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PIRIN & RILA MOUNTAINS, BULGARIA'S MOST CLASSIC TREK

offered by supplier M21175 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Destination(s): Bulgaria  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Walking Tours  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 505 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 505 Euro (EUR)

Enjoy Bulgaria’s most picturesque alpine treks, climbing the Balkans’ tallest summits: Musala (2925m/9596ft) in the Rila and Vihren (2914m/9560ft) in the Pirin. Our route crosses huge national parks with broad alpine meadows and serrated summits, glacier lakes, stone rivers, encountering rare plant and animal life. The programme includes a visit of the Rila Monastery, listed by UNESCO and one of Bulgaria’s best-known sights.
The walking treks are rather arduous and suited to very fit people experienced in alpine walking. The hiking programme is based in two centres (one each in the Pirin and the Rila), allowing the routes to be additionally adapted to group specifics, and to be undertaken with only a small backpack with a day’s supplies of water, food, and clothing. There are sufficient alternative walking routes in case of bad weather.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- Pirin Mountains are the country's second highest mountain, considered also the most beautiful one. One can find here more than 170 glacial lakes and a large number of rare plants, including the edelweiss and the famous Baikusheva Fir, the latter almost 1,300 years old.
- Rila Mountains are the sixth highest in Europe, coming after the Caucasus, the Alps, Sierra Nevada, the Pyrenees and Mount Etna. The name Rila is allegedly of Thracian origin and is thought to mean "well-watered mountain", owing to Rila's abundance of glacial lakes (about 200) and hot springs in the faulty areas.
- Rila Monastery is one of the most remarkable monuments on the Balkan Peninsula equally for its size, natural surroundings, architecture, wall paintings and ancient history dating back to the 10th century.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: We meet you at Sofia Airport and transfer you to Bansko at the foot of Mount Pirin.

Day 2: Chair cable car to the Bezbog Hut. This is the setting-off point for the hiking trek to the Polezhan Summit (2851m/9354ft) which offers one of the most beautiful panoramas in the Pirin, over 17 stunning glacier lakes, including the largest Popovo Lake (30m/100ft deep). (5hrs of walking, climbing and descending 650m/2100ft.)

Day 3: Today, we visit one of the most picturesque parts of the Pirin: the Banderishki Lakes Cirque. The walking trek through the Todorina Porta takes us directly to the Yulen Nature Reserve, from where, by way of the Todorini Ochi Lakes, we descend into virgin fir groves to the Demyanitsa Hut. From here, we follow a shady path along the Demyanitsa River. (6-7hrs of walking, climbing 800m/2600ft and descending 900m/3000ft.)

Day 4: The idea today is to climb Vihren: Bulgaria’s second-highest and the Pirin’s highest summit. Breathtaking views offer themselves to us as we climb through the Golem Kazan (The Giant Cauldron) area bounded by the 400m/1300ft tall northern face of Vihren. (6-7hrs of walking, climbing and descending 1000m/3300ft.)

Day 5: We bid farewell to Pirin and set off for Rila. Our first stop is the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thence, we proceed to the Panichishte Resort, where we may visit the Skakavitsa Waterfall (70m/230ft) before supper. (3hrs of walking, climbing and descending 250m/800ft.)

Day 6: We go by cable car to the foot of the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque. Trekking past the Lakes, we continue along the crest where we enjoy further stunning views towards the Urdini and Elenski Lakes and the Rila Monastery in its deep valley beneath us. Passing the Malyovitsa Summit, we descend into the valley of the same name and settle into a family hotel at the village of Govedartsi. (6-7hrs of walking, climbing 800m/2600ft and descending 1000m/3300ft.)

Day 7: Today, we climb the Balkans’ highest summit: Musala (2925m/2596ft). A cable car takes us from the Borovets Resort to the setting-off point for the trek. The serrated wall of Musala never leaves our sight as we ascend through stone rivers and past glacier lakes and alpine huts. The genuinely impressive view from the peak to the surrounding mountains offers a deserving end to the whole adventure. (6hrs of walking, climbing and descending 750m/2460ft.)

Day 8: Transfer from Govedartsi to Sofia Airport.

Notes: you may book additional nights in Sofia before or after the tour, or book day trips with us to culture centres like Plovdiv, the Bachkovo Monastery, Koprivshtitsa, Starosel, or Veliko Tarnovo.

Accommodation: three-star and family hotels; rooms with en-suite facilities; breakfast and supper.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Rates:
- Price: 505 € (please contact us for quotation if you wish to travel on a different date)
- Single room supplement: 80 € (obligatory for all individual clients).

Price Includes:
- Transfers to and from Sofia Airport and all other transfers in the itinerary
- Accommodation and catering according to the itinerary
- English-speaking mountain guide for fixed-date itineraries
- Cable car tickets, and all local taxes.

Price Excludes:
- Museum entrance fees
- Extra food and drink
- Mountain maps
- Medical insurance
- Personal expenses.

Supplier Information
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Location: Bulgaria
Joined InfoHub: Feb 2012
Client Request Served: 5

M21175 is a completely licensed and insured Bulgarian tour operator (license number: PK-01-6434). The board of management has more than 30 years experience in the organisation of cultural excursions in Bulgaria. The company is specialised in offering individual solutions and aims to provide excellent quality at an...

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