Cradle Mountain & the Walls of Jerusalem

My 16 year old son and I have just finished the Cradle Mountains & Walls of Jerusalem walk and, while driving home, we were reflecting on why it was so rewarding and so much fun.

We expected spectacular scenery and plant life, and they were spectacular. We expected challenging terrain and weather, and they were challenging. We didn't expect such exceptional guides and that is why I am writing to you.

Tim is obviously a very experienced, capable and knowlegeable guide and I probably can't tell you anything you don't already know about him. He is a thorough professional. We always felt safe but challenged. I was impressed with his efforts in finding us interesting things to see and do in the Walls when the weather didn't allow us to visit the usual places. I also thought he handled the stop-over in Mole Creek due to flooding with a good combination of leadership and humour and it turned out to be a trip highlight!

So, the thing is, the environment we visited was every bit as spectacular, challenging and rewar ding as we had hoped for. What made this holiday exceptional was your wonderful guides.My son and I have thanked them, but we wanted to let you know as well.

Wayne and Simon C. | Mosman, Australia
 
 

Bulgaria on Foot

The Rila and Pirin mountain ranges of Bulgaria are home to vast alpine meadows, glacial lakes, rare vegetation and a rich variety of fauna. In the Rila Mountains, the highest peak, Musala (2925m) is a focal point of this engaging walk on which you only need to carry a day pack. Superb mountain vistas, hidden villages brimming with traditional culture and a visit to Rila Monastery, Bulgaria's most famous monastery, are some of the many highlights of the program. Based in 3 star hotels in Govedartsi and Bansko and a mountain hut in the Pirin Range, this trip will appeal to keen walkers seeking an alternative mountain experience in a country that simply teems with history and beautiful natural landscapes.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Sofia
DAY 2 Transfer to Borovets and climb Musala (2925m) for superb view of the Rila Mountains (6hrs), then transfer to the village of Govedartsi (1150m), our base for the next 2 nights
DAY 3 Walk to Prekorechki Lakes and return to hotel (6.5hrs)
DAY 4 Seven Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery (5hrs)
DAY 5 Trek across the Central Pirin (6hrs)
DAY 6 Continue trek to Demyanitsa Hut, transfer to Bansko (6hrs)
DAY 7 Ascend the highest peak in the Pirin Mountains, Mount Vihren (2914m) and return to Bansko (7-8hrs)
DAY 8 Transfer to Sofia, trip concludes

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Trip Code: BOF
Trip Grading: Moderate to Challenging
Duration:  8 days
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