The Riddles of the Rila Mountains

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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 16+ years old
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Starts Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Ends Sofia, Bulgaria
  • +6
  • Climb the Balkans’ highest summit, Musala peak
  • See the famous Seven Rila Lakes
  • Enjoy Alpine scenary
Mount Rila is considered Bulgaria’s best alpine destination, offering a huge diversity of marked hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. Two popular tourist trails (the Е4 and the Е8) cross the mountain and it is home to the highest peak in the Balkans, Musala, which is located 2925 m above sea level, as well as plentiful glacier lakes.

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.
5 - Excellent
Based on 11 reviews
  • Robin
  • From England
  • On May 21 2019
5 - Excellent
Robin's review for another Traventuria Ltd. tour
“Every transfer was spot-on time with friendly drivers. The hikes were challenging as expected but led to some spectacular scenery. Pre-training and good hiking shoes, preferably boots, a must. Trails were well labelled with coloured markers and the route notes were very detailed and easy to follow. Accommodation was good. An excellent package and well priced.”
  • Thomas
  • From Denmark
  • On May 20 2019
5 - Excellent
Thomas' review for another Traventuria Ltd. tour
“Following our positive impressions of Bulgaria from our first tour there with Traventuria, we decided to opt for a self-guided experience, visiting this time one of the most remote regions of the country, close to the border with Greece. Naturally we booked this one with them too. Again the whole organization went very smooth. All local transfers were on time. The navigation materials we were given were very accurate and never let us down. We felt completely safe at all times, although on some of the hikes we didn't meet any other tourists at all. The whole experience walking unguided turned out to be one of our most memorable holidays ever. I dare to say we experienced the rural side of Bulgaria in one of the best possible ways, enjoying also great landscapes of uninhibited mountain ranges, isolated back roads, caves, gorges, rivers, meadows and dense forests. Local hosts have been most welcoming and food was really delicious. We were taken care of with hospitality and treated well during all breakfasts and dinners (especially in Lyaskovo village!). Definitely a place worth visiting before it gets popular.”
  • Peter
  • From Denmark
  • On May 20 2019
5 - Excellent
Peter's review for another Traventuria Ltd. tour
“What a great tour we had with Traventuria! When people think of a hike somewhere higher in Europe, they immediately think of the Alps. Well, the "Balkans Alps" are not at all less scenic. Pirin and Rila and stunning mountain ranges, full of peaks exceeding 2000m. We never got bored of summits and glacial lakes, which were following one after the other as we traced some of the most picturesque trails of these mountains. I particularly enjoyed the climb of Mt. Vihren in Pirin, which was nothing but stunning! This tour is perfect for active hikers, who wish to explore a less different region of Europe, but exceeding (IMO) many of the other popular trekking destinations. The ground logistics were perfect. The guide Nadya did a great job keeping us together and explaining everything we wanted to hear. Transfers were perfectly organized as well. The small hotels and pensions we used to stay overnight were comfortable and clean and the food we were served (especially when it was our guide's choice of the menu) were very tasty. Excellent tour, excellent tour organizer Traventuria!”
  • 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
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Rent of hiking poles
  • International flights
  • Bulgaria visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Cable car tickets
  • Expenses that are personal in nature, like phone calls and laundry
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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.


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.

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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).
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