Pirin National Park

THE PIRIN MOUNTAINs

 Huts & Shelters in the Pirin Mountains

PIRIN national PARK INFO

Pirin National Park

Pirin National Park, originally named Vihren National Park (back in 1962), encompasses the larger part of the Pirin Mountains in southwestern Bulgaria, spanning an area of 403.56 km². It is one of the three national parks in the country, the others being Rila National Park and Central Balkan National Park. Pirin is renowned for its 118 glacial lakes, the largest and the deepest of them being Popovo Lake. Many of them are situated in cirques. There are also a few small glaciers, such Snezhnika, located in the deep Golemiya Kazan cirque at the steep northern foot of Vihren, and Banski Suhodol. They are the southernmost glaciers in Europe.
Pirin is one of the highest mountains in Bulgaria. It is named by the Slavs, after Perun, their superior God. The mountain is situated in the South-Western part of the country. The larger part of the territory of Pirin was declared as National Park. In 1983 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Within the boundaries of the park there are 3 reserves: “Tisata”, “Bayuvi Dupki-Dzhindzhiritsa” and “Yulen”. The relief of Pirin is alpine, which is manifested by beautiful lake Cirques, moraines, U-shaped valleys, rocky thresholds, steep and high peaks. There are 40 peaks above 2500 m. The climate is typically mountainous, with Mediterranean influence in the south part. In the summer and autumn during the day is hot and in the evening the temperatures fall down. In the winter and spring, the mountain is very snowy and the temperatures are very low, especially during the night.
Experienced hikers can enjoy many high peaks (above 2000m) during their treks. The highest one is Vihren (2914m/9704ft) and it is the third highest on the Balkan Peninsula. Other interesting peaks to climb are Kutelo, Sinanitsa, Muratov, Kamenitsa, Dzhano, Bezbog and so many others. One of the prides of the mountain are the so called “eyes of Pirin”- more than 180 glacial lakes. The biggest one is Popovo Lake (Papaz giol), with a small island inside. In the next Cirque lie probably the most marvelous lakes – Kremenski Lakes, visible from Dzhano Peak. Although many rivers take their sources from the mountain and there are loads of springs, on some long hikes you won’t find water during the whole day.
There are more than 1300 plants, some of them are rare, endemic species, glacial relicts or endangered. If you are very lucky you can find Edelweiss. The oldest tree in Bulgaria is situated very close to Vihren hut – Baikusheva white fir (Pinus peuce), 1300 years old. During your hikes you can enjoy walking along pine, spruce, white or black fir forest. There are 45 mammal species such as wolves, bears, foxes, wild goats as well as variety of birds like falcons and eagles.

Pirin National Park - Info Center

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The New Visitor Information and Education Center for the “Pirin National Park” was opened in Bansko on 12/10/2015 . The center was established under the project “Sustainable management of the National Park Pirin” and forest reserve “Tisata”. The center can be found just up from the Kempinski Hotel on Pirin Street.

Official website: www.pirin.bg
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THE Mobile App from Pirin National Park

The application is free of charge and works both offline and without cell phone network coverage, which is important when hiking in the mountains where there is no coverage. It provides information about where the tourists are and what the distance to the nearest shelter, hut or natural landmarks is. The only condition required to use the app is to have a smartphone with GPS.
The PSS Mobile App is available on both Google's Play Store and on Apple's App Store.


Hiking Overview & Mountain Huts

Hiking season runs from June to September. Spring snowmelt creates unexpected streams, while winter brings dangerous avalanches. Mountain guides are recommended in any season; these can be arranged at Bansko's Pirin National Park Information Centre. If hiking unguided, always explain your intended route and arrival time to someone who can raise the alarm in the event of a problem (eg your hotel or a local friend).

This is a high mountain with very changeable weather. Rocks are slippery and during rain or fog they become dangerous. Terrain is difficult on most of the places and waymarks are not always easy to follow. If you prefer to go to a snowshoeing hike, it is strongly recommended to hire a Mountain Guide. Often tourists combine hiking trek in Pirin and Rila mountains for a week and this is probably the most popular alpine walking holiday you can experience in Bulgaria.
No matter how many days you have for hiking, there will always be a suitable trail in Pirin for you. Here are some exemplary routes with different durations. Some of them can be combined to make the hike longer.

