The Pirin Mountains are situated in the southwestern part of
Bulgaria. They run from the north-west to the south-east between the
rivers Struma and Mesta. Pirin has an Alpine relief - rocky marble or granite
peaks and cliffs, deep cirques, well shaped glacier valleys and numerous lakes.
Sixty mountains are above 2500 meters. The highest peak is Vihren with an
altitude of 2914 meters. There are 13 chalets and 4 shelters in the Pirin
Mountains. Only huts (like the Javorov, the Banderica or the Pirin chalet) close
to civilisation might be guarded in wintertime. This tour will follow, for a
great deal, the European E4 route. It takes 5 days with an option for an extra
In case the conditions are not well enough to pass Koncheto (the Foal) you can follow the lower route. The Tourplan describes three alternative routes as well. The map of the Pirin Mountains (1:55.000 scale) gives you an indication, rather than a detailed description. A GPS-grid fails and all information is written in Cyrillic. The routes are marked very well (by colour coded signs) but in winter time most of them are covered with snow.
Touring in the Pirin Mountains is a challenge but also rewarding. Bulgaria offers you nature and culture in it own unforgettable way. This Tourplan can help you to make it successful.
The huts mentioned below can be visited in this tour.
|Yavorov mountain hut|
|Vihren mountain hut|
|Tevno Ezero shelter|
|Kamenica mountain hut|
|Pirin mountain hut|
The Tourplan gives you several alternatives. It is possible to scip the Kamenica mountain hut.
This video is also available on DVD.
The Tourplan is written in English.