Price per person: 690 € (for a group of min 6 persons) / 620 € (for a group of min 8 persons)
Single supplement: 100 EUR
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 in the Balkans) and Malyovitsa valley (emblematic place for the Bulgarian alpinism). 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. After the day ski tours, we will relax in the traditional local restaurants famous for their 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 and transfer to the Rila massif. Installation in the village of Govedarti in a small family hotel with a very friendly reception for 2 nights.
Day 2: Full day in the region of Malyovitsa or Mount Moussala (2925m). Option to use a lift to go up. Second overnight in Govedartsi.
Day 3: Last day in Rila Mountains. Morning departure via Strachno lake we will begin the descent to Rila Monastery (13th century; UNESCO World Heritage list). Another alternative depending on the snow is the descent by the ridge called Dalgi rid. Visit the monastery and transfer to a small charming hotel or guesthouse in the region of Bansko.
Day 4: A big crossing in the PIRIN National Park – Mt Polezhan region (2820m) with some optional climbs and descents, before returning to our accommodation from the day before. Option: We can take a bath in the municipal pool (hot spring mineral water). For a dinner, we will go to a traditional restaurant. Second overnight in the same accommodation.
Day 5: A day dedicated to Mount Todorka (2680m) with its beautiful colors and steep pines in the forest to descend off-piste – about 35-45 degrees of slope on some parts). Skiing down to the city at 1000 m altitude. A possibility of climbing with a lift or on foot. Third overnight at the same accommodation.
Day 6: Transfer to the Chiligarnika station from where we will reach Vihren refuge (1h30) before continuing to ascension the M. Hvoinati vrah (2650m) and Mount Vihren (2914m). If conditions permit, descend the east slope of the summit – 1100 m. Skiing down to the city. Fourth night at the same accommodation.
Day 7: Drive to the Bulgarian capital – Sofia (about 3 hours). Visit Sofia, a city with a rich heritage. Dinner at your expense. Night in a small hotel in the city center
D8: Depending on your flights, transfer to the airport.
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**You can rent an avalanche kit for a 70 EUR rental/week
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