2-Days Hiking through the Rila Mountains

Explore Bulgaria’s rugged mountains and glacial lakes on a 2-day hike, with a night in a comfortable family-owned pension

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2-Days Hiking through the Rila Mountains

Explore Bulgaria’s rugged mountains and glacial lakes on a 2-day hike, with a night in a comfortable family-owned pension

The beautiful Rila mountain range in southwestern Bulgaria is considered the Alps of the Balkans. The range contains the highest peak in the Balkan Peninsula (Mount Musala, 2925 m), countless glacial lakes, pristine alpine meadows, and rare flora and fauna. You’ll spend your days hiking through this remarkable landscape with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide, and spend a night at local family-run pension in the mountains. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 2 days of guided alpine hiking
  • 1 night of accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Round trip transfers between Sofia the hike
  • All transportation during the hike
  • Luggage transfer to your accommodation
  • All local taxes

Perfect for:
This hiking tour is perfect for active adventurers with limited time who want to experience the best of Bulgaria’s rugged mountain landscape.

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Service & Itinerary back to top

Day 1: Sofia to Govedartsi, and Seven Rila Lakes Cirque (1.5 hours driving, 6 hours hiking)

Your host will pick you up early in Sofia and drive you to the mountain village of Govedartsi. Your trek begins from there with a shady hike through ancient spruce forests, then up into the alpine to access the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque. There you’ll spend the day hiking through a landscape of crystal lakes, jagged ridges, and alpine meadows. The famous glacial lakes will take your breath away with their magnificent scenery, especially when you reach the highest one and can look down on them all. Descend back to Govedartsi where you’ll spend the night in a friendly family-run pension and dine on delicious traditional food. (16 km, 1000 m gain and loss, difficult)

Day 2: Govedartsi to Malyovitsa Valley, then Sofia (2 hours driving, 6 hours hiking)

After breakfast at your pension you’ll transfer to the Malyovitsa Resort. There you’ll hike through spectacular alpine landscapes, among clusters of glacial lakes and flower-filled meadows, and past Strashno Ezero (“Scary Lake”). Descend to Yonchevo Lake and complete the loop back to Malyovitsa Resort. From there you’ll be driven back to your accommodation in Sofia (12 km, 900 m gain and loss, difficult)

Accommodation back to top

You will stay in a small, three-star, family-run pension in Govedartsi. The pension features ensuite double rooms with private balconies, an onsite restaurant serving traditional Bulgarian food, wireless internet access, and stellar mountain views.

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Concierge service back to top

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Hiking Poles Payable Before Departure
Hiking Poles £10.00 Per Person
Extra night + private transfer Payable Before Departure
single room in 3* Sofia hotel incl. breakfast and transfer to the airport. £70.00 Per Person
twin/dbl room in 3* Sofia hotel, incl. breakfast and transfer to the airport, £50.00 Per Person
Single occupancy Payable Before Departure
Single occupancy £90.00 Per Person

Custom & Private Trips back to top

Private and custom groups can be organised to suit your dates from mid-June to mid-September.

Guide prices:
2 - 3 people: £235/person
4 - 5 people : £180/person
6 - 7 people: £155/person
8 people: £145/person

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The Rila Mountains are the highest in the Balkans. The name refers to its high number of beautiful mountain lakes—more than 200! The rugged, glacial mountains are home to the Rila National Park and four nature reserves, protecting such wildlife as hedgehogs, martens, foxes, bears, deer and ibex. Eagles and falcons often soar overhead. Local points of interest include the UNESCO listed Rila Monastery; Sapareva Banya, a hot mineral springs with a modern public bath; and Kalin Dam, the highest—and most scenic!—dam in the Balkans.

Start point?
Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Sofia early on the first day of the tour, so be sure to arrive at least one day before. They will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Sofia late on the last day of the tour. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
There are regular flights to Sofia throughout the year. The mountains are just a couple hours south of the airport, so you won’t waste time getting to your destination.

Frequently Asked Questions back to top

What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to and from Sofia
  • Accommodation in Sofia before and after the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide
  • Lunches, snacks and drinks
  • Mountain maps (optional)

How fit do I need to be?

Due to the long days of hiking over complex terrain, this tour is recommended for fit and experienced hikers only.

What’s the weather like?

The high peaks in the Rila Mountains see high temperatures reaching just 6 – 10 °C in the summer. The valleys are much warmer with high temperatures around 18 - 22 °C. Nights are significantly cooler. Monthly rainfall amounts range from 47 – 121 mm, but an average of just 6 – 9 days each month are rainy. June is the wettest month of the summer.

What’s the food like?

Bulgarian food is very Mediterranean. Popular dishes include shopska salad (like a Greek salad), moussaka, pastries, stuffed vine leaves sausages, cured meats and hearty stews. Common ingredients are yogurt, cheese, legumes, and a variety of vegetables. Dinner and breakfast are included in the tour price.

Can my dietary restrictions be accommodated?

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

What should I pack?

You will need to provide all of your own hiking equipment, including hiking clothes for all temperatures and weather conditions, a small backpack, trekking poles, sturdy hiking boots, and sun protection. Your host will send your luggage ahead to your hotel in Govedartsi, so you can also pack a normal suitcase for traveling. Trekking poles are available to rent through your host; inquire at booking.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3 adventurers

By Sophia on 12/06/2017 who travelled in May, 2017

An amazing experience, well organised and full of variety, great simple hotels and food. The guide was fantastic. Thoroughly recommend to anyone who wants challenging walking and spectacular scenery on a very well managed trek.

By Tom on 12/06/2017 who travelled in May, 2017

What a brilliant holiday! Very well organised, beautiful scenery, excellent guide, good camaraderie in the group, good food and hospitality/places to stay. It made a big difference in only having to carry a day pack since the rest of the luggage was taken care of.

By Valerie on 12/06/2017 who travelled in May, 2017

Fabulous country, people, scenery. Wonderful hospitality. Perfect organisation by Traventuria. Would highly recommend.

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Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Activity Transfers
  • Guide
  • Meals As Described
  • Permits

Concierge service offered.
Your host can help arrange the extras you’ll need.

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