Hiking in the Bansko Region
A 1-day trip through a scenic area, starting from the town of Bansko. We will take a detour around the villages of the Rhodope Mountains where the area has remained largely unchanged over the past century, as the inhabitants of these villages have chosen to preserve their agricultural and livestock-rearing rural lifestyle, preferring traditional clothing over contemporary fashion.
To get here, we’ll be using a unique mode of transportation – the narrow gauge train connecting Razlog Valley and the area of Plovdiv winding along the border of the Rhodope and Rila Mountains.
· Smooth and scenic route with a great view towards the surrounding alpine ranges
· Exploration of the local culture and lifestyle of the farmers of Velinski Rhodopes
· Ride on the mountain narrow gauge train, unique to Bulgaria
Meet-up in Bansko at 9:30 we get our bikes and head for the Bansko train station to board the 10:30 narrow-gauge train. This 2-hour train ride takes us to Avramovo, the highest railway station on the Balkans, located at nearly 1300 m above sea level. We'll be hiking in Bulgaria's Avramovo area past the village of Avramovo, which offers a spectacular view of the southern slopes of the Rila Mountains.
From there we continue southward, up the main ridge of the Velinski Rhodopes. Once we cross it we’ll be able to see a beautiful vista to the south: the jagged peaks of the Pirin Mountain. From there we descend to the villages of Bozhevo and Zlataritsa, or to the village of Ortsevo and towards the northern side.
There are two options for the remainder of the trip – we can either go on a long descent to the town of Yakoruda and pass by some smaller settlements on the way, or descend to Eleshnitsa Village to the north. Regardless of the route we choose, we’ll have enough time to sit down for a beer before we catch the train back to Bansko (1-hour journey). Arrival in Bansko by 9pm it is possible to return earlier with a short transfer, if requested.
The price includes
· Pick up and drop off at a hotel in Bansko
· Tour guide
· Packed lunch
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Hiking Trip from Sofia to Vitosha Mountain
Put on your walking boots and hike to the top of Bulgaria’s fourth-highest mountain, passing lush meadows and pine woods.
Hiking to Paradise Waterfall
A moderately tough walking tour through the beautiful Stara Planina, discovering the beauty of the Small, Medium, Big Paradise Peaks.
Trek to the Top of Rila Mountain’s Highest Summit - Musala
A one-day guided hiking/trekking trip in Bulgaria's Rila Mountain up to its highest peak - Mount Musala.
The High Summits of Pirin
A three-day guided trek through Northern Pirin – one of the most beautiful mountains in Bulgaria. An adventure for experienced trekkers who like a challenge.
The Smolyan Lakes Eco-trail
If you like hiking explore this eco-trail. It will take you on a nature walk to the Smolyan Lakes through beautiful mountain landscapes and lush forests.
Trekking down the Devil’s Trail Near Smolyan
A guided trek up (and down) the most challenging eco-trail in Bulgaria - the Devil's Trail - along the steep cliffs of a canyon, for experienced hikers.
Hiking to the Slivodolsko Padalo Waterfall near Bachkovo Monastery
A short guided hikking trip in Bulgaria to one of the tallest waterfalls in the Rhodope mountains. Hike through the Chervena Stena nature reserve.
Trekking in Balkan Central Park
Explore the beautiful landmarks and unique forests of Karlovos Balkan Central Park.
The Bride Ecotrail
A light hike down one of the most famously beautiful eco-trails in the Rhodopes, known for its spectacular views and natural landmarks.
Waterfalls Canyon Ecotrail
A guided nature walk through the picturesque Waterfalls Canyon eco-trail, the location of more than 50 breathtaking waterfalls.
White River Ecotrail
A nature-hike down the picturesque White River eco trail, part of the Central Balkan National Park and home to a number of rare plant and animal species.
The Ancient Wonders of Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains
Hike through the Eastern Rhodope mountains and see some of Bulgaria's most fascinating ancient heritage sites.
The Best of Rila, Pirin and the Rhodope Mountains
Guided mountain hiking trip around the Rila, Pirin and Rhodope mountains and see top attractions like Rila Monastery, the Wondrous Bridges and Mount Musala.
The Villages of the Rhodopes Hiking Tour
Hiking in Bu;garia's Rhodope mountain and its tradition-steeped villages, giving you the chance to explore the local culture as well as the sights.
Hiking to Rila Mountain’s Highest Peak - Musala
A 3-day mountain hike in Bulgaria’s Rila Mountain. Climb up Mount Musala – the highest mountain peak in the Balkans with the help of a mountain guide.
Panoramic Hiking in the Balkans
An adventure through the middle Stara Planina, take the lift and see the beautiful views from up high.
Hiking in Rila Mountain to Rila Monastery
Guided hiking in Bulgaria’s Rila mountain from the Seven Rila Lakes to the UNESCO listed Rila Monastery.
Hiking Trip in the Rhodopes
A hiking trip through the Rhodope mountains and their natural and historical sights, suitable for backpackers of all ages and levels of experience.
Hiking Tour Through The Rila and Pirin Mountains
Enjoy 7 days of trekking through the beauty of the Rila and Pirin Mountains - lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests speckle their valleys to create breathtaking panorama.
Hiking from the Rhodopes to the Seven Rila Lakes
A week-long hiking trip from Plovdiv, through the historical, cultural and natural landmarks of the Rhodope and Rila mountains, to the Seven Rila Lakes.
Trekking to the Seven Rila Lakes
A 1-day guided trek to the Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria's Rila Mountain.
Hiking in the Area of Belintash
A 3-day guided nature-hike in the area of Belintash, home to the famous Belintash Rock Formation. Enjoy the beauty of the Red Wall nature reserve near Plovdiv.
Trekking Along Pirin Mountain's Marble Ridge
This two-day guided trek along Pirin Mountain’s main ridge including its most narrow part – the famous Foal knife-edge ridge. Suitable for experienced trekkers.
Traversing the Balkan Mountains in Karlovo Area
Book a guided trekking holiday in Bulgaria. Adventure, exploration of the flora and auna and immersion in nature in the Balkan mountain.