Price: 150 $
Duration: 4 days
Fascinating camping in Bulgaria offers a great possibility of short holiday adventure for fans of hiking, as the Pirin Mountain range is considered to be the most picturesque in the country. The name “Pirin” is often associated with the highest pantheon of the Slavic and the god of thunder and lightning Perun, who according to the legend lived on the top of the Mount Vihren and threw out fire arrows in the form of lightning. And it is true that strong winds and storms are common for Pirin. The look of the great mountain peaks is also very impressive with rocky granite and marble crests, sharp edges, deep cirques, clearly marked glacial valley, and a large number (over 180!) of glacial lakes.
Moreover the Pirin Mountains in Bulgaria preserved their pristine nature. Thanks to the warm climate of the Mediterranean, flora and fauna in Pirin are extremely rich with thick pine and fir forests covering the slopes of the mountains and blooming Pirin poppy and edelweiss on the cliffs. The unique nature of the Pirin Mountains caused the formation of the National Park “Pirin” in the north of the mountain range. The park with an area of over 40 thousand ha was listed in UNESCO world natural and cultural heritage in 1983 and has been under UNESCO protection since then.
During hiking through the mountain range Pirin we climb the highest peak of the ridge – Mount Vihren (2915 m) which is only ten meters lower than Musala, the “roof” of Bulgaria, admire incredible clean and deep mountain lakes, test our body and nerves during long trekking along rocky ridges of Pirin.
Note: The tour requires good physical fitness and experience of mountain hiking. The total ascend is 4,600 meters and descend is 4000 meters. This tour is contraindicated to people who are afraid of heights.
The moorland changes to the rocky area at the ascent to the pass Begovishki. There are great views of the huge peaks – Kamenishka, Yalovarnika, Zyba and Kuklte. After climbing the pass we traverse an interesting mountain Kamenishka Kukla. There are views of several lovely lakes, including Lake Tevno – the place of our nightstay.
After Vihren we go traversing m. Kutelo. This is a difficult and very extreme area with a length of about 4 km. The trekking is along narrow stone run between steep and slippery slopes for hundreds of meters down. There are railings, but several times they need to be overcome to the other side. For people who are afraid of heights, this area is great testing of the strength of mind.
After passing we stop and rest. All day the route is without water, so it should be used most sparingly. Then we climb the peak Banski Suhodol and go down to the hut Yavorov for overnight.
More information about the equipment preparation:
- What shoes to wear in the rock area?
Shoes for the hiking should be chosen precisely because in many parts there is slippery marble, granite and a large number of a stone run. Shoes should be strong and proven with good ribbed soles. Also, do not forget to take spare shoes (sneakers or sandals) just in case of soaking and for feet to rest in the camp.
- How is accommodation arranged during the tour?
According to the program tour, participants live in tents (usually 2 or 3-bed tents). It is also possible to sleep in huts (see below).
Program provides transportation to the starting point of the trip/return to Sofia by public transport.
- What is a “hut” in Bulgarian mountains?
A hut is a small house built along the popular hiking routes, approximately according to a day hike’s distance. Tourists often just sleep in the huts and hike without tents. Inside there are usually many rooms with wooden bunk or two-level beds with blankets. There are snacks and soft drinks (Coca-Cola 0.5 liter costs 4 levs or about 2 euros).When the weather is very bad it is a good idea to stop for the night in the huts, the payment for the night is 10-12 levs.
- How to reach the starting point of the tour?
From Sofia to Sandanski there is a shuttle bus (7:10, 8:10, 15:30) which costs 13 levs (approximately 7 euros). You can come here a night before and spend the night for about 10-15 levs, at the bus station people help tourists to find the hostel.
Attention! It often happens that local drivers want to profit from tourists. So, ask for a ticket which indicated its true value.
- How to return to Sofia?
From Razlog there is a shuttle bus every hour from 07:00 to 17:00. Sophia can be reached only with a change in Blagoevgrad or in Dupnitsa. Getting from Razlog to Sofia costs about 15 levs.
- How much money do I need for the trip (except the tour price)?
– bus Sophia – Saparevo-Bath – 7 EUR
– abuses Borovets – Samokov and Sofia – Samokov together – 6 EUR
– the likely additional costs – 29 EUR
Total – extra 45 EUR.
+ abus Sofia – Sandanski – 7 EUR
+ taxi Sandanski – Jane Sandanski hut (12 km) – 4 EUR
+ bus Razlog – Dupnitsa and Dupnitsa – Sofia, together – 8 EUR
- What are the likely additional costs?
1) Sometimes huts managers charge for putting the tent next to the huts 3 levs a night per person (1.5 euros / night). Although the information center assures that the tents can be put just next to the huts. Some managers, though, do not allow putting up tents and do not take the money
2) If you reach Sandanski (Saparevo-Bath) a day before, you will spend the night in the town. In an ordinary hostel the overnight stay is about 10-15 levs per person (8 euros)
3) Food in cities – 5-10 levs for a meal (3-5 euros). There are 2 meals not included in the program – the first day breakfast and last day dinner
4) Delivery of equipment to Bulgaria (a backpack, a sleeping bag, a mat) which is hired. The price depends on the amount of the equipment
- Do I need to take a personal first aid kit?
A tour guide has a general first aid kit that includes the most commonly needed drugs: anesthetics, antiseptics, cold pills, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, anti-shock drugs and so on. If you take specific drugs they must be taken and the manager receiving orders must be informed about that during the tour booking. We also recommend for each participant to take a roll and bactericidal plaster and a blister pack of activated carbon.
- Is it possible to change the program?
The tour program was prepared based on the practical experience of hiking, so the program is completed accurately. However, some adjustments are possible due to changes in air travel schedules, different hours of the arrival/returning, bad weather and so on.
In addition, the tour operator has the right to make changes to the program in case of unforeseen consequences.