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Days 9 Distance 15 km/day (135btotal) Ascent 950 m/day Descent 1050 m/day
This multi-day trail leads you into the most beautiful and awe-inspiring mountains in Bulgaria: the Rila Mountains and the Pirin Mountains. These neighbouring mountains are connected by the saddle of Predela that makes possible their tour on foot. Thus, in nine days you will immerse into the wild and preserved nature of those high lands. The landscape of the walk is an amazing combination between splendid ancient forests, deep valleys, terraced cirques with many shimmering lakes and rugged peaks. Most of this trail is part of the E4 trans-European long-distance walking path.
Day 1: Walk from the resort of Panichishte to hut Vazov through the area of the famous Seven Rila Lakes.
Day 2: Walk from the hut Vazov to the Rila Monastery. Settled deep into the heart of the mountain, the Monastery is the most prominent Bulgarian historical site.
Day 3: Walk from the Rila Monastery to the hut Macedonia.
Day 4: Walk from the Macedonia hut to the Predela hut.
Day 5: Walk from Predela hut to the Yavorov hut.
Day 6: Walk from the Yavorov hut to the Vihren hut. This part is the most imposing and unforgettable section of the whole trail. It is a hike along the main crest of the Pirin Mountain. You will traverse the most famous ridge-walk in Bulgaria-the Koncheto, a narrow marble ridge that is supported by metal ropes. Once on the saddle after the Koncheto, you will have the choice to climb up the peak of Vihren-the highest peak in the Pirin or just to continue down after admiring of the mighty Vihren.
Day 7: Walk from the Vihren hut to the Tevnoto Ezero hut. Following the main crest of the mountain, you will have stunning views towards the deep cirques containing lakes with cold emerald green water.
Day 8: Walk from the Tevnoto lake hut to the hut Pirin.
Day 9: Walk from the hut Pirin to the small town of Melnik. Going down you will zigzag trough the gully of sandstone pyramids next to the Melnik town.
A note on our self guided adventures