Rila & Pirin Ski Touring Adventures

Rila & Pirin Ski Touring Adventures

You need a full on ski touring experience? Join us for a 7-day adventure of ascending and descending the unforgettable slopes of the most exciting Bulgarian mountains.

We’ll travel to the best parts of Rila and Pirin & climb up or ski lift our way into the backcountry. We will make the most of the current snow condition and truly immerse in the breathtaking scenery of the winter mountain wonders.

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Rila & Pirin Ski Touring Adventures, Bulgaria

Rila & Pirin Ski Touring Adventures, Bulgaria

Rila & Pirin Ski Touring Adventures, Bulgaria

Rila & Pirin Ski Touring Adventures, Bulgaria

 

Itinerary

~ Day 1 ~

1,5 hours transfer to the village of Govedartsi at 1200m, in the foot of Rila Mountains, where we will stay in a local guest house.

~ Day 2 ~

30 minutes drive takes us to the starting point at 1730m. From here we ascent to Mount Malyovitsa (2729m) 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/-1000m.

~ Day 3 ~

We reach the highest point on the Balkans today. Transfer to Borovets ski resort (30min) where we take Yastrebets gondola to take us up to 2360m. We are now at the foot of Mount Musala (2925m). About 3 hours ascent to the top than we ski back down to Borovets, located at 1300 m. 4-5 hours in total, +600/-1600m. About 1,30 min drive takes us to our next accommodation – a hotel in Panichishte at 1400m, 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 4 ~

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/-1000m.

~ Day 5 ~

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

~ Day 6 ~

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

~ Day 7 ~

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

Prices

How do we source our prices:

  1. Balkan Vagabondz receives a client request.
  2. The BV coordinator then reaches out to all the guides and guiding companies in the network to gather information on possible itineraries, availability and prices.
  3. Once we have all the options we send them to the client so he/she can select the best price, date and itinerary.

Please note negotiating prices is not always possible.

Essentially we are a price, availability and itinerary comparison site that helps people meet their adventure needs and save time along with providing extra customer service and consultation on top of the services you receive. All of this is free of charge as commission is taken from the suppliers.

What gear to bring?
  • Touring skis
  • Ski touring bindings with ski/walk mode and breaks or straps
  • Climbing skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Poles
  • AT ski boots (with rubber sole and ski/walk mode
  • Personal rescue equipment – beacon, shovel, probe
  • Rucksack (35-45l)
  • Water bottle (1l)
  • Wind proof jacket with hood
  • Wind proof trousers
  • 2 pairs of gloves (tiny ones for touring and ski gloves
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun cream
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Ski goggles
  • Travel linen for the hut
  • Snacks
  • Personal Aid Kit
What is included?
  • Guiding
  • Lift Pass
What is not included?
  • Transport

From Sofia – 280 EUR for up to 3 people

  • Food & Accommodation

30 EUR per person / per day

  • Insurance
How to book your place?

You can simply register by using the web form on the right-hand side, e-mail, call or message us on facebook or twitter and we will contact our local guide to move forward with your booking.