Spring Ski Touring in Rila and Pirin

Sometimes the best trips start unexpectedly. A phone call and three days later we are skiing up Mount Hvoynati in Pirin Mountains early in the morning. At the beginning of May when everybody are already thinking about summer activities. And there hasn’t been so much snow in the mountains for years…

More about our Ski Touring Trip in the Pirin and Rila Mountains. 

 

Nearly at the top of Mount Hvoynati (2635 m) in Pirin Mountains

Nearly at the top of Mount Hvoynati (2635 m) in Pirin Mountains

 

Our strategy is to start as early as possible to get the best snow, then chilling in the afternoons…

 

Mount Vihren (2914) the top of Pirin Mountains

Mount Vihren (2914 m) the top of Pirin Mountains

 

On the way to the top of Mount Todorka

On the way to the top of Mount Todorka

 

At the top

At the top

 

Some of the lifts are still in operation

Some of the lifts are still in operation

 

Spring comes at Demyanitsa Valley

Spring comes at Demyanitsa Valley

 

Towards Tevno Lake Hut at 2500

Towards Tevno Lake Hut at 2500 m

 

Mount Kametiza on the background

Mount Kametiza on the background

 

And a can of Kametiza beer for us:)

And a well deserved can of Kametiza beer for us:)

 

First descent at sunrise to avoid the bad weather

First descent at sunrise to avoid the bad weather

 

No lifts this time

No lifts this time

 

Our last aim - Mount Musala (2925)in Rila Mountains - the top of the Balkans

Our last aim – Mount Musala (2925) in Rila Mountains – the top of the Balkans

 

Our last aim - Mount Musala (2925)in Rila Mountains - the top of the Balkans

Along the last secured section

 

Than straight down from the top!

Than straight down from the top!

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.