Summer Hikes in Bulgaria

 

Hi, Thanks for visiting this page. Our Summer programme of hikes in Bulgaria is now complete. Please keep an eye here for the Winter snowshoeing programme. Until then we’ll keep this up so you can get a flavour of what we do… 

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.  So, we’ve put together a series of hikes for this summer, in July and August. They are of various levels of suitability and are all favourites of ours.

The idea is to have a small group of between 4 and 8 people on each.  The cost is £10 p/p (23Lv p/p), excluding any chairlifts and transport to the start/ finish if you need it;  which we can arrange.

July Walks 

14/7 –  Bezbog    We’ll take the chairlift from Gotse Delchev Hut nr Dobrinishte to Bezbog Hut  then walk to Bezbog summit. We start walking around 2240m and climb to 2645m.  This a great introduction walk to the Pirin with beautiful views from Bezbog summit. Grade Easy 

NB: you’ll need 15Lv p/p for the chairlift

17/7 – Todorka   If you’re a skier in Bansko and have ever wondered what’s beyond the top chairlift, this is the walk for you. We’ll walk from Vihren Hut, through the beautiful alpine valley to the Todorina porta. From there we’ll take in the summits of Malka Todorka and Todorka via the ridge that connects them. This walk starts at 1950m and we climb to 2746m. Grade Moderate to Hard

21/7 – Hvoinati   From Vihren hut we walk to Vihrenski preslap and then on to the summit. This walk starts at 1950m and we climb to 2635m.  Grade Moderate

24/7 – Vasilashki Ridge  This is a route we discovered last year and its become one of our favourites. Staring from Vihren hut, we walk along the alpine valley to Todorina porta, from there it’s along the Vasilashki ridge to Vazela peak. In places there are short periods of exposure and you may need to use your hands to get over small rocky steps. This walk starts at 1950m and we climb to 2620m.  Grade Moderate to Hard

28/7 – Polejan   We’ll take the chairlift from Gotse Delchev hut near Dobrinishte, to Bezbog hut. From there it’s to the summit via the Bezbojki Preval. This is an iconic walk in the range and one we consider to be a stunner.  We start walking around 2240m and climb to 2851m. Grade Easy 

NB: you’ll need 15Lv p/p for the chairlift

31/7 – Todorka  If you’re a skier in Bansko and have ever wondered what’s beyond the top chairlift, this is the walk for you. We’ll walk from Vihren Hut, through the beautiful alpine valley to the Todorina porta. From there we’ll take in the summits of Malka Todorka and Todorka via the ridge that connects them. This walk starts at 1950m and we climb to 2746m. Grade Moderate to Hard

 August walks 

4/8 –  Bezbog  We’ll take the chairlift from Gotse Delchev Hut nr Dobrinishte to Bezbog Hut then walk to Bezbog summit. We start walking around 2240m and climb to 2645m. This a great introduction walk to the Pirin with beautiful views from Bezbog summit. Grade Easy 

NB you’ll need 15lv p/p for the chairlift for this walk

7/8 – Hvoinati  From Vihren hut we walk to Vihrenski preslap and then on to the summit. This walk starts at 1950m and we climb to 2635m. Grade Moderate 

This walk is being run by us in support of Trailsystem, a not for profit organsistion here in Bulgaria. They work in conjunction with the National Park to promote mountain activities. All the proceeds from this walk goes to them. 

 11/8 – Vihren  Our favourite route up the highest peak in the range begins at the Vihren hut. We then contour  Vihren’s Eastern flanks to the Golyam Kazan cirque. From there it’s up to the summit via the Northern face. This route requires the use of your hands. In places there are fixed chains to help if needed and there are some areas of moderate exposure. This walk starts at 1950m and the summit is 2914m  Grade Hard

14/8 – Kutelo Ridges  This is an extra on our programme. The hike takes us to the summits of Kutelo 1 and 2 and across the ridges linking them, before descending onto a small stretch of the Koncherto. This is for experienced hikers, comfortable with both, sustained periods of exposure and a long mountain day.  Grade Hard+ 

15/8 – Muratov  We ascend this peak via Muratovo Ezero (Lake) There is a short section to the summit which may require the use of your hands. From the summit we can descend, either back to the lake or over the summit to the preval (pass) before returning to the lake for a rest stop. This walk starts at 1950m and we climb to 2669m.  Grade Moderate 

19/8 – Polejan We’ll take the chairlift from Gotse Delchev hut near Dobrinishte, to Bezbog hut. From there it’s to the summit via the Bezbojki Preval. This is an iconic walk in the range and one we consider to be a stunner. We start walking around 2240m and climb to 2851m. Grade Easy 

NB you’ll need 15lv p/p for the chairlift on this walk.

This walk is also being run by us in support of Trailsystem, a not for profit organsistion here in Bulgaria. They work in conjunction with the National Park to promote mountain activities. All the proceeds from this walk goes to them.

21/8 Kutelo  As the neighbour to Vihren, Kutelo offers fantastic views of the highest peak in the Pirin. However, in its own right this is a fantastic peak. Starting from Banderitsa at 1810m, we climb steeply on forest trails, hiking through an Alpine meadow to the Golyam Kazan cirque, where the landscape changes to a Glacial valley. From here we gain the summit on loose rocky tracks at  2908m. Once on the summit, the views toward Vihren and the Banski Suhodol are spectacular. Grade Hard

25/8 – Vasilashki Ridge This is a route we discovered last year and its become one of our favourites. Staring from Vihren hut, we walk along the alpine valley to Todorina porta, from there it’s along the Vasilashki ridge to Vazela peak. In places there are short periods of exposure and you may need to use your hands to get over small rocky steps. This walk starts at 1950m and we climb to 2620m. Grade Moderate to Hard

 28/8 – Muratov  We ascend this peak via Muratovo Ezero (Lake) There is a short section to the summit which may require the use of your hands. From the summit we can descend, either back to the lake or over the summit to the preval (pass) before returning to the lake for a rest stop. This walk starts at 1950m and we climb to 2669m.  Grade Moderate 

 

The grades explained

Easy – Suitable for most people in good health, these are generally between 5 to 7hrs of walking, which is predominantly on good paths. (UK example, English Lake District, Wainwright fell e.g Catbells ).

Moderate – Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers, they are generally on good paths and tracks, but can include short 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.
  • 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.

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 ).