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Photo of 7 Rila lakes without lift Photo of Bezbog hut - Kamenishki ezera (lakes) - Dzhano peak Photo of Balkan / Stara Planina
  • 7 Rila lakes without lift

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    near Sapareva Banya, Област Кюстендил (България)
    Distance
    12.41mi
    Elevation +
    3927f
    TrailRank
    61| Rating 5.0
    Photo of 7 Rila lakes without lift Photo of 7 Rila lakes without lift Photo of 7 Rila lakes without lift

    Very beautiful site. It is a pity that the massive tourism has destroyed the authenticity of this site. So do not leave your rubbish everywhere and please, go by foot, this kind of place is so special, we have to deserve...

    It was easy to follow the GPS recording and climbed up without using the chair lift and went down with the lift.
    LeonP
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  • Balkan / Stara Planina

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    near Pirdop, Софийска област (България)
    Distance
    68.32mi
    Elevation +
    16263f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo of Balkan / Stara Planina Photo of Balkan / Stara Planina Photo of Balkan / Stara Planina

    The Balkan mountain range (aka Stara planina / Стара планина; meaning the "Ancient Mountain") is a large mountain range literally dividing Bulgaria in half as it runs all the way from the border between Bulgaria and Serb...

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  • near Rilski Manastir, Област Кюстендил (България)
    Distance
    15.82mi
    Elevation +
    5909f
    TrailRank
    56| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Trans Rila Mountains: Rila Monastery, Hizha Ivan Vazov, Hizha Pionerska Photo of Trans Rila Mountains: Rila Monastery, Hizha Ivan Vazov, Hizha Pionerska Photo of Trans Rila Mountains: Rila Monastery, Hizha Ivan Vazov, Hizha Pionerska

    July 2015. What I did: From Sofia central, took tram #5, went to ZAPAD bus stop, then took 10.20 Bus to Rila (11Lv). From Rila, took a minibus to the Monastery (2Lv). The return of the minibus was at 15oo. Started...

    Thank you, I could plan my own route thanks to this one!
    Stamen Miroslavov
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  • 7 Rilski Ezera

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    near Sapareva Banya, Област Кюстендил (България)
    Distance
    9.84mi
    Elevation +
    3402f
    TrailRank
    55
    Photo of 7 Rilski Ezera Photo of 7 Rilski Ezera Photo of 7 Rilski Ezera

    7 Rilski Ezera in Rila National Park, Bulgaria It is nicely arranged path with many mountain huts close to each lake. Trail can be much easier if you use lift to mountain hut and than enjoy the views walking arround th...

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  • near Rilski Manastir, Област Кюстендил (България)
    Distance
    23.28mi
    Elevation +
    9452f
    TrailRank
    54| Rating 4.67
    Photo of BULGARIA. Rila Mountains. 2 day hike: Rila Monastery - Seven Lakes Hut - Malyovitsa (2.729 m) - Monastery Photo of BULGARIA. Rila Mountains. 2 day hike: Rila Monastery - Seven Lakes Hut - Malyovitsa (2.729 m) - Monastery Photo of BULGARIA. Rila Mountains. 2 day hike: Rila Monastery - Seven Lakes Hut - Malyovitsa (2.729 m) - Monastery

    Very long hike from the Rila Monastery to the Seven Lakes and going to two of the most significant summits of the area (Otovishki Vrah and Malyovitsa). The Rila Monastery is deep down in the valley, so the climb up to t...

    Thank you! I could plan my own trail following this one!
    Stamen Miroslavov
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  • near Asenovgrad, Пловдив (България)
    Distance
    6.49mi
    Elevation +
    1631f
    TrailRank
    54
    Photo of Bulgaria 09: Asenovgrad - Muldava Monastry Photo of Bulgaria 09: Asenovgrad - Muldava Monastry Photo of Bulgaria 09: Asenovgrad - Muldava Monastry

    Doing the hike was a bit crazy. 90 min drive time from Plovdiv (back and forth), 11 km hike, I should check out from the hotel at 14h00 and return the rented car at 14h30. But I decided to do it. Just keep in mind that ...

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  • Musala (Nokjna)

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    near Borovets, Софийска област (България)
    Distance
    17.29mi
    Elevation +
    5472f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Musala (Nokjna) Photo of Musala (Nokjna) Photo of Musala (Nokjna)

    Meaning of the word Musala is "place for payer" or "near to God". No wonder highest peak on Balkans have the name that best describes it. This trail from Borovec is long one, luckily it has plenty of mountain huts and s...

