Snowshoeing Hut-to-Hut in the Rila Mountains

The trip is only suitable for experienced hikers with proper equipment. The last day you can do shorter hike and take advantage of the thermal pools in Sapareva Banya village on the way back.


Day 1

4-5h, +500/-350 m.


Transfer from Sofia to Panichishte area in Rila Mountains – 2h.


Hike to Skakavitsa Hut – 1870 m. where we can do an optional detour to Skakavitsa Waterfall, the biggest in Rila Mountains, all covered in ice this time of the year.

Lovna Hut

Further we continue snowshoeing in the forest towards Lovna Hut – our overnight accommodation for this evening.

Day 2

6-7h, +950/-300 m

Lovna Hut

We will follow the valley of Djerman river towards the area of 7 Rila Lakes.

Rila Lakes

Ascend to the Green Ridge (Zeleni Rid), a panoramic high mountain pass at 2600 m with views to Rila Lakes and the whole mountain.

Ivan Vazov Hut

Descend to Ivan Vazov Hut situated in the vast, isolated Pazar Dere valley. Accommodation at Ivan Vazov Hut.

Day 3

5-7h, +450/-1100 m

Ivan Vazov Hut

Walk back to the pass and descend via the panoramic Zeleni Rid Ridge back to the starting point.

The Green Ridge


Good end of this trip might be a visit to the thermal pools in Sapareva Banya village on the way back to Sofia.

Equipment Needed

hiking boots – waterproof and warm, to cover the ankle, with hard soles, compatible with your crampons
water and windproof jacket with hood
water and windproof trousers
warm hat
thin pair of gloves
pair of warm mittens
thermal underwear
light down jacket or a warm fleece
sun cream
sun glasses
sun hat
snowshoes and trekking poles – we can organize hire
water bottle or, preferably, flask – 1l
lunch pack

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