Especially photogenic hiking trails include the following:

Hizha Banderitsa to Baykushev’s Pine (one hour return) If you don’t have much time in Pirin National Park, drive to the car park just shy of Hizha Banderitsa and take a short circuit to this 1380-year-old tree; find the viewing platform up a set of wooden stairs.

Hizha Bezbog to Popovo Ezero (1½ hours) Trek to this sapphire lake, the deepest in the national park. Local legends say that the tiny islet in the middle is the hat of an Orthodox priest who met an unfortunate end.

Hizha Yavorov to Hizha Vihren (nine hours) Best accessed from Razlog village. Experienced hikers can ply this route from northerly Hizha Yavorov south via the spectacular Premkata Saddle.

Hizha Vihren to Hizha Pirin (two days) This difficult route forges south from Hizha Vihren through raw mountainous terrain into lake country. Sleep in the hizha near Tevno Ezero (‘Dark Lake’) on the way (a 6½ challenging hours); then continue to Hizha Pirin the following day (four to five hours).

Please note that the durations of the hikes are approximate and may vary based on your physical shape and the weather conditions.
If you prefer to sleep on higher altitude, you can stay in one of the huts or shelters in the mountain. All of them are working during the summer, some are closed in the winter. In most of them you can order basic food and drinks. You can make reservations by phone, but be mindful of the language barrier.

🚩 Banderitsa Hut

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THE NEW HUT

The new hut Bunderitsa represents a solid three-storey building with total capacity of 95 beds distributed in double, triple and four-bed rooms, as well as dormitories which dispose of 7 up to 13 beds.
The hut is situated on the left bank of the Bunderitsa River, at 1810 m above the sea level. There are outside and inside WCs and baths.
The hut is electrified and centrally heated. The restaurant and the canteen are on the first floor. At the tourists’ disposal there is also a TV-set and games spot. There is a small ski-drag in the area.

THE OLD HUT

The old hut is located in the immediate proximity to the new one. It is a solid two-storey building with total capacity of 73 beds allocated in rooms with 10, 11 and 12 beds and plank-beds, with inside WCs and sinks. The hut is supplied with electricity.
The tourist kitchen and the canteen are situated on the ground floor. The hut accepts tourists during the summer season.
There are in the area massive bungalows with 30 beds. Each bungalow disposes of 3 beds. The WCs and sinks are outside. The bungalows are electrified and heated by electric stoves.
The buffet is located in separate building and offers drinks, souvenirs, foodstuffs and others.

NEIGHBOURHOOD TOURIST OBJECTS

Baikushevata mura (one of the oldest trees in Bulgaria) – 0,10 hours
The Hana cave – 0,15 hours
The peak of Vihren – 2,30 hours
Hut Vihren – 0,30 hours along a marked path or 2 km by an asphalt road
The Kazana shelter – 1,30 hours
The peak of Kutelo – 3,00 hours
The first lift station in the Upleto place – 0,35 hours on foot
The first lift station in the Shiligarnika place – 1,00 hour on foot

Starting point

The town of Bansko – 14 km by an asphalt road or 4,00 hours walking along a marked route.

CONTACTS

Phone: +359 898 868 999
Host: TS “Vihren” – Bansko, 2, “Vazrajdane” square, phone +359 7443-2683.

⛺ Banderitsa Camping

LOCATION

It is located on a large meadow on the left bank of the Bunderitsa River, at 1800 m above the sea level.
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OVERVIEW

The terrain represents two grassed terraces with total capacity of 60 tents.It is not electrified. It is water supplied and has WCs without baths.
One can use the restaurant and the buffet of hut Banderitsa.
There is a parking lot.

Neighborhood tourist objects

Hut Bunderitsa – 100 m (0,05 hours),
hut Vihren – 0,25 meters along marked path or 2 km by an asphalt road.

