Join a UIMLA guide for a 1 week hiking tour through the Rila mountains and Pirin mountains of Bulgaria.
Pirin, Rila Mountains
Jun - Oct
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There are a number of incredible mountain ranges you can explore when you visit Bulgaria. There is the Balkans and the Rhodopes, as well as the Pirin mountains and the Rila mountains, which will be the focus of this trip. For an entire week, we will lead you through these two amazing collections of peaks. we will see to it that you get to see all of the highlights they offer. we will also see to it that you get to enjoy the beautiful, lush, natural landscape they both possess.
As a result of the length of time of this hiking adventure, the itinerary is very open ended. There is no strict schedule. Instead, we will discuss the trip prior to its beginning. We will go through everything from the meeting point, to which dates you want to enjoy it, to whether you want to stay in mountain huts or hotels, to what exactly you want to see. There is also the option of walking between 7-9 hours a day on tougher terrain, to a much easier 4-6 hour pace on easier terrain. we believe it is this kind of variety and freedom that makes this week long hike through the Rila mountains and Pirin mountains so exciting.
There are an abundance of highlights you will get to see on this 7 day hiking adventure including:
Mount Vihren (2,914m)
Mount Musala (2,925m)
The seven Rila lakes
Along with those highlights, there is also a number of beautiful blue lakes and gorgeous forests. Furthermore, you will have the chance to visit several small villages, where you can get a wonderful glimpse at local Bulgarian culture.
This week long hiking trek through the Rila mountains and the Pirin mountains is unbelievably exciting. And it would be our privilege to guide you through it. So if you want to explore this pair of majestic mountain ranges, just send us a request.
We also lead another 5 day, hut to hut Bulgarian hiking trip through the Balkans as well.
- Accommodation included
- Guiding fee
- Lift tickets
- Transport during the trip
The price includes transfers to and from Sofia, accommodation, and lift tickets.
Secure your spot with just 25% payment
48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking
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.
I work as a mountain leader since 2006, both with individuals and larger organized groups, mainly English speaking.
Together with a group of colleagues 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.
Russian | English | Bulgarian
Lyuben is a very good guide. More than a ski touring guide , he is a perfect travel organiser. We were a group of 4 Belgium guys around 50 to make the 4 days touring ski tour. He chose for us a very good family guesthouse, with very good food. He let us discover local thermal bath, traditional restaurant. About ski touring, Lyuben chose each day the best spot possible for the landscape and the snow adapted to the changing weather conditions. Time keeping was perfect. Zero stress for any situation. He has a comfortable car and does not hesitate to drive hours to bring us to the best area or to bring back us to the airport. Very friendly, super adaptive with us, I warmly recommend Lyuben.
Lyuben and Ivo were excellent. Communication was great. Lyuben helped us hire kit before arriving. Each day was great with a good variety or touring and excellent snow. thank you!
Wonderful 9-day hiking in the mountains of Bulgaria and Greece. It was easy to book a trip through the Explore-Share page. They responded quickly, everything was fine and well organized. My whole 9 days were very well organized. Guide picked me up on Sofia's airport and on the 9th day guide taken me back to the airport. Everything in between was organized by Top Guides Bulgaria. The physical effort was great, but it was worth it, wonderful views and very good emotions. I met three guides - Lyuben, Ruslan and Moni. They were very nice and friendly and very good guides. They kept my pace when hiking the mountains and helped and taught me if it was necessary. I felt safe and supported all the time. The hardest part for me was the last part of Mt. Olympus, climbing to the top, it took self-transcendence and a big effort. I haven't been rock climbing before. I am proud to myself that I made it. I was able to do this thanks to Lyuben's support, help and teachings. I am very grateful to him. When hiking in the mountains, you must be prepared to walk up the hill for several hours, which is physically difficult. At this time, wonderful views and feelings gives strength and the will to move on. Guide Moni had taken with him binocular. So we saw the animals and the birds more closer and he had knowledge to talk about them. In the mountains guide Ruslan talked about myths, local culture and nature. On the last day we had the city tour in Sofia. Guide Ruslan introduced me the historical buildings and told many interesting stories about history. All of it was very interesting to listen. The program of the days was very well structured. On the 5th day I felt physically tired and would not have been able to go hiking in the mountains straight away again. According to the plan, came the time to rest: Greece beach, the return trip to Bulgaria, a walk in the beautiful town of Bansko. After that I felt rested and enjoyed hiking in the mountains again. On the evenings of hiking days, you can relax: a delicious dinners in local restaurants, nights in lovely hotels and mountain huts, you can go to a mineral water spa, local market, etc. I am very satisfied and happy about this 9-day trip. Everything was very good. I have great memories and wonderful pictures of it. I definitely want to go back there, at another time of the year: to ski in the winter or to see waterfalls in the spring. Also, I would be happy to use the services of Explore-Share and Top Guides Bulgaria again when hiking in other regions.
A few words about the wonderful guide Kaloyan Peichev. He is a very responsible guide, a wonderful skier and a generous teacher, he has professional knowledge of mountains, snow, etc. and a very kind person.
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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