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SNOWSHOEING: Ortsevo Village, Rhodope Mountains

Hosted by the Consul of the Istanbul Trekking & Hiking Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Thu 21 Feb 22:00 - Sun 24 Feb 22:00

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Difficulty Level: Easy. If you can walk, you can snowshoe ;). Fitness level required: Fit to walk. 2.5 hours of walk on snow with snowshoes includes breaks & briefings. No previous experience is required. Good for beginner skiers as well. Total length of trip is 4.5 hours, includes 2 hours driving to destination, one hour each way. Check out details of general Bansko trip since this trip will be an additional activity to Istanbul Ski&Snowboarding Group's Bankso trip.

You want mountains and your highlander heart makes a few requests: Snowcapped peaks, mountain hikes, Winter landscapes, wool sweaters, authentic highland villages of another culture, village to village snowshoeing and a delicious red hot wine with intense cinnamon aroma …If so, this is the right trip for you! Plus there is more to it: the trip ends with a soak in the outdoors mineral-rich thermal baths in Banya. This is our idea of fun, and we have a feeling other city-weary nomads will agree.;) If so, strap on a pair of snowshoes and head out into the untouched natural surroundings of Ortsevo village with us.

On this full day snowshoe tour, our guide who is very informative about the area and Bulgaria will take us through the wonderful landscape of Bansko. Bansko is a beautiful, famed ski resort in Bulgaria. Modern and lavish, this place is a gorgeous place to enjoy a winter day. It also rests at the base of the stunning Mount Pirin (2,915m). Along with Mount Pirin, anybody who visits Bansko can also see the Rila mountains and Rhodope mountains. This is exactly what we are going to do with other non skiers in the area. Our trip route will lead us to the Ortsevo village which is highest village in Bulgaria and located up in the Western Rhodopes at Protected content of altitude. A very unique deserted area with magnificent views towards Pirin range. Our guide will take us true a beautiful route on a largely unbroken trail with fantastic views. It will be truly amazing to witness to another culture's nomadic lifestyle at the highlands and enjoy beautiful views towards the northern slopes of the Pirin Mountains. Join us for a unique activity on the mountains.

The activity is for one day only. We will be there with the Istanbul Skiing&Snowboarding Group. We also planned a meeting with London Travel Group which will be there on the same dates with us. For the remaining days please check out what else can be done in Bansko below:

Encircling the historic town of Bansko, the Pirin Mountains have national park status as well as being on Unesco’s World Cultural Heritage List.

There are two lovely squares in the historic center of Bansko, which is surrounded by parks. And the nearby area is bursting with historic monuments: a 30-meter historic clock tower, the town library, historic churches, and a literary and an ethnographic museum. Offering a rich array of food and entertainment as well, Bansko is the perfect choice for a different winter holiday. What’s more, it’s within easy reach both geographically and financially.

You can turn the trip to Bansko into an economical gourmet tour. Selections of the local cuisine are served to the strains of Bulgarian folk music at the traditional restaurants. Live dance shows are also common at these restaurants, which tend to be housed in historic venues. Shepherd’s salad with cheese (shopska), cachecaval cheese baked in the oven with honey and walnuts, grilled game meats, a puree of eggplant and hot red peppers, and pickled cabbage are just a few of the local specialties. Also, don’t forget to taste the fried sheep cheese in restaurants called “Mehane”.

A colorful open air market is set up in Bansko on Sundays. Woolen socks, antiques, flat weave kilims, local costumes and a variety of candy are sold at this market, open from 8:30 to 2:30.

165 Euro is for the Bansko Weekend Holiday Trip
Price includes: 3 open buffet hotel breakfast + 2x dinner Protected content of accommodation in 4 Star Hotel at the centre of town (based on twin/double occupancy)+ shuttles to Gondola every half hour in rush hours, Our Hotel is a couple of minutes drive from the Gondola (&15 minutes walk )+Spa&Sauna+Indoor swimming Pool+Mandatory TURSAB Travel Insurance +Transportation +In bus services.

Cost for snow hike with snowshoes:
Protected content 40 EUR/person
6-8 people: 50 EUR/person
4-6 people: 60 EUR/person
Includes: guide, snowshoeing equipment, transport from/to Bansko (tour operator's bus), insurance. Not included is packed lunch. If there is no fresh snow fall and our bus (from Turkey) can enter rough roads the price will be lower per person, will report final price when gathered for this activity and confirmed.
Option to visit an outdoor thermal pool on the way back Protected content (entrance fee and extra time)