Day 1 Sofia – Borovets - Mount Musala – town of Samokov
The first trek goes to the highest peak Mount Musala of the country (2925m), and as well is the highest point of the Balkans. After about 1:30 h bus journey, we get to Borovets, nowadays the second large ski resort. With a gondola lift we get to Yastrebets hut (2366m). From there, we reach the roof of the Balkans through Musala Hut and Ice Lake. For our descent we retrace the walk uphill. A short transfer of 20 minutes takes us to our welcoming pension in Samokov. D 800 + / 800 -/ Highest altitude: 2925 m / Duration: 6 h.
Day 2 Samokov - Seven Lakes – Green ridge - Samokov
After short morning transfer we get to Vada mountain Hut (1465m) from where we begin our traverse of the Rila Mountains via the magnificent Seven Lakes. The footpaths lead us gently to the saddle of Razdela (2620m), which offers splendid views over the Urdinite lakes and to the summit of Mt. Maliovitsa (2729 m), our for the next day. Leaving the panorama of the whole Maliovitsa region, we descend via the "Zeleni rid" (or Green ridge), at first on gentle grassy slopes before the trail descends steeply down into the valley of the Urdina reka. We get back in the van for a short journey (40 min) back to our hotel in Samokov. D 1200 + / 1200 -/ Highest altitude: 2620 m / Duration: 7 h.
Day 3 Samokov – Mount Maliovitsa - transfer to town of Bansko
Our second peak to accent is Mount Maliovitsa (2729m). A national mountain so well respected, that its North Face is the symbol of the Bulgarian climbing. After about 30min drive we reach the small alpine ski resort of Maliovitsa, where during the times of Communist Bulgaria, the only mountain leader school was situated. The area surrounding Mount Maliovitsa is known as “Bulgaria’s Chamonix”, as nearly on every summit there are climbing routes. The first part of our walk starts gently as we follow the valley to the Maliovitsa hut (1960m). Once there the real ascent begins with zig-zag path up to Elenino Lake (2470m). On reaching the lake we continue ascending up onto the main ridge and after another 15 min we get to the summit of Mount Maliovitsa (2729m). The view from the summit is well worth the effort. We re-trace our steps for the descent back down to our starting point and we transfer to Rila Monastery. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of Bulgaria’s most celebrated. Looking more like a fortress with magnificent stone walls in the shape of a pentagon, the place has provided shelter and security to many pilgrims who have visited the site since the 14th Century. After time to explorer, we'll transfer to the town of Bansko (900m). D 1050 + / 1050 -/ Highest altitude: 2729 m / Duration: 7 h.
Day 4 Bansko – Bezbog - Dark Lake
The mountain range Pirin, with his jagged and rocky peaks present more rugged environment than our previous treks. A short transfer will get us to Gotse Delchev Hut where we begin our 2 day trek deep into the Pirin mountain. From Gotse Delchev we take advantage of the chairlift up to the Bezbog hut, before beginning our walk to the largest Pirin lake – Popovo. After ascending through dramatic high valleys with rocky ridges and may be some snow patches, we eventually arrive at the hanging valley of Tevno Ezero, or “Dark Lake”. The accommodation is a pine built mountain hut (2512m) in an idyllic setting beside a lake, looking across to the beautiful summit of Kamenitza. The hut offers simple and comfortable accommodation, with large attic with approximately 30 bed. D 1040 + / 260 -/ Highest altitude: 2650 m / Duration: 5 h.
Day 5 Dark Lake - Vihren Hut - transfer to the town of Bankso
Our walk today follows the main ridge of Pirin. We leave the comforts of the hut behind and walk through a high saddle, Mozgoviska Porta and then on a sinuous ridge with spectacular views. Alpine meadow to rocky ground – we have all variety of terrain today. We walk through a magnificent mountain landscape of peaks, streams and deep blue lakes. Arriving at the Vihren hut, we transfer down (40min) to our hotel in Bansko. D 390 + / 930 -/ Highest altitude: 2645 m / Duration: 6 h.
Day 6 Bansko - Marble Ridge - Mount Vihren - transfer to Sofia
Most demanding day is designated to ascent of Mount Vihren. The suumit is an obvious objective and many feel Vihren more rewarding than Musala. Getting to the top starts with transfer to Vihren hut. From there we ascend steeply and soon we have the views of Vihren’s towering North face. After a short, steep scree scramble, we get to a saddle, called Premkata. Here we make the exciting, return traverse of the Koncheto, the Marble Ridge. The Koncheto is a genuine knife-edge ridge, going along the to the summit of Kotelo (2911m). Is an exposed and airy walk, although aided by a fixed cable for support and solid rock ground. Optional you can wait at the saddle in case of good weather conditions. Back at the col, we scramble Vihren summit for another 30-minute with a steep, but straightforward rocky path. From the summit, on a clear day, there isa magnificent panorama of not only the Pirin and Rila Mountains, but also the vastest, not well known Rhodopi Mountains and on occasion even into Macedonia and Greece. We get down by way of a scenic path to meet our transport at the Vihren hut and return by car to Bansko and after another 2:30h drive we reach Sofia. D 1200 + / 1200 -/ Highest altitude: 2914 m / Duration: 8 h.