Rila and Pirin mountains
Rugged, wild and dramatic the Rila and Pirin mountains of Bulgaria have some of the most breath taking and remote mountain scenery in Europe. With a wonderful mix of Greek and Ottoman influences, this fascinating country manages to combine jaw-dropping trekking with wonderful hospitality. We kick off style with a superb ascent of the country's highest peak, Mount Musala (2925m) before traversing the magnificent Rila Mountains via the Seven Lakes. After the second Rila peak of Maliovitsa (2730m), we transfer through spectacular scenery and visit the fantastically located UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rila Monastery. Next we leave the Rila Mountains and head to the striking Pirin Mountains where we follow ridge-top paths and traverse alpine meadows up to the shores of the atmospheric Dark Lake.
This wonderful location is a highlight of the holiday as we stay in a remote mountain refuge, surrounded by amazing scenery. Finally we leave the best till last with an ascent of magnificent Vihren (2917m) before attempting Kotelo (2911m) along the airy Marble Ridge.
Meet at the group hotel in Sofia.
Transfer to Borovets. Spectacular ascent of Musala (2925m). Short transfer to Samokov.
Start our mountain Traverse of the Rila Mountains via the Seven Lakes and Green Ridge.
Ascent of Maliovitsa (2729m) in the Rila National Park. Transfer to Bansko.
Start of two day trek into the Pirin Mountains via the Hanging Valley and Dark Lake.
Fantastic day of ridge walking to the Vihren Hut. Transfer to Bankso
Memorable day on the airy Marble Ridge and the ascent of Vihren (2917m). Transfer to Bansko.
Departure Day. A single timed transfer from Bankso to Sofia Airport is provided.
accommodation on half board (breakfast and dinner), all necessary transfers, mountain guide
drinks, personal expenses, insurance, travel to Sofia