Rila National Park guided snowshoeing weekend

Come and join Lyuben, a state certified hiking, mountain bike and ski guide, on this 2-day snowshoeing trip in the gorgeous Rila National Park in Bulgaria.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Rila Mountains

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Not specified



    let me invite you ON a 2-day snowshoeing trip in THE Rila National Park.

    During this amazing snowshoe trek in the Rila national park, you will enjoy the stunning views of the Skakavitsa Waterfall and the Seven Rila Lakes, in the Northwestern face of Rila Mountains.

    The Rila Mountain range is the highest mountain range in Bulgaria. In addition, it is the perfect place for hiking tours, climbing adventures as well as winter activities, such as skiing and snowshoeing.

    The Rila Mountains region is very close to the capital of the country, Sofia. Therefore, any trip from there to the main trailheads of Panichishte or Malyovitsa would not take more than 1:30 hours drive. In Sofia you can also find several public transport options.

    Please find a sample itinerary of the trip at the bottom of this description. This is the one I usually offer to my clients when they come for two days to the Rila National Park. Anyway, any item can be changed according to your wishes, technical level and expectations. All you have to do is contact me so that we can discuss and plan a custom program for you.

    Although this snowshoe walking program in the Rila National Park is suitable for all levels, you must to be well prepared. Therefore, I can suggest you to bring the following equipment:

    • Proper winter hiking boots;
    • A pair of gaiters;
    • A windproof jacket;
    • Warm pants.

    If you want to book this snowshoeing tour in the Rila National Park, please send me a request. As a local leader I will be happy to guide you through a region that I love and know perfectly.

    I also offer a single day Bulgarian snowshoeing tour in the beautiful resort town of Bansko.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    290 EUR

    Group of 2
    145 EUR

    Group of 3
    100 EUR

    Group of 4
    100 EUR

    Group of 5
    80 EUR

    Group of 6
    70 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Personal equipment
     The price includes transportation, accommodation as well as snowshoes for all participants.


    • Day 1Skakavitsa Hut and Waterfall

      The trek starts in the area of Panitshishte – Zeleni Preslop, accessible by car (1:30 hours from Sofia) or by public transport or taxi. Then, we will do a 1-hour trek to Skakavitsa Hut, where we’ll spend the night. By the afternoon we will enjoy a walk to Skakavitsa Waterfall (the biggest in Rila Mountains) all covered by ice in this time of the year. The total walking time for the day will be 3 hours with an elevation of 400 positive meters.

    • Day 2The Seven Lakes

      Today we will walk up to the Dry Ridge and further to the Kidney Lake (the biggest among the Seven lakes). Then, we will descend to Rila Lakes Hut and then, go down to Pionerska Hut (it is also possible to descend by a chair lift). The total walking time of the day will be 5 hours. The altitude change will be +500/-800 meters. Finally, we’ll visit the thermal pools in Sapareva Banya village on the way back. A great ending for this amazing trip.


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point



    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!


    About the Guide


    My name is Lyuben and I'm a Bulgarian Mountain Guide with a ski touring diploma, living in Bulgaria. I have finished the UIMLA training and passed the exams. My hometown Bansko is surrounded by the main mountain ranges of the country - Rila, Pirin and the Rhodope Mountains, where I usually work. It is also not far from Greece where I organize trips regularly. I guide Bulgarian and foreign groups since 2006. The activities I offer are hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing.

    Personally I like travelling and climbing mountains around the world, ski touring and off-piste skiing. Been to the mountains of Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Greece and Romania. Mont Blanc and Dufourspitze in the Alps, ski tours in Tirol, trekking in Caucasus Mountains and in the mountains around Baikal Lake in Russia. Mount Kazbek in Georgia, Mount Kinabalu on Borneo Island, Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, Indonesia, trekking in the Ladakh region of India.

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