If you are looking for a holiday where you can enjoy decent length days out on the hill, look forward to a shower and a comfy bed each night, keep the costs down and not have to travel too far then this will tick all the boxes.

Bulgaria, a fascinating country where east meets west, is the home to some beautiful mountains which are easily accessible from the capital, Sofia.

Аbout Rila Mountain

Rila is the most magnificent and highest mountain. It is situated in Southwest Bulgaria and it is a part of the Rila-Rhodope massif. 31 peaks with a height over 2,600 meters rise in Rila.

The highest peak of the Balkan Peninsula – peak Musala (2,925 meters) is also located here. Other landmarks of the mountain are the seven Rila Lakes of glacial origin, the Musala Lakes and the Rila Monastery, which is under the aegis of UNESCO.

Three major Bulgarian rivers spring from Rila – Iskar, Maritsa and Mesta.

Hiking tours in Rila Mountain

Rila is probably the most famous alpine range in Bulgaria not only because it is with its 2925m the highest in the country and on the Balkan Peninsula, but also because of its special charm and stories about it.

These start with the Thracian origins of the mountain’s name (Rila – well-watered mountain) and continue with the belief that Rila is a holy spiritual mountain, a place to gather wisdom and reunion with nature.

There are many sacraments in this mountain and they say it is a blessed one, a center for higher divine power. Rila offer us spectacular vast scenery and plenty of sparkling glacial lakes.

1. Hiking to Musala peak

The serrated wall of Musala never leaves our sight as we ascend through stone rivers and past glacier lakes.

The genuinely impressive view from the peak to the surrounding mountains offers a deserving end to the whole adventure.

On a clear day it offers us an impressive view. All major mountain ranges of Bulgaria can be seen from the top. After a picnic lunch, we descend on the way back