With my 5 year old twins
This was my first attempt to climb a real mountain, at my age of 12. I was with my father. We started from Banderitsa hut. At altitude of 2280 meter we stopped and returned to the hut. I tried to convince my father to go further, but no success. (But 3 years later we successfully climbed the peak)
Florence, little Anthony (15months) and I climbed this beautiful mountain from normal route. A bit windy up in the summit where our kid was hungry and we provided him a "biberon" - lots of people took photos of the happy family ... maybe someone out there can plug them ? ; ))
A nice hike done from Vihren Hut which can easily be reached by car. The first part of the hike is the less enjoyable since the path is quite rocky and moderately steep, after having reached 2300/2400 the path is much more pleasant. Above 2600 you leave the granite to reach lime stone section, the last part being very direct on the South face and always very easy. Nice view from the top. Really a nice hike to do in the balkans
memory from one of my countless vacation trips
The dinner was still in my stomach, when me and a group of French tourists, we headed Vihren peak. Painful climbing which I was obliged to finish - as a second mountain guide in the team... But of course, all the efforts were rewarding! (^_^)
Started the ascent from the Vihren hut in the sun but ended on top of the mountain in the clouds. After climbing this one we also went further to see the Koncheto Ridge which was beautiful! Long way back down to the Banderitza hut from where a taxi picked us up and brought us back to the Kempinski :-p.
As we camped in the forests just above Bansko town we had quite long and exhausting ascent to Vihren hut up in the valley. When the weather became nicer later in the day we decided to climb the peak and reached the summit of that great white, marble mountain around 4 pm. Beautiful views in all directions, especially towards Koncheto ridge area. Long descent to Bansko.
Pirin range seems to be great place for a backpacking holiday.
My first successful peak climb at age 15. This mountain made mountaineering as my "destiny"
Ascended from the Vihren hut. There was poor visibility so opted to climb the East side. The last few hundred metres were in total white-out and so I descended by the same route.
Couldn't quite remember but accidentally just found a little diary I wrote then. So, it reads that we were camping by the tarns at the head of the Vlahiska valley,and I went to Vihren Hut to buy some food; lite (tennis shoes on, no pack, a plastic bag in hand - sorry:-) round over Kazanite, below the north wall, then from the pass to the top - nobody around, moon in the sky, great weather: calm and warm. From the summit I almost ran down to the tent in less than 40 minutes.
Went to Blagoevgrad and finished my business at 12. Reached Vihren Hut by car at 2 pm. 2 hours up, 30 minutes on the summit, 1,5 hours down. Left for home at 6 pm. Very nice place to climb.
I summited twice: first time in 2005 from the south starting at Bansko at 5 AM with a heavy backback and arriving around 13:00 - after a brief stop I continued to the Koncheto shelter. That night skies were clear above Pirin but a I enjoyed watching a raging thunderstorm with lightning over Rila! A bit exhaustative trekking up the Banderitsa valley especially with most of the old signs and paths gone! The "northern approach was much more exhaustative - I was left at the crossroad Bansko-Razlog and made it up to the hut Javorov and further to the shelter located on Koncheto where I spent a night with 10 other people. Amazing how many people can fit in there!! The day after I made it up slowly on the "northern" side just to be greeted by fog, light rain and threatening lightning. Nevertheless Pirin has made a lasting impression and I would not hesitate to go there some day again!
We started from the Bunderitza Hut early in the morning in perfect summer weather, but as soon as we reached the summit at 3-4 p.m. we found ourselves surrounded by fog and we couldn`t enjoy the view. it was an easy and nice asscent, as far as I can remember( I was 16 years old at that time). We descended from the opposite side of the mountain, which is more easier than the other. my plans are to climb this beautiful summit next year.
It was a nice and clear day. There were less people than you normally meet (during the summer). I wanted to descend through the Djamdjiev ridge but there were some guys waiting for us at the saddle so we had to go back through the same route.
We (my friends and me) started from the Vihren Hut (1950 m), belowe eastern side of Vihren massif, in period of rising sun. Weather was nice. We was going around massif on it's left side - E/SE/S. After 2h we reached Vihrenski Preslap plateau/pass and after short break continued to Vihren summit on southern side of it's massif. This route is without using of hands, tipical hiking route. Before we reached the summit, weather became bad, dark clouds and fog came, also snowing started. From Vihren summit we descended on it's western side, more dangerous than southern one. On the rocky path was freezing snow, little beat dangerous! Finally, we descended from Vihren and reached the Vihren/Kutelo saddle (2600 m). Vihren is very impressive and nice peak and it's great privilege to stay on it's summit. Vihren is great mountain!