Mountain Biking in Rila and Rhodopes 8 Days

Day 1: Arrival: Meet at Sofia airport and drive to the town of Bansko in the foot of Pirin Mountains – 2:45h . Arrival in Bansko, pick up the bikes, adjustments of the equipment. Dinner. Accommodation in a family hotel.

Day 2: Rila Mountains: Bansko – Dobursko – Belitsa Bear Park – Treshtenik. We start with a short transfer from Bansko to Dobursko village and than follow dirt roads on the southern slopes of Rila Mountains towards the Belitsa Bears Park. Visit to the park and lunch. Afternoon ride to Treshtenik area, accommodation in a mountain hut – private ensuite rooms.

Total for the day 45 km, +1300 m.

Day 3: Rila Mountains: Treshtenik – Belmeken – Ortsevo. From Treshtenik we start with an uphill ride along the aphalt for about 4km, than we start following the panoramic channel road towards the high mountain dam of Belmeken, located at 2000 m above the sea level, in Eastern Rila. The road goes up and down and offers great views towards Rila, Pirin and the Rhodope ranges.

After a short stop at the lake we`ll descent towards the highest train station on the Balkans near the village of Avramovo – the Avramovo train station at 1300 m. We further enter the Rhodopes range and follow some gentle dirt roads, passing by the highest peak of the area and descending down to Ortsevo village at 1500 m. Accommodation in a local guest house – private rooms, but common bathroom.

Total for the day: 72 km, +1400 m.

Day 4: Rhodope Mountains: Ortsevo – Zlataritsa – Dospat Lake. We bike along a very panoramic ridge that offers views towards Pirin Range and reach the remotest village in the area – Zlataritsa. Further we follow the main ridge and finally descent to the town of Sarnitsa, on the west shore of Dospat Lake. A final ride around the lake will take us to the town of Dospat, Western Rhodope Mountains.

Total for the day: 65km, +740 m.

Day 5: Rhodope Mountains: Dospat – Yagodina. We leave the town and start following an ancient Roman road, very close to the borther with Greece. Passing by a few nearly abandoned villages, we finally reach the valley of Buinovska River and descent along it down to Yagodinska Cave. A final short ascent takes us to the village of Yagodina (The Strawberry village) at 1500 m. Accommodation in a family hotel.

Total for the day: 45 km, +1220 m.

Day 6: Rhodope Mountains: Yagodina – Trigrad – Chairski Lakes Hut – Mugla Village. We head to the village of Trigrad, following a gentle road through the forests. Visit to the village, Trigrad Gorge and Devil`s Throat Cave. Lunch. Afternoon ride up to Chairski Lakes and further via the abandoned village of Chamla. Final descent to Mugla village. Accommodation in a local family hotel.

Total for the day: 35 km, +960 m.

Day 7 : Rhodope Mountains: Mugla village – Gela village – Shiroka Luka Village. From the village of Mugla we ascent the slopes of the highest range in the area – Perelik Ridge, following a dirt road. We cross the ridge at a pass at 1900 m and than descent down to the village of Gela. A descent takes us to the architectural reserve of Shiroka Luka for a visit.

Transfer to Sofia – 3:30h. Accommodation in a hotel in the center of Sofia.

Total for the day: 30 km, +840m

Day 8: Transfer to the airport, departure.

Price: 640 EUR/person in a group of 7

Price includes:

  • Mountain guide;

  • Support vehicle/s;

  • All the transfers and luggage transfers during the trip;

  • The food and the accommodation as per the itinerary – on a dbl/twin room basis, dinner and breakfast included;

  • All local taxes.

Not included:

  • Insurance;

  • Packed lunches;

  • Sights entrance fees (for example at Yagodina Cave);

  • Personal equipment, bike hire.

Additional costs:

Single room supplement +140EUR

*Bike hire:

hardtail – 90EUR for the whole trip

full sus – 120 EUR for the whole trip

* We would need to discuss with you in advance the available options and sizes.