Mountain Hikes and Eco Paths

One-day mountain hikes

Mussala/Rila Mountain/Western Bulgaria


The peak of Mousala is the highest point of Rila Mountain and of Bulgaria as well. In fact, this is the highest point on the Balkan peninsula with its 2925 m.

Borovets, one of Bulgaria’s most popular winter resorts is located on the slopes below Mousala. A number of routes to the peak start there.
From Borovets, you can take the lift, which will elevate you in 20 to 25 minutes to Yastrebets region. A restaurant in the area offers good food and majestic mountain view. Reaching Mousala cabin from Yastrebets takes 45 to 60 minutes. The walk is rather easy, since the inclination of the road remains moderate.
Mousala cabin is the oldest one in Bulgaria, a fact that is easily noticed. The walls appear to be slanted in unusual ways. The cabin offers food and refreshments, though prices are high.
A path takes you from the cabin to the peak. The walk lasts from two to three hours. Temperatures drop as you get higher, so make sure you have warm clothes in your bag. Getting closer to the peak, you will also feel the sun rays more intensely, so have in mind you might need sunscreen.
The peak houses a meteorological station, one other place that will give you the chance to recover from the walk with a cup of tea or coffee in hand.
Going down is much easier than climbing up. Upon the arrival to Mousala peak, you can choose either one of two descend methods. Option A features using the lift, option B involves walking. The walk down lasts three to four hours. The path goes down alongside Bistritsa River and crosses the water at one point.
If reaching the peak does not appeal to you, just remain at Mousala cabin and relax there. The clean air and beautiful nature will recharge your batteries.

 

Seven Rila Lakes / Rila Mountains

The lakes are located in the northwestern part of Rila Mountain and have been listed as one of the 100 national tourism sites. Situated one above the other they form a brilliant necklace of crystal blue water lakes at heights varying from 2100 to 2500 m. This gully is sacred for "The White Brotherhood", followers of the spiritual teacher Petar Danov. In August followers from all over the world gather here for practicing paneurhythmia – a sacred combination of music and movement.

People see these wonders as one of the most recognizable Bulgarian symbol.    It would be unusual to find someone who has not heard of the Seven Rila Lakes.
Tourists can reach the lakes using several routes. From Sofia head to Sapareva Banja and then to Panichishte. From there you can take the chairlift to the Seven Rila Lakes hut.
A four-hour walk will take you from the hut to the highest lake. A nice place for overnight is the hut or a small hotel in Sapareve Banya or Govedartsi.

 

Pirin Mountains

Pirin is probably the most challenging mountan in Bulgaria. The Pirin relief is notable for its alpine character – strong segmentation, steep slopes, high ridges and deep river valleys – glacial cirques and lakes. Its highest point is peak Vihren (2914 m. – the third highest on the Balkan Peninsula). The lowest point is situated at the entrance of the park near Bansko (950 m.) Today, all glacial forms of the relief are situated within the borders of Pirin National Park. There are 35 cirques, 113 caves, screes, stone-rivers and rock walls.
There are several hiking routes starting from the town of Bansko. Our local guides will help you choose the most suitable route for you, bring you to the starting point and show you all the beauties of this mountain.

 Options are:


1. Mountain hike from Bansko to Muratovo, Ribno and Okoto lakes, the most beautiful lakes in Banderitsa valley - 3-4 hrs. Including picnic, transport, and mountain guide. / Price: 35 Euro per person
2. Mountain hike from Vihren hut (2000 m) to Damianitsa hut (1895 m) through Vasilashkite lakes - one of the biggest and most beautiful lakes in the mountain - 4-5 hrs. Including picnic, transport, and mountain guide. / Price: 35 Euro per person
3. Mountain hike from Bezbog hut (2235 m) to Damianitsa hut (1895 m) - through Valiavishki lakes and Damianishka river - the most beautiful river in the mountain with the biggest waterfall as we pass by Popovo lake - the biggest in the mountain - 4-5 hrs. Including picnic, ski-lift transport, and mountain guide. / Price: 35 Euro per person

 

4. Mountain hike from Vihren hut to Yavorov hut through the highest peak Vihren and Koncheto - the highest part of the mountain and the most extremely and beautiful one - 7-8 hrs. Including picnic, transport, and mountain guide.

 

 

Options for two-day guided hiking:

1. Two days hiking from Bansko to Melnik - starting point from Bansko to Vihren hut - 15 km by bus. Start walking from Vihren hut to Tevnoto hut (2550 m) - 6-7 hrs. Overnight and dinner at the Tevno lake (the highest in Pirin). Day 2 - walking from Tevnoto hut to Melnik - 8-9 hrs. Visit Melnik and Rozhen Monastery with wine testing. Back by bus. Including guide, meal, transport, and accommodation./Price 80 Euro per person/
2. Two days hiking from Bezbog hut (2250 m) to Vihren hut (2000 m). Starting point from Bansko to Bezbog - 20 km by bus and 20 mins by lift. Start walking from Bezbog hut to Tevnoto lake (2550), the highest in the mountain, 5-6 hrs. overnight and dinner. Day 2 - walking from Tevnoto lake to Vihren hut - 7-8 hrs. Including mountain guide, meal, and accommodation ./Price 80 Euro per person/
We can make and 3, 4, 5 and 6 days private hiking tours.

