Snowshoeing in Rila & Pirin Mountains

Technical level: good physical condition

Difficulty: moderate

Best period: January – April


Day 1

Sofia Airport

Transfer from the airport to the hotel in the centre of the city.



Day 2

+/- 500m; 5h


Morning transfer from Sofia to Govedartsi village.

Mechit Hut

We will start our first snowshoeing day walking up to Mechit Hut. The area has nice views towards the highest part of Rila and the valley of Govedartsi. Accommodation in Govedartsi for 2 nights.

Day 3

5-6h, +600/-600m


Short transfer of 20 minutes to Malyovitsa training centre 1760m.

Razdavitsa Ridge

A loop walk into the remote area of Razdavitsa Ridge.

Wild Boars Lake

We visit the isolated Wild Boars Lake, located at the foot of the highest peaks of the area – Kupenite, Lovnitsa.


Return to the car and transfer to Govedartsi.

Day 4

+/- 350m; 4h

Rila Lakes

Early start, drive from Govedartsi to Panichishte area in Rila Mountains – 1,15 hours. Chair lift up to 2140 m. 3-4 hours walk around the lakes. We start walking along the Dry Ridge until we reach the Kidney Lake. Further we descend near the Trefoil Lake, the Fish Lake, the old Seven Lakes Hut and above the Bottom Lake back to the starting point.

Banya (Rila National Park)

Lift down to Pionerska Hut. Optional stop at the thermal pools of Sapareva Banya. Transfer to Bansko region 2:15 hours. Accommodation in Banya.

Day 5

+/- 500m; 5h.

The centuries-old forest of Semkovo (Rila National Park)

Transfer to Semkovo ski area 50 minutes. A loop walk in the magical forest of Semkovo. In the afternoon an option to explore the hot mineral springs of Banya or to visit Bansko. Folklore dinner with traditional bulgarian songs at one of the guest houses in the area. Accommodation in Banya.

Day 6

+/- 450m; 4-4:30h

Bezbog Hut

Transfer to Gotse Delchev Hut. We will ride the chairlift up to Bezbog Hut – 2200.

Bezbog Peak (Pirin National Park)

The walk to Bezbog Peak – 2653m is above the treeline. 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.

Day 7

+/- 150m; 1:30h

Banya-Rila Monastery

Today we visit Rila Monastery – the most important and the biggest in Bulgaria – 2 hours transfer from Banya.

Sofia (Rila Monastery Nature Park)

The architecture from 14th and 19th century, the atmosphere and the views towards Rila Mountains make this place special for every visitor. Short walk in the area to the resting place of St. John of Rila – the monastery founder. Transfer to Sofia – around 2 hours. Dinner and overnight stay in Sofia. Walking time: +/- 150m; 1:30h

Day 8


Today we have a walking tour of the capital of Bulgaria.

Sofia Airport

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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