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


Along the Main Ridge


Days 5   Distance 58 km   Ascen3925 m  Descent 4677 m

  The Pirin Mountains has a distinct main ridge, which runs northwest to southeast. It comprises numerous peaks over 2000 m. The area has a wild character and definitely rugged alpine outlook. This five-day trail follows the main crest where possible. It starts from the area close to the Razlog and Bansko towns (Betolovoto) and gradually goes up to the most famous narrow-ridge in Bulgaria-Koncheto ridge and the highest peak of the Mountains- Vihren. The next part from the hut Vihren to the hut Tevno Lake is arguably the most beautiful in the whole Mountains due to the numerous lakes that lie down at the bottom of the rocky cirques. The last part offers the unique walk around the sandstone pyramids of Melnik. 

Day 1: Walk from the area of Betolovoto to the hut Yavorov. It is a short two-hour walk and can be combined with the transfer from Sofia.
Day 2: Walk from the Yavorov hut to the hut Vihren. This part is the most imposing and unforgettable section of the whole trail. You will traverse the most famous ridge-walk in Bulgaria-the Koncheto, a narrow marble ridge that is supported by metal ropes. Once on the saddle after the Koncheto, you will have the choice to climb up the peak of Vihren-the highest peak in the Pirin or just to continue down after admiring the mighty Vihren.
Day 3Walk from the hut Vihren to the Tevno Lake. After crossing the area of the Banderishki Lakes, the path goes up again along the main ridge from where you will have the possibility to watch from the height the rocky cirques and their lakes, which are the feature that the Mountains are famous for. You will have the great opportunity to camp around the Tevno Lake in the small hut that offers food and shelter.
Day 4:Walk from the Tevnoto Lake hut to the hut Pirin.
Day 5: Walk from the hut Pirin to the small town of Melnik. Going down you will zigzag trough the gully of sandstone pyramids next to the Melnik town.

Self-guided tour*

  • Difficulty: It is a trail for advanced hikers. The length of the walk requires good shape and excellent head for heights. Nevertheless, the perfect panoramas make the walk pleasant and the time goes unnoticed.
  • 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 the starting point: There are 10 km asphalt road that leads to the area of Betolovoto. You can use a taxi from the town of Razlog or Bansko.
    • From the finishing point: There are buses that connect the town of Melnik with the city of Sofia.
  • Security: The trail is totally secure. All parts of the trail are marked. 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.