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Vihren, Pirin National Park 01.JPG
Vihren from the north
Elevation 2,914 m (9,560 ft)[1]
Prominence 1,783 m (5,850 ft)[1]
Listing Ultra
Vihren is located in Bulgaria
Location in Bulgaria
Location Blagoevgrad Province, Bulgaria
Range Pirin Mountains
Coordinates 41°46′04″N 23°24′03″E / 41.76778°N 23.40083°E / 41.76778; 23.40083Coordinates: 41°46′04″N 23°24′03″E / 41.76778°N 23.40083°E / 41.76778; 23.40083[1]
Easiest route Hike/scramble from Vihren chalet

Vihren (Bulgarian: Вихрен) is the highest peak of Bulgaria's Pirin Mountains. Reaching 2,914 metres (9,560 ft), it is Bulgaria's second and the Balkans' third highest, after Musala and Mount Olympus. The peak is located in Pirin's northern parts. The easiest route is from the Vihren chalet (2,000 m), reaching the summit from the south. Other routes include those from Banderitsa chalet (1,800 m) or across the ridge Koncheto from the north. A number of Pirin's lakes are located around the peak, as is Europe's southernmost glacial mass, the Snezhnika glacielet.[2]


Vihren Peak in summer
Full moon on 2 June 2015 from Vlahina Mountain looking at Pirin National Park. Left of the moon is Vihren Peak

Vihren Peak on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Vihren. FC Vihren Sandanski is a Bulgarian football club of the same name.

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  1. ^ a b c "Europe Ultra-Prominences" Listed here as "Vikhren". Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  2. ^ Grunewald, Karsten; Jörg Scheithauer (2010). "Europe’s southernmost glaciers: response and adaptation to climate change" (PDF). Journal of Glaciology (International Glaciological Society) 56: 129–142. ISSN 0022-1430. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 

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