Looking for an independent trekking tour to test your hiking fitness? Bored of the popular walking destinations in the Alps and the Pyrenees? You have come to the right place, looking at our most challenging self-guided hiking trek, which covers the very best of the highest Bulgarian mountains: Rila and Pirin. And for peace of mind – with all ground transfers included!
Climb the giant of Rila, Mount Musala (2925m), highest in Bulgaria and on the Balkan Peninsula, trace dramatic ridges, visit the world-famous UNESCO site Rila Monastery and thrill on the challenging climb to the Pirin summit of Mount Vihren (2914m). Panoramic mountain views will take your breath away along an almost infinite series of trails to alpine meadows, rocky Cirques, remote glacial lakes and onto spectacular ridges and summits.
This trip is definitely not suitable for novices as you'll be trekking high above the tree line, amongst some of the wildest mountains to be found in Europe. Of all self-guided hiking treks we offer in Bulgaria, this one is the most difficult. It is meant only for very well-trained hikers with an ample experience of dealing with bad climate conditions up in the mountains (incl. fog, thunderstorms etc.) and for people used to walk over rocky slopes for miles, overtaking steep ascends/descends now and then. The terrain is alpine and includes trails over steep slopes, where sure-footedness is necessary. Patches of snow may still be present on some of the trails until the end of July.
Note that the below program is just an example, which can be modified as per your requirements to include more hiking in Rila or Vitosha mountains, extra nights in Sofia and even easier hikes in the Rhodope Mountains. For more details please just use the contact form on your right hand side.
The tour program can be shortened or extended to meet your travel period.