The Rila Lakes & Skakavitsa Waterfall in Winter

We offer a two-day snowshoeing trip in Rila National Park, which includes two of the main sights of Northwestern Rila – the Seven Rila Lakes and the Skakavitsa Waterfall.


Day 1

4 – 4:30 hours; +450/-150 m


Transfer from Sofia to Panichishte ski center – around 2 hours.

Pionerska Hut

Skakavitsa Hut

Forest walk in Skakavitsa reserve to Skakavitsa Hut, where we stay for the night. Afternoon walk to Skakavitsa Waterfall, the biggest in Rila Mountains, all covered in ice this time of the year.

Day 2

5-5:30 hours; +500/-900 m

Skakavitsa Hut

Kidney lake

Walk up to the Dry Ridge and further to the Kidney Lake – the biggest among the Seven lakes.

Rila Lakes Hut

Descent to Rila Lakes Hut and further down to Pionerska Hut (option to descent by the chair lift).

Sapareva Banya

A great end of this trip is a visit to the thermal pools in Sapareva Banya village on the way back.

Equipment Needed

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

Contact Us

Contact us if you have any additional questions. If you would like to purchase this tour package for 1 or 8+ people, please speak to us or fill out our form and we wll prepare a custom quote for you.

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