Summer Hikes in Bulgaria

 Our 2019 Summer Program. 

Although we do work privately, over the years we’ve come to recognise that some people like to join a group. It’s a great way to meet like minded folk and enjoy a day in the mountains at the same time.  Last years “peaks and ridges” program proved popular, so for this summer we’ve put together another series of hikes, which we’re running in August.

Our idea is to lead a small group of up to 8 people on each hike. The cost is fixed per person and includes transport from and back to Bansko, and any chairlifts we may use.

Each walk is graded. PLEASE read the descriptions of each after the list of walks.

Here’s the details 

5/8 – Pirin Balcony 

This is a beautiful, scenic walk. We start at the Banderitsa Hut (1810m) and climb steeply through the trees to an alpine meadow, which sits in a cirque at around 2400m.  We then gain the footpath to Vihren and traverse along it to the Vihren Hut. From there we return to Banderitsa via the valley.

GRADE  Easy +

Cost £18  (40BGN) per person

8/8 – Kutelo and Koncheto

A more challenging walk which includes Alpine meadows, steep ascents and ridges. It also takes in part of the Koncheto, a route on the Pirin must do list.

We start near the Banderitsa Hut (1810m) and climb steeply through the trees to an alpine meadow,  at around 2400m.  We then briefly join the path to Vihren, before heading off steeply to Kutelo’s peaks (2906m & 2908m). we traverse the ridge and join the Koncherto descending to its return toward Vihren. From there we return to the Alpine meadow and the Banderitsa hut.

Grade Hard 

Cost  £18  (40BGN) per person

13/8 – Bezbog or Polejan

We’ll take the chairlift from Gotse Delchev Hut near Dobrinishte to Bezbog Hut. from here we have the option of either, Bezbog or Polejan summits.

We start walking from around 2240m and climb to 2645m for Bezbog, or 2851m for Polejan.  Either of these are great hikes in the Pirin, each with beautiful views .

Grade Easy (Bezbog) Moderate (Polejan)

Cost £31  (70 BGN) per person (includes chairlift)

15/8 – Vihren Hut to Demyanitsa

Starting near the Vihren Hut (1955m), we walk through the valley and climb sharply to the Premkata porta. we then descend to the Demyanitsa Hut, along the way passing some beautiful lakes. from the hut we then follow the Demyanitsa valley to our pick up point.

Grade Moderate 

Cost £18  (40BGN) per person

The grades explained

Easy – Suitable for most regular walkers in good health. These are generally between 5 to 7hrs of walking, which is predominantly on clear paths, although the terrain can be rocky underfoot. (UK example; English Lake District, Wainwright fell e.g Skiddaw ).

Moderate – Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers, they are generally on good paths and tracks, but can include  stretches on boulder fields/broken ground and or exposed areas. Usually 7 – 10hrs walking. (UK example, Welsh 3000ft peak e.g Snowdon ).

Hard –  Challenging days. Walks at this grade are suitable for regular hill walkers who are used to extended days and can involve difficult broken terrain, as well as periods of exposure. (UK example, Scottish Munro or ridge walk e.g Ben Nevis, via the Carn Mor Dearg arête).

There are many factors that contribute to the difficulty, such as length of day, the terrain and weather .  Since some of these  can change, our grades can only provide a general indication. They can’t take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions or are just unsure, please contact us.

What do you definitely need to bring/wear?

  • Walking boots or approach shoes. not trainers.
  • Suitable trousers, leggings or shorts. not jeans.
  • A fleece top or similar.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Drink minimum of 1ltr
  • Food and trail snacks for each day of your walk.
  • Personal first aid kit. suitable for bumps, bites, headaches and small cuts and any personal meds   
  • Sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen.
  • A  rucksack to put it all in.

Extra stuff for overnight trips

  • A change of underwear and socks
  • A warm down or synthetic fill jacket. Even in the summer we also take a hat and a pair of gloves
  • Trainers, sandals or slippers, suitable to wear in and around the hut
  • A head torch or hand torch
  • Wash kit and toiletries. Don’t forget contact lens stuff, if you use them of course…
  • Some loo roll never goes a miss
  • A bigger rucksack to put it all in.

How to book on any of the walks

Step 1: Contact us using this drop us a line  link. Remember to include:

  • The names and ages of all those wanting to come along.
  • The walk(s) you’re interested in joining. Please be realistic with your capabilities.
  • If you require transport.

Step 2: We’ll reply and confirm the availability. Your place(s) are then reserved for 3 days to give you time to pay.

Step 3: Pay the invoice that we’ll have sent you. There’s an option for both, Paypal or Bank transfer.  Once this is done your place is secured.

If you are in Bansko and want to pay by cash, let us know and we’ll arrange this, but places are limited, so your place(s) can’t be secured until you’ve paid.

The small print

As much as we like to work on an informal basis, we have to let you know of the following:

  1. Our participation statement, “Uhuru Trekking recognises that any mountain based activity has a level of danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement”
  2. If we cancel the walk, you get all your money back, no quibble. I will try to rearrange, but there’s no obligation on you.
  3. If you cancel, with more than 14 days to go, you get all your money back, 0-13 days 50%
  4. Your safety is of paramount importance to us, but in the unlikely event we need it, Mountain rescue is not free in Bulgaria. Please check that your insurance covers you for both this and personal injury. (If you’re not covered, our friends at Bansko Tourist Information have put together a deal for Bulgarian mountain insurance. Here’s a link ).