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Rila National Park, 2 Day Guided Snowshoe Tour

Rila National Park

Zhivko is a state certified hiking, skiing, and mountain biking guide, and he wants to lead you on a 2 day snowshoeing tour through the Rila National Park.

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Rila Mountains

2 Days

Jan, Mar, Apr




Of the major mountain ranges in Bulgaria, including the Pirin mountains and the Rhodopes, the Rila mountains are the highest. As a result, they make for a fantastic range to explore on a snowshoeing tour. And on this 2 day weekend tour, you will have a great chance to see a great deal of these amazing peaks that rest within a national park that also bears the Rila name.

Another great aspect of this trip is how accessible it is. The Rila national park is located just a one and a half hour drive from the capital city of Sofia. Also, regarding the trip itself, all participants need to be is physically fit enough for the tour because there are routes available for people of all skill levels.

The trip will begin in the Panitshishte – Zeleni Preslop area. From there, we will trek for an hour to the Skakavitsa hut. The hut is where we will spend the night. It is comfortable, and the views of the gorgeous Rila mountain scenery is spectacular. During that same day, you will also have a chance to hike for another 2 hours and visit the frozen Skakavitsa waterfall. Thus providing you with a glorious view of an iced over cascade.

On the second day, we will spend 5 hours hiking to and exploring the famous, and absolutely stunning Rila seven lakes. This collection of lakes is nothing short of amazing, and definitely worth every minute. Following the seven lakes, we will end the trip in the warm, soothing thermal pools of the Sapareva Banya village.

The Rila national park is an amazing place. And it would be my pleasure to guide you on this 2 day snowshoe tour through it. If you would like to join me, all you have to do is send me a request.

Would you like to enjoy more time in the Rila mountains, along with the Vitosha mountains? If you do, I can also guide you on this week long snowshoeing tour!



Skakavitsa Hut

More info

Participants should bring sun glasses, sunscreen and a sun hat, as well as a warm hat and gloves. Also don't forget to bring a water bottle, some snacks and a sandwich for lunch!

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 Zhivko Zhechev

Ronald McBride


June, 2022

For the fee charged, would expect meals and accommodation on mountain included.

serge goldmann


August, 2021

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Matthew Brady


October, 2019

All very nice, great guide in a beautiful range of mountains!



October, 2019

I think that Zhivko is absolutely brilliant in his role: always providing professional insight and mental support. I am sure I would have never made it to the top had I not been assisted by an experienced guide. Zhivko was very mindful throughout the entire duration of the challenge - e.g. advising on proper way of stepping, breathing, clothing etc. I would like to emphasise not only his great knowledge of practicalities related to hiking and climbing, but also fantastic psychological and social skills, showing respect to both: the environment and fellow hikers/ climbers. I've received a feedback following the completion of my 'mission' which will surely help me in the future. It's apparent that Zhivko loves what he is doing for living and he does what he loves rather than simply earning money. Absolutely fabulous experience!

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 305 Each

Group of 2

EUR 153 Each

Group of 3

EUR 102 Each

Group of 4

EUR 77 Each

Group of 5

EUR 62 Each

Group of 6

EUR 52 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses


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