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Ice climbing in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria (3 days)

Rila snowshoe tour
Rila snowshoe tour
Rila National Park

Come and enjoy 3 days of thrilling ice climbing in the stunning Rila mountains of Bulgaria with IFMGA certified guide Viktor.


Rila Mountains

3 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr


All Levels


  • Spend 3 days ice climbing in the beautiful Rila mountains of Bulgaria.
  • Choose from a variety of climbing options, varying in difficulty and terrain.
  • Enjoy the gorgeous, tranquil scenery of the Skakavitza valley.


Ice climbing is an incredible outdoor activity. It is thrilling no matter where you do it. However, when you get the chance to enjoy it in a place as beautiful as the Rila mountains of Bulgaria, the experience is even better. Hence why I believe this 3-day adventure will create lasting memories you will fondly pore over for years to come.

This trip will take you deep into one of eastern Europe’s most stunning mountain ranges: the Rila mountains. Since the range is not widely known for its ice climbing, you will not have to worry about crowds during this trip. Instead, you will get to enjoy a peaceful experience that will make you feel as if you are in the center of an amazing icy world created just for you.

There are several different options you can choose from on this trip. The various ice falls fall into an array of different difficulty levels, from WI2 to WI6. There is also a variety of terrains as well, including ice columns, cascades and multi-pitch climbs going as high as 100 meters. Thus making this trip perfect for people of all climbing levels, beginners and experts alike. Moreover, throughout the trip, you will get to enjoy amazing views of the Skakavitza valley.

Along with the enjoyment factor of this trip, I will also help you improve your skills. We will focus on everything from using crampons and ice axes to screw placing and belaying.

To join me on this exciting 3-day ice climbing trip in the Rila mountains of Bulgaria, all you have to do is send me a request. I look forward to guiding you.

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A hut near the climbing areas.

More info

Participants should bring the following items with them: alpine shoes with crampon fitting, warm jacket, soft or hard shell jacket, soft or hard shell pants, thermal layer, 3 pairs of gloves, thermos, sun glasses, hat and back pack.

Meeting point


About the guide

Mountains have been part of my life for more than two decades now. It's been an intense relationship that consumed my everything. First, I practiced skiing and all forms of climbing: sport, traditional, big wall, aid, ice and mixed. I risked it all, giving my life away and winning it back on big and hard mountain faces.

Some years later, I studied paramedicine and joined the Heli-Rescue service. I witnessed my own triumph as an alpinist and tragedy as a rescuer, which completed my understanding of what the mountain is in relation to people. This was the beginning of the end of my alpinist alter ego.

In 2016 I climbed Cerro Torre and pushed a new line as a mountaineer in Patagonia. This was the climbing climax which gave way to my mountain guiding career: my third and most balanced perspective on the world of mountains and on the mountains of the world. Since then, I've guided climbing and skiing trips in the Alps, the Caucasus range, the Cordillera Blanca in Peru and in the mountains ranges of Eastern Europe, among others.

Appreciating happiness through the eyes of others is what finally brought harmony to me, and this is what I want to share with people.


English | Bulgarian




Sofia, Bulgaria

What people are saying about Viktor Varoshkin

Piotr Czuczwar


April, 2022

Victor is the best guide we've ever met. We did 3 days of skitouring with him. Even though the forecast was not too good, he made perfect itineraries to get the most out of each day. He was perfectly reliable and fair. Victor started with an easier route to see what we can do, and then every day we tried something harder, up to real ski-alpinism on the last day. He was always there to help us when we had problems. We felt perfectly safe with him all the time. He also shared lots of his knowledge and tricks - we learned more than on a skitouring course. We've had some problems with explore-share though - most of the prices of skitouring in Bulgaria displayed on their website turned out not to be up to date. But we have to admit, that the explore-share team did all they could to help us solve the problems and to find us a guide - all in a very polite and friendly way.

Yawen Xi


April, 2022

It was a trip above our expectations. Although we have to cancel one day trip as the weather was completely terrible in the forecast somehow we managed to squeeze 1 backcountry touring day during the trip and spend 2 days off the piste - snowboarding among the trees;) We have to say it's like magic. It was our first backcountry touring trip. With the help and guidance from Victor, we managed to rent the split boards and climb almost all the way to the peak (4 hours!), and ride down on the power. The view and experience are both spectacular! We are looking forward to coming back next year when the weather and snow conditions are better and hopefully, we will be able to reach different Pirin mountain peaks. Thank you, Victor ☺

Darius Mikalauskas


July, 2021

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Fabrice Grandou


July, 2019

I was not sure what to expect and if I had chosen the right company to attempt the Mont Blanc climb..but I was so satisfied!! Both guides were amazing, in their knowledge but also in their attention to details and particularly to safety and their passion for the mountain sports .I would have followed them to much more difficult climb as i felt so well looked after.they were friendly, funny and caring and compassionate...Great people. I had no real idea as to what the program entailed but i was surprised to see myself doing things i would have never dreamed of or attempted tsuch as the cosmic ridge and ice climbing on the Mer de glace.They also never lost the focus that we wanted to make it to the top of the Mont Blanc and directed their energy towards a successful climb. Thank you Viktor and Bogdan.

Raina Crawford


July, 2019

Absolutely amazing!!! We loved our hike out on the Mer de Glacé glacier with our guide Viktor. He was extremely knowledgeable and experienced, making us feel very comfortable and well taken care of. Not only did we have a spectacular hike, but we felt safe the whole time. I would definitely recommend this to others and will be back for sure for another guided hike! Thank you!

Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 825 Each

Group of 2

EUR 568 Each

Group of 3

EUR 464 Each

Group of 4

EUR 413 Each

Group of 5

EUR 361 Each

Group of 6

EUR 310 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price does not include Accommodation (7 Euros per person, per day), Meals (7 Euros per person, per day) and gear rental (5 Euros per person for the whole 3 days for a helmet, ice ax, crampons and harness).


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