From the Rhodopes to Rila mount

In the trek from the Rhodopes to Rila mount we will visit:

Day 1

Sofia – Varvara – Milevi Cliffs

Around 10:30 a.m. we are at the car park of the mineral bath of the village of Varvara (360 m).

We start our trek from here. A steep trail will take us to Ravno Bore Lodge (1,050 m), where we will have lunch. After the lunch, we continue on the trail towards the Thracian sanctuary of Milevi Cliffs (1,593 m).

From this rock massif we will be able to enjoy the magnificent view over the whole Mount Alabak and a part of the Rhodope Mountains, called Veliyshko-Videnishki. To the north we see the Upper Thracian Valley, and to the west – Rila.

We will spend the night in Milevi Cliffs Lodge.

Duration – 6.5 hours.

Day 2

Milevi Cliffs Lodge – Chernoveets Peak (1,834 m) – Yundola Lodge (1,375 m)

After lunch we head west of the Milevi Cliffs, going through the highest peak of Mount Alabak – Chernoveets.

We will be enjoying the sunset from Pashovi Cliffs (1,350 m), from where we will see the villages of Sveta Petka and Pashovo. We will spend the night in Yundola Lodge.

Duration – 6.5 hours.

Day 3

Yundola Lodge – Belmeken Peak – Belmeken Lodge

After breakfast we will go to the village of Yundola in order to see how the local people live there.

From the market of the village you will be able to purchase home-made wild-fruit jams and preserves, as well as dairy products.

Then we travel to Belmeken Reservoir (1,918 m). We will have the opportunity to enjoy some kayaking. After the nice rest, we will have to overcome positive denivelation of 700 metres in order to climb the peak of Belmeken (2,626 m). The 360-degree view is simply breathtaking. We can see the eastern part of Rila, Pirin, the Balkan Mountains, the Western Rhodope Mountains, the Western Sredna Gora Mountains, and Thrace.

Then we descend to Belmeken Lodge for about an hour and half and we spend the night there.

Duration – 5 hours.

Day 4

Belmeken Lodge (2,224 m) – Kostenets (689 m)

This day, being the last one, will be quite easy – we will only be descending to the village of Kostenets, along the meandering Ravnivrashka River. We will go down to the village for approximately 6 hours, where we will deservedly be able to take a dip into the mineral baths.

Then we transfer back to Sofia.

Duration – 5 hours.


Price: 200 EUR  for the whole group.

Price includes – guide services.

Travel is shared.

The approximate price for a night is 8 eur and is paid when we get there. The lodge provides food

Sign up: Click