Orlovo Oko (Eagle's Eye) viewpoint
Rhodope Mountains

Walking Holiday in Bulgaria

Villages and Peaks of the Rhodope Mountains

6-day Walking Trip in the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

Explore remote villages and stunning landscapes in one of Europe’s biodiversity hotspotsRhodope Mountains. Hike the peaks and flowering meadows of the Rhodope Mountains, the birthplace of the mythical singer to the Greek Gods – Orpheus, marvel at the beauty of incredible gorges, dive into the mysteries of deep caves and encounter a culture and tradition that touches your soul and changes your perspective.

HIGHLIGHTS:

6 days of walking through the stunning landscape of West Rhodope Mountains. Hike the highest ridge of the Rhodope – Perelik, walk through ancient forests, flowering meadows, explore deep gorges and spectacular caves.

Experience the unique flora and fauna of the Rhodope Mountains, one of Europe’s biodiversity hotspots.

Stay in rural villages at family guesthouses and experience the daily life, culture and traditions of local people.

Eat delicious homemade food unique to the region, made with fresh, locally grown produce.

Visit some of the most beautiful areas of Rhodope Mountains: Gela village, the architectural reserve Shiroka Laka, Orpehus Peak (2181 m), Mugla village, protected areas Kazandji Dere and Chairski Lakes, Trigrad Gorge, Devil’s Throat Cave, Yagodina village, Buinovo Gorge and Yagodinska Caves + Bachkovo Monastery and the city of Plovdiv (European Capital of Culture 2019).

KEY INFORMATION:

6 days of walking and trekking in the Rhodope Mountains, we start and end the trip in Plovdiv, the European Capital of Culture 2019

Accommodation: 5 nights in family guesthouses, 1 night in a mountain hut 

Walking: approximately 4-5 hours per day

Terrain: good paths with some steep ascents. The terrain is not difficult, but there are a couple of 5.5 - 6 hours long hikes that require a decent physical condition.

Altitude: maximum 2188m (7178 feet), average 1350m (4429 feet)

Small group size, minimum 6 maximum 12 people

ITINERARY: 

 

Day 1: Meet your guide in Plovdiv. Transfer to Gela

On the way to Gela we will stop at the architectural reserve Shiroka Laka, located 7.8 km from Gela. We will freshen up and upon our arrival in Gela we will set on a pleasant circular walk to peak Turlata (1822m/ 5977 feet). Overnight in a family guesthouse. 

 

Walking time: about 3 hours

Distance: 10.5km/ 6.5miles

Elevation Gain/ Loss: +250m/ -250m

 

Day 2: Orpheus Peak (2188m / 7178 feet) and the remote village Mugla

Today, we will hike the second highest peak in the Rhodope Mountains- Orheus – 2188m (7178 feet). A picturesque trail passing through meadows filled with wild herbs, flowers and blueberries will take us to the top where we will enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the Rhodope Mountains, its main ridges, nearby towns and remote villages. Looking south you will see the peaks of northern Greece’s Rhodope Mountains. From Orpheus peak the adventure continues to one of the most secluded villages in the Rhodope – Mugla. Overnight in Mugla.

 

Walking time: about 5.5 hours

Distance: 16.0km/ 10.0miles

Elevation Gain/ Loss: +750m/ -840m

 

Day 3: Mugla – Chairite Lakes

After breakfast we will visit the natural landmark Kazandji Dere, protected area in the outskirts of Mugla village. Kazandji Dere is one of the newest protected areas in the Rhodope Mountains established to protect the unique cascade of waterfalls and pools formed by river Muglenska. We will continue to another protected area - Chairite Lakes, on arguably one of the most beautiful walks in the Western Rhodope. After check-in to the mountain hut we will have time to explore the lakes. Chairite Lakes are natural landslide lakes formed from the melting of glaciers during Ice Age. The most famous of the lakes is Sinioto Ezero (The Blue Lake), situated in a century-old forest.

 

Walking time: about 5.5 hours

Distance: 16.0km/ 10.0miles

Elevation Gain/ Loss: +750m/ -840m

 

Day 4: Chairite – Trigrad Village

The goal of the day is Trigrad village and the famous Trigrad Gorge. We set off on another glorious trail passing through green pastures, flower-filled meadows and ancient forests before descending gradually to the village of Trigrad. In the afternoon you can visit Devil’s Throat cave (according to Greek myth this is the portal to the Kingdom of Hades where Orheus descended into the underworld to beg for the release of his beloved wife Eurydice), enjoy a short Via Ferrata climb with fantastic views over the Trigrad Gorge, or go on a horseback riding trip to Vodni Pad village right by the Greek border.

 

Walking time: about 3 hours

Distance: 10km/ 6.2miles

Elevation Gain/ Loss: +250m/ -200m

 

Day 5: Trigrad – Yagodina

Today’s trail, one of the most renowned botanic paths in the country, takes us to Yagodina village following the line of a former Roman road with outstanding views of the Trigrad Gorge. In the late afternoon, and after a check-in at our local family accommodation, a steep path will take us to Orlovo Oko (Eagle’s Eye)- a breathtaking viewing platform - which panoramic views will offer you an ideal chance to point out and identify the places you walked during the previous days of the holiday. This is also the perfect sunset spot for a bittersweet farewell before leaving the Rhodope Mountains the following day.

 

Walking time: about 4.5 hours

Distance: 10.0km/ 6.2miles

Elevation Gain/ Loss: +360m/ -360m

 

Day 6: Yagodina - Yagodina Cave – Plovdiv

 

A full of activities day awaits you!

 

First stop Yagodinska Cave. Beautiful forest trail, another section of the former Roman road we walked yesterday, takes us from Yagodina village to Yagodinska Cave. The trail ascends gently to a rocky viewpoint from where you can observe the second and the longest canyon in Bulgaria- Buinovo Gorge. From this point the trail descends down to the river ending at a wonderfully preserved Roman bridge. The tour of Yagodinska Cave takes about an hour and explores one of the three levels of the cave, made accessible to tourists. Yagodinska Cave is one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria. It is included in the 100 National Tourist Sites of Bulgaria. The temperature in the cave is constant all year round at 6 degree Celsius. In Yagodinska cave you can see cave formations like stalactites, stalagmites, stalagnates, flowstone, draperies and cave pearls. Having finished the visit to the cave we set off on transfer to Plovdiv, the European Capital of Culture 2019, where our trip ends. 

 

Walking time: about 3 hours

Distance: 10km/ 6.2miles

Elevation Gain/ Loss: +190m/ -190m

 

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