Self-guided hiking Bulgaria, Rhodopes

“A week of independent walking in the Rhodopes Mountains, with luggage transfers. Staying in small family owned hotels or guesthouses. Five full days of moderate walks 5-6 hours per day. ”


Five days of moderate hikes in Rhodopes Mountains | Devinska River Valley | Yagodinska Peshtera Cave | Trigrad | Trigradska River Valley | Trigradsko Zhdrelo Gorge | Chudni Mostove | Bachkovo | Plovdiv | Sofia

Description of Self-guided hiking Bulgaria, Rhodopes

This self-guided hiking Bulgaria holiday takes you into the Rhodope Mountains, an area known for its magnificent karst landscapes with gorges such as Trigradsko Zhdrelo and caves such as Yagodinska Peshtera to explore during your week here.

This is a tailor made holiday and so we can create an itinerary to suit your interests and timeframe, however, this itinerary below works well for many of our guests with five full days of moderate hiking between five and six hours a day. You will have plenty of stunning rest stops en route too, as you walk through alpine meadows and ancient forests, following Roman roads and bridges and along rivers such as Devinska and Trigradska.

Cultural sights include the famous Bachkovo Monastery and many traditional villages along your walking trails which take you as far as the Greek border, the Rhodopes ruling the roost in both these countries. You will also be staying in small, family run guesthouses and hotels, serving traditional food and sharing plenty of local knowledge in this region that is still very much off the beaten tourist trail. Let us organise your itinerary for you and discover a mountain range that will be music to your ears. Literally, because this range is celebrated as the birthplace of the legendary musician Orpheus.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

- We always encourage our tourists to learn about the vital ecosystems in Bulgaria and to follow some of the projects of our partners – WWF Danube-Carpathian Program and BALKANI Wildlife Society before arriving to the country.
- Transport – thinking about the reducing the carbon emissions during your travel, starts at home. While in Bulgaria we always use vehicles with low carbon emissions.
- Save paper – try to gather as much information possible online and print trip information sparingly. Only order the brochures you really need.
- All our guides demonstrate environmentally protecting behavior and are inducing such behavior as a standard for the whole group.
- Your guide will provide you with general guidelines, involving staying on trails, maintaining set distances away from wildlife, and not encouraging drivers to move too close to wildlife, even if it is tempting for getting a better picture. Do not buy any animal products while travelling. Do not remove any objects, plants or animal products from nature.
- All our tours and actions comply with local and international environmental conventions and laws.
- During our wildlife observation tours we never approach to a close distance nesting sites, night roosts, endangered species and always try to set as less as possible pressure to the environment.
- Our guides and groups will never leave litter behind.
- During our wildlife observation tours we meet you with local environmentalists and pay a visit to conservation centers, where you can donate directly to a nature protection project.
- Of course, following eco-practices and socially established norms is not enough. That is why besides our responsible travel policy, we have our environmental protection initiatives, to which we are zealously committed, so we know that we are also giving back. We make donations or directly help our partners WWF Bulgaria – The Danube Carpathian Program and BALKANI Wildlife Society in their work for wetland restoration and mitigation of the conflict between large carnivores and humans.

The Impacts of this Trip

- We believe that we will achieve our aims far more effectively if we involve local people and organisations wherever possible.
- We strive to recruit local people in both office and field positions wherever possible. These members of staff are trained by us and receive the same remuneration as “foreigners” doing the same job.
- Wherever possible supplies and equipment are purchased locally.
- Small, family-run establishments make up a high percentage of the accommodation we use where it is practical. Almost 100% of such accommodations are used in our wildlife observation tours.
- Although generally more basic, homestays provide an invaluable insight into the local lifestyle.
- We endeavour to work with enterprises that treat both the traveller and the local community in a fair and just manner.
- By recruiting locals we always try not only to capitalize the natural and cultural assets of an area, but also to build their pride of what they can offer as unique product.
- Our guides always act as an example of how to behave and what is appropriate. They will inform you to what the locals are sensitive and how to respect their wealth of traditions.


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