The Pack Includes

 Detailed Itinerary
 GPS Track of your trail  
 Nights' accommodation in the huts
 Tourist map of the mountain (per post) 
 Hut Contacts
 E-mail assistance
 Phone assistance
 Time tables of local public transport
 Local taxi companies contacts 

The Pack Does Not Include

 Travel to and from Bulgaria
 Organised luggage transport from hut to hut
 Personal expenses
 Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
 Local transfers
 Travel insurance


Around the Lakes


Days 5   Distance 38 km   Ascen3641 m   Descent 3641 m

This five-day walk leads you around the glacier lakes of the Pirin Mountains. There is no peak climbing, but at the same time it is spectacular all the time. The cirques of the Pirin Mountains are famous for their beauty especially for the clear water lakes that are scattered around the majestic pyramidal peaks. This walk will give the experience to camp at the height above 2500 m near the Tevno Lake and its small hut there, to glimpse the Sinanishko Lake and to visit the Kremenski Lakes, string of three glacier lakes that became the icon of the Mountains.

Day 1: Walk from the hut Vihren to the hut Spano pole. After crossing the area around the hut Vihren that is famous for its beautiful lakes, the path heads up to the Georgiyski ridge to have a glimpse at the Georgiyski Lakes and the famous Sinansko Laketheir safety.

Day 2: Walk from the Spano pole hut to the Tevno Lake hut. Nothing can prepare you for the impression that will make on you the views of the shimmering lakes with their blue water all along the path.

Day 3: from the Tevno Lake hut to the hut Bezbog. There is a direct path that connects the both huts, but there is far more spectacular option. It leads you to the Kremenski cirque that surrounds the amazing Kremenski lakes with its rocky walls.

Day 4from the hut Bezbog to the hut Demyanitsa. This path passes the area of the biggest lake in the Mountain- the Popovo Lake.

Day 5: Walk from the hut Demyanitsa to the hut Vihren. All day the path will zigzags around the amazing lakes that belong to the group of Vasilashki lakes, Todotini lakes and Banderishki lakes. 

Self-guided tour*

  • Difficulty: Despite the fact that the trail is at the heart of the mountains, it is gentle, without big ascends and descends, the length of the walk is moderate and there is plenty of time to relax at the edge of the lakes, engulfing the tranquillity of the nature.
  • Accommodation: The huts are well-maintained; the hut-keepers offer food and beverages. The huts are frequently visited, so you need to book the beds in advance. The Spano pole is a favourite to all tourists due to its welcoming hosts.
  • Transport: 
    • To/from the starting/finishing point: There are mini-buses that go twice a day from the town of Bansko to the hut Vihren.
  • Security: The trail is totally secure. The most part of the trail is along well marked paths. There is a part in Day 3 that is not well marked but as it is along the River Vlahina t is easy for navigation. Nevertheless, we recommend using a navigation application on the mobile phone or a real GPS device. The area is served by the mountain rescue teams.  

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*Self Guided Tour

A note on our self guided adventures

Self guided walking requires individuals to possess problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!).  Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of it as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Using directions and maps can be more difficult for solo travellers as often two heads are better than one when it comes to finding your way. There is a certain level of the unknown that comes with self guided trips, however with a methodical approach potential problems will be averted. Lately the GPS devices came to help the tourist. We prepare and send you a file with your trail so you can upload to your device. Though the GPS satellite data is free and works anywhere in the world, still the devices are expensive and not every one can afford it. More often tourists use their mobile phone with an GPS application. Sometimes in the Mountain you won’t always get a signal or proper speed internet connection. That’s where offline hiking apps come in handy. After uploading the digital trail, you can use it whenever and wherever you need it. The freedom of a self guided trip is something that, once experienced, is sought time and time again.
Our self guided packs offer you maximum flexibility and often a flexible choice of departure dates. A self guided holiday epitomises the philosophy of exploring the mountains your way at your pace. On all our self guided excursions we’ll provide you with detailed route descriptions, maps and local information so you can plan your own day everyday. We’ll also make hut reservations for you. All you need to do is enjoy your hiking holiday with the comfort of knowing that you have adequate time to explore and comfortably savour the sights and delights of the mountain region.