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Vihren, Bansko

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Climb, hike, and ski at Vihren, the highest peak in Bulgaria's Pirin Mountains. Start from Vihren Hut, and follow the red markers. You can see all the highest peaks of the Pirin massif and a number of lakes from the summit, which is 2,914 m (9,560 ft) above sea level. Be cautious on the north side, as the path is narrow and rocky. On the way down from Vihren Hut to Bansko, on the left side of the path, look for the 1,300-year-old Baikousheva white fir. Always bring water and additional clothing when climbing to the peak. Make Vihren a centerpiece of your Bansko vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bansko trip generator.
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Where to stay in Bansko

To make the most of Bansko's ski- and outdoor-oriented atmosphere and attractions, try staying at an upscale hotel featuring an on-site spa. While these upscale hotels can be pricey, they come well-equipped with indoor pools, restaurants, and a host of other features. For a more moderate price tag, book a mid-range guesthouse in the style of a classic alpine chalet to embrace the mountain spirit.
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  • We went skiing, staying in Bansko below, in the Pirin Mountains for the February holidays. We were mixed abilities. The pistes are beautiful and all open apart from one on the opposite hill which hasn...  more »
  • One of the places in Bulgaria, where you will be away from Bulgarian foolishness. The second highest peak in Bulgaria is maybe the most beautiful one. A day hike to the peak from Vihren hut is an adve...  more »
  • What a lovely place walked to the lake them went down to the stream and had picnic lunch, beautiful place. We were lucky to have a local guide who got us a parking space right by the hut. Probably sho...  more »