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BULGARIA SKI TOURING

Ski touring in Bulgaria is relatively comfortable. On most tours we can help with the cable cars. These bring us high below the peaks and make the ascents much easier. We will mostly sleep in the valley in hotels. These are very solid and offer all the comforts, as well as the regeneration in the pools and saunas. They all are  excellent. Therefore, ski touring in Bulgaria has more freeride character. That means less walking uphill and more skiing downhill, in the lower part also as skiing on pistes. And last but not least, lots of relaxation and fun after skiing.

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Bulgaria Ski Touring (Rila, Pirin)

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  • 6-10 Days
  • 11
    Group : 4-10 People
  • 11
    Ski touring / Freeride
  • 11
    Difficulty : 2-3
  • 11
    Pickup : Airport / Appart / Hotel
  • 11
    Min Age : 18+

Recommended Airport

Sofia Airport (Google Map)

Meeting Point

Sofia Airport

Starting Point

Samokov (950 m)

Altitude difference

approx 800 m per day

Recommended equipment

ski touring equipment (ski, bindings, boots, skins, poles, air bag)

Walking time/ Ski time

approx 6 h/ day

Difficulty

medium difficult tours

Highlights

  • Enjoying skiing over the ski resorts
  • Ski tours to the highest mountains of Balkans.

Price Includes

  • Guiding
  • Accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • All local transfers

Price Excludes

  • Travel & health insurance
  • All meals except breakfasts
  • Personal equipment
About Bulgaria, Borovec and Bansko

Bulgaria is a beautiful mountainous country with stunningly beautiful nature. It was marked by a varied history under the Ottoman Empire, where they nevertheless managed to preserve Orthodox culture. In addition to its natural beauty, it also impresses with its rich cultural heritage, which is reflected in many cultural monuments, also protected under the auspices of UNESCO.

Nature is a chapter in itself here. Beautiful and high mountains, which is why some areas are not called the Swiss Alps of the Balkans for free. We go to Bulgaria on touring skis through the mountains of this country and enjoy the most beautiful pearls that nature has there. Cable cars also help us with ascents. In the meantime, of course, we will also encounter architectural features and monuments, including the Rila Monastery, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. After a tour of civilization and a “warm-up” tour at the Borovec ski center, we will head to Bansko, a town in the bosom of granite peaks, from where we will make most of the tours.

We will visit three locations in total: Borovec, Rila Lakes and Bansko. There are cable cars everywhere and take you to about 2000 meters above sea level. And there is always a real winter idyll. And one more other interesting fact. In general, ski touring is not very popular in Bulgaria yet. So you can run into snow sleds more often than a touring skier. These are a hit in the national parks of Rila and Pirin. The ski terrains in Bulgarian mountains are great. They offer a selection of slopes from all sides. So there is plenty of choice depending on the weather and snow conditions. As a result, the final selection is almost always optimal. In the Rila Mountains is our main goal the summit of Musala. In the Pirin mountain range, this is the top of Vihren. But we will soon find that out there are many even more suitable touring ski peaks in the area. And we will certainly make good use of that.

Itinerary

Day 1TRANSFER SOFIA – SAMOKOV

Accommodation in hotel.

Day 2Samokov - Rila Mountain and Musala (2925m) - Samokov

Drive to the sports center Borovec (10 minutes) in the mountain group Rila. Ascent to Musala (2925 m), the highest peak in the Balkans. Combined with the cable car to Jastrebec, which leads over 2300 meters high, it will be a walk past the high mountain lakes together for about 3 hours. Return to Samokov.

Day 3Samokov - Hut on the Rila Lakes

From Samokov drive to Sparev Banja (30min) and then to the hut Pionerska (1520m). From here we will take the cable car to the hut on the Rila Lakes (2150m). Afternoon skiing around the hut.

Day 4Hut on the Rila Lakes - Dodov vrah 2661m - Bansko

Full day tour around the Rila Lakes and return to the starting point. Followed by a drive (2h) to the ski center Bansko and accommodation at the hotel.

Day 5Bansko - Bezbog - Dzhano (2668m) - Bansko

Day for rest or tour by appointment. Visit to the Viking Museum Lofotr Vikingsmuseum in Bostadt.

Day 6Bansko - Vihren 2914m - Bansko

Full day tour of Vihren 2914m.

Day 7Bansko - Murato Vrah 2664m - Bansko

After breakfast transfer to another beautiful tour. We will drive to the middle station of the gondola and from there head towards the Vihren hut (1h). From here, the entire amphitheater of mountains above 2600m opens up, ending in Vihren in the west. The choice of top will mainly depend on the snow conditions.

Day 8Transfer Bansko - Sofia

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FAQ

Where and when do I meet your team?

Our team will wait for you at the airport. If you are arriving by land meeting point is also at the airport or elsewhere if you let us know where (this service is not included in a price). After the meeting, you will be transferred to your accommodation. Please note, that in some areas, due to a long drive to our base, we provide only one transportation per group, usually in the morning (Iceland, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Altai…). So take into consideration that one extra day and accommodation may be necessary.

Where do I meet my guide?

The guide will arrange a specific meeting location and time with you specifically. Most commonly, this location is at your accommodation or our base.

How much hiking up is involved?

There will be approximately 4-6 hours of hiking broken up in the day and approximately 800~1100 vertical meters of skiing.

Do I need climbing skins?

Yes, all of our ski touring tours require uphill travel, and skins are by far the most efficient way. Skins attach to the base of skis or split-snowboards, peel off at the top of the run, and get stowed in a pocket for the downhill fun.

Can I rent equipment?

You can rent equipment, but you need to inform us at least 21 days before the start of your program. Our trips are in remote areas where there are no shops or rental services, so we need to provide them from a distance. Please note that rental on the spot is usually not available.