Hut to Hut on Skis in Pirin

Tevno Lake Hut in Pirin Mountains

Tevno Lake Hut in Pirin Mountains

A three day ski touring program in the Northern Pirin Mountains. The sleepover is in a remote high mountain hut – Tevno Ezero Hut, located at 2500 in the middle of the mountains and in the small village of Dobrinishte in the foot of the mountains.

The terrain is not difficult in general, but a decent physical condition is required from the participants. We also expect from you to be familiar with the parallel curves in various snow conditions – powder, slush, crust, firm snow, to have the required equipment and obtain a valid insurance for the duration of the trip. This program is suitable for people that do not put the stretch on the technical skiing and rather enjoy being in the mountains in winter, without doing any challenging slopes. Best period: March-April.

 

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Sofia-Gotse Delchev Hut – Bezbog Hut – Dobrinishte Village

Drive from Sofia to Gotse Delchev Hut, located above the village of Dobrinishte – 2,45 hours. We’ll take the chair lift up to 2240 m at Bezbog Hut. Instructions and practice with the avalanche equipment. Skin up to Mount Bezbog at 2645 m and descent to Gotse Delchev Hut at 1450 m. Drive to the village of Dobrinishte (20 min) and accommodation there.

 

Day 2: Dobrinishte Village – Tevno Ezero Hut

We’ll take the lift again but this time will go towards Tevno Ezero Hut. We’ll reach the hut in about 5 hours skinning up plus a couple of nice descents in between. Some of the nearby peaks may be our objectives for the afternoon. Accommodation in the hut.

Please keep in mind that the conditions in the hut are quite basic – dormitories, no hot water, no shower, only a limited choice of food and drinks is available.

 

Day 3: Tevno Ezero Hut – the village of Dobrinishte/the town of Bansko

Depending on the weather and terrain conditions we’ve got a few options on that day: to skin up and ski down a couple of peaks on the way back to the village of Dobrinishte or to take a different route towards Bansko. About 6 hours total. Drive back to Sofia.

 

Required equipment:

*Touring skis; ski touring bindings with ski/walk mode and brakes or straps; climbing skins; ski crampons; poles; AT ski boots – with rubber sole and ski/walk mode.

*Personal Rescue Equipment – beacon, shovel, probe.

Rucksack 35-45l, water and wind proof pants and jacket with hood, 2 pairs of gloves – a tiny ones for touring and ski gloves, sun glasses, sun block, sun hat, warm hat, ski goggles, travel liner for the hut, water bottle or flask (1l), snacks, personal first aid kit.

*It is possible to rent all of the above from Sofia or Bansko, please contact us.

 

 

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.