Pirin National Park declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Vihren peak 2,914 metres (9,560 ft) Balkans' third highest
Day 1 - Welcome ot Bulgaria
Meet you at the Sofia or Plovdiv and transfer you to the Dobrinishte located in the foot of Pirin mountains. We will not spend so much time here following our plan to go high in the mountains. Will drive to the lift station and dicide togather, according to the time which is the better way to start the tour: with lift or walking. Anyway, the final spot for the day will be Bezbog hut - one of the newest huts in Pirin. We will spend a night here. (3,75 km; 2,5 hrs of walking, climbing and descending 640m/2100ft)
Day 2 - Hello Pirin
The trail this day is quite difficult but relatively short. From Bezbog hut, we walk along a soft path to Popovo Lake. Then we continue along a steep stony path to Samodivski Lakes, which is also the last place where we can pour water, although directly from the river. After about an hour and a half from Bezbog hut, we reach the crystal clear Popovo Lake, the island in the middle of the lake looks like a tadpole's cap.
From here up the trail is challenging. The terrain is almost entirely stony and rugged. The climb up is almost to the top of Kralev Dvor or the Kraledvorska porta located at its foot. We take a breather after crossing the heights and in front of us opens the spacious view of the extensive Belemeto circus, in which Tevno Lake and the shelter of the same name are located. There is not one last slog left on the stony path and we take the straight path to the shelter, admiring Mt. Kamenitsa in front of us. Tevno Lake hut is a small hut without special amenities, but this is the only one suitable for overnight in the heart of the mountain.
(8 km; 4,5 hrs of walking, climbing, and descending 414m/1360ft)
Day 3 - In the heart of the mountain
This is a day of breaking into the lower parts of Pirin. However, this does not make the transition any easier. We will take the following trail: Tevno lake - Banderishka porta - Banderishka chukar peak - Donchovi guards - decl. under Muratov peak - Muratovo lake - h. A whirlwind. To the Vihren hut, the marking takes us through the Banderishki gate to the Bunderishki chukar peak. We pass by the typical Pirin mountain landslides of huge rock blocks. From here we take the ridge, admiring the endless picturesque panoramas. After that, we descend along Moratovo lake to h. Vihren, where we will spend the night.
(12 km; 7 hrs of walking, climbing and descending 763m/2503ft)
Day 4 - Vihren peak
After breakfast, we will climb up to Mt. Vihren, which is the second highest peak in Bulgaria, but perhaps the most difficult of the peaks. After we get down, we won't forget to stop by the Baikusheva mura - the biggest tree in Bulgaria.
(6 km; 5,5 hrs of walking, climbing and descending 964m/2300ft)
*The tour can be easily rearranged depending on your preferences and needs.
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Average daily activities: around 8 hours
Meeting point: Sofia, Plovdiv
Activity level: Level D Energize
Type: Guided tour
Accommodation: Mountain huts
Food: soups, meals and drinks in the huts (not included)
Group: Min. 3; Max. 10 participants
Transport: Tranfer from Sofia or Plovdiv and back
Price for private tour: 660€(valid for group of 2 people)
- English speaking mountain guide
- 3 overnights at the huts
- Transfers from Sofia and back
- Travel insurance
- Flights and visa taxes
- Meals and drinks in the huts
WHAT TO BRING
- Spare clothes
- Mountain shoes
- Light sweater
- Sun Hat and Sunglasses
Dates: by request
Best period: mid.June - end August
Distance from: • Sofia - 165 km • Plovdiv - 80 km