Rila National Park guided snowshoeing weekend


Come and join a UIMLA Tour Operator in the Top Guides team on this 2-day snowshoeing trip in the gorgeous Rila National Park in Bulgaria.


Rila Mountains

2 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr




Let us 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 us 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 be well prepared. Therefore, we can suggest you 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 us a request. As local leaders, we will be happy to guide you through a region that we love and know perfectly.

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


Day 1: Skakavitsa 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 2: The 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.




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

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 475 Each

Group of 2

EUR 305 Each

Group of 3

EUR 253 Each

Group of 4

EUR 227 Each

Group of 5

EUR 243 Each

Group of 6

EUR 202 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

Price details

The price includes transportation, accommodation as well as snowshoes for all participants.


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