Winter Trekking in Bulgaria

Strike out across virgin snow, explore areas inaccessible on skis or on foot. Basically, everybody can get pleasure from the winter trekking which is fantastic way to appreciate the winter scenery at own pace. No previous experience or special technique is required.

The winter trekking trips you will find bellow offer a wide range of experiences – through simple rambles under soaring peaks to ascents of those mountains. They focus on low level hikes beneath snow-capped peaks and through snow-clad forests. They don’t involve any ice axes or crampons – just easy hikes and roaring fires when you get back to the hotel! 

Book a winter trekking tour, now! Because I want to show you the best of the snowy Bulgaria! Just let me know where do you want to go and I will take you there.

The relatively low altitude and favorable climate make the Bulgarian mountains attractive for hiking even in the winter. Sometimes winter mountains becomes an arena of hurricane winds, heavy snowfalls, avalanches and temperatures of around -25 / -30 degrees. At other times, however, we’ve seen a bright sun, warm and quiet days even on the highest peaks. Moreover, the winter panoramas are often far more memorable and breathtaking because of the transparency of the cold air.

The conditions typical for winter hikes require adequate clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses with a high protection and snowshoes, which can save us from monotonous and painful beating of the trail, which pleasure of winter hikes yield finished.

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Bellow you will find some of the best winter trekking routes the Bulgarian mountains have to offer during the winter. The trips are available from Sofia, Plovdiv, Bansko and Borovets.

Winter Trekking in Rila Mountain

One Day Winter Trekking to Musala Peak

Winter hiking suitable for beginners and intermediate-level hikers

With lift in one direction: Denivelation + 600 / -1500 m. Suitable for well-trained mountaineers
Duration: 6:00 hours
With lift in both directions: Denivelation +600 / -600 m.
Duration: 4:00 hours

Transfer from your accommodation to Borovets resort
Taking the gondola lift to “Yastrebets”
Walking from “Yastrebets” to the “Musala” hut, the shelter “Ice Lake” and “Musala” peak (2925 m). Possibility of going down on a different route (walk to Borovets)
Transfer back to your accommodation

Two Days Winter Hiking to Musala Peak

Winter hiking suitable for well-trained hikers

Day 1 Duration: 5:00 hours / Denivelation: +1300 m.
Transfer from  your accommodation to Borovets
Hiking to “Yastrebets”, “Musala” hut, and the shelter “Ice Lake”
Overnight in the “Ice lake” shelter

Day 2 Duration: 4:00 hours / Denivelation: + 200 / -1500 m.
Climbing the Musala peak in the morning and getting down to Borovets resort
Transfer from Borovets to your accommodation

Walking Winter Tour to the Black Rock

Winter hiking suitable for beginners and Intermediate-level hikers

Denivelation:+ 500 / – 500 m.
Duration: 6 hours.

Transfer from your accommodation to Borovets
Transition Borovets resort – “Chakar voivoda” hut
Lunch in the hut
Transition “Chakar voivoda” hut – the Black Rock – Borovets
Transfer back from Borovets to your hotel

One Day Walking Tour to the Scary and Yonchevo Lakes

Winter hiking suitable for Intermediate-level mountaineers

Denivelation: + 850 / – 850 m.
Duration: 6:30 hours

Transfer from your accommodation to the starting point of the hike
Hiking from the starting point to “Maliovitsa” hut and the “Scary lake” shelter
Transition from “Scary lake” to “Yonchevo lake” and get back to the starting starting point of the hike
Transfer back to your hotel

One Day Winter Trekking to Maliovitsa Peak

Winter hiking suitable for advanced mountaineers

Denivelation:  + 1000 / -1000 m
Duration:
6:30 hours

Transfer from your accommodation to the starting point of the hike
Hiking to “Maliovitsa” hut
Passing through the “Elenino” lake on the way to “Malyovitsa” peak (2927 m)
Descent back on the same route
Transfer back to your accommodation

Winter Trekking in Pirin Mountain

One Day Winter Walking Tour in Pirin Mountain

Winter hiking suitable for beginners and Intermediate-level hikers

Denivelation:  + 450 / -450 m
Duration:
6:30 hours

Transfer to “Shiligarnika” in Pirin
Hiking in direction “Vihren” hut
Visit to one of the oldest trees in Bulgaria – “Baykushevata mura” (1300 years)
After a short rest in the hut we’ll continue hiking around the “Banderishki” circus (the largest glacial cirque in Northern Pirin) and its frozen lakes, with panoramic views of the steep peaks, closing the circus from almost all sides. In good weather we’ll see the second highest peak in Bulgaria and the third on the Balkans – “Vihren”
Descend back to the staring point of the trek
Transfer back to your hotel

Winter Hiking to Popovo Lake, the Biggest One in Pirin Mountain

Winter trekking suitable for beginners and Intermediate-level hikers

With lift in one direction: Denivelation + 150 / -950 m.
Duration: 5:15 hours
With lift in both directions: Denivelation +150 / -150 m.
Duration: 3:30 hours

Transfer to Bansko – Dobrinishte – “Gotse Delchev” hut
Chair lift to “Bezbog” hut (2240 meters)
Start hiking to “Popovo” Lake (2233 m), which is the biggest and the deepest lake in Pirin from all 180
Return on the same way back to “Bezbog” hut
Optional walking back to the starting point – “Gotse Delchev” hut
Transfer back to your hotel

One Day Winter Trekking to the Pirin mountain Alpine Traverses

Winter trekking suitable for advanced mountaineers

Denivelation:  + 600 / -600 m
Duration:
6:00 hours

Transfer to Bansko – Dobrinishte – “Gotse Delchev” hut
Chair lift to “Bezbog” hut (2240 meters), from where we’ll climb the “Bezbog” peak (2645 meters).
Continue along the ridge, turn west and reach the “Great Polezhan” peak (2851 meters).
There is the beginning of one of the landmark of Pirin mountain – the alpine traverses called “Strazhite” (the Guards)
In good weather conditions we’ll return to “Bezbog” hut through different route
Chair lift back to to “Gotse Delchev” hut
Transfer back to your hotel

Two Days Winter Trekking in Piring for Advanced Mountaineers

Suitable only for advanced hikers with alpine experience in very good physical condition

Day 1 Duration: 2:00 hours / Denivelation: +240 m.
Transfer to the starting point of the trek – “Shiligarnika”
Hiking to “Vihren” hut
Exercise of alpine techniques
Overnight in “Vihren” hut
Day 2 Duration: 8:00 hours / Denivelation: + 1000 / -240 m.
Early departure (3:30). Get equipped for the alpine traverse before sunrise and begin climbing the “Vihren” peak (2914 m) through the “Dzhamdzhiev” edge with a rope. In clear weather we’ll be able to see the views to the “Musala” peak (the highest in the Balkans) and “Mytikas” peak, located in the Olympus mountain, Greece (second highest on the Balkan peninsula)
Descent in “Hvoynati” peak in direction to “Vihren” hut
Break in the hut and get down to the starting point of the winter trek
Transfer back to your hotel

All of the Bulgaria winter trekking trips are held only during suitable snow conditions.

I organize winter hiking tours not only in Rila and Ririn mountains, but in the Rhodopes, Vitosha and the Balkan mountain range. Just let me know where do you want to go and I will take you there.

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