Trekking in Bulgaria
Few countries can rival Bulgaria's superb mountain scenery, and 35,000km. of trails on which to explore them. Its natural beauty and the rich diversity of fauna and flora are a natural asset treasured by the formation of no less than ten national parks. The Rila and the Pirin rival the alps with their rugged peaks, great ridges and panoramic vistas, yet the Bulgarian mountains are relatively little visited in comparison to their more famous European neighbouring ranges; here you can really appreciate the peace and tranquility, and enjoy a sense of breaking new ground.
We start with three days acclimatisation walks based at the luxurious four star Samokov Hotel in Borovets. On day three we walk up Moussala, at 2925m the highest peak in the Balkan Peninsula. The next few days are spent crossing the Rila Mountains spending nights in mountain lodges. En route we visit the famous Rila Monastery with its rich frescoes dating back to the 10th century. We carry our basic, personal equipment until we descend to Bansko, a charming town rich in history and fine traditional buildings, which lies between the Rila and Pirin. Here we again stay in a comfortable hotel from which we visit some of the magnificent mountains and lakes of the Pirin. On one of our two days here we make an ascent of the highest peak in the Pirin, Mt Vichren (2915m), just 10m lower than Moussala but equally dramatic.
In the Pirin
For the last few days we cross the Pirin again reverting to the mountain lodge system.
The downside of getting to such remote and attractive areas is that the amount of vehicle support is limited because road access is difficult or impossible, so you must be prepared to backpack. if you enjoy a real mountain challenge then this trip is for you.
|The Bulgarian Pirin and Rila Mountains|
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This partly vehicle supported trek provides a wonderfully varied trip that includes visits to the magnificent Rila Monastery. Crossing high mountain ridges, walking through beautiful forests and past many lakes we work our way across the Rila and Pirin. In between the mountain sections we enjoy staying at some of the most luxurious hotels in Bulgaria, making up for the more spartan conditions ecountered in the mountain lodges. In hotels en-suite twin bedded rooms are provided. Mountain lodges vary considerably and some only provide dormitory style accommodation. We use homes in a village.
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