Trekking the Ridges and Summits of Bulgaria

Bulgaria, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from $1,040 (land only)

Trek & Walk
Walking holiday in BulgariaThe Marble Ridge of Kotelo in Bulgaria

A KE Classic

Pioneered by ourselves 10 years ago and still a KE favourite - the Ridges and Summits of Bulgaria walking holiday has all the ingredients of a classic trek: summits, airy ridges, wild views and fantastic mountain days.

  • Walking holiday in the Rila and Pirin mountains of Bulgaria
  • Summit the big four - Vihren, Kotelo, Maliovitsa and Musala
  • Dramatic walking on the spectacular Marble Ridge
  • Overnight trek via the Pirin Ridges to the atmospheric Dark Lake
  • Wander through Sofia and visit UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery

A wild mountain walking holiday in the Rila and Pirin mountains of Bulgaria.  A rugged and dramatic trekking holiday in the Rila and Pirin mountains of Bulgaria. Perfectly located at the cusp of Europe and Asia Minor, Bulgaria has some of the most breath taking and undiscovered mountain scenery in Europe, lying alongside a mix of Greek and Ottoman cultural influences.   Our exploration of this fascinating country manages to combine the finest trekking with the very best of local hospitality.   We start in true KE style with a superb ascent of the country's highest peak, Mount Musala (2925m) before traversing the extensive Rila Mountains via the Seven Lakes.   After bagging our second Rila peak, Mount Maliovitsa (2730m), we pay a visit to the fantastically located and ornate Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Leaving the Rila Mountains we then transfer to the striking Pirin Mountains and take a cable car up to the Bezbog Hut to begin our exploration of the Pirin Range.  We follow ridge-top paths and traverse alpine meadows up to the shores of the atmospheric ‘Dark Lake.'   An unforgettable highlight of the trip is an overnight stay in a remote mountain refuge, surrounded by stunning rocky peaks.  However, we leave the best till last with the climax of this excellent adventure holiday being our trek to the imposing peaks of Vihren (2917m) and Kotelo (2911m) by way of the famously airy Marble Ridge!  

Is this holiday for you?

This is a real mountain journey with significant amounts of ascent and descent on most days. The trails are predominantly good paths but sections of stony ground and boulders will be encountered. Other than the Marble Ridge (which is optional) there is very little exposure on either the ridges or summits and any exposed sections are cable protected. For the Marble Ridge, via ferrata harnesses are provided for extra security. As with any mountain area the weather can be unpredictable but we would anticipate good conditions for each of our scheduled departures. You will walk for an average of 6 to 10 hours each day, with some significant climbs and descents. However by using a support vehicle and with careful itinerary design, there is the option to take one or more "rest" days during the week. This walking and trekking holiday is suitable for regular, experienced hillwalkers, looking for an excellent week's mountain walking in a largely undiscovered part of the world.

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