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Rila Mountains 3-day hut to hut ski tour

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Discover the stunning Rila mountains on this 3-day hut to hut ski touring trip in Bulgaria along with Georgy, an IFMGA aspirant mountain guide.

Rila Mountains

3 Days

Jan - May




Join me on this 3-day hut-to-hut ski tour in the Rila Mountains in Bulgaria and discover the natural beauty of these region.

The Rila mountain range is the highest in Bulgaria and in the Balkan peninsula. During winter, it offers fantastic conditions for ski touring.

On the first day of the tour, we transfer to the Bodrost area, above the city of Blagoevgrad. From the top station of the lift, we ascend to the Smailitsa peak (2409m). Then we enjoy a great descent of 1000 m and start climbing our next peak: the Rusalia (2387m). Another exciting descent awaits!

Our starting point on the second day, will be the Kartala ski area. During this day we reach the Makedonia hut (2166m) and the Angelov peak (2641m). Finally, on the third day, according to snow conditions, we may reach the Metchi peak (2474m) or the Kukov Kamuk (2411m). You can check the day-by-day itinerary at the bottom of this text.

If you want to be part of this hut-to-hut ski tour in the Rila mountains, just send me a request! Book your trip and we will start planning this great tour in Bulgaria.

If you don't have much time, I also offer a 2-day hut-to-hut tour in the Rila range. Check it out!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Bodrost-Ismailitsa Peak (2409 m)-Rusalia (2387 m)

We transfer to Bodrost area above the town of Blagoevgrad. Our starting point is the  top station of the gondola (2100m) to the Ismailitsa peak (2409m). After 30 minutes, we reach the top. The descent from here to the bottom station of the gondola is about 1000 m. After taking up the gondola again, we climb the next peak on the ridge – Rusalia (2387m). In an hour time we reach the summit and we ski all the way down to the bottom station of the lift. Overnight in a hotel or a hut. Total climbing time:1,5 hours and 700 m D+// Descent: total of 2000m.

Day 2: Kartala-Makedonia Hut (2166m)-Angelov Peak (2641 m)

Our starting point today is the Kartala ski area. After 3 hours of skinning up we reach the Makedonia hut (2166m). After having lunch we head to Angelov peak (2641m). Skiing down to the hut and overnight there. Total climbing time: 4-4,5 hours and 900m D+

Day 3: Metchi Peak (2474 m) or Kukov Kamuk (2411 m)

There are several peaks around Makedonia hut with different exposure, like the Metchi peak (2474m) or the Kukov Kamuk (2411m), among others. All of them offer great ski descents according to the snow conditions.


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I am an IFMGA Guide and have been working as an independent guide since 1994. I guide trekking groups worldwide: Alps, Himalayas, Carpathians, the mountains of Turkey, Greece and Macedonia and others. I did numerous ascents in the Alps and peaks over 4000 m. (over 30 ascents of Mont Blanc, peaks of the Monte Rosa range, Gran Paradiso, Grandes Jorasses, Mаtterhorn, Bar, Dome Des Ecrins etc), Caucasus, Pamir and others.
I was the leader of ski expeditions to Mera Peak, Saribung, Larkye Peak /first ski descent/alpine expeditions to Ama Dablam, Island Peak (Nepal), ski groups to India, the Austrian, French and Italian Alps, Turkey, Macedonia, Greece.
I have been guiding trekking, climbing and ski touring groups in Bulgaria and abroad for Club Aventure, ZigZag, Atalant, TopSki (France), Exodus (UK), SNP (The Netherlands), Lapoint and others. I did first ascents in the Bulgarian and Turkish mountains, numerous first ski descents. I participated in numerous Bulgarian first ascents worldwide. I'm an instructor at Maljovitza Mountain School and “Mountains and People” Association. I was the technical director of the “Shared Peaks” project in 2007 and 2009.


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What people are saying about Georgy


We organised in advance a very bespoke ski touring itinerary with Georgy in Bulgaria. He was flexible and able to accommodate our precise itinerary whilst also recommending if it was feasible, what the snow conditions were like and what grade of touring/mountaineering/skiing was possible. He was also able to arrange all logistics and accommodation where necessary. He was actually busy for the dates that we wanted but introduced us to Hristo who we We ski toured for 5 days hut-to-hut in both the Rila and Pirin mountain ranges, both equally rewarding and stunning. Hristo, our guide, was excellent, personable and above all showed us a great time in the mountains - challenging us on the uphill and downhill and keeping us aware of and safe in the terrain. It was a fascinating trip which opened my eyes to foreign cultures and new mountain ranges. See Bulgaria, you won't be disappointed.



I am delighted with the ski trip to the Pirin Mountains. These are the most beautiful and unusual places with beautiful nature. I booked a trip to Georgiy Georgiev, but for some reason my guide was not he, but Milena Padalska. However, I do not regret it at all. Milena is a very experienced smart and attentive guide. She organized the trip perfectly and helped me to choose the equipment. She very sensibly corrected the routes, in accordance with the weather and my technical and physical abilities. Despite the not quite favorable weather, we did not miss a single day of trekking. And Milena is very contact and interesting person and an charming woman.



Our trip with Georgy in Bulgaria's Pirin Mountains went perfectly. Georgy is a great guide, clearly knows the region extraordinarily well, and did everything to make this trip fun, comfortable, safe and memorable for our group of four. Plus, he's fun to spend time with. I can't speak highly enough for him and absolutely recommend him for any guiding needs.

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