Ski road (red 12) in Bansko
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Ski road (red 12) in Bansko

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A: Brook on the ski road in Bansko

by Peter Manaenko, 320 meters away

Brook on the ski road in Bansko

B: Bunderishka polyana 1635m

by Peter Manaenko, 1.4 km away

Bunderishka polyana 1635m

C: Red ski road in Bansko

by Peter Manaenko, 1.5 km away

Red ski road in Bansko

D: 1300 Years Old Pine in Pirin

by Branimir Minkov, 2.7 km away

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1300 Years Old Pine in Pirin

E: View to Todorka Summit, Vihren Summit and Kutelo Summit in Pirin Mountain

by Plamen Penev, 2.7 km away

Bright winter day in Pirin Mountain. Except for the near summits the ridge of Rila Mountain can be cl...

View to Todorka Summit, Vihren Summit and Kutelo Summit in Pirin Mountain

F: Ski road to Bansko

by Peter Manaenko, 3.3 km away

Ski road to Bansko

G: Near "Vihren" hut in Pirin

by Branimir Minkov, 3.8 km away

We are standing at about one hundred meters from "Vihren" hut, where we have parked our vehicles. We ...

Near "Vihren" hut in Pirin

H: Kazanite and Vihren in Pirin

by vladimir-n-nenkov, 4.0 km away

Kazanite (caldrons) is a place under peak Vihren and it shape makes low pressure volumes and clouds l...

Kazanite and Vihren in Pirin

I: Little Bridge over Banderica in Pirin

by Branimir Minkov, 4.1 km away

The group of my colleagues has already crossed the river through the little bridge ahead. Banderica i...

Little Bridge over Banderica in Pirin

J: Pirin Lake Okoto in June

by Branimir Minkov, 4.1 km away

The lake "Okoto" in Pirin mountain is part of the Banderishki lakes group, which is situated near "Vi...

Pirin Lake Okoto in June

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