Location: Sofia, Bulgaria.
Professional experience: Ivo works as a mountain leader since 2008, both with individuals and larger organized groups – Bulgarians, French and English speaking.
Experience in the mountains: Knows the mountains of Bulgaria very well, been to Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa Massif, Mount Triglav in Slovenia, Grossglockner, Dufourspitze area in the Alps. Ordesa National Park in Pyrenees (Mount Monte Perdito). Been to the mountains of Albania, Macedonia, Greece and Montenegro, Mount Damavand in Iran, Mount Ararat in Turkey, trekking in Himalayas.
Interests: hiking, cycling, mountaineering, climbing, skiing, mountain rescue, travelling, Bulgarian folk dances and singing, Bulgarian bagpipe, Birdwatching.
2010 – Ski Instructor Award, A Class – Bulgarian Ski School (ISIA member);
2010-2011 – Summer and Winter Mountain Rescue Training Courses, currently member of Sofia Mountain Rescue Squad;
2010 – Mountain Bike Leader Qualification Course, Mountains and People Association;
2009 – Completed course in climbing and alpinism – Vihren Alpine Club, member of the club;
2009 – Ski Guide Award, Mountains and People Association;
2004-2005 – Mountain Leader Award, Mountains and People Association, Certificate № 032696/2006; Registered in the National Tourist Registry under Т-РД-17-2/20.01.2017;
1998-2002 – Bachelor degree from Varna Technical University.
Languages: French, English.
Reviews for this guide:
Dana, USA: Great snowshoeing adventure with Ivo
My husband and I were visiting friends in Sofia last week and wanted to do something special for our anniversary. Our friends had been snowshoeing with Lyuben before and highly recommended it for an out of the ordinary adventure. We connected with Ivo, who planned a day on Vitosha mountain. He was great to work with because he gave us options, answered our questions, and made a recommendation based on our opinions and level of experience. We ended up with the perfect level of challenge! Ivo was also incredibly accommodating, meeting us at our friend’s home and riding up the mountain in our car. He had everything planned out and arranged, so we really didn’t have to worry about a thing. It was great to talk to someone from Bulgaria for many hours – we learned a lot about the country and Ivo was very friendly. We had a great time and would definitely recommend working with Lyuben and Ivo to plan an outdoor adventure when you’re in Bulgaria!
Author: Lyuben Grancharov
“The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” (Augustine of Hippo). I enjoy filling up the page, called “Bulgaria”, both working as a guide and writing about the mountains of Bulgaria on this blog.