Explore-Share logo and link to home

Rila mountains, Bulgaria, 3 Day Snowshoeing Tour

Rila Mountains

Zhivko, a state certified skiing, hiking and mountain biking guide wants to lead you on a 3 day snowshoeing tour in the spectacular Rila mountains.

Not specified

Rila Mountains

3 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr




The Rila mountains are a vast, heavily forested, and extremely beautiful range in Bulgaria. And during the winter season, when blanketed by fluffy white snow, the range is even more impressive. Thus why I believe this 3 day snowshoeing tour is perfect for anybody hoping to not only explore, but to appreciate this amazing collection of peaks.

As a result of the vastness and immensity of the Rila mountains, there is a lot of ground to cover during the tour. Hence why participants should be in good physical condition. They should also have some previous snowshoeing experience as well because at times the conditions can be challenging. However, if you meet the criteria, you are definitely in for a winter treat.

The tour itself will provide you with a dizzying amount of views and sights. The landscape itself seems endless. And when you add in the peaks you will get to admire and even scale, you can't go wrong. Another wonderful highlight of the trip is the amazing Skakavista waterfall, which you will get to see in a state of perfect suspended animation.

In addition to the frozen Skakavitsa waterfall, you will also get to see the Seven Rila lakes and the Zelini Rid Ridge. And finally, at the end of the tour, you will get to relax in the piping hot thermal springs in the village of Sapareva Banya.

Exploring the Rila mountains anytime of the year is a special experience. However, exploring them in the winter adds another dimension to it. You will not only get to appreciate the blanket of snow during the day, but also at night, from the huts where you will sleep, as the moonlight reflects of its surface. 

If you would like to join me, just send me a request. I can't wait to guide you.

I also offer this extensive 7 day snowshoeing tour through the Rila mountains and Vitosha mountains.


Day 1: Skakavitsa hut and waterfall

For the first day of this adventure, we will begin from Panitshishte-Zelini Preslop, which is only one and a half hours from Sofia, and make our way to the Skakavitsa hut, where you will have the opportunity to see and explore the nearby skakavitsa frozen waterfall. Afterwards, we will make our way to the Rila Lakes hut, where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Ivan Vazov hut

On the second day of this adventure, we will spend approximately 4 hours snowshoeing to the Ivan Vazov hut, where we will spend the night. There is an array of different areas and summits in the area, and you will have the chance to spend most of the day picking which one you would like to explore and scale.

Day 3: Zelini Rid Ridge

On the final day of this adventure, we will make our way back to the starting point, but not before passing by the beautiful Zelini Rid Ridge. Once we reach the point from which the trip started, you will have the chance to enjoy the hot thermal springs in the village of Sapareva Banya before heading back to Sofia, and making your way home or wherever else your travels take you!




Rila Lakes hut and the Ivan Vazov hut.

Meeting point


About the guide

Hello everyone, my name is Zhivko. I am Mountain guide from the town of Gabrovo, Bulgaria. The place I live is at the base of Stara Planina mountain or the Balkan mountains and therefore since very yearly age I started to get interested in nature and being outside. It all begun with snowboarding, followed by hiking, climbing and mountaineering.
I have been working as guide for the past 6 years in all the mountains in Bulgaria, as well as a snowboard instructor at Bansko ski resort for the winter season. I am also organizing different kinds of group activities, based on mountaineering and outdoor sports.
I became a mountain rescuer in 2012, Senior since 2015.

In terms of experience and personal interest, I have been climbing, hiking and ski touring all over the Bulgarian mountains, and also climbing and hiking in the Alps, the Dolomites, Croatia and Slovenia.


English | Bulgarian




Gabrovo, Bulgaria

What people are saying about this trip

Irene Cuijpers


March, 2018

Mountain guide Zhivko is a very nice, experienced and open minded guide who made me feel safe on our trekking. I am a beginner and he patiently guided me through the inspiring natural winter beauty of Rila Mountain on snow shoes. He prepared everything perfectly and made the trip 100% customized to my wishes. The area is breathtaking and remote in wintertime. We went to the Ivan Vasov hut and did not meet anyone on the way. Shortly: highlly recommended for nature lovers :)!

Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 433 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses


Join our newsletter!

Stay up-to-date on the best adventures.