Price per person: 750 € (for a group of 5 persons)
Highlights: Backcountry ski touring in the highest mountains of the Balkan peninsula
Meals: Half board (dinner & breakfast)
Guided: by a local Certified Mountain Guide
Best period: January – March
Technical difficulty: a program for experienced mountaineers (5-7 hours per day, up to 1200 m of ascent/descent)
Transport: by a private car
The south-western part of Bulgaria is a land of mountains – a rolling sea of independent massifs separated by deep cut gorges and high passes. This is where Rila and Pirin Mountains rise high – they are the highest mountain ranges in Southeast Europe! The peaks tower well above 2500 m – with the highest reaching nearly 3000 m. During our trip, we will enjoy Rila National Park: Mussala Peak (the highest peak on the Balkans); Malyovitsa valley (emblematic place for the Bulgarian alpinism) and the Seven Rila Lakes (symbol of Bulgaria). In the heart of Rila, we will visit the magnificent painted Orthodox monastery: Rila Monastery (UNESCO heritage sites).
In the second part of our trip, we will reach Pirin National Park (UNESCO Nature Heritage). In Pirin, we will enjoy two ski touring highlights: one to Mt.Vihren (2914 m) and another one in the area of Mt.Todorka and Mt. Bezbog. After the day ski tours, we will relax in the traditional local restaurants famous for its delicious cuisine and red wines. Our guides hold national mountain leader diplomas and are professional ski instructors. Some of them are members of the Bulgarian mountain rescue team. All of them have years-long experience in leading ski groups.
Day 1: Arrival in Sofia and transfer to Govedartsi village on the footsteps of Rila National Park.
Day 2: Picturesque ascent to Mussala Peak (2925 m) – the highest peak in the South-eastern Europe and the Balkan Peninsula.
Day 3: Ascent to hut Metchit (1750 m) and then continue to the peak itself – Mechit peak (2567 m).
Day 4: Start from Maliovitsa training center and continue in the valley, passing through Elenino Lake up to the beautiful and alpine Maliovitsa peak (2729 m). Going down to reach the Rila Lakes Hut (2150 m).
Day 5: From Rila Lakes hut climbing to the main ridge and after a traverse descend to the Rila Monastery (1150 m).
Day 6: Reach the Todorka peak (2746 m) and traverse the following peaks on the ridge before descending to Demianitsa valley.
Day 7: Ascent to Vihren peak (2914m) from the south wall if the snow conditions are suitable.
Day 8: Sofia Walking City Tour.
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