A 6-days itinerary with 4 days trail running, combining the most scenic places in Rila and Vitosha mountains. Including one day of cultural exploration of the UNESCO protected Rila monastery area and Sofia city tour. Around 100 km of trail running amongst the most beautiful areas of Vitosha and Rila mountains, close to the capital city Sofia and with short transfers each day.
With more than 4000m D+ and around 5000m D- this tour is suitable for beginners, but it is more appropriate for advanced runners. However, this is not a competition and the accent of the tour is exploration of new places and enjoyment of the beauties of nature, while the safety of all participants will be observed at all times! The tour is prepared in such a way so in case of bad weather the days can be rearranged and we can get the most of our time in the mountains.
When to do it?
The best recommended time of the year is between mid June and mid October.
Accommodation: 2 nights in guest houses, 2 nights in hotel in Sofia, 1 night in a hotel in Blagoevgrad
Difficulty: intermediate, could be suitable for stronger hikers with some running experience.
- All nights w/ breakfasts and dinners
- All transfers during the trip (airport to airport)
- Lunch packs, energy bars and/or sandwiches during the days
- Mountain insurance for the time of the trip
- Licensed mountain guide
Price DOES NOT include:
- Transport to Bulgaria – flight, bus, train etc.
- Drinks during the trip
- Any equipment for trail running
|1||Arrival in Sofia||Airport to hotel||–||Hotel in Sofia|
|2||Vitosha||Sofia – Aleko hut 40min; Aleko – Govedartsi: 1:45h||The high Vitosha loop – ~25km; ~1200m D+; ~5-6h||Guest house in Govedartsi|
|3||Rila||–||Zekiritsa peak loop – ~25km; ~700m D+; ~4-5h||Guest house in Govedartsi|
|4||Rila||Goverdartsi – Pionerska, 1h|
Pionerska – Blagoevgrad, 1h
|The Seven Rila Lakes and Skakavitsa waterfall – ~22km; ~1500m D+; 5-6h||Hotel in Blagoevgrad|
|5||Rila||Blagoevgrad – Rila monastery 45min; Rila monastery – Sofia 1:30h||Rila monastery and the valley of Rilska river – ~15km; 500m D+; 3h||Hotel in Sofia|
|6||Departure||Hotel – Airport|
Sofia city tour