Rila Mountains are the highest range in Bulgaria (and on the Balkans as well) and a great place to go hiking, climbing, ski touring or snowshoeing. It is quite close to Sofia and a trip from the capital to the main starting points of Malyovitsa or Panichishte would take about 1,5 hours by car. There are also public transport options.
We offer a two-day snowshoeing trip in Rila National Park, that includes two of the main sights of Northwestern Rila – the Seven Rila Lakes and the Skakavitsa Waterfall.
Day 1: Starting point is the area of Panitshishte – Zeleni Preslop, accessible by car (1,5 hours drive from Sofia) or by public transport + taxi. 1 hour trek 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. Total walking for the day:3 hours, +400 m.
Day 2: Walk up to the Dry Ridge and further to the Kidney Lake – the biggest among the Seven lakes. Descent to Rila Lakes Hut and further down to Pionerska Hut (possible to descent by the lift. Total 5 hours, +500/-800 m. A great end of this trip is a visit to the thermal pools in Sapareva Banya village on the way back.
Trip costs & equipment:
Please contact us for a detailed price list.
Get your sun glasses, sun cream and sun hat, also warm hat and gloves. Don`t forget to take a water bottle, some snacks and a sandwich. Most important – you need proper winter walking boots – warm and waterproof and a pair of gaiters, also water/windproof jacket with hood and pants.
If you have any additional questions or want to book a tour for a certain date, please use the button “Contact Us”. We usually respond to emails within a few hours – or you can give us a call or just text “snowshoeing” and we’ll call you back!