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  • Rila: Yastrebets - Musala

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    near Borovets, Софийска област (България)
    Distance
    9.27mi
    Elevation +
    2215f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Rila: Yastrebets - Musala Photo of Rila: Yastrebets - Musala Photo of Rila: Yastrebets - Musala

    Walked this trail with my wife and two kids (13 and 8 years old). The summer trail to the Musala peak (2925m) starts at the top of the Yastrebets lift at 2369m. The lift starts in Borovets and takes around 20 minutes ...

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  • near Simeonovo, София-град (България)
    Distance
    6.26mi
    Elevation +
    1719f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Crn Vrv - Golem Rezen - Mal Rezen (Vitosha, Bulgaria) Photo of Crn Vrv - Golem Rezen - Mal Rezen (Vitosha, Bulgaria) Photo of Crn Vrv - Golem Rezen - Mal Rezen (Vitosha, Bulgaria)

    Start point Aleko Dom on Vitosha mountain in Sofia. Trail is marked very well, Golem and Mal Rezen Peak are bit technical but it's only few meters to climb over rocks to the peak. In Aleko you can find food and anything ...

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  • The canyon of waterfalls

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    near Smolyan, Област Смолян (България)
    Distance
    5.04mi
    Elevation +
    1677f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of The canyon of waterfalls Photo of The canyon of waterfalls Photo of The canyon of waterfalls

    Winter hike without snow. Wooden bridges and steps are slippery. From the far side of the route it’s possible to go to the peak Goljam Perelik.

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  • near Ezerovo, Област Смолян (България)
    Distance
    3.82mi
    Elevation +
    446f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of Bulgaria 02: Smolian's three Lakes and Orpheus Rocks Photo of Bulgaria 02: Smolian's three Lakes and Orpheus Rocks Photo of Bulgaria 02: Smolian's three Lakes and Orpheus Rocks

    It was a sunset hike around the hotel (Mountain Lake Hotel) The area is simply beautiful with Pine, Picea Conica and Abies Normandiana forests. Mainly I walked among the trees passing shortly on asphalt roads and going f...

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  • near Shiroka Laka, Пловдив (България)
    Distance
    15.52mi
    Elevation +
    2490f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo of Bulgaria 04: Shiroka Laka big loop Photo of Bulgaria 04: Shiroka Laka big loop Photo of Bulgaria 04: Shiroka Laka big loop

    The minute I went out the hotel, I started recording. I am staying in Shiroka Laka Hotel for 2 nights before moving on to a new destination and a new hike. For the first 7 km I was on asphalt road but all this distance ...

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  • Hike to Musala Peak (2925m)

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    near Borovets, Софийска област (България)
    Distance
    9.18mi
    Elevation +
    2060f
    TrailRank
    50| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Hike to Musala Peak (2925m) Photo of Hike to Musala Peak (2925m) Photo of Hike to Musala Peak (2925m)

    From Borovets we took the lift to (Yastrebets Peak) 2369m and hiked the Summer Trail to Musala Peak (2925m). Bring warm clothes as the avg. temp. near the peak is around 7C during Summer. Been there twice - second time...

    Followed this trail with my wife and two kids (8 and 13 years old), they all passed it relatively easy. We had to take b...
    Ivan Večanski
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  • Bulgaria 01: Waterfalls' Canyon

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    near Smolyan, Област Смолян (България)
    Distance
    4.52mi
    Elevation +
    1125f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo of Bulgaria 01: Waterfalls' Canyon Photo of Bulgaria 01: Waterfalls' Canyon Photo of Bulgaria 01: Waterfalls' Canyon

    I left Plovdiv at 9 and at exactly 11 I started the hike from Smolyan Town. Most of the trail is on dirt road along the Cherna River (the Black River) in the East Rhodope Mountains. Amazing nature, calm area and the wea...

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  • near Shiroka Laka, Пловдив (България)
    Distance
    6.56mi
    Elevation +
    728f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo of Bulgaria 03: Shiroka Laka - Varbovo Photo of Bulgaria 03: Shiroka Laka - Varbovo Photo of Bulgaria 03: Shiroka Laka - Varbovo

    I am in the small old town of Shiroka Laka. I loved every detail of this amazing village. The streets, the houses, the restaurants ... I started on the main road with the Shirokoleshka River on my left. You can see I to...