Starting point

the town of Bansko – 14 km by an asphalt road.

CONTACTS

Phone: +359 898 868 999
Host: TS “Vihren” – town of Bansko, 2 “Vazrajdane” square phones: +359 7443-2683

🚩 Vihren Hut

LOCATION

Hut Vihren is located on the left bank of the Banderitsa River, at 1950 m above sea level.
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OVERVIEW

The hut is a complex of two massive two-storey buildings and bungalows that can receive a total of 196 guests and tourists. The tourists can be accommodated in common rooms of 5, 7 and more beds. Two of the rooms offer plank-beds. The bungalows dispose of 3 and 4 beds. There is a seasonal restaurant, which is housed in a building in immediate proximity to the hut. Another building near by houses the tourist kitchen, the canteen and the buffet, which offers drinks, food, goodies and souvenirs. The hut disposes of outside WCs and bathrooms. Hut Vihren is water and electricity supplied. It is heated on solid fuel stoves. Camping in the vicinity is strictly forbidden. There is a convenient parking lot near the hut.

NEIGHBORING TOURIST SITES

Mountain peak Vihren – 2.30 hours
Mountain peak Koncheto via the Kazanite place – 3.30 hours
Todorin vrah peak – 3.00 hours
Ribno Banderishko ezero lake – 0.50 hours
Okoto lake – 0.15 hours
Hut Sinanitsa – 4.00 hours
Hut Banderitsa – 0.30 hours (a 2-km trip along an asphalt road)
Hut Yane Sandanski – 5.30 hours
Hut Kamenitsa – 6.00 hours
Shelter Tevno ezero – 6.30 hours
Hut Demyanitsa – 4.30 hours
Hut Yavorov – 9.00 hours

STARTING POINT

Hut Vihren can be reached by starting from the town of Bansko, following a 16-km asphalt road and a 4.30 hours of walk along a well marked mountain trail.

CONTACTS

Phone: +359 889 834 277
Hut Vihren is managed by Resort Complex “Pirin” (Bansko) and the “Strajite” Hotel. All mountain trails are well marked. Hut Vihren is a point from the “E-4” European itinerary.

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🚩 Demyanitsa Hut

LOCATION

Hut Demyanitsa is located near the place where the Strajishka, Valyavishka and Vassilashka Rivers join, in a century old coniferous forest, at 1895 m above sea level.
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OVERVIEW

The hut is a massive two-storey building with an attic floor. The hut disposes of five rooms of 5, 8 and more beds and 12 rooms offering plank-beds. The attic floor disposes of a total of 70 plank-beds. A separate building offers the tourists accommodation on 50 spring plank-beds. The 14 bungalows attached to the hut can accommodate up to 42 guests in 3 and 4-bed rooms. Hut Demyanitsa can receive a total of 217 tourists.
If necessary during the summer the hut management can provide tents for the guests in excess. The seasonal restaurant of hut Demyanitsa is located on its first floor. The tourist kitchen and canteen are located in a separate building. There is a pavilion offering drinks, a variety of goodies, souvenirs, etc. The hut has outside WC and bathroom. Hut Demyanitsa is electrified by aggregate and hydroelectric central, it is also heated by solid fuel stoves.

NEIGHBORING TOURIST SITES

Mountain peak Malak Tipitz – 2.30 hours
Mountain peak Izvorets (Kaymakchal) – 2.30 hours
Gorno Strajishko ezero lake (Gazeysko) – 2.30 hours
Voyvodski vrah peak (Gazey) – 2.50 hours
Strajite place – 3.00 hours
Mountain peak Polejan – 3.30 hours (the mountain trails are well marked)
Valyavishki ezera lakes – 2.00 hours (along the marked trail leading to mountain hut Bezbog – Godless)
Ribno Vassilashko ezero lake – 0.45 hours
The Todorini ochi (Todora’s eyes) lakes – 2.30 hours (along the marked trail leading to mountain hut Vihren)
Prevalski ezera lakes – 1.45 hours (along the marked trail leading to mountain shelter Tevno ezero)
Hut Vihren – 4.30 hours
Hut Yane Sandanski – 5.30 hours
Hut Kamenitsa – 5.40 hours
Shelter Tevno ezero – 3.00 hours
Hut Pirin – 5.30 hours
Hut Bezbog – Godless – 5.00 hours (the mountain trails are well marked)

STARTING POINT

Hut Demyanitsa can be reached by starting from the town of Bansko and following a well marked 4-hour mountain trail.

