Explore the incredible terrain of the Pirin Mountains on this hut to hut ski tour near Bansko, along with IFMGA aspirant mountain guide Georgy.
Join me on a 3-day hut to hut ski tour and enjoy incredible descents on the beautiful Pirin Mountains range, near Bansko.
With peaks over 2900m, the Pirin Mountains rise dramatically out of Bulgaria’s southwest. More than 100 of its peaks go beyond 2000m, and 12 are higher than 2700m. The highest mountain, Mount Vihren (2915m), lies near Bansko and it’s a mecca for backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Bulgaria.
We will start our ski tour from Bunderishka Poliana (1650 m). We will reach the Vihren Hut (1950 m) in only 40 minutes. We will continue our route through the river valley. The ascent to the Hovoinati Peak (2635 m) is short but steep. From the top, we will enjoy an incredible descent to the Vihren Hut, and then to Bansko.
On our second day, we will reach Dautov peak (2597m) from the small ski area of Kulinoto, 10km away from Bansko. Finally on the third day we reach Bezbog (2645m) and Polejan Peak (2851m), both mountains lie above the village of Dobrinishte, only 4 km away from Bansko.
In order to join this ski tour you need a good skiing/snowboarding level (parallel turns) and a good physical condition, allowing ski touring up to 3-4 hours.
You can check the detailed itinerary below this text. Please note I can take a maximum of 6 people in each trip.
Interested in joining me on these exciting 3-day ski tour in the Pirin Mountains? Then don’t hesitate to send me a request and book your trip. It will be my pleasure to be your guide.
Necessary Equipment: -backpack -skis with touring bindings/splitboard/snowshoes, skins -avalanche safety set (shovel, probe and beacon) -insurance -crampons for skis -crampons for ski boots, ice axe (depending on the chosen route), harness (available for free) Necessary skills: - good skiing/snowboarding level (parallel turns) - good physical condition allowing ski touring up to 3-4 hours
The Hvoinati peak (2635m) is situated between the highest peaks in the Pirin mountains: the Vihren and the Muratov peak. We start from Bunderishka Poliana (1650 m) and in 40 min. we reach the Vihren Hut (1950m). The route continues through the wide river valley, in southeast direction, till the end of the flat part, and then it curves west towards Muratovo lake. With its 2230m, it lays in the foot of Muratov peak. From the lake it takes us 1 hour to reach Hvoinati. The ascent is shorter but steeper, gaining another 400 m of denivelation. According to the snow conditions, we have two different options for ski descents: between Hvoinati and Vihren peak down to Vihren hut, and the other is in direction down to Muratovo lake and then Vihren hut. After a short rest in the hut we ski all the way down to Bansko.
Dautov peak (2597m). Situated in the Northeast part of Pirin range, our starting point is the small ski area of Kulinoto, 10km away from Bansko at 1400 m. If the drag lift is working we start skinning from the top of it. We need about 3 hours to reach the Dautov peak and about 1000 m of denivelation. Our ski descent starts on the Northwest ridge and continues through a hundred-years old spruce forest, which is a protected area.
Bezbog (2645m) and Polejan Peak (2851m). Both peaks are situated above the village of Dobrinishte – 4km away from Bansko. Our starting point is the top station of the chair lift: the Bezbog hut (2200 m). We reach Bezbog peak in an hour and a half. After skiing down to the Bezbog lake we start ascending to Polejan peak. This second climb takes us about 2-2,5 hours to the top. From here, we start skiing down all the way to Bansko through the Demianitza valley.
I am an IFMGA Guide and have been working as an independent guide since 1994. I guide trekking groups worldwide: Alps, Himalayas, Carpathians, the mountains of Turkey, Greece and Macedonia and others. I did numerous ascents in the Alps and peaks over 4000 m. (over 30 ascents of Mont Blanc, peaks of the Monte Rosa range, Gran Paradiso, Grandes Jorasses, Mаtterhorn, Bar, Dome Des Ecrins etc), Caucasus, Pamir and others.
I was the leader of ski expeditions to Mera Peak, Saribung, Larkye Peak /first ski descent/alpine expeditions to Ama Dablam, Island Peak (Nepal), ski groups to India, the Austrian, French and Italian Alps, Turkey, Macedonia, Greece.
I have been guiding trekking, climbing and ski touring groups in Bulgaria and abroad for Club Aventure, ZigZag, Atalant, TopSki (France), Exodus (UK), SNP (The Netherlands), Lapoint and others. I did first ascents in the Bulgarian and Turkish mountains, numerous first ski descents. I participated in numerous Bulgarian first ascents worldwide. I'm an instructor at Maljovitza Mountain School and “Mountains and People” Association. I was the technical director of the “Shared Peaks” project in 2007 and 2009.
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Group of 1
|EUR 344 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 173 each|
Group of 3
|EUR 115 each|
Group of 4
|EUR 100 each|
Group of 5
|EUR 91 each|
Group of 6
|EUR 85 each|
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I am delighted with the ski trip to the Pirin Mountains. These are the most beautiful and unusual places with beautiful nature. I booked a trip to Georgiy Georgiev, but for some reason my guide was not he, but Milena Padalska. However, I do not regret it at all. Milena is a very experienced smart and attentive guide. She organized the trip perfectly and helped me to choose the equipment. She very sensibly corrected the routes, in accordance with the weather and my technical and physical abilities. Despite the not quite favorable weather, we did not miss a single day of trekking. And Milena is very contact and interesting person and an charming woman.