Summit Mount Vihren today, a tough but rewarding walk.
Get ready for a wonderful trek to Pirin’s premier summit, Mount Vihren (transfer time each way: 30 mins approx). Walking poles at the ready, set off through the area of Golem Kazan; the ‘Giant Cauldron’ and gaze up at the impressive sheer 300m-high northern wall of Vihren.
Pause to look closer at the mountain’s dolomite rock faces, which shelter rare Edelweiss flowers and agile herds of Balkan Chamois (wild goats).
The views from the trails are overwhelming, and as you reach the summit culminate in a crescendo of jagged peaks—a fitting finale to your week of walking in Bulgaria. Return to your friendly hotel for a celebratory glass of robust Bulgarian red.
Watch the short term local weather forecasts. Avoid high altitude hiking when the weather is bad. There are plenty of trails in the valleys, that allow you to reach a village quickly if bad weather sets in.
We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus a rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days.
In your information pack, you’ll find a detailed list of all the required hiking gear, including some good hiking boots, appropriate clothing, a rain jacket and a backpack