CONTACTS

Phone: +359 878 688 135
Hut Demyanitsa is managed by Resort Complex “Pirin” (Bansko) and the “Strajite” Hotel.

🚩 Tevno Lake Shelter

LOCATION

The Tevno Ezero mountain shelter is located near the eastern side of the Tevno ezero lake, at 2512 m above sea level.
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OVERVIEW

The shelter is a massive two-storey building with the capacity to accommodate 30 guests. The tourists have at their disposal rooms with plank-beds, located on the second attic floor of the mountain shelter. If necessary the canteen of the mountain shelter can be transformed into a dormitory. The Tevno Ezero mountain shelter is electrified by an aggregate. The shelter is supplied with drinking water from a spring, located just 50 m behind the building. The very lake can too be used for the needs of the tourists. The shelter offers outside WCs. There are no bathrooms. The Tevno Ezero mountain shelter is open for tourists all year round but is only served by personnel during the summer. Camping here is strictly forbidden.

NEIGHBORING TOURIST SITES

Kraledvorski cirque – 1.30 hours
Popovo ezero lake – 2.00 hours
Samodivski vrah peak (Djengal) – 1.20 hours
Mountain peak Momin dvor – 0.40 hours
Mountain peak Kamenitsa – 3.00 hours (the mountain trails are not marked)
Mitrovo ezero lake – 1.10 hours (along the well marked mountain trail leading to hut Pirin)
Prevalski ezera lakes – 1.10 hours (along the well marked mountain trail leading to hut Demyanitsa)
Hut Demyanitsa – 2.30 hours
Hut Vihren – 6.30 hours
Hut Kamenitsa – 3.00 hours
Hut Yane Sandanski – 4.00 hours
Hut Pirin – 2.30 hours
Hut Bezbog – 4.20 hours (the mountain trails are well marked)

STARTING POINT

The town of Bansko is a starting point for the Tevno Ezero mountain shelter. The shelter can be reached after 7 hours of walking along a well marked mountain trail.

CONTACTS

Phones: +359 886 397 268 and +359 884 663 635
The Tevno Ezero mountain shelter is managed by the “Vihren” Tourist Association, seated in the town of Bansko. The mountain shelter is a point from the “E-4” European itinerary.

🚩 Kazana Shelter

LOCATION

Mountain Shelter Kazana is located on the rocky verge dividing the Golyam and Malak Kazan circuses, at 2445 m above sea level.
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OVERVIEW

The mountain shelter is actually a wooden barrack with metal construction. It disposes of plank-beds for 4 to 5 tourists. The mountain shelter is not served by personnel, it is not furnished, it is not water and electricity supplied. There is no WC. Spending the night here is only admissible in cases of emergency.

NEIGHBORING TOURIST SITES

Mountain shelter Koncheto – 2.30 hours
Mountain peak Kutelo – 1.30 hours
Mountain peak Vihren – 1.50 hours
Hut Banderitsa – 1.30 hours
The mountain trails are marked.

CONTACTS

Mountain shelter Kazana is managed by the “Vihren” Tourist Association, seated in the town of Bansko.

