Skitouring in Bulgaria
Challenging terrain, wild and beautiful scenery and warm hospitality; Bulgaria is a perfect hidden-gem of the skiing world!
Challenging terrain, wild snow and hospitality – Bulgaria offers excellent conditions for one week ski touring trip far from the well known destinations.
Situated in the south- east corner of Europe, Bulgaria is an unknown paradise for skimountaineering. The mountain ranges of Rila and Pirin providing excellent conditions for practicing winter sports between January and end of March.
The most majestic Bulgarian Mountain, Rila Mountain is highest one on the Balkan Peninsula. The name Rila descending from the Slavic word Rula means "Full of Water Mountain". This name corresponds to the character of the Rila Mountain. There are more than 200 lakes, which give source of many rivers. This mountain has wide zone of coniferous and broad-leafed natural woods and it is National Park.
The famous region is the highest peak of the Balkan Peninsula – Mt. Musala (2925m).
Another interest part of Rila Mountain is the region of Peak Maliovitza (2927m). It is famous with the alpine relief, picturesque traverses and the special charm of the wild valleys. It is the natural setting for Bulgaria's most famous monastery - Rila Monastery.
Pirin Mountain is thought to be most beautiful mountain not only in Bulgaria. It is the country's second highest mountain. Because of the specific construction of the rocks - marble, marbleized limestone and granite, the picks and ridges are very sharp and the landscape is extremely picturesque. Sixty of the picks are over 2000m and two of them - Vihren (2914m - third on the Balkan Peninsula) and Kutelo (2908m), are over 2900m. The oldest name of the mountain is thought to be Obrelos that is Thracian word and means "Snow Mountain". Later the Slavs gave to the mountain the name Perun - the God-Thunderer.
Skiing in Pirin is challenge for everyone who looked up – the itinerary passes trough beautiful circuses, over sharp ridges and peaks. It became the favorite mountain for everybody visited it once.
By visiting Bulgaria for ski touring you will be able to combine the excellent conditions in the Bulgarian mountains with the visit of some famous cultural monuments. You will feel the Bulgarian hospitality and enjoy the traditional cuisine, garnished with tasty wines.