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Ski Touring Trip in Rila and Pirin National Parks

7-day ski touring itinerary in Rila and Pirin Mountains which have the most suitable terrain for ski touring in the country, including a ski day to the highest peak on the Balkans - Mount Musala! Excellent choice for intermediate ski tourers or mixed groups with several levels!

Overview

This classical ski touring itinerary will meet you with the most famous ski touring areas in the mountain ranges of Rila and Pirin - Musala peak, Malyovitsa, Seven rila lakes, Bansko area and Mount Polezan. Over 5 ski days we will enjoy some great ski terrain suitable for both intermediate and expert skiers. The tours we have selected in the itinerary are not too strenuous, but still require previous ski touring experience and good physical preparation.

Rila will impress you with vast terrains, rugged granite ridges and big glaciers lakes(of course frozen in winter)! :)

While Pirin we leave you great memeries of skiing wide and long slopes surrounded by steep peaks and narrow ridges.

The best season to do this tour is between February and April. While in February and until mid March you have good chances to enjoy some cold powdery snow, late March and April will deliver spring skiing and longer days!

Price

7 days ski touring trip in Rila and Pirin ranges Price per Person
6 pax 900 EUR
5 pax 980 EUR
4 pax 1090 EUR
3 pax 1360 EUR
2 pax 1840 EUR
1 pax 2950 EUR

Price includes

  • all the transfers according to the itinerary with comfortable vehicle;
  • 6 nights on a double/twin room basis;
  • breakfasts and dinners;
  • packed lunch for the 5 ski touring days;
  • licenced ski guide for 7 days;
  • all taxes.

Not included 

  • insurance;
  • equipment rent;
  • lift passes; drinks;
  • entrance fees for sights;
  • etc.

Additional single room supplement +125 EUR.

Please contact us if you need an offer for a bigger group – second guide required.

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    Description

    Day 1: Arrival

    Meeting with your guide at Sofia Airport. 1,5 hours transfer to the village of Govedartsi at 1200 m, in the foot of Rila Mountains. Accommodation in a family hotel in the village for two nights. Dinner in our hotel.

    Day 2: Mount Malyovitsa

    A short transfer takes us to the starting point at 1730 m. The ascent to Mount Malyovitsa (2729 m), start just below the three line. Breakfast in the hotel. Short transfer to the starting point of the tour. During first 45 minute we will be skinning up a mild and gradual trail to Malyovitsa Hut. Further up the terrain gets steeper untill will reach the Dears Lake. Last bit to the peak will include a slighly technical ridge that we will take according to the condtions. Enjoyable descent down the slopes of Malyovitsa and the valley back to the parking. Short transfer back to our hotel. Dinner in our hotel.
    About 7-8 hours.

    Ascent 1000m Descent 1000m

    Day 3: Mount Musala

    Breakfast in the hotel. 30-minutes transfer to the ski resort of Borovets. On the second day of our ski trip, we will ascent the highest point on the Balkans. We start the ski tour with quick vertical gain with Yastrebets gondola all the way up to 2360 m. Walking out of the gondola station and the view ahead of us is dominated by the rocky Mount Musala (2925 m). About 3 hours ascent to the top with a easy crampons section for the last 30 minutes before summiting. Than we will choose our ski descent route. The 150m of denivelation are technical and often if the avalanche and snow conditions are not supportive we might crampon down the top tip. Further on we continue on an enjoyable ski descent all the way down to Borovets at altitude of 1350m. Duration of 5-6 hours!

    A transfer for 1,30 min will takes us to our next accommodation - a hotel in Panichishte at 1400 m, where we stay for 1 night. On the way we pass through the village of Sapareva Banya, famous with its hot springs where we can visit an outdoor thermal pool and relax our muscles ofter 2 days of ski touring! :). Dinner in our hotel.

    Ascent 700m Descent 1600m

    Day 4: Seven Rila Lakes

    Short 20-minute transfer will take us to Pionerska hut. Here we take the chair lift to Rila Lakes Hut, located in the area of the famous Seven Lakes. Ascent to the main ridge of the mountain, with great views towards the glacier lakes in the area. Ski down to the hut and further down through the forests. Long transfer to Bansko, 2 hours. Dinner and accommodation in a hotel in Bansko

    Ascent 600m Descent 1300m

    Day 5: Mount Hvoinati

    Today we start our ski touring in the Pirin mountains. Early start and short transfer will take us to the upper section of the ski resort. Further on wie continue on a soft and gradual terrain in the forest that will take us to Vihren hut in 1.45 minutes. From here the steeper part of the ascent starts and in 2 hours will take us to the top of Hvoinati peak. Long ski descent all the way to Bansko! Dinner in the hotel.

    Ascent 1000m Descent 1600m

    Day 6: Mount Polezan

    In the morning a 30-minute transfer will take us up the neighbouring valley, starting at the village of Dobrinishte. With the use of an old chairlift we will get to Bezbog hut at 2200m. We put the skins on and the route will takes us all the way up the panoramic Mount Polezan (2851 m). Polezhan offers several descents. Depending on the snow conditions we will choose and best and safest option. About 6 hours. Transfer back to the hotel. Traditional dinner in a rustic house in a neighbouring village.

    Ascent 650m Descent 1900m

    Day 7: Departure

    Transfer to Sofia for about 2,5h. Sightseeing in the central part of Sofia (depending on the flight schedule). Flight home!

    Info

    Required Equipment Ski Touring Equipment
    • touring skis;
    • ski touring bindings with ski/walk mode and brakes or straps;
    • climbing skins;
    • ski crampons;
    • poles;
    • AT ski boots with rubber sole and ski/walk mode.
    Personal Avalanche Equipment
    • beacon;
    • shovel;
    • probe.
    Other
    • rucksack - 35-45 l.;
    • water and wind proof pants;
    • water and wind proof jacket with hood;
    • 2 pairs of gloves;
    • sun glasses;
    • sun block;
    • sun hat;
    • warm hat;
    • ski goggles;
    • travel liner for the huts;
    • water bottle (1 l.);
    • snacks;
    • personal first aid kit.

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