HIKING IN THE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN RANGES OF RILA AND PIRIN NATIONAL PARKS

Program 8 days (7 nights)

 

LAND ONLY price: 2-4 persons: 560 Euro per person

 

Included is: FB at Maliovitza, FB in Bansko (but NOT the dinner on day 6), BB in Sofia, all the transfers, map of the visited areas.

Rila Mountain - The most majestic Bulgarian Mountain, highest peak Moussala (2,925 m); 219 high-mountain lakes, over 2,000 plant varieties and a rich animal world.

 

The natural setting for Bulgaria's most famous monastery - Rila Monastery, and the country's oldest winter resort - Borovets. 

 

Rila National Park - One of the youngest Bulgarian national parks, covering nearly half of the Rila mountain range, Rila's national park is situated in the Southwest of Bulgaria and is renowned for the Seven Rila lakes, a hiker's paradise. The scenery is breathtaking and here the visitor can find peace with the sound of the water flowing over the rocks in the many streams and rivers.

 

 

 

Pirin Mountain - The country's second highest mountain, highest peak Vihren (2,914 in), 176 mountain lakes and about 100 varieties of rare plants, including the edelweiss and the famous Baikousheva fir, almost 1,300 years old. Location of the well-known climatic and spa resort of Sandanski and the latest Bulgarian ski center Bansko.

 

Pirin National Park is situated on the highest part of the Pirin mountain range whose peak's surpass 2,500 meters, and thanks to the influence of the Mediterranean climate the beautiful landscape abounds with rich vegetation and fauna.

 

 

 

Bansko is located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains and right below the Pirin National Park, included in the List of Word Natural Heritage. 

 

Fortified houses make of stone appeared in Bansko during the early National Revival period. Bansko’s architecture resembles monastery construction - carefully jointed stone masonry, few and small gridded windows, framer with decorative bricks. But behind the walls will see the real Bulgarian hospitality and preserve traditions and handicraft.

 

 

 

Day 1: Sofia – Maliovitza region

 

Arriving in Sofia. Direct transfer (100km. 1.30h) to the region of Maliovitza, well known as a paradise for climbing.

 

Overnight in small mountain hotel.

 

 

 

Day 2: Adaptation

 

About 4.30-5 h walk to the Strashnoto Lake. Lovely view to the summits of Kupanite. Descent and same accommodation. 

 

 

 

Day 3: Mt. Maliovitza

 

Depart from the hotel for a 6h hike to the magnificent summit of Maliovitza. About 1h hike to the mountain chalet of Maliovitza and via the Elenino Lake (Deer Lake 2500m.) climb the summit, symbol of Bulgarian alpinism.

 

Descent and same accommodation.

 

 

 

Day 4: Rila monastery – Bansko

 

Relaxing day. Transfer to the famous Rila monastery. Visit and short walk possible in the area. Transfer to Bansko, in the food of Pirin mountain. 

 

Accommodation in hotel***.

 

 

 

Day 5: Bansko – Tevno ezero (The Dark Lake)

 

Morning transfer of 20 km to mountain chalet Vichren. Nice walk 6 h on the ridge of Tipizite to the refuge of “Tevno ezero”. Overnight in dormitory.

 

 

 

Day 6: Tevno ezero – Bansko

 

About 5 h walk via the biggest Pirin lake – Popovo – to the mountain chalet Doze Deltchev. Transfer to Bansko and accommodation as Day 4.

 

 

 

Day 7: Bansko – Sofia

 

Transfer to the Bulgarian capital – Sofia – 160km, 3h. Free time

 

Accommodation in hotel in city centre.

 

 

Day 8: Transfer to the Airport, depart.