Bansko is a three-hour drive from Sofia and is located on the outskirts of Pirin National Park – the largest protected area in Bulgaria. It will be your base camp on this walking holiday. With its special architecture of Ottoman and Greek origin, Bansko offers visitors a wealth of experience. The stone houses, many of which look like miniature monasteries, exist side by side with the modern structures of this little town, which is also the biggest Bulgarian ski resort during winter.
Every day from June to October.
Day 1: Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to Bansko in Pirin Mountains for overnight (2,30hrs drive).
Day 2: In the morning we have a transfer to Vihren hut. The path gently ascents in Bunderishka valley, reaching Todorina Porta. We start descending from there, passing by the beautiful Todorini Ochi Lakes (Todora’s Eyes Lakes) and then entering the circus of Vasilashki Lakes. Further down we enter the old Mura forest and reach Demianitsa hut. We continue following Demyanitsa River and end the trek at Todorova Ornitsa, where the bus waits to take us back to the hotel. Walking time: 6-7hrs; uphill walk: 800 m; downhill walk: 900 m.
Day 3: Transfer to Gotse Delchev hut. Here we take the chair lift to Bezbog hut (2236 m a.s.l.), where the walk towards Mount Polezhan (2851 m a.s.l.) starts. This trip offers probably the most beautiful panoramic views in the mountains where one can count 17 glacial lakes from a single point, including the biggest lake in Pirin Mountains – Popovo Lake (almost 30m deep). Walking time: 5hrs; Uphill walk: 650 m (2,132 ft); downhill walk: 650 m (2,132 ft).
Day 4: A fairly difficult ascent to Mount Vihren awaits us. In the morning we go by bus to the Vihren hut. En route there will be various opportunities to enjoy most of the Pirin's peaks. The path weaves through “Kazanite” region famous for the incredible variety of plants (Edelweiss among them). If the weather is good we have lunch on the peak itself, enjoying the amazing scenery. Walking time: 7-8 hours; uphill walk: 1,000 m (3,280 ft); downhill walk: 1,000 m (3,280 ft).
Day 5: Transfer to Sofia airport for departure. All walks in the original program could be adjusted by the guide on spot depending on the physical condition of the hikers (there is a diversity of hiking trails in the mountains, varying in difficulty grade). The tour provides the opportunity more days to be added to the program if purchased in advance. These could be spent on self-guided walking in the area, more guided walks, guided sightseeing tours to famous places nearby (Sofia, Rila Monastery, Melnik and Rozhen Monastery, Kovachevitsa etc.) etc. Please ask for quotation for any of these possibilities. Accomodation and food: 3-star hotel with en-suite rooms on halfboard (breakfast and dinner included), lunchpacks could be ordered on spot at the amount of 5-6 EUR.
Note: Tour dificulty - moderate/difficult.
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