The Foal and the Marble Ridge

We offer a two-day trek through the main (also called Marble) ridge of Pirin Mountains, crossing its tiniest part – the famous Foal, also including ascent of the highest peak of Pirin Mountains – Mount Vihren (2914 m). This is a challenging trek for those who are not afraid of heights, are in very good physical condition, have some hiking experience and proper equipment.

Highlights:

  • Two days of hiking with amazing panoramas on the way and overnight in a high mountain hut.
  • Ascent of Mount Vihren, the third highest on the Balkans and highest in Pirin.
  • We’ll cross the whole Marble Ridge including the famous Foal.
  • We’ll explore the nature of Pirin National Park.

Itinerary:

Day 1: You’ll meet with your guide in Bansko early in the morning of this day. 25 min ride will take you up to Vihren Hut at 1950 m – the start point of the trek. Ascent of Mount Vihren – 6 hours, +1000/-1000 m. Accommodation in Vihren Hut.

Day 2: Early morning start and walk via Mount Kutelo (2908 m), The Foal and further along the Marble Ridge. Descent to Yavorov Hut at 1740 m. 8-9 hours total, +1200/-1400m. It is possible to spend the night in the hut or to descent for another 2 hours down to the asphalt and take a ride back to Bansko – additional -500 m descent.

 

Equipment needed: hiking boots, rucksack (35-45 l), trekking poles, water and windproof jacket, rain cover, sun hat, sun lotion, sunglasses, warm hat and gloves, water bottle (1,5 litres), travel liner (optional), torch, personal first aid kit.

 

Contact us for any questions and prices.

Author: Lyuben Grancharov

“The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” (Augustine of Hippo). I enjoy filling up the page, called “Bulgaria”, both working as a guide and writing about the mountains of Bulgaria on this blog.