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  • near Borovets, Софийска област (България)
    Distance
    35.60mi
    Elevation +
    9062f
    TrailRank
    47
    Photo of Bulgaria: Rila - From Borovets to Rila Monastery (september) Photo of Bulgaria: Rila - From Borovets to Rila Monastery (september) Photo of Bulgaria: Rila - From Borovets to Rila Monastery (september)

    Day 1: Borovets - Musala Hut (Easy) The Yastrebets hut (35min by gondola from Borovets) is the starting point for the ascent of Mount Musala. The first leg (1hr) brings you to the Musala hut, where we stayed for the n...

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  • near Zlatni Pyasatsi, Област Варна (България)
    Distance
    7.86mi
    Elevation +
    1362f
    TrailRank
    46
    Photo of Golden sands: Beach and Nature park Photo of Golden sands: Beach and Nature park Photo of Golden sands: Beach and Nature park

    When you are in golden sands/ Varna, there is much more than clubbing, swimming and eating! For those who enjoy walking in the wild, there are many beautiful forest trails in "Nature park" leading to Aladzha monastery, a...

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  • Bozbog hut towards Dzhangal Peak

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    near Chiflika, Област Благоевград (България)
    Distance
    7.29mi
    Elevation +
    2628f
    TrailRank
    46
    Photo of Bozbog hut towards Dzhangal Peak Photo of Bozbog hut towards Dzhangal Peak Photo of Bozbog hut towards Dzhangal Peak

    Bozbog hut was our starting point. Unfortunately we didn't reach the peak. But it's doable using this route, which at some point strays a little from the actual trail, by continuing a few hundred height meters to the pea...

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  • near Sapareva Banya, Област Кюстендил (България)
    Distance
    21.54mi
    Elevation +
    7743f
    TrailRank
    45
    Photo of 7 Lakes and more - Sapareva Banya to Rila Monastir Photo of 7 Lakes and more - Sapareva Banya to Rila Monastir Photo of 7 Lakes and more - Sapareva Banya to Rila Monastir

    Prelude to this hike: - I took a bus from Sofia to Dupnica at 3pm (~1:15) - In Dupnica station I immediately took another one to Sapareva Banya (~30min) - Then I started the hike at 5pm This is an amazing 2 day hike. La...

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  • Bansko ski lift - Pirin Lakes

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    near Bansko, Област Благоевград (България)
    Distance
    9.57mi
    Elevation +
    2470f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo of Bansko ski lift - Pirin Lakes Photo of Bansko ski lift - Pirin Lakes Photo of Bansko ski lift - Pirin Lakes

    Summer hiking route starting from Bansko ski lift station (Banderishka poliyana) passing through Vihren hut and several of the lakes in Pirin. Equipment: during summer absolutely necessary sun cream, a hat, good hiking ...

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  • Bulgaria 05: Devin - Red Rock

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    near Devin, Област Смолян (България)
    Distance
    3.03mi
    Elevation +
    912f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo of Bulgaria 05: Devin - Red Rock Photo of Bulgaria 05: Devin - Red Rock Photo of Bulgaria 05: Devin - Red Rock

    I knew about the place from the taxi driver. He was taking me from Shiroka Laka to Devin and saw I have a hiking gear with me. I couldn't find anything on Wikiloc, all I saw are some reviews on Google saying that you wil...

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  • Borovets

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    near Borovets, Софийска област (България)
    Distance
    3.05mi
    Elevation +
    538f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo of Borovets Photo of Borovets Photo of Borovets

    Borovets is one of the biggest mountain resorts in Bulgaria. It is located at an elevation of 1300 m on the northern slopes of Rila Mountain, some 70 km away from Sofia, approximately 130 km from Plovdiv, and 10 km south...

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  • near Bansko, Област Благоевград (България)
    Distance
    27.79mi
    Elevation +
    8038f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo of Hike in Pirin National Park to Poležan Peak Photo of Hike in Pirin National Park to Poležan Peak Photo of Hike in Pirin National Park to Poležan Peak

    After yesterday's 'failure', today I got to experience a big portion of Pirin national park! Of course, another crazy hike that my feet were about to fall off by the end 🤣 But it was worth it, so much to hike around her...

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