Trekking the Ridges and Summits of Bulgaria
Bulgaria, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £595 (land only) - from €745 (land only) - from $1,040 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive in Sofia. KE Land Only package begins with a group airport transfer to our hotel in the centre. Depending on your arrival time you may have time to explore Sofia taking in some of the sights that this interesting capital has to offer. Late afternoon we'll take a stroll through the streets of Sofia before enjoying dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2: A 1.5hrs drive takes us to Borovets, Bulgaria's most famous alpine resort, where we take the cable car up to Jastrebec to start our ascent to the summit of Bulgaria's highest peak, Mount Musala (2925m). After enjoying the view, we descend and take a short transfer to our welcoming pension in Samokov. Total walk distance approx: 6-7hrs, 14km, 642m of ascent & descent
Day 3: Today starts with a short transfer to the Vada Hut (1465m) to begin our traverse of the Rila Mountains via the picturesque Seven Lakes. Our summit point is Razdela (2620m) with a descent via the "Zeleni Rid" (Green Ridge.) After descending we transfer back to our pension in Samokov. Walk distance approx: 9hrs, 23km, 1100m of ascent & descent.
Day 4: A short drive (30min) takes us to the small resort of Maliovitsa. Starting gently we follow the valley, then zig-zag up to Elenino Lake (2470m). We ascend to the summit of Maliovitsa (2729m) by the main ridge. After descending we transfer to UNESCO Rila Monastery for a visit on our way to our hotel in Bansko. Walk distance approx: 6-6.5hr, 12 km, 1000m ascent & descent.
Day 5: Transfer to the Doze Delchev Hut for our 2 day trek into the Pirin range. Taking a chairlift to Lake Bezbog we make our ascent via Lake Popova to the stunning high hanging valley of Tevno Ezero, or `Dark Lake` where we overnight in the pine mountain hut at approx 2500m. Walk distance approx: 4-5hrs, 7.5km, 627m ascent & 363m descent.
Day 6: We traverse the valley and enjoy walking along the fantastic Pirin ridges, surrounded by summits, lakes and valleys before descending to the Vihren Hut. We finish the day with a short transfer back to our hotel in Bansko. Walk distance approx: 6-7hrs, 11.5km, 1026m ascent & 476m descent.
Day 7: The climax of the trip - a full day walk to the imposing Pirin summits of Mount Vihren (2917m) and Kotelo (2911m) via the airy Marble Ridge. Vihren is a distinctive summit and the highest in the Pirin range with views to Macedonia and Greece. A challenging and fine mountain day followed by a transfer to our hotel in Bansko. Walk distance approx: 8-9hrs, 12km, 1205m ascent & descent.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast with a single timed group transfer from Bansko to Sofia Airport. This 2.5hr journey means an early start from our hotel.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.