- duration 8 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 16+ years old
- max group size 16
- guiding method Self guided/Independent
- Climb the Balkans’ highest summit, Musala peak
- See the famous Seven Rila Lakes
- Enjoy Alpine scenary
Book this eight-day, self-guided tour and enjoy the beauty of Bulgarian Alps. This trip starts on the second day, when you climb Cherni Vrah and transfer to the Rila Mountains. For the next two days, you will stay in the village of Govedartsi and explore the surrounding areas, traversing forests and enjoying the beauty of highland meadows and pristine glacial lakes.
Hike through Malyovitsa and Maritsa valleys after that and climb Musala peak. We will transfer you to Sofia International Airport on the last day of this tour.
Please note that this trek is rather arduous and suitable for people experienced in alpine trekking. The trails are well marked and we provide travelers with maps and detailed descriptions of the routes in English. For more details, please go through the itinerary below.
Day 1: Sofia arrival
Day 2: Climb Cherni Vrah peak and transfer to Govedartsi
Day 3: Govedartsi village trek
Day 4: The Seven Rila Lakes
Day 5: Malyovitsa Valley trek & transfer to Borovets
Day 6: Maritsa River Valley trek
Day 7: Climb Musala peak
Day 8: Sofia departure
- Meals: 7 breakfast and 3 dinners
- Transfers to and from Sofia International Airport (only on the first & the last date of the tour)
- All other transfers as per the itinerary
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Luggage transport
- A detailed English description of the routes along with a tourist maps of the Rila
- GPS tracker
- Emergency hotline number
- All local taxes
- Rent of hiking poles
- International flights
- Bulgaria visa
- Travel insurance
- Cable car tickets
- Expenses that are personal in nature, like phone calls and laundry
- Earn US$ 21+ in travel credits.
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.Payment
A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.Travel Insurance
We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.Other Practical InformationYou walk every day with just a daypack. The rest/unnecessary luggage either remains inside the transfer vehicle, or in your accommodation. A day trip to the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO heritage site and probably the most famous tourist attraction in Bulgaria is a natural extension of this tour, which many clients prefer to book with us. This involves an extra night in Sofia which is normally appreciated by everyone, allowing also more time to explore the capital. See the ”essentials” box on the right for further details. Best period: this tour can start every day during the period mid-June – mid-September; traveling on later dates is also possible (till the end of October), but with a program reduction (the climb to Mt. Musala will be waived since the lift used for it won’t be working after mid-September). Extension to Rila Monastery: 90 € per person (in a group of 2 persons or more sharing a double room; single room supplement: 25 €) (included: pick-up from Borovets Resort on Day 8, transfer to Rila Monastery, a guided tour inside the monastery (in English), entry to the museum in the monastery, transfer to Sofia, overnight B&B in 3-star centrally located hotel on BB, transfer to Sofia Airport on Day 9; not included: lunch and supper on Day 8).