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Northwest Rila Mountains 2 Day Guided Ski Tour

On this 2-day Bulgarian ski touring trek, a UIMLA Tour Operator in the Top Guides team wants to show you the Northern Rila mountains.

Mountain RangeRila Mountains
Duration2 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


On this 2-day ski touring excursion, we would like to take you through the Northwestern area of the Rila Mountains in Bulgaria. The Rila Mountains are the largest collection of peaks in the country, and they are absolutely breathtaking when seen up close.

The trip will begin in the capital city of Sofia. From there we will take a one-and-a-half hour drive to the Pionerska hut. From the hut, we will take a lift to an altitude of 2,140 metres. Following our drop off from the lift, we will stop at the Rila Lakes hut before skinning up to the Otovitsa ridge at 2,700 metres. The ridge offers some truly amazing views of the famous Rila seven lakes and the surrounding peaks. It also offers some exciting descents, which you can enjoy for several hours before we return to the Rila Lakes hut, where we will spend the night.

On the second day of the trip, we will make our way back down to the Pionerska hut. Our route will depend on weather conditions. However, you will get to enjoy over 1,000 metres of exciting descents, no matter the conditions. And finally, at the conclusion of the trip, we will make a stop at the Sapareva Banya village, where you can enjoy soothing thermal pools before returning to Sofia.

This 2-day trip presents a great opportunity to explore and appreciate the Northern Rila mountains. It also presents a great opportunity to enjoy some fun descents as well! So if you would like to join me, send us a request, and let us guide you.

Are you looking for a ski touring trip that offers a more extensive and challenging experience in the Rila mountains? If so, we also offer this 3 day ski tour through some of the range’s largest peaks.



Rila lakes hut

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Participants should bring the following items with them: rucksack (35-45L), water and windproof jacket and pants, rain cover, sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm hat and gloves, water bottle (1.5L), travel liner (optional), torch, personal first aid kit.

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About the guide

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Top Guides is an adventure travel company founded by three UIMLA-certified mountain guides Lyuben Grancharov, Dimiter Samounev, Alexander Serafimov. In 2016 we started as an association between certified local mountain guides united by the idea to ease and enrich the travelers’ outdoor experiences in Bulgaria.

Nowadays we are a leading tour operator specialized in authentic and tailored active tours throughout Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Turkey and Georgia.

We offer a wide-range of activities: hiking, trekking, rock climbing and mountain biking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ski touring and off-piste skiing.

All our guides are certified, experienced and passionate about their job and will guide you with a smile and care through the wild beauty of the Bulgarian and the Balkan mountains.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 590 each

Group of 2

EUR 300 each

Group of 3

EUR 270 each

Group of 4

EUR 250 each

Group of 5

EUR 220 each

Group of 6

EUR 200 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Lifts tickets

- Transport during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

The price includes transfers to and from Sofia, accommodation, half board, and lift tickets. Participants should have appropriate safety equipment such as probes, shovel and beacon, as well as proper skiing equipment that includes touring skis, ski touring bindings, with ski/walk mode and brakes or straps, climbing skins, ski crampons, poles, and ski boots. All of this equipment is available for rent in Sofia.

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