The Pack Includes

 Detailed Itinerary
 GPS Track of your trail  
 Nights' accommodation in the huts
 Tourist map of the mountain (per post) 
 Hut Contacts
 E-mail assistance
 Phone assistance
 Time tables of local public transport
 Local taxi companies contacts 

The Pack Does Not Include

 Travel to and from Bulgaria
 Organised luggage transport
 Personal expenses
 Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
 Local transfers
 Travel insurance


Splendid rila


Days 7   Distance 12 km/day   Ascent 900 m/day   Descent 900 m/day

This magnificent trail into the heart of the mountain is reach of panorama variety. It leads you through the highest part of the Rila that is made up of rocky peaks and ridges, deep valleys, high mountain pastures and meadows. In one week you will hike along the most distinguished areas of the Rila: the highest peak of the mountain- the peak of Musala, the beautiful pyramidal peak of Malyovitsa, and many terraced cirques with their numerous shimmering lakes as the Seven Rila Lakes.  

Day 1Walk from the resort of Borovets to the Musala hut along the Musalenska Bistritsa River.
Day 2: 
Walk from the Musala hut through the peak of Musala to the hut Granchar. The peak of Musala (2925m) is not only the highest peak of the Rila, but also on the entire Balkan Peninsula.
Day 3: 
Walk from the Granchar hut to the hut Ribni Lakes. 
Day 4: Walk from the Ribni Lakes hut to the Malyovitsa hut. 
Day 5: Walk from the Malyovitsa hut to the Vazov hut through the Malyovitsa peak. 
Day 6: Walk from the Vazov hut to the Skakavitsa hut along the Seven Rila Lakes.
Day 7: Walk from the Skakavitsa hut to the village of Sapareva Banya. 

Self-guided tour*

  • Difficulty: The average difficulty is advanced. The toughest part is the climbing up the peak of Malyovitsa. Nevertheless, is entirely touristic and safe, but the terrain is rocky and steep. You need of good shoes and strong knees. 
  • Accommodation: The huts are well-maintained; the hut-keepers offer food and beverages. They are ones of the most visited, so you need to book the beds in advance.
  • Transport: 
    • To the starting point: There is a regular bus line that connects the capital Sofia with the town of Samokov. From it there are regular buses that go to the resort of Borovets.
    • To the finishing point: The village of Sapareva Banya is served by a bus line to the town of Doupnitsa that is connected with the capital Sofia by buses and train.
  • Security: The trail is totally secure. It is along well marked paths. The area is served by the mountain rescue teams.  

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*Self Guided Tour

A note on our self guided adventures

Self guided walking requires individuals to possess problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!).  Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of it as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Using directions and maps can be more difficult for solo travellers as often two heads are better than one when it comes to finding your way. There is a certain level of the unknown that comes with self guided trips, however with a methodical approach potential problems will be averted. Lately the GPS devices came to help the tourist. We prepare and send you a file with your trail so you can upload to your device. Though the GPS satellite data is free and works anywhere in the world, still the devices are expensive and not every one can afford it. More often tourists use their mobile phone with an GPS application. Sometimes in the Mountain you won’t always get a signal or proper speed internet connection. That’s where offline hiking apps come in handy. After uploading the digital trail, you can use it whenever and wherever you need it. The freedom of a self guided trip is something that, once experienced, is sought time and time again.
Our self guided packs offer you maximum flexibility and often a flexible choice of departure dates. A self guided holiday epitomises the philosophy of exploring the mountains your way at your pace. On all our self guided excursions we’ll provide you with detailed route descriptions, maps and local information so you can plan your own day everyday. We’ll also make hut reservations for you. All you need to do is enjoy your hiking holiday with the comfort of knowing that you have adequate time to explore and comfortably savour the sights and delights of the mountain region.