Bulgaria trekking holiday, guided
Description of Bulgaria trekking holiday, guided
This Bulgaria guided trekking holiday is perfect for keen and experienced hikers who are ever on the lookout for new challenges. Our experienced local mountain guides will lead you into the heart of and indeed to the top of Bulgaria’s Rila and Pirin Mountains, with spectacular routes that take in dramatic ridges, alpine meadows and cirques of glacial lakes, such as Seven Rila and Banderishki.
There are two summit highlights on this trekking holiday: Mount Musala (2925m), the highest peak in the Rila Mountains and also Mount Vihren (2,914 m), the peak of the Pirins. These are steep ascents but the views from the top are spectacular, and you don’t need any technical climbing skills. Be prepared for some snow on high ground as late as June and July.
We arrange all your accommodation for you and your luggage transfers as you hike from one location to the next, meaning that you only need your daypack. We work with a number of responsible, family run accommodation providers throughout the mountain regions, many of which are very much off the tourist trail.
1 Reviews of Bulgaria trekking holiday, guided
Reviewed on 14 Aug 2018 by Olive O
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
I hate this question! The whole week was wonderful, and when the group was asked which walk they had enjoyed the most, everyone had the same trouble picking one! This was a walking trip geared towards fit experienced mountain walkers (warning for anyone thinking it is easy hiking in these Bulgarian mountains, read the blurb with care!), so the days were hard with steep climbs and long descents. The rewards were huge, amazing views, great biodiversity and a country that values National parks and well marked walking trails. The walks were well planned, with hard and easy days within the week, the guide was experienced and set exactly the right pace, and had a great sense of the group capabilities so everything felt safe. Accommodation and food was good.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Only attempt this if you have experience of mountain trekking as the routes required skills in managing boulder walking, steep paths and some long slippery downhills. No scree however, and no scary traversing with huge drops! One patch of scrambling which was very safe and not scary. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny with the odd cloud, but previous weeks had been wet and windy, so take waterproof trousers (not mention in the joining instructions) and base layers in case. Being in an international group was fabulous, the main language was English and the guide was fluent.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
very much so, we stayed in locally owned small hotels and ate in local restaurants, most noticeably the "singing grannies" who cooked their local food, sang us traditional songs and dressed us up in real traditional local clothes - a really authentic and hilarious evening! Encouraged to drink local tap water (perfectly clean) and lots of information on the environment and ecology of the area.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent, a wonderful walking experience better then I have experienced in the Alps. Brilliant value, Bulgaria is very cheap but offers good food and clean simple accommodation (with the odd power cut!).
PlanetWe encourage travelers to save paper – try to gather as much information possible online and print trip information sparingly. We do not require them to show a printed voucher of any kind.
We strongly aim to deliver a product which leaves no more than a human footprint as an impact to the natural environment. Your guide will provide you with general guidelines, involving staying on trails, gathering your waste in your backpack and maintaining set distances away from wildlife. Our groups do not remove any objects, plants or animal products from nature.
Our guides and groups will never leave litter behind and are cautious about the impact their presence has on the ecosystems of the Rila and Pirin mountains.
In terms of transportation, thinking about the reducing the carbon emissions during your travel, starts at home. While in Bulgaria, we always use vehicles with low carbon emissions, your vehicle will be no exception.
All our guides demonstrate environmentally protecting behavior and are inducing such behavior as a standard for the whole group. When shopping or ordering day packs for the groups, we make sure we minimize the packaging and focus on recyclable materials. We encourage energy and water saving while in the accommodation. Always turn off your lights and heating when you leave the room. Minimize the time and water you spend in the shower.
The family-run pensions we work with in Govedartsi are environmentally cautious.Towels are not changed every day, but once every three days. All food you consume in the pensions is made with local products. Breakfast food, such as jams, honey, cheese, are not served in plastic packages.Staff is of local origin as well.
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.
PeopleYou will spend some nights in Govedartsi village, which is a traditional settlement, known for the production of the local kind of potatoes called ‘kompir’ and livestock breeding, from where the name of the village originates. The hotel is family run and all goods served are locally grown or purchased from the nearby producers. Although generally more basic, homestays provide an invaluable insight into the local lifestyle.The staff and family members in Govedartsi are all locals, very friendly and willing to share their hospitality and culture.
Our ambition is to deliver a full experience mixing the authenticity of Bulgarian nature and culture. You will taste a lot of typical for the region, locally made dishes, witness the products of local craftsmanship in Bansko, witness traditional mountain housing.
We believe that we will achieve our aims far more effectively if we involve local people and organizations wherever possible.This is why your accommodations in Bansko and Govedartsi are locally owned. Whenever we need to use a transport service to reach the starting point of our route, we employ a member of the local community.
Most of our guides are locals, originating from the Pirin or Rila mountainous regions. They always act as an example of how to behave and what is appropriate. They will inform you about what the locals are sensitive to and how to respect their wealth of traditions.