Spring walking holiday in the Rhodopes, Pirin and Rila Mountains

Price includes:

✅ Accommodation for 7 nights at 3-star family hotels, on a double/twin en suite room basis;

✅ Meals – 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners (two of the dinners in Bansko we leave at your choice);

✅ All the transfers and luggage transfers from/to Sofia according to the itinerary;

✅ Mountain guide and all the expenses of the guide;

✅ Local taxes and VAT.

Not included:

❌2 of the dinners in Bansko, packed lunches, drinks;

❌ Lift tickets;

❌ Travel/mountain rescue insurance – obligatory;

❌ Entrance fees to museums and other sights.

Additional single room supplement + 140EUR


Day 1

Sofia Airport

Meet at Sofia Airport. Transfer to the village of Shiroka Luka in Western Rhodope Mountains – 3.5 hours. Accommodation at a family hotel in the village.
Day 1

Day 2

8 hours, +900/-900 m.


10 min drive to the village of Gela at 1500 m, at the foot of the highest ridge of the Rhodopes – Perelik Ridge.


Ascent of the Orpheus Peak (or Karluk, 2188 m), the second highest of the Rhodope Mountains. Traverse of the main ridge of Rhodope Mountains – Perelik Ridge. We start from the village and ascend to Perelik Hut, then further along the ridge to Mount Karluk – 2188 m. Descent to the remote village of Mugla at 1500 m. Accommodation in a family hotel at Mulga.


Accommodation at a family hotel at Mulga.
Day 2

Day 3

6 hours, +600/-600 m.

Perelik Ridge

6h walk through the most beautiful meadows of the Rhodopes, with great views of Perelik Ridge.

Chairite Lakes

We’ll pass near the landslide formed lakes of Chairite.


We’ll walk to the village of Trigrad.

Devil's Throat Cave and the Trigrad Gorge

A visit of Devil’s Throat Cave and the Trigrad Gorge.


40 min transfer to the village of Yagodina via the Yagodina Canyon, accommodation at a family hotel.
Day 3

Day 4

3,5 hours, +400/-600 m.

Eagles Eye Panorama

3 hours return walk to up to the Eagles Eye Panorama at the top of Sveti Iliya peak and another 30 min descend to the entrance of Yagodina Cave.

Yagodina cave

Visit to the cave.


3 hours drive to the town of Bansko, located at the foot of Pirin Mountains. Walk around the old town of Bansko, dinner in a traditional tavern in a valley between the main mountain ranges of Bulgaria – Rila, Pirin and Rhodopes. Accommodation at a family hotel in Bansko.
Day 4

Day 5

8 hours, +1200/-600 m.

Valyavishki and Todorini Lakes

30 min drive up the mountain. Walk via Demyanitsa Hut and through Ulen Reserve near Valyavishki and Todorini Lakes.

Buderitza Valley

Ascend up to a col at 2500 and descent along Buderitza Valley. Accommodation at the same hotel in Bansko.
Day 5

Day 6

Total for the day: +1000/-1000m; 7h

Mount Vihren

Drive up to Pirin Mountains again. Ascend of Mount Vihren (2914 m), the highest point of Pirin Mountains and second highest in Bulgaria. Accommodation at the same hotel in Bansko.
Day 6

Day 7

5 hours, +450/-850 m.

Rila Monastery

1.5 hours drive to the Rila Monastery – the biggest in Bulgaria, located in the heart of the Rila Mountains, a UNESCO heritage sight. Visit to the monastery.

Rila Lakes

1:15 hours drive to the bottom lift station at Seven Rila Lakes.

Skakavitsa Waterfall

Lift up to 2140 m, walk around the lakes and descent via Skakavitsa Waterfall, the biggest in Rila.


Transfer to Sofia, accommodation in a hotel in Sofia downtown.
Day 7
Day 7

Day 8

Sofia Airport

Transfer to Sofia Airport, departure.
Day 8

May/June is the beginning of the Summer season in Bulgaria, with slightly lower temperatures comparing to the dry July/August period and bigger chance of rainy weather. There are still some snow spots in the highest ranges, above 2500 m approximately, thats why we avoid some of the summer routes. The temperatures up the mountains vary between 5-10 to 20-25 C.

Terrain: We follow marked tourist trails in the Rhodopes, Pirin and Rila national parks at elevations between 1500-2900 m asl. Only walking paths with some steeper sections (up to 35 degrees) to climb, without any technical difficulty or exposure – i.e. it is pure walking only and no hands are needed to deal with the terrain.

Equipment Needed

hiking boots with ankle support
rainproof/windproof jacket with hood
a thin down jacket or a fleece layer
rucksack 25-35l
sun protection – lotion, glasses, hat
rain protection – rucksack cover or raincoat
a pair of thin gloves and a warm hat
personal first aid kid – any medicines you take, etc.
trekking poles

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