🚩 P. Yavorov Hut

LOCATION

Hut Yavorov is located in the Polyanite place in the valley of the Razlojki Suhodol River, at 1740 m above sea level.
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OVERVIEW

The new hut is a massive two-storey building with the capacity to accommodate 70 tourists in rooms of 2, 3, 6 and more beds and one apartment. The apartment and 10 of the 2-bed rooms have own inside WCs and bathrooms. The rest of the rooms use a common WC on each floor of the hut. The hut is water and electricity supplied, with central heating. It disposes of a restaurant and a buffet, which are open all year round. The buffet offers goodies and souvenirs. There is a hall, entertainment room, VCR, TV-set, amusing games. In proximity to the hut there is a ski track with a ski trail. The hut offers ski equipment.
The old hut is located in immediate proximity to the new one. It is a massive two-storey building with the capacity to accommodate 20 tourists. The hut disposes of 4, 5 and 6-bed rooms using outside WCs. The old hut is water and electricity supplied and heated by electric and solid fuel stoves. The tourist kitchen and canteen are located in a separate massive one-storey building. There is a volleyball playground nearby.
During the summer season the tourists can use bungalows and tents provided by the hut. There is a parking lot for vehicles.

NEIGHBORING TOURIST SITES

Haidoushka cheshma – 0.40 hours
Yavorova polyana – 0.50 hours
Mountain peak Okaden – 1.30 hours
Stapalata – 2.00 hours
Hut Vihren – 9.00 hours
Hut Banderitsa – 8.00 hours
Mountain shelter Koncheto – 4.30 hours
Hut Predel – 5.30 hours
The mountain trails are marked. Hut Yavorov is a point from the “E-4” European itinerary.

STARTING POINT

The town of Razlog is a convenient starting point for hut Yavorov. The hut can be reached after 4 hours of walking along an asphalt road and a well marked mountain trail, or by car – 7 km along an asphalt road to the Betolovo region, then 9 more km along a wood jeep road.

CONTACTS

Phones: +359 896 688 415 and +359 896 688 413
The hut is managed by the “Pirin” Tourist Association, seated in the town of Razlog, 38, “Vazrajdane” Str., telephone number +359 747/ 2256.

🚩 Koncheto Shelter

LOCATION

Mountain shelter Koncheto is located on the main mountain ridge southeast of mountain peak Bayuvi dupki, at 2760 m above sea level.
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OVERVIEW

The shelter is actually a wooden barrack, with twin walls, a door and a window. It is attached to the nearby rocks by steel ropes. The shelter disposes of 4 double and 2 single plank-beds and can provide accommodation for 10 – 12 guests. The shelter is only equipped with blankets. There are no personnel, the construction is not water and electricity supplied. There is no WC. Spending the night here is only admissible in cases of emergency.

NEIGHBORING TOURIST SITES

Hut Yavorov – 4.30 hours
Mountain shelter Kazana – 2.30 hours
Hut Banderitsa – 4.00 hours
Mountain peak Kutelo – 1.00 hour
Mountain peak Vihren – 2.40 hours
Hut Vihren – 4.40 hours (via mountain peak Vihren), respectfully – 4.30 hours (via Kazana). The mountain trails are marked.

CONTACTS

Mountain shelter Koncheto is managed by the “Pirin” Tourist Association, seated in the town of Razlog. The shelter is a point from the “E-4” European itinerary.

🚩 Bezbog Hut

LOCATION

Hut Bezbog is located by the northern end of the Bezbojkoto ezero lake, at 2236 m above sea level.
bezbog hut

OVERVIEW

The hut is a massive five-storey building with a capacity to accommodate 160 tourists. The hut disposes of 2 apartments and many 3, 4 and more than 8-bed rooms. The WCs and bathrooms are common, one per each floor.
The hut is electrified and water supplied, with central heating. There is a restaurant, cafe-aperitif, goody buffet, entertainment room, VCR, TV-set, ski equipment. In proximity to the hut there is a sports playground and a ski track with two ski trails. During the summer the hut provides additional accommodation in tents, which can be placed some 100 m south of the hut, by the western bank coast of the lake. There is a concrete platform in front of the tent ground, which is suitable for tables and chairs. The campers use outside WCs and bathrooms. All tourists have at their disposal a tourist kitchen and a canteen located in a massive one-storey building. During the summer that building can be used for accommodation and provides places for 20 guests.

