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8 Days Guided Hiking Tour in Rila and Pirin National Parks

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8 Days Guided Hiking Tour in Rila and Pirin National Parks

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) and will enjoy a guided Sofia city tour. Take Rila and Pirin tour!

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

Goverdartsi, 3 Nights
DAY 2

Round hike in the Malyovitsa valley

The Malyovitsa valley is one of the most beautiful one. Our first goal is the Malyovitsa hut where we can make a break. The next section is ascending to some upper lakes on the foot of jagged peaks. The Kupenite peak is truly stunning with its vertical north face. We descend down pass Yonchevo Lake.

Goverdartsi, 3 Nights
DAY 3

Mussala Peak-the highest in the Balkans

In our first hike in Rila Mountains we will attempt to climb the highest peak – Mt.Mussala (2925m). We take the gondola lift from Borovets Ski Center and from the final stop of the lift we enter in the alpine zone of the mountain.

Goverdartsi, 3 Nights
DAY 4

Round hike to the Rila Seven 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. Descend back down and drive to Rila Monastery (UNESCO site) and Bansko. Read more

Bansko, 3 Nights
DAY 5

Todorina Porta Mountains Pass

Today we ascend to Todorina Porta, which is a high mountain pass from where views are taken in all four directions- really spectacular! Continue from there and descend to the lakes surrounded by flower meadows. Reach the forest and walk down to Hut Demianitsa. On the way down, do not miss to see the waterfall Julenski Skok. Transfer back to Bansko. Read more

Bansko, 3 Nights
DAY 6

Climb the Vihren Peak

Today’s hike is an absolute highlight – we attempt to climb the highest peak in Pirin Mountains. We start from hut Vihren at about 1950m. The whole hike is above the tree line with limited water resources. The ascent is done from the north side of the summit. The last 300m are a real challenge but reaching the peak (2914m) is rewarding! Enjoy 360 degrees panorama. We descend down from south with gorgeous views to peaks and lakes. Read more

Bansko, 3 Nights
DAY 7

Bezbog Hut and Popovo Glacial Lake

The day will start with a transfer to the area of Bezbog, where one of the biggest glacial lakes in Bulgaria is hidden. To reach it we will take the chairlift to Bezbog Hut (2236m), from there we will enjoy the easy walk to Popovo Lake. For the most enthusiastic ones there is a possibility of climb to Bezbog peak (2645m). Back to the starting point and transfer to Sofia. Read more

Sofia, 1 Night
DAY 8

Departing Sofia

Morning sightseeing walk in the centre and see all major cultural monuments like the Alexander Nevski Cathedral – the symbol of Sofia. Transfer to the airport - 8 Days Guided Hiking Tour in Rila and Pirin National Parks ends.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Govedartsi
Day 4
Location Bansko
Hotel Hotel Martin
Day 7
Location Sofia
Hotel Hotel Nicky

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • 3 nights in a family-run guesthouse in Govedartsi
  • 3 nights in a family-run guesthouse in Bansko.
  • 1 night in a 3* hotel in the center of Sofia.
  • 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Professional English-speaking mountain guide
  • Chairlift tickets (Musala; Rila Lakes; Bezbog)
  • Transfers and drives according to itinerary

Package excludes

  • meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • museum entry fees
  • flights and taxes

More information

  • Single room supplement 90 Euro
  • This tour can be easily tailored depending on your preferences.
  • 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 hotels you may be accomodated in similar hotels.

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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.

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