Ski mountaineering in Eastern Europe: 4 days on the Pirin Mountain in Bulgaria

Join Viktor, an IFMGA certified mountain guide on this incredible ski mountaineering trip on the Pirin Mountain in Bulgaria.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range

Pirin

People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Visit a UNESCO world heritage site.

  • Delve into the different atmosphere of east Europe's mountain ranges.

  • Explore the less known, get off the beaten path

 

Have you ever dreamt of skiing on the high slopes in Europe? If yes, then join me on this incredible ski trip in the beautiful Pirin mountain in eastern Europe.

Located in southwestern Bulgaria, Pirin Mountain is a beautiful mountain range which is also recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site.

This ski-alpinism trip has a lot to offer. We’ll begin in the capital city of Sofia and drive to the Bansko area. The first day involves a warm-up with freeriding amidst the centuries-old pine forests of the lower mountain.

The following days, as we’ll gain altitude, we will combine technical mountaineering like ridge climbing and freeriding to test some of the highest peaks of the Pirin which scale up to almost 3000 meters.

The trip includes traversing the Dzhamdziev ridge to reach Vihren peak, the highest summit in the Pirin. As you’ll capture the summit, get ready for some jaw-dropping views. And imagine how amazing it would be to descend on ski from the top of this soaring peak.

Though I have designed a 4-day itinerary for this trip, however, you can extend or reduce the duration depending upon your requirement.

Regarding fitness, keep in mind that good shape is required. And, as long as you possess some basic technical mountaineering skills and know average skiing, you’ll be just fine.

So, what are you waiting for? Dust off your ski-gear and send me a message now to embark on this amazing ski-tour in the beautiful Pirin Mountain in Bulgaria. I also guide this ice climbing trip in the Rila Mountains in Bulgaria, so do check it out.

 

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
150 EUR

Group of 2
90 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
 Price per person. Maximum group size is 2. Excludes: Accommodation, Transport from Sofia to Bansko, Meals & Gear Rentals.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Pick up from Sofia

    I will pick you from Sofia airport, drive you to Bansko. You’ll have a short day of ski on the piste.

  • Day 2Freeriding around Bansko

    Freeriding in the forests around the ski zone of Bansko. Overnight in Vihren hut.

  • Day 3Climb the Vihren peak

    Climb the Dzhamdziev ridge to capture the Vihren peak – the highest summit in the Pirin and descend on the ski.

     

  • Day 4Traverse the ridge of Koncheto

    Traverse the exposed ridge of Koncheto and descend on ski.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

 

About the Guide

 
 

Mountains have been part of my life for more than two decades now. It's been an intense relationship that consumed my everything. First, I practiced skiing and all forms of climbing: sport, traditional, big wall, aid, ice and mixed. I risked it all, giving my life away and winning it back on big and hard mountain faces.

Some years later, I studied paramedicine and joined the Heli-Rescue service. I witnessed my own triumph as an alpinist and tragedy as a rescuer, which completed my understanding of what the mountain is in relation to people. This was the beginning of the end of my alpinist alter ego.

In 2016 I climbed Cerro Torre and pushed a new line as a mountaineer in Patagonia. This was the climbing climax which gave way to my mountain guiding career: my third and most balanced perspective on the world of mountains and on the mountains of the world. Since then, I've guided climbing and skiing trips in the Alps, the Caucasus range, the Cordillera Blanca in Peru and in the mountains ranges of Eastern Europe, among others.

Appreciating happiness through the eyes of others is what finally brought harmony to me, and this is what I want to share with people.

 
 

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What People are Saying about Viktor Varoshkin

 

I was not sure what to expect and if I had chosen the right company to attempt the Mont Blanc climb..but I was so satisfied!! Both guides were amazing, in their knowledge but also in their attention to details and particularly to safety and their passion for the mountain sports .I would have followed them to much more difficult climb as i felt so well looked after.they were friendly, funny and caring and compassionate...Great people. I had no real idea as to what the program entailed but i was surprised to see myself doing things i would have never dreamed of or attempted tsuch as the cosmic ridge and ice climbing on the Mer de glace.They also never lost the focus that we wanted to make it to the top of the Mont Blanc and directed their energy towards a successful climb. Thank you Viktor and Bogdan.
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Fabrice Grandou
Absolutely amazing!!! We loved our hike out on the Mer de Glacé glacier with our guide Viktor. He was extremely knowledgeable and experienced, making us feel very comfortable and well taken care of. Not only did we have a spectacular hike, but we felt safe the whole time. I would definitely recommend this to others and will be back for sure for another guided hike! Thank you!
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Raina Crawford
 

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