountains of Bulgaria and the Olympus mountains of Greece. However, there is so much more you will get to see and do throughout this trip. From the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia, and the Aegean sea of Greece, to the Rila monastery, the variety is incredible.

    This is an extensive trek. There will be a lot of walking. Typically we will be hiking between 5 and 8 hours every day. Hence, all participants should be in good physical condition. They should also have some prior hiking experience.

    Throughout the trip, we will be staying in several different forms of accommodation. We will be spending our nights in hotels, family run guesthouses and mountain huts. All of these places offer their own unique advantages and charms.

    During the hike, we will be ascending 3 different peaks. Those peaks include the Polezhan peak (2,851m), Mount Vihren (2,914m), which is the highest peak in the Pirin mountains, and Mount Olympus (2,918m) otherwise known as Mytikas.

    There are many other wonderful highlights on this trip that stretches from the Rila mountains to Mount Olympus. They include the Belmeken dam, the village of Bansko, The Bezbog lake, various ancient Greek temples, the village of Paralia, the beautiful Rila monastery and so much more. It is also important to note that the views you will get of the natural landscape from the various peaks, as well as along the trails, are truly breathtaking.

    It would be my pleasure to guide you on this 9 day adventure. I know you will gain enough exciting memories to last a lifetime. So if you would like to join me on this amazing journey that will take you from Bulgaria to Greece and back again, just send me a request.

    I also offer a 5 day, hut to hut hike through the Balkans as well.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    1860 EUR

    Group of 2
    990 EUR

    Group of 3
    860 EUR

    Group of 4
    740 EUR

    Group of 5
    680 EUR

    Group of 6
    610 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Lifts tickets
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     The price includes transfers to and from Sofia, accommodation, and lift tickets.
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Sofia

      Today, participants will meet at Sofia, were we will spend the day and spend the night in a local hotel.

    • Day 2Bansko

      Today participants will transfer to the high dam of Belmeken. We will ascent to the Belmeken peak, before hiking down to the village of Bansko where we will spend the night in a local guesthouse.

    • Day 3Polezhan Peak (2,851m)

      Today participants will take a ride to the Bezbog hut and log before trekking to the Polezhan peak. Afterwards, we will hike back to Bansko, where we will spend the night in the same guesthouse.

    • Day 4Mount Vihren (2,914m)

      Today we will make our way up Mount Vihren before descending and making our way back to Bansko where we will spend the night in the same guesthouse.

    • Day 5Olympus mountain (2,918m)

      We will take a long, 5 hour transfer to Mount Olympus, which we will then ascend to the mountain hut at approximately 2000 metres, where we will spend the night.

    • Day 6Mount Olympus summit

      Today we will finish the ascent of Mount Olympus and reach the summit before making our way back down to the hut for the night.

    • Day 7Village of Paralia

      Today participants will make our way down Mount Olympus, crossing the plateau of the muses, then enjoying a swim in the Aegean sea before reaching the village of Paralia, where we will spend the night in a local hotel.

    • Day 8Rila Monastery

      Today we will make our return to Sofia in Bulgaria. However, we will first stop at the beautiful Rila monastery, before reaching the capital, where we will spend the night in a hotel.

    • Day 9Departure

      On the final day, participants will get to enjoy the sights of Sofia before returning home.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Sofia

    Accommodation

    Hotel in Sofia, Guest houses, Mountain huts, Hotel in the village of Paralia

    More info

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

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    My name is Lyuben and I'm a Bulgarian Mountain Guide with a ski touring diploma, living in Bulgaria. I have finished the UIMLA training and passed the exams. My hometown Bansko is surrounded by the main mountain ranges of the country - Rila, Pirin and the Rhodope Mountains, where I usually work. It is also not far from Greece where I organize trips regularly. I guide Bulgarian and foreign groups since 2006. The activities I offer are hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing.

    Personally I like travelling and climbing mountains around the world, ski touring and off-piste skiing. Been to the mountains of Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Greece and Romania. Mont Blanc and Dufourspitze in the Alps, ski tours in Tirol, trekking in Caucasus Mountains and in the mountains around Baikal Lake in Russia. Mount Kazbek in Georgia, Mount Kinabalu on Borneo Island, Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, Indonesia, trekking in the Ladakh region of India.

     
     
     

     

    What People are Saying about Lyuben Grancharov

     

    Amazing trip..... 100% recommend this trip... Lyuben was both professional and friendly. We loved it. A great activity to do with a non-skier in tow.
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    Jane
     

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