Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May
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.
-skis with touring bindings/splitboard/snowshoes, skins
-avalanche safety set (shovel, probe and beacon)
-crampons for skis
-crampons for ski boots, ice axe (depending on the chosen route),
harness (available for free)
- good skiing/snowboarding level (parallel turns)
- good physical condition allowing ski touring up to 3-4 hours
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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