Rodopi Mountains

Multi Activity Route “GARGA DERE” (hiking, caving)
The starting point for the “Garga Dere” route is located only 1.3 km away from the village of Koshnitsa, immediately before the Uhlovitsa cave in the Rodopi Mountains. After a short march along a mountain path the Golubovitsa 2 cave is reached. It is a water cave with many underground ponds and a watercourse. With the help of the local guides one can creep into the cave. On the way out those who are willing can take the challenge and go rock climbing or abseiling off a 15-meter high slope, which connects the entrances of the Golubovitsa 2 and Golubovitsa 1 caves.
After the climbing of the connecting passage the entrance of the Golubovitsa cave is finally reached. The cave is impressive for the variety of secondary cave formations, which it can offer to the visitors.
But the surprises are not over yet. Not far away from the caves the fans of the extreme sensations can rush their adrenaline by descending off a “trolley”. The trolley is an alpine rope line 100 meters in length, which connects the two slopes of Garga Dere (Crow gorge). The adventurers who dare to fly over the water basin in the gorge will remember this unique experience forever.
Those addicted to adventures can pick a march along the picturesque canyon of Garga Dere that leads to the Garvaniovitsa cave, which is located only an hour and a half up the stream of the Esenska River. The cave impresses with its extraordinary whiteness, result from the lamination of the so-called “cave-milk”
The “Kaleto” passage cave near the village of Koshnitsa is one of the natural phenomena in the region. It is a huge stone arch, which leads to the top of a hill, where there are ruins of an old fortress.
The adventures, fun and emotions are guaranteed. 

 

Hiking on  Eco-paths

Dryanovo

 

It starts some four km away from the town of Dryanovo, close to Dryanovski Мonastery / Balkan mountains. The distance from Sofia and Plovdiv to Dryanovo is respectively 213 and 152 km. The walk continues three to four hours and the altitude varies between 270 and 510 m. Some of the climbs make the path a moderately difficult one.


Dryanovska eco path follows the river of Andyka. Its starting point is Dryanovski manastey. The path will take you to a cave, accessible only for caving enthusiasts.
One more cave, Bacho Kiro, is located in the same region. After visiting the cave, the path will take you to some less popular spots.


A system of bridges and stairs will take you over a abyss. Once on top, you will get incredible view of Andyka’s gorge. The climb will continue to the region of Borouna. There, from the edge of a giant rock, you can observe the entire region.

 

Juzhnorodopska eco-path

The eco path begins close to the Rodopi mountain village of Yagodina. Yagodina is situated 207 km away from Sofia and 22 km away from the spa resort of Devin.
You will have to walk 18.5 km, following Buynovska river.

The altitude varies from 900 to 1400 m. The path meanders in the area between three rivers.
Several waterfalls can be seen along the way. Another natural phenomenon that is observable is Diavolski Most (devil’s bridge). A rock segment connects the two shores of the river.


Some well-known caves are also part of the Rhodope nature. Yagodinska, Dyavolsko Gurlo and Haramiyska cave can all be visited following the eco path.
According to some tourists, the bridges and wooden constructions part of the route are old and insecure. You should be careful when crossing.

 

Krushuna Waterfalls

Located in the western part of the Balkan Mountains region. The path passes close to the village of Kroushouna in the Maarata region. It is situated 190 km away from Sofia and 57 km away from Pleven / North Bulgaria. This region is popular with its caves among which Boninska Peshtera, Vodopada, Ouroushka Maara and Gornik.
Boninska Peshtera holds the largest underground lake in Bulgaria.
A system of steps forms the path. It enables ascends up the mountain hills. The path leads to Kroushounska cave. The water flowing from the cave forms a system of lakes.
Two other waterfalls can be seen in the same region. One of them is named Malkata Maara.

 

Troyan trail


Dostupna Sreda-Beklemeto is a circular eco path having length of 1600 m. It starts at an altitude of 1550 m. The path is suitable for people with disabilities and gives them access to nature in Central Balkan national park. This walk lasts an hour and a half.
The eco path starts north of the town of Troyan or in the region of the village of Kurnare.
A marked path will direct visitors to Dermenkaia hut. Once there, tourists continue following a peaceful path. Amazing landscapes will enchant everyone. Information boards have been positioned all the way describing the plants and animals in the region.
The path acquaints visitors with the beauty of Stara Planina meadows that differentiate the region from other Bulgarian mountains. 

 

Belogradchik Rocks


This is probably the best known rock phenomenon in Bulgaria. The amazing natural formations can be observed near the town of Belogradchik. Cliffs are situated in an area of 30 km and have been divided into three groups. The central one is considered to be most interesting for observation.
Throughout time, weather conditions have shaped the rocks. Their red color comes from the availability of iron. Some cliffs are nearly 200 m high. People have named some of the rocks based on their shape. Tourists can explore Horseman, Madonna, School Girl, Adam and Eve and Cuckoo among many others.
The high cliffs near Belogradchik host a Roman fortification, which later saw the use of Bulgarians and Ottomans. The Belogradchik fortress is another famous landmark in the region.

 

Geopark Iskar-Panega


The trails of the Geopark Iskar-Panega start near the national road Sofia-Pleven-Russe, an hour away from the Bulgarian capital, immediately before you enter the city of Lukovit.
When you enter the heart of the Geopark an orientation system of maps, information and other boards will guide you along the trails. And here starts the first in Bulgaria Roadside Landscape Park “Panega”. The trail follows the Panega River valley, which starts from Glava Panega - one the biggest karst springs in Bulgaria, situated some 19 kilometres away from Lukovit. Following the signs and crossing a series of bridges over the river you will find yourself in front of the most vivid and expressive old meander in Bulgaria, called the “Staritsa”. The tremendous amphitheatre of the Kotlen meander is very impressive and local people have named rock formations in it over the Radetski ship, the Cape, the Earthen Jar, the Latch, the Whirlpool. A belief has it that the water, flora, the shape of the rocks and rocks themselves create a special biotope and natural energies around the Bezbrod Lake that alleviate migraine and nervous strains. After the lake you will go through two wooden platforms built along a 50-metre high cliffs. You will enjoy a walk of almost 120 metres over the river into a short but impressive canyon.

 

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