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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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  • 8 Days
  • 11
    Group : 2-10 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

Govedartsi (1200 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

  • all the transfers from/to Sofia and during the itinerary
  • accommodation on a double/twin room basis – 7 nights
  • breakfasts and dinners
  • mountain guide and all the expenses of the guide
  • all taxes

Price Excludes

  • travel & health insurance
  • lunch/packed lunch
  • personal equipment
  • lift passes
  • drinks
  • entrance fees for sights

Price

  • Cost in a group of 6: 1150 EUR/person
  • Cost in a group of 4: 1420 EUR/person
  • Cost in a group of 3: 1703 EUR/person
  • Cost in a group of 2: 2240 EUR/person
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– GOVEDARTSI

Meeting with your guide at Sofia Airport. 1,5 hours transfer to the village of Govedartsi at 1200 m, in the foot of Rila Mountains. Accommodation in a hotel in the village for two nights. 

Day 2MOUNT MALYOVITSA (2729 m)

30 minutes drive takes us to the starting point at 1730 m. From here we ascent to Mount Malyovitsa (2729 m) passing Malyovitsa Hut and the Dears Lake on the way. Descent along the slopes of Malyovitsa and the valley back to the start point. About 7 hours +1000/- 1000 m. 

Day 3GOVEDARTSI - MOUNT MUSALA (2925 m) - PANICHISHTE

We hit the highest point on the Balkans today. Transfer to Borovets ski resort (30 min) where we take Yastrebets gondola to take us up to 2360 m. We are at the foot of Mount Musala (2925 m). About 3 hours ascent to the top than we ski back down to Borovets, located at 1300 m. 4- 5 hours in total, +600/-1600 m. About 1,30 min drive takes us to our next accommodation – a hotel in Panichishte at 1400 m, where we stay for the next two nights. On the way we pass through the village of Sapareva Banya, famous with its hot springs where we visit a thermal pool. 

Day 4RILA LAKES HUT

This morning we take the chair lift to Rila Lakes Hut, located at the foot of the famous Seven Lakes. Ascent to the main ridge of the mountain, near some of the lakes, and ski down to the hut and further through the forests to the bottom lift station. Overnight in the same accommodation. About 6 hours outside, +400/-1000 m

Day 5BANSKO - MOUNT TODORKA (2746 m) - BANSKO

Two hours transfer takes us to Bansko. Its a small town in the footsteps of Pirin Mountains and Pirin National Park, that hosts the most modern ski resort in Bulgaria. We take the lifts to the top station at 2550 m and then climb the ridge of Mount Todorka (2746 m) A short traverse along the ridge and we descent to Bunderitsa Valley and further down to Bansko. About 3 hours, +200/- 1800 m. Accommodation in a hotel for two nights.

Day 6BANSKO - MOUNT POLEZAN (2851 m) - BANSKO

Today we’ll visit another area of Pirin Mountains. Morning 30 min. transfer takes us to the bottom station of Bezbog chair lift. We take it up to Bezbog Hut at 2240 m. From here we ascent to one of the highest peaks of Pirin Mountains – Mount Polezan (2851 m). We’ll ski the west slopes of Damyanitsa valley until we reach Bansko ski zone. About 6 hours, +610/-1900 m. Back to the same hotel for a final dinner. 

Day 7MOUNT VIHREN (2914 m)

Ascent of Mount Vihren, the top of the Pirin Mountains today. Early start, drive to the Bansko ski area and tour to the top and back. 

Day 8TRANSFER BANSKO - SOFIA

2,5 morning transfer to Sofia Airport. Some sightseeing in Sofia (depending on the flight schedules). Good bye. 

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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.