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High Peaks Of Bulgaria

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  • Ascend Bulgaria's two highest peaks
The High Peaks of Bulgaria tour starts in Bansko and ends in Sofia. The High Peaks of Bulgaria is a Trekking tour that takes 8 days taking you from Bansko to Sofia and other destinations in Bulgaria.

South-western Bulgaria is dominated by two dramatic mountain ranges, the Pirin and the equally imposing Rila. We begin in the Pirin Mountains, trekking across glacial moraines and high passes, and attempting an ascent of Mt Vihren. Moving on to the Rila Mountains, we visit the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We then cross the mountain range, through ancient forests to the glacial lakes for which these mountains are famed. We conclude by summiting Musala, the highest peak in south-eastern Europe, before returning to Sofia.
Day 1 Fly to Sofia; transfer to Bansko.

Fly to Sofia. On arrival in the late afternoon we transfer 2 hours 45 minutes to our hotel in Bansko, an atmospheric mountain town at the gateway to the Pirin Mountains, which will be our base for the next three nights.

Day 2 Hike across the Todrina Porta pass (2500m) via Vasilashki and Bandersihki lakes.

Having hiked up the Demyanitsa Valley, we start a long steady climb which takes us first past the Vasilashki lakes, then two more small but beautifully formed lakes known as the 'Eyes of Todorka'. Eventually we cross over the high pass Todorina Porta (2,500m), an outstanding viewpoint, before descending steeply via the Bunderishki lakes to the Vihren hut where we will be picked up and driven on down to our base. This evening dinner is not included, leaving you free to choose your own place to eat from the many traditional inns and restaurants in the town Walking Time: 5-6 hours; Distance: 15km. Total Ascent: +1,200m; Total Descent: -650m.

Day 3 Ascent of Mt. Vihren (2914m), the highest peak in the Pirin Mountains.

Today we will attempt an ascent of Mt. Vihren (2,914m), the highest peak in the Pirin National Park and the second highest in Bulgaria. Beginning from the Vihren hut, our walk takes us steadily up into the dramatic Golyam Kazan cirque which lies directly beneath Vihren's towering 400 metre high north wall. Here, as well as enjoying breath-taking mountain scenery, we can also find several beautiful endemic alpine flowers such as the delicate yellow 'Pirin Poppy'. From the cirque, a long exciting scramble takes us up white marble rocks to the summit, which on a clear day offers a wonderful panorama over the entire Pirin range. There follows a steep descent back down to our bus for the return to Bansko. Once again this evening's dinner is not included, leaving you free to choose your own place to eat. Walking Time: 5-6 hours; Distance: 8km. Total Ascent: +1,000m; Total Descent: -1,000m.

Day 4 Visit the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walk in the surrounding nature reserve.

Leaving Bansko, we transfer to the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As well as visiting the monastery itself, we will also have a pleasant walk in the surrounding forests which have been designated a nature park. During our walk we will have the chance to visit a couple of isolated chapels and a cave which are closely associated with the intriguing life story of St. Ivan Rilski, a local hermit who was to become the patron saint of Bulgaria. Our accommodation for this night will be a hotel conveniently located in the beautiful Rilska Reka valley, just a short drive from the Monastery Walking Time: 1½ hours; Distance: 4km. Total Ascent: +250m; Total Descent: -100m.

Day 5 Panoramic hike through the heart of the Rila Mountains.

Whilst our luggage is transferred round the mountains by road, we make a long demanding trek through the heart of the Rila National Park. Our route leads us up and over one of the highest and most imposing ridges in the Rila Mountains. Finally rejoining our bus on the other side of the range, we transfer to our hotel in the small village of Govedartsi, where we will be based for two nights. Walking Time: 8 hours; Distance: 22km. Total Ascent: +1,400m; Total Descent: -1,000m.

Day 6 Ascent of Mt Malyovitsa (2729m).

Today we explore the region at the head of the Malyovitsa Valley, and attempt an ascent of Mt. Malyovitsa (2,729m), one of the highest and most imposing peaks in this part of the Rila Mountains. The whole walk offers stunning views, as well as an opportunity to observe an interesting variety of typical alpine birds. We then return to our hotel in Govedartsi for a second night. Walking Time: 6-7 hours; Distance: 12km. Total Ascent: +1,000m; Total Descent: -1,000m.

Day 7 Ascent of Mt Musala (2925m); transfer to Sofia.

Having checked out of our hotel, our goal for today is Mt. Musala (2,925m), the highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula. To accomplish the ascent as a day walk, we will use the cabin-lift from Borovets which will take us up to a starting altitude of about 2,300m. The route to the summit is well-graded, winding up past a succession of sparkling glacial lakes around the shores of which one can find blooming the endemic 'Rila Primrose'. We then end the day with a short 90 minute transfer to Sofia, where we will spend our final night. Walking Time: 6 hours; Distance: 12km. Total Ascent: +600m; Total Descent: -600m.

Day 8 End Sofia.

Our tour ends after breakfast.

what’s included
  • All breakfasts
  • 6 lunches and 5 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Sofia are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this High Peaks of Bulgaria tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Minimum Participants 5 people
Age Requirement 18+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Sofia/Sofia
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customer reviews
4.4 - Very Good Based on 5 reviews
Amazing panoramas, head earned.
4 - Very Good
“A great week with long days rewarded with amazing vistas and sweeping panoramas.”
BULGARIAN NATIONAL PARKS
4 - Very Good
“Great leader. Very tough walking but accomadation great, so would recommend separate gradeing of walking and accomadation.”
Fantastic hiking
5 - Excellent
“This was an excellent Exodus trip. Each hike was beautiful and challenging. It was interesting to hike two different mountain ranges; though unique, they both had stunning scenery and good trails. The Bulgarian food was good, and Vladimir our leader was superb. If you’re reasonably fit and love to hike, you can’t go wrong with this choice. This was our 4th Exodus trip and we had a wonderful time.”
Great walking holiday
4 - Very Good
“This was a great walking holiday in mountains that were not busy or developed in the same way of the alps. There was no technical climbing, but some scrambling and even rocky paths. The days were long, but with bus support we did not have to camp so could shower and relax in the evening.”
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A deposit of 198 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 17 December 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The High Peaks of Bulgaria tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this High Peaks of Bulgaria tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this High Peaks of Bulgaria tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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