NEIGHBORING TOURIST SITES

Kremenski ezera lakes – 2.30 hours
Mountain peak Bezbog – 1.30 hours
Mountain peak Polejan – 2.30 hours
Mountain shelter Tevno ezero (via the Kraledvorski circus) – 3.40 hours
Samodivski vrah peak (Djengal) – 3.15 hours (the mountain trails are not marked)
Popovo ezero lake (along the marked mountain trail leading to hut Pirin) – 1.15 hours
Hut Pirin – 5.30 hours
Mountain shelter Tevno ezero (via Jelezni vrata) – 4.20 hours
Hut Demyanitsa – 4.15 hours (the mountain trails are marked)

STARTING POINT

Hut Gotse Delchev is a convenient starting point for hut Bezbog. The hut can be reached after 2.30 hours of walk along a well marked mountain trail (or in just 28 minutes by lift).

CONTACTS

Phones: +359 896 766 152 and +359 896 766 154
Hut Bezbog is managed by DF “Socialen Otdih” – seated in the village of Dobrinishte.

🚩 Pirin Hut

LOCATION

Hut Pirin is located in the Trite reki region, at 1640 m above sea level.

OVERVIEW

It is a massive three-storey building with a capacity to accommodate 78 tourists. The hut disposes of 4 and 6-bed rooms and common bedrooms with spring plank-beds. There are outside WCs and bathrooms. During the summer the hut can provide additional accommodation in tents for a total of 20-30 guests.
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The hut is water supplied and electrified by an aggregate and a hydroelectric central. For heating during the winter the tourists use solid fuel stoves. Hut Pirin disposes of a tourist kitchen and a canteen. There is a seasonal restaurant approximately 150 m away from the hut. The restaurant offers warm drinks and food. It also sells eatables.

NEIGHBORING TOURIST SITES

Hut Malina – 1.45 hours
Hut Popovi livadi – 7.00 hours
Hut Bezbog – 6.00 hours
Mountain shelter Tevno ezero – 4.00 hours
Hut Demyanitsa – 6.30 – 7.00 hours
Hut Kamenitsa – 5.00 hours (via the Solishteto place), respectively 5.30 hours via the mountain ridge between the Kuklite and Zabat peaks
Rojen Monastery – 4.30 hours
Tourist dormitory Rojen – 5.00 hours
Town of Melnik – 5.15 hours
The hut is a point from the “E-4” European itinerary.

STARTING POINT

The town of Melnik is a convenient starting point for hut Pirin. The very hut can be reached after 6 hours of walking along a well marked mountain trail (or by car to the Lopovo place – 28 km along a dirt road and then 1.15 hours of walk). The village of Pirin is another starting point for the hut – 18 km following a road, 13 km of which on asphalt road.

CONTACTS

Hut Pirin is managed by the “Pirin Eagle” Tourist Association, seated in the town of Melnik.

🚩 Kamenica (Begovica) Hut

LOCATION

Hut Kamenitsa is located on the left bank of the Kozya (Begovishka) reka River, at 1750 m above sea level.
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OVERVIEW

The hut is a massive three-storey building with an attic floor and the capacity to accommodate 90 guests. Hut Kamenitsa offers accommodation in 2, 4, 7 and 8-bed rooms, several common bedrooms and 1 apartment. There are WCs on each floor. During the summer season the hut provides additional accommodation in tents for about 30 tourists. There is a place specially designed for a campsite and also a parking lot for vehicles.
The hut is water and electricity supplied. It provides for its guests heating on solid fuel stoves. The bathroom, the equipped kitchen and the dinning room of the hut are all located on the ground floor. The restaurant of the hut, which works all year round, is on the first floor. There is a buffet, which offers food, goodies, souvenirs.
At the disposal of the guests there are entertaining games, a TV-set, ski equipment, a playground and ski tracks with three ski trails in the area.

