Long weekend of ski touring in Bansko area


Day 1: Arrival

Drive time: 2.45 hours


Arrival at the Sofia airport and 2.45 hours drive to Bansko. Accommodation in a local hotel for 4 nights and welcome dinner.

Day 2: Bezbog area - Mt.Polezan

Total touring for the day: 5-6 hours, +600 or +1000 /-1600 or -2000 m.


Ski touring in Bezbog area. The old but gold chair lift of Bezbog provides a high start for any ski tour – the top station is located at 2240m. There are a couple of peaks to climb (Bezbog Peak, Polezan Peak, Disilitsa), as well as options to ski down slopes, suitable for intermediate or advanced skiers. The forests of Bezbog are accessible by the lift and in good conditions are a lot of fun. The bottom lift station is around а 45 min drive from Bansko.
Day 2

Day 3: Vihren Valley - Hvoynati Peak

Total touring for the day: 7 hours, +1000/-1900 m.

Vihren Valley

Ski touring the valley of Vihren. That is the valley located southeast from the highest peak of Pirin and from the jagged Marble Ridge. The most obvious objective is the peak of Vihren itself, although it requires good endurance. A great and safe alternative to climb is the peak of Hvoynati. 1000 m of ascent from the starting point and a good choice of moderate lines to descent. Other options include the peaks of Muratov, Malka Todorka and Donchovi Karauli. The start point of the route is the ski zone of Bansko.


The start point of the route is the ski zone of Bansko.
Day 3

Day 4: Rila Mountains - Semkovo

Total touring for the day: 6 hours, +1000/-1000 m.

Semkovo in Rila

Ski touring in Semkovo area in the Rila Mountains. The small and tranquil ski area of Semkovo reminds me of the old times of Communism and is in a huge contrast to the bustling Bansko area. It provides access to the main ridge of the Rila Mountains, with mostly mild terrain and some beautiful coniferous forests. It’s around 1h drive from Bansko. Alternative options for that day are the areas of Belmeken Lake in Rila or Yavorov Hut in Pirin – one of the best places for forest skiing in the area.

Day 5: Departure

Bansko ski touring

Depending on your flight arrangements, we can fit half day of touring near Bansko or the area of Kartala in Rila. Alternatively, upon your preference, we can visit the Rila Monastery on the way to Sofia. Transfer to the airport for check in.

Equipment Needed

touring skis
ski touring bindings with ski/walk mode and brakes or straps
climbing skins
ski crampons
AT ski boots – with rubber sole and ski/walk mode
Rucksack 35-45l
water and wind-proof trousers and jacket with hood
2 pairs of gloves – small ones for touring and ski gloves
sun glasses
sun block
sun hat
warm hat
ski goggles
travel liner for the huts
water bottle or flask (1l)
snacks, personal first aid kit
It is possible to rent all of the above from Sofia, please contact us.

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