July Walks – We’ll publish August’s walks at the beginning of July.
14/7 – Bezbog We’ll take the chairlift from Gotse Delchev Hut nr Dobrinishte to Bezbog Hut then walk to Bezbog summit. We start walking around 2240m and climb to 2645m. This a great introduction walk to the Pirin with beautiful views from Bezbog summit. Grade Easy
NB: you’ll need 15Lv p/p for the chairlift
17/7 – Todorka If you’re a skier in Bansko and have ever wondered what’s beyond the top chairlift, this is the walk for you. We’ll walk from Vihren Hut, through the beautiful alpine valley to the Todorina porta. From there we’ll take in the summits of Malka Todorka and Todorka via the ridge that connects them. This walk starts at 1950m and we climb to 2746m. Grade Moderate
21/7 – Hvoinati From Vihren hut we walk to Vihrenski preslap and then on to the summit. This walk starts at 1950m and we climb to 2635m. Grade Moderate
24/7 – Vasilashki Ridge This is a route we discovered last year and its become one of our favourites. Staring from Vihren hut, we walk along the alpine valley to Todorina porta, from there it’s along the Vasilashki ridge to Vazela peak. In places there are short periods of exposure and you may need to use your hands to get over small rocky steps. This walk starts at 1950m and we climb to 2620m. Grade Moderate to Hard
28/7 – Polejan We’ll take the chairlift from Gotse Delchev hut near Dobrinishte, to Bezbog hut. From there it’s to the summit via the Bezbojki Preval. This is an iconic walk in the range and one we consider to be a stunner. We start walking around 2240m and climb to 2851m. Grade Easy
NB: you’ll need 15Lv p/p for the chairlift
31/7 – Vihren Our favourite route up the highest peak in the range begins at the Vihren hut. We then contour Vihren’s Eastern flanks to the Golyam Kazan cirque. From there it’s up to the summit via the Northern face. This route requires the use of your hands. In places there are fixed chains to help if needed and there are some areas of moderate exposure. This is a great mountain day out, starting at 1950m and topping out at 2914m. Grade Hard
The grades explained
Easy – Suitable for most people in good health, these are generally between 5 to 7hrs of walking, which is predominantly on good paths.
Moderate – Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers, they are generally on good paths and tracks, but can include short stretches on boulder fields/broken ground and or exposed areas. (7 – 10hrs walking)
Hard – Challenging days. Walks at this grade are suitable for regular hill walkers who are used to extended days and can involve difficult broken terrain, as well as periods of exposure.
There are many factors that contribute to the difficulty, such as length of day, the terrain and weather . Since some of these can change, our grades can only provide a general indication. They can’t take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions or are just unsure, please contact us.
What do you definitely need to bring/wear?
- Walking boots or approach shoes. not trainers.
- Suitable trousers, leggings or shorts. not jeans.
- A fleece top or similar.
- Waterproof jacket.
- Drink minimum of 1ltr
- Food and trail snacks.
- Personal first aid kit. suitable for bumps, bites, headaches and small cuts and any personal meds
- Sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen.
- A rucksack to put it all in.
How to book on any of the walks
Step 1: Contact us using this drop us a line link. Remember to include:
- The names and ages of all those wanting to come along.
- The walk(s) you’re interested in joining. Please be realistic with your capabilities.
- If you require transport.
Step 2: We’ll reply and confirm the availability. Your place(s) are then reserved for 3 days to give you time to pay.
Step 3: Pay the invoice that we’ll have sent you. There’s an option for both, Paypal or Bank transfer. Once this is done your place is secured.
If you are in Bansko and want to pay by cash, let us know and we’ll arrange this, but places are limited, so your place(s) can’t be secured until you’ve paid.
The small print
As much as we like to work on an informal basis, we have to let you know of the following:
- Our participation statement, “Uhuru Trekking recognises that any mountain based activity has a level of danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement”
- If we cancel the walk, you get all your money back, no quibble. I will try to rearrange, but there’s no obligation on you.
- If you cancel, with more than 14 days to go, you get all your money back, 0-13 days 50%
- Your safety is of paramount importance to us, but in the unlikely event we need it, Mountain rescue is not free in Bulgaria. Please check that your insurance covers you for both this andpersonal injury. (If you’re not covered, our friends at Bansko Tourist Information have put together a deal for Bulgarian mountain insurance. Here’s a link ).