NEIGHBORING TOURIST SITES

Mountain peak Kuklite – 2.10 hours
Mountain peak Zaba – 2.50 hours
Mountain peak Yalovarnika – 3.50 hours
Manenkoto ezero lake – 4.35 hours (the mountain trails are not marked)
Mountain peak Kamenitsa – 2.30 hours (the mountain trail is marked to Kozi /Begovishki/ preval ridge)
Hut Pirin – 5.00 hours (via the Solishteto place), respectively 5.30 hours via the mountain ridge between the Kuklite and Zaba peaks
Kuklenskoto ezero lake – 2.00 hours
Mountain shelter Tevno ezero – 3.30 hours
Hut Vihren – 7.00 hours
Hut Sinanitsa – 6.30 hours
Hut Yane Sandanski – 1.30 hours
Hut Bezbog – 7.30 hours (the mountain trails are marked)

STARTING POINT

The town of Sandanski is a convenient starting point for hut Kamenitsa. The hut can be reached along a 29-km road, 21 km of which an asphalt road via the Popina laka place and Cherkovnoto (Turichka cherkva) place. During the summer there is a regular Saturday and Sunday bus line running between the town of Sandanski and the Popina laka place.

CONTACTS

Phone: +359889 811 000
Hut Kamenitsa is managed by the “Edelweiss” Tourist Association, seated in the town of Sandanski.


🚩 Spano Pole Shelter

LOCATION

Mountain shelter Spano pole is located in the Malko Spano cirque, at 2050 m above sea level.
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OVERVIEW

The shelter disposes of 10 one-storey wooden two-bed bungalows. The WCs are outside. There are no bathrooms. The bungalows are electrified by aggregate. The shelter can only be used during the summer. The shelter is only serviced by personnel seasonally. Camping with own tents is forbidden. Fire can be built only at the sites specially designed for that purpose.

NEIGHBORING TOURIST SITES

Hut Vihren – 3.30 hours
Hut Kamenitsa – 3.30 hours
Hut Yane Sandanski – 1.30 hours
Hut Sinanitsa – 1.30 hours (the mountain trails are marked)

STARTING POINT

The town of Sandanski is a convenient starting point for mountain shelter Spano pole. The shelter can be reached along 18 km of asphalt road leading to the Popina laka place and then after 3.00 hours of walk along a well marked mountain trail and dirt road. During the summer there is a regular Saturday and Sunday bus line running between the town of Sandanski and the Popina laka place.

CONTACTS

Phones: +359 896 688 407 and +359 896 688 40
Mountain shelter Spano pole is managed by the “Edelweiss” Tourist Association, seated in the town of Sandanski.


🚩 Sinanitsa Hut

LOCATION

Hut Sinanitsa is located just 100 m northeast of the Sinanishko ezero lake, at 2190 m above sea level.
sinanitsa

OVERVIEW

The hut is a massive two-storey building, which has the capacity to accommodate a total of 34 guests in rooms with 9, 10 and 15 two-storey spring beds. If necessary the hut will provide additional accommodation in the canteen.
The hut is water supplied but not electrified. It offers solid fuel stove heating. The fully equipped kitchen and canteen of the hut are located on the first floor.

NEIGHBORING TOURIST SITES

Georgiiski cirque – 2.30 hours (the mountain trail is not marked)
Mountain peaks Sinanitsa and Momin vrah – 1.30 – 2.00 hours (the mountain trail to Sinanitsa is marked)
Cirque Golyamo Spano pole – 1.30 hours
Hut Vihren – 4.00 hours
Hut Kamenitsa – 5.00 hours
Hut Yane Sandanski – 4.00 hours (the mountain trails are marked)

STARTING POINT

The town of Kresna is a starting point for hut Sinanitsa. The hut can be reached along a 24-km dirt road leading to the Peshterata place and then 3.00 more hours of walk along a not so well marked mountain trail. The Sofia-Kulata asphalt road and railway line pass through the town of Kresna.

CONTACTS

Phone: +359896 798 040
Hut Sinanitsa is managed by the “Sinanitsa” Tourist Association, seated in the town of Kresna.


Looking for more info? Take a look of the Pirin Mountains section on Lonely Planet  as well as the information available on Google about Pirin National Park