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Rila, Pirin mountains 7 Day Guided Ski Tour

A UIMLA Tour Operator in the Top Guides team wants to take you on a 7-day ski tour through the Rila and Pirin mountains in Bulgaria.

Mountain RangePirin, Rila Mountains
Duration7 days
Offer periodFeb, Mar, Apr, May
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Description

The Rila mountains and the Pirin mountains in Bulgaria are both incredible, beautiful mountain ranges. It is a treat to visit and explore just one of them. However, on this 7 day adventure, you will have the opportunity to explore both of them!

Also, because this is a ski touring trip, you will get to enjoy the trill of skiing on descents from the tops of some truly fantastic peaks. Those mountains include Mount Malyovitsa (2,729m), Mount Musala (2,925m), Mount Todorka (2,746m) and Mount Polezan (2,851m).

Each mountain range has a long list of unique highlights. And because there is so much to see and do, the days will be long. Some days will see us skiing for nearly 7 hours. Thus the need for participants to be in good physical condition. And while the terrain is accessible, there can be some challenging spots, especially in the peaks. So participants should also have some previous ski touring experience.

Just a few of the highlights you will get to enjoy on this trip include:

  • The village of Govedartsi
  • The Rila seven lakes
  • Borovets ski resort
  • Bunderitsa valley
  • Bansko ski resort
  • Bezbog hut
  • Sofia
  • Pirin national park

There is an abundance more of great things to see during this amazing ski touring week. And while it will be tiring,  we have no doubt that in the evenings, when you are relaxing and resting in one of the wonderful hotels where we will be staying, you will be more than satisfied.

So if you would like to spend a week enjoying and exploring the Rila and Pirin mountain ranges of Bulgaria, just send us a request. It would be our pleasure to guide you on this week long ski tour.

If you are looking for a shorter trip, we also offer a 1 day free ride skiing trip in the resort town of Bansko.

Accommodation

Hotel in the village of Govedartsi, hotel in Panichishte, hotel in Bansko.

More info

Participants should bring the following items with them: rucksack (35-45L), water and windproof jacket and pants, rain cover, sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm hat and gloves, water bottle (1.5L), travel liner (optional), torch, personal first aid kit.

Meeting point

Sofia

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Itinerary

Day 1: Govedartsi (1,200m)

Participants will transfer from the Sofia airport to the village of Govedartsi, at the Rila mountains, where we will spend the night in a local hotel.

Day 2: Mount Malyovitsa (2,729m)

Today, we will spend approximately 7 hours scaling Mount Malyovitsa before returning to the hotel at Govedartsi for the night.

Day 3: Borovets ski resort and Mount Musala (2,925m)

Today we will transfer to the Borovets ski resort, where we will take a gondola ride to an altitude of 2,360 metres. After that we will ascend Mount Musala and ski back down to Borvets, before transferring to Panichishte, where will spend a night in a local hotel.

Day 4: Rila seven lakes

Today we will take a lift to the Rila Lakes hut, and from there, we will ski around the beautiful seven lakes area before returning to Panichishte, where we will spend the night in the same hotel.

Day 5: Bansko and Mount Todorka (2,746m)

Today we will take a 2 hour transfer to the resort area of Bansko. From there we will take a ski lift to an altitude of 2,550 metres before scaling Mount Todorka before skiing back down to Bansko, where we will spend a night in a local hotel.

Day 6: Mount Polezan (2,851m)

Today we will take a 30 minute transfer to the Bezbog chair lift. From there we will take the lift to the Bezbog hut, and proceed up Mount Polezan before skiing back down to Bansko, where we will spend the night in the same hotel as the previous evening.

Day 7: Sofia

Today we will take a 2.5 hour transfer back to Sofia, where you can spend time exploring the city, depending on when your flight departs.


About the guide

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Top Guides is an adventure travel company founded by three UIMLA-certified mountain guides Lyuben Grancharov, Dimiter Samounev, Alexander Serafimov. In 2016 we started as an association between certified local mountain guides united by the idea to ease and enrich the travelers’ outdoor experiences in Bulgaria.

Nowadays we are a leading tour operator specialized in authentic and tailored active tours throughout Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Turkey and Georgia.

We offer a wide-range of activities: hiking, trekking, rock climbing and mountain biking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ski touring and off-piste skiing.

All our guides are certified, experienced and passionate about their job and will guide you with a smile and care through the wild beauty of the Bulgarian and the Balkan mountains.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2330 each

Group of 2

EUR 1340 each

Group of 3

EUR 1007 each

Group of 4

EUR 927 each

Group of 5

EUR 813 each

Group of 6

EUR 732 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Lifts tickets

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• The price includes transfers to and from Sofia, along with accommodation, half board, and lift tickets. Participants should have appropriate safety equipment such as probes, shovel and beacon, as well as proper skiing equipment that includes touring skis, ski touring bindings, with ski/walk mode and brakes or straps, climbing skins, ski crampons, poles, and ski boots. All of this equipment is available for rent in Sofia.


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