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Price includes:

All the group transfers during the trip;

Mountain guide and all the expenses of the guide;

All the accommodations – 5 on a double/twin room basis with private facilities and 2 in mountain huts with dorm rooms and shared facilities (no shower), according to the itinerary;

Breakfasts, dinners and packed lunches (excl. the arrival and departure days);

Local taxes and VAT.

Not included:

Lift tickets, if applicable;

Travel/mountain rescue insurance – obligatory;

Entrance fees to museums and other sights.

Drinks;

Tips.

Itinerary

Day 1

Sofia

Arrival of the group. Get together for dinner. Accommodation in Sofia.
Day 1
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Day 2

+650m / – 650m, 4h

Belmeken

We start with a transfer to the high dam of Belmeken (2h). On the way we can enjoy the authentic villages of the Pomak population of Bulgaria. The trek for the day starts from Belmeken dam and will take us up to Belmeken peak, located at the eastern edge of Rila mountain with great views towards Pirin – our destination for the next days.

Bansko

Afterwards we descend back to the vehicle and another transfer will take us to the village of Bansko. Accommmodation in Bansko and dinner at the center of the town.

Dobarsko

OPTIONAL: visit of the church in Dobarsko village, famous for its unique murals.
Day 2
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Day 3

+600m / – 600 m, 4h

Gotse Delchev hut

Transfer to the Gotse delchev hut.

Bezbog hut

Ride with the lift up to Bezbog hut and Bezbog lake.

Bezbog lake

Polezhan peak

Here we start our trek to Polezhan peak – a pyramid with 360-degree view. First we go around the lake and afterwards we climb up a panoramic trail. The last meters up the peak follow the steep SE ridge of the peak. We descend back to the hut on the same trail and further down with the lift. Optionally, we can finish the day in the mineral pool of the village.

Bansko

Accommodation in Bansko and dinner in the town.
Day 3
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Day 4

+1000m / – 1000m, 8h

Mount Vihren

After a short transfer (0.30 min) to 1900m we will start our ascent of Mount Vihren (2914m). Before the summit we will take a detour on the famous marble ridge in order to pass through the knife-sharp ridge of the Foal.

Vihren hut

Once we get to the top of Vihren, we descend on an alternative route back to Vihren hut, where we left our vehicle.

Bansko

Accommodation in Bansko and dinner in town.
Day 4
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Day 5

+900m, 3h

Olympus mountain

Long transfer to Olympus mountain (5h).

Park Dion

Before we start our ascent to Hut A, we will visit the interesting agrological park Dion, where ruins of temples of Zeus and other Greeke gods are preserved.

Prionia

Afterwards we go to 1100m by car to Prionia. Here we start out ascent to Hut A, firstly through the deciduous forest of lower Olympus and later higher in the alpine zone where the hut is located at 2000m.
Day 5
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Day 6

+1000m / – 400 m, 7h

Skala

An early start towards the peak. All the way up is a constant ascent, first following a wide ridge and later climbing up the southern slope to Skala.

Mytikas

Here starts the final stage of the ascent of Mytikas that includes several scrambling section. Once on the top, we can enjoy the amazing views towards the Aegean sea. We start our descent back via the same way, 400m beneath the peak we take a deviation on the spectacular Zonaria footpath that will take us to the Plateau of Muses and Apostolidis hut (2700m).

Apostolidis hut

Accommodation at the hut.
Day 6
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Day 7

– 1500 m, 4h

Stefani peak

A day of long and beautiful descent. Firstly crossing the Plateau of the muses with great views towards Stefani peak.

Gortsia

Afterwards we continue the descent down to Gortsia parking through the well preserved forests of lower Olympus mountain.

Mytikas

Once we get to the car, we go down to the sea to celebrate the ascent of Mytikas with a refreshing swim in the Aegean sea.

Paralia

Accommodation in the village of Paralia.
Day 7
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Day 8

Melnik

A day of relaxation and cultural visits. On the way we will make stops for cultural visits. First, in the village of Melnik, famous for its wine, architecture and sandstone pyramids.

Rila Monastery

And second, in the Rila monastery – the biggest Bulgarian monastery that served as a main cultural and religious center in the Medieval period.

Sofia

Transfer back to Sofia.
Day 8

Equipment Needed

hiking boots
rucksack (35-45 l)
trekking poles
water and windproof jacket
rain cover
sun hat
sun lotion
sunglasses
water bottle (1,5 liters)
torch
personal first aid kit
travel liner for the huts

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