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8 Days Self-Guided Hiking Trip in Rila and Pirin Mountains

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Radostina Yotova

Odysseia-IN Travel

Odysseia-In was a visionary project for its time, founded 28 years ago by Lubomir Popiordanov.

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8 Days Self-Guided Hiking Trip in Rila and Pirin Mountains

Bulgaria is a country, which makes an instant impression with its well-preserved natural environment. Despite its small size, it has a fascinating natural diversity of mountains and hills, rivers and valleys. This comprehensive tour provides the opportunity to hike in the highest Bulgarian mountain ranges – Rila and Pirin. We will also visit Rila Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

DAY 1

Welcome to Bulgaria

Arrive in Sofia – the capital of Bulgaria. From the airport we make a transfer to Govedartsi village, which is set on the foot of Rila Mountains – one of the three National Parks in the country. Here we stay for 3 nights in a family-run guesthouse. Enjoy a traditional meal for dinner and discuss the tour with your guide. Read more

Iskar, Govedartsi, 4 nights
DAY 2

Hike to the Roof of the Balkans – Musala

Transfer to Borovets resort. Take the cabin lift up. Self-Guided Hiking walk from Yastrebets Cabin lift to Musala Peak and back. Dinner and overnight Self-Guided Hiking time: 6 hours. + 650m; – 650m.

Iskar, Govedartsi
DAY 3

Hike to Maliovitsa Peak

Hike from the Mountaineering school to Malyovitsa peak. Dinner and overnight Self-Guided Hiking time: 6 hours. + 900m; – 900m.

Iskar, Govedartsi
DAY 4

Hike to The Seven Rila Lakes

Walk from Hut Vada to the area of the Seven Rila Lakes. The valley of the Rila Seven Lakes is one of the most popular and spectacular places in Rila Mountains. The first of seven lakes is situated just where the forest ends. The second one is called the Fish Lake. Next to it is a hut where we can make a break. The other lakes are situated on different levels in the great valley. Dinner and overnight Self-Guided Hiking time: 6 hours. + 700m; – 700m. Read more

Iskar, Govedartsi,
DAY 5

Rila Monastery

Transfer to Rila Monastery. Visit ot Rila monastery – UNESCO heritage site. Transfer to Bansko city, located at the foothill of the Pirin Mountains. Dinner and overnight

Martin, Bansko, 3 nights
DAY 6

Hike to Vihren Peak

Walk from Hut Vihren (1950m) to the second highest peak in Bulgaria – Mt Vihren 2914m. Finish at the oldest tree in Bulgaria the Baikusheva Mura (more than 1300 years old). Overnight Self-Guided Hiking time: 6 – 8 hours. + 1000m; – 1000m.

Martin, Bansko
DAY 7

Todorina Porta Mountain Pass

Hike from Hut Vihren (1950m). through Todorina porta and finish at hut Demianitsa. Overnight. Self-Guided Hiking time: 7 hours. + 600m; – 1300m.

Martin, Bansko
DAY 8

Back to Sofia

Transfer to Sofia, a transfer for about 2,30 hours. Arrive at Sofia Airport and check in for your return flight. Self-Guided Hiking in Rila and Pirin mountains tour ends.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Govedartsi village
Day 5
Location Bansko town

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • accommodation in family-run 2-3* hotels
  • 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • trip dossier and maps for all hikes
  • all transfers, including from and to Sofia Airport wit a private car

Package excludes

  • meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • museum entrance fees
  • personal expenses
  • flights and taxes

More information

  • Single room supplement 90 Euro
  • This tour can be easily tailored depending on your preferences. Because of the transportation with a private car we limited the participation number of max. 4 participants. For bigger groups see our 8 days guided tour in Rila and Pirin or contact us for possibility to tailor this trip for a bigger group.
  • If you would like to make a longer or shorter trip this can be arranged, just write us.
  • In case of full occupancy of the above mentioned hotel you may be accomodated in similar hotel.

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THE TEAM

Lubomir Popiordanov

Lubomir Popiordanov, CEO of Odysseia-In, has a huge background: master of law, mountaineer, passionate traveler, photographer, painter, author of a book, producer of films, publisher and philanthropist, freelance journalist…!

Momchil Damyanov

Momchil is a mountain guide, who has turned his hobby – trekking and climbing in the mountains – into a profession. He prefers working in the high mountains, but also likes going to all places with beautiful and well preserved nature. He speaks French.

Denitsa Petrova

Denitsa leads many of our Spanish and English groups in summer. She is an active ecologist and in the front lines of the Bulgarian organizations for nature protection. She loves flowers and all little creatures on earth.

Simeon Dimitrov

Simeon is passionate about travel and takes every opportunity to hit the road. It could be the dirt road on his bike, or the 1300steps to reach Machu Picchu, or the fresh snow up in the Mountains…He speaks English and Spanish.

Zornitsa Lasarova

Zornitsa or just "Zori" is really passionate about being in the mountains and exploring the world by hiking. She is qualified mountain guide in English and German language and works as an interpreter too.

Bilyiana Nikolova

Biliana is an experienced mountain guide. Her favorite mountain ranges are the alpine Rila and Pirin. She also has a passion for medieval art and music. Bilyana speaks German, English and Italian.

Martin Nedelchev

Martin is a very experienced mountain guide. Apart from that he is also a team-building instructor. Martin is a big fan of free riding and off piste skiing. Martin speaks Spanish, French and English.

Ivailo Katerski

Ivaylo is our wine expert - WSET® CERTIFIED Level 2 Wines & Spirits by the London Wine & Spirit School, also a certified tour guide. He speaks fluently English and German, regularly visits wine events in Bulgaria and also adores travelling.

Mihail Mihov

Mihail or just Misho is a licensed mountain leader and in the summer is usually “outdoors”. He loves working in the field of responsible tourism and education of mountain guides. Mihail speaks German and English.

Mitko Samounev

Mitko is a mountain guide with a lot of knowlidge about nature and wildlife. He has graduated the University of Forestry and leads summer and winter snowshoeing groups. Mitko speaks English and Spanish.

Stela Samouneva

Stela is is a passionate traveler, nature enthusiast and active mother. She has graduated as Bachelor in Geology and International Travel and Tourism. Her interests are: hiking, ski-touring, folklore dances and children education.

Ivan Dinkov

Ivan has climbed 18 peaks in the Alps including Montblanc and Dufourspitze. Travelling a lot across the whole Balkan Peninsula, he has climbed almost each mountain in Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Romania and Montenegro.

Odysseia-In was a visionary project for its time, founded 28 years ago by Lubomir Popiordanov.

If you have any questions or you want to customize your trip we are here for you at any time.

  • Languages:German, English, Spanish, French
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