Itinerary

Day 1

32 km, +440 m

Belmeken Dam

A 2.5 hour long transfer will take us from Sofia to Belmeken Dam in the Rila Mountains. The winding mountain road will let us ascend up to 2000 m, where our bike trip starts.

Treshtenik area

We go on a panoramic macadam road that goes to Treshtenik area above the town of Yakoruda. Accommodation in the area.
Day 1
Day1
Itinerary

Day 2

38 km, + 700 m.

Treshtenik

From Treshtenik we follow some forest roads down to the Belitsa Dancing Bears Park – a sanctuary for “retired” Brown Bears used as a street attraction in the past. The baby bears were stolen from their parents and trained to “dance” by the music of some traditional instruments like Gadulka. This was the way of making a living for whole Gypsy families, before the official ban. The bear abuse is not allowed anymore and all the suffering animals were taken to the sanctuary to spend their last days in a protected environment, as their introduction back to the wildlife seemed impossible.

Dobursko Village

From the Bear sanctuary we go up and down, following the large network of dirt and paved roads that will finally take us to the beautiful Dobursko Village at 1100 m. Accommodation at the village. Visit to the famous Dobursko Church.
Day 2
Day 2
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Day 3

35 km, + 1200 m

Dobursko

The most demanding day. We’ll cross the mountain ridge and reach the isolated mountain hut of Macedonia.

Macedonia Hut

We follow a macadam road that goes up to Semkovo holiday area and further to Karaalanitsa locality at 1900 and then, cutting the peaks of the main ridge, reach a saddle between the Bear Peaks – the Small Bear and the Big Bear, where Macedonia Hut is located at an altitude of 2166 m. Accommodation is at the hut. Our main luggage is not transferred today.
Day 3
Day 3
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Day 4

24 km, + 300 m

Macedonia Hut

A quick descent from the hut and we start a short climb to another saddle at 2200 m. That’s our way towards the long descent along Radovitchka River Valley.

Rila Monastery

This long valley will take us down to Iliyna River Valley and finally to the Britchebor locality, a little bit below the famous Rila Monastery. A final 4 km paved road ascent to the monastery. Visit to the famous cultural sight. Afternoon drive to Sofia.
Day 4

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