1st day1st Wichren hostel (1950 meters AMSL) - Wichren peak (2914 meters AMSL) duration : approx. 4 hours (to and fro), (having good weather and good physical form :) ). / difficulty: middle, the distance is short, but with high variation in height Remark: I describe routes from the point which can be reached by car (passenger car, asphalt road). As I know, on the routes to the shelters: Goce Delchev and Wichren, run buses (but there are a few only, so being there You just have to ask).
The route starts vis-a-vis the main entrance to the Wichren hostel.
You have to follow the red marked route. Your trip is relatively simple, because You can see 2914 meter high target all the time in front of You, but You have to sweat a bit. You have to remember to take water and cap on Your head and neck with yourself, especially in summer. From the beginning, for about half of hour, the trail leads among the dwarf pines, and then by Pirin alp. After about 1.45 hour we reach the Kabata pass, which separates the massif of Wichren from the massif of Chwojnaty Wrych.
Here we finish the walking across the meadow and strat about 45 minutes climbing on the stony slope to the top (when it is dry, there are no technical difficulties, You can walk upright on two legs). The Wichren peak is quite extensive. I have heard that there is an extensive and beautiful view from the top, on Kuteło, Bansko, Todorin Wrych, but I didn't see that because when we were there it was fog and nothing was visible.
From the peak You have to descend along the red marked route, but not go back, just simply go forward. The descent is steep (generally, covered by little stones) Descent is steep (generally, after a little stones) and zigzags to the pass between Wichren and Kutelo. Fortunately this is not a long distance - about half an hour. From the pass we follow the green marked trail to the shelter Kazan. This part of our route runs along the sharp,
sinister looking slopes of Wichren. Near the Kazan shelter we have to follow the red signed route again. After about 1 hour we reach Wichren hostel. In the Wichren hostel You can order a delicious salad - Shopska - a very popular dish in Bulgaria. Its composition is very simple: tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, topped with grated sheep cheese, seasoned with salt, pepper, vinegar and olive oil - Bon appétit!