8-day MTB Traverse of Rila and the Rhodopes

Itinerary

Day 1

8km, +730 m.

Blagoevgrad

We will pick you up from Sofia airport and drive to the town of Blagoevgrad and further to the starting point at Bodrost locality – 2.15h.

Macedonia Hut

Ride up to Macedonia Hut – dirt road, 8km, +730 m. Accommodation at the hut.
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Day 2

50 km, +1100 m.

Macedonia Hut

We start with a ride from Macedonia Hut to the Semkovo area.

Semkovo

We follow dirt roads on the southern slopes of Rila Mountains towards the Belitsa Bears Park.

Belitsa Bears Park

Park visit and lunch.

Treshtenik

Afternoon ride to Treshtenik area, accommodation at a hotel.
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Day 3

72 km, +1400 m.

Treshtenik

From Treshtenik we start with an uphill ride along the paved roads for about 4km, then we start following the panoramic road towards the high mountain dam of Belmeken.

Belmeken

Located at 2000 m above sea level, in Eastern Rila. The road goes up and down and offers great views of Rila, Pirin and the Rhodope ranges.

Avramovo

Visit the Avramovo train station at 1300 m. We further enter the Rhodopes range and follow some gentle dirt roads, passing by the highest peak of the area and descending down to Ortsevo village at 1500 m.

Ortsevo

Accommodation at a local guest house which offers private rooms and a shared bathroom.
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Day 4

65km, +740 m.

Zlataritsa

We bike along a panoramic ridge that offers views towards Pirin Range and reach the most remote village in the area – Zlataritsa.

Dospat Lake

Further along, we follow the main ridge and finally descend to the town of Sarnitsa, on the west shore of Dospat Lake.

Dospat

A final ride around the lake will take us to the town of Dospat, Western Rhodope Mountains.
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Day 5

+/- 500m; 5h.

Buinovska River

As we leave the town, we follow an ancient Roman road, very close to the borther with Greece. Passing by a few almost abandoned villages, we finally reach the valley of Buinovska River and follow it down to Yagodinska Cave.

Yagodina

A final short ascent takes us to the village of Yagodina (The Strawberry village) at 1500 m. Accommodation at a family hotel.
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Day 6

32 km, +960 m.

Trigrad

We head to the village of Trigrad, following a gentle road through the forests.

Trigrad Gorge and Devil`s Throat Cave

Visit to the village, Trigrad Gorge and Devil`s Throat Cave. Lunch.

Chamla

Afternoon ride up to Chairski Lakes and further via the abandoned village of Chamla.

Mugla

Final descent to Mugla village. Accommodation at a local family hotel.
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Day 7

50 km, +940m

Perelik Ridge

From the village of Mugla, we climb the slopes of the highest range in the area – Perelik Ridge, following a dirt road.

Gela

We cross the ridge at a mountain pass at 1900 m and then descend down to the famous Gela village. Ride across the villages of Stikul and Solishta.

Shiroka Luka

A final descent takes us to the architectural reserve of Shiroka Luka for a sightseeing tour and accommodation.
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Day 8

3,5h

Devin

Option for a half day paved road ride to the town of Devin and visit of the outdoor mineral pools.

Sofia

Transfer to Sofia – 3,5h. Departure/end of service.

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