Bansko Snowshoeing

While Pirin is a severe, steep mountain rising up to 2914 meters, the south slopes of Rila are more gentle and easy for snowshoeing. Bansko is a good starting base for day trips both to Rila National Park and Pirin National Park. The Rhodopes are unique with their position between the higher mountains and offer great views both towards Rila and Pirin. The old an isolated villages, where people maintain the same lifestyle as it was 100 years ago, are the other attraction in this range.



Ortsevo Village in the Rhodopes

Ortsevo Village

Snowshoeing around Ortsevo Village in thе Rhodope Mountains – some claim that this is the village in Bulgaria which is situated at the highest altitude. It is located at around 1600 m above sea level. Despite being in an isolated area, not popular among the tourists at all, the village offers dramatic views towards Pirin Mountains as well as opportunity to see the rural lifestyle of the locals. Easy treks, up to +300 m of elevation gain – suitable for novices and walks in leisurely pace. Great photo opportunities and an option to combine the trip with a ride of the Narrow Gauge Train. About 1 hour drive from Bansko.

Bezbog Area

Mount Bezbog

Ascent of Mount Bezbog in Pirin Mountains on snowshoes – this tour starts from a relatively high altitude – 2240 m – at the top lift station of the Bezbog chair lift, 45 min drive from Bansko. It it the most easily accesible point to experience the feeling of being in the high parts of Pirin, surrounded by its jagged peaks and ridges. The ascent takes about 2 hours, while we gain +400 m of vertical elevation. The route is suitable for novices in snowshoeing and doable even if the snow conditions in the lower parts of the mountains are not good, but is potentially more exposed to harsh weather due to the high altitude. The views from the top of the mountain are spectacular and include all the Pirin Mountains, as well as much of Rila and Rhodope Mountains.

Semkovo in Rila Mountains


Snowshoeing in Rila Mountains, above the small ski resort of Semkovo. The resort is located at about 1600 m within the forests of Rila National Park. With around +800 m of ascent through the beautiful coniferous forests we’ll reach the main ridge of Rila Mountains and enjoy the great views of the highest mountain range of the country. We would grade this route, as well as the Hvoynati route, as difficult – more suitable for people in good physical shape who would like the challenge to ascend 800 m of vertical elevation on snowshoes. Easier options thorugh the forests of Semkovo are also available.

Belitsa village

About 1 hour drive from Bansko, may include also visit to the Bears Sanctuary in Belitsa village.

Vihren Valley

Baykusheva Mura

Snowshoeing walk to Vihren Hut and Baykusheva Mura – easy walk, doable in variable weather conditions and suitable for novices. It starts from the ski area of Bansko (30 min drive from the town) and goes further near the oldest tree in the mountains of Bulgaria – Baykusheva Mura – a 1300 years old conifer.

Vihren Hut

Further, if weather conditions allow, we climb up to Vihren Hut, located at 1950 m in the valley of Vihren, the highest peak of Pirin Mountains.

Pirin National Park

Option to descend down to Bansko through the coniferous forests of Pirin National Park. About 300 m of vertical ascent for the day.

Mount Hvoynati

For the advanced walkers we offer ascent of Mount Hvoynati in Pirin Mountains on snowshoes – this trek is tougher, with +1000 m of elevation gain and goes through the valley of Bunderitsa and further up to the peak. The views include a view of the highest peak of Pirin – Mount Vihren, and the sea of sharp jagged rocky edges of Pirin. Additional equipment needed – due to the nature of the terrain we will wear avalanche safety equipment as an additional safety measure.

Equipment Needed

hiking boots – waterproof and warm, to cover the ankle, with hard soles;
water/windproof jacket with hood and pants
water and windproof trousers
warm hat
thin pair of gloves and a pair of warm mittens
thermal underwear
light down jacket or a warm fleece
sun cream
sun glasses
sun hat
water bottle or preferably flask – 1l

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