3-day Trekking in Rila Mountains

3-day Trekking in Rila Mountains

Rila Mountains are not only the highest on the Balkans but in South Europe as well. Its highest mountain top is Musala (2925 m), but here you will find many more high peaks. Rila (the name comes from an old Slavonic word meaning "water mountain") looks like an ocean of mountain ridges, tops, deep gorges and over  150 crystal clear lakes. Due to the mild winds from the Mediterranean the mountains feature unique vegetation. 

Highlights:

Musala - Rila Mountain's highest peak (2925 m a.s.l)
♦ The Seven Rila Lakes 


Itinerary:   

Day 1. Sofia - Borovets - Musala - Govedartsi
Transfer to Borovets (70 km). We take the cablecar to Yastrebetz (2300 m) and we climb the highest peak on the Balkans – Musala (2925 m a.s.l.). The view from the top is truly breath-taking – you can make out the remaining peaks of Rila Mountains; the marble edges of the Pirin Mountains; Mount Vitosha and the Sredna Gora Mountains; the green summits of the Rodopi Mountains; and last, but not least, the long body of the Balkan range.  Transfer to Govedartsi (1150 m a.s.l.), where we stay overnight (40 min. drive from Borovets) -/-/D
Walking: 6,5 hrs; uphill walk: 650 m; downhill walk: 650 m

Day 2. Govedartsi - Maliovitsa resort - Prekorechki Lakes
Another stunning trek from Maliovitsa resort, going up along the valley to the wide circus of Prekorechki Lakes, enclosed by the steep slopes and rocky walls of several peaks exceeding 2700m. We will also visit other lakes in the area before we start descending along a rocky slope past Yonchevo Lake. B/-/D
Walking: 6,5 hrs; uphill walk: 85 0m; downhill walk: 850 m

Day 3. Govedartsi - The Seven Rila Lakes - Sofia
We walk to the Seven Rila Lakes (above 2200m a.s.l.), which are probably the most beautiful area of the mountains. We will pass by all the seven lakes, the highest of which is at 2500 m. Then we start descending enjoying the beautiful views to Maliovitsa. The walk ends at Vada hut, from where there is a transfer back to Sofia. B/-/-
Walking: 6 hrs; uphill walk: 1050 m; downhill walk: 850 m


Price Includes:
Two overnights in a double room with ensuite facilities
meals according to the itinerary
English- speaking mountain guide
all transport

Not Included:
drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
personal expenses
tips


Gallery


3-day Trekking in Rila Mountains (Rated 4.94 / 5 Based on 385 Reviews.)

Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

These tours include trekking which is a little harder, normally on a challenging terrain. We take it for granted that you are in good condition and fit. You should be physically prepared at home to get the maximum of the tour. Most of the trekking is done at a greater height (max 3000m).

Group Size
2-12
Reservation System Code
BGRILA3
The 5 Stan-s - Follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan 2230 , 21 Days

The 5 Stan-s - Follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan

Follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan as you delve into the vast deserts, rolling steppe, fertile...
Balkan Village Trek (8 days progressive ride in Teteven Balkan area) 820 , 8 Days

Balkan Village Trek (8 days progressive ride in Teteven Balkan area)

Many and varied are the mountains in Bulgaria, but Teteven Balkan combines the best of them all -...
Tassili Desert Adventure, Algeria 1260 , 8 Days

Tassili Desert Adventure, Algeria

Travel deep into the Sahara desert and explore its raw beauty. Erosion has sculpted a...

View all» What people say about us

Excellent
Penguin Travel on Trust Pilot
Based on 66 reviews
Trust Pilot
Binky's Review Verified review Verified
Syria A must in your Bucket list
We have just returned from a weeklong tour with Penguin with a Local tour guide Wasim. He was witty knowlegeable...
Binky, 26 November
Daniel's review Verified review Verified
Just completed the Guyanas tour
Great experience, all activitties were done as per tour description....
Daniel, 25 November
Maribeth's review Verified review Verified
I'm still dreaming that I'm still in Syria
My Syria visit with Penguin Travel was an amazing one.
Maribeth, 17 November
View all»

Blog

12.02.2024 17:03

Makalu: Epic Adventure on the Himalayan Giant

Soaring to an awe-inspiring 8,485 meters (27,838 ft), the colossal Makalu guards the Himalayas with a presence as imposing as it is majestic. This towering giant, ranking as the world's fifth highest peak, calls out to those daring souls drawn to its majestic beauty and formidable challenges. While Everest and K2 may capture more headlines, Makalu carves its unique niche, offering an intoxicating...


05.02.2024 14:19

Back to Russia in 2024

Why not? Travel to Russia is safe, with normalcy in major cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, Perm, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Vladivostok. The Trans-Siberian Railway is still connecting Moscow with Vladivostok and the Sea of Japan and all the interesting sights along the railway are open for visitors. Mount Elbrus is open for climbers and the salmons are jumping in the rivers on the Kola...


30.01.2024 15:25

Mikumi National Park: Tanzania's Wild Heart

Tanzania, an enchanting realm of unspoiled wilderness, cradles a mosaic of natural splendors, among which Mikumi National Park emerges as an unheralded yet mesmerizing jewel. Tucked away in Tanzania's verdant heart, this park unfurls a tapestry of experiences, weaving a narrative of adventure that beckons wildlife aficionados, avid photographers, and those who find solace in nature's...


18.01.2024 14:58

Discover Taiwan's Sun Moon Lake: A Serene Getaway

In the verdant heart of Taiwan, shrouded by undulating hills and a tapestry of greenery, a sanctuary of tranquility and cultural depth beckons. Here, where picturesque landscapes fuse seamlessly with a serene atmosphere, an invitation is extended to a realm where nature's artistry and cultural lineage merge in a sublime dance. This is not just any retreat; it is Taiwan's treasured natural marvel,...