Rila Ski Touring Adventure

Ski Touring Adventure in Rila, Bulgaria

Balkan Vagabondz invites you on a two-day ski touring adventure to explore the the northwestern parts of Rila Mountains.

In order to participate in this adventure you need to be:

  • In good physical condition
  • Familiar with the parallel curves in different snow conditions (powder, slush, crust, firm snow)
  • Have the necessary gear
  • Have an insurance

This program is suitable for people that don’t need so much of technical skiing and rather enjoy being in the mountains in winter, without doing any challenging slopes.


Ski Touring Adventure in Rila, Bulgaria

Ski Touring Adventure in Rila, Bulgaria

Ski Touring Adventure in Rila, Bulgaria


~ Day 1 ~ 

1,5 hours drive from Sofia to Pionerska Hut in Rila Mountains. We get the lift up to 2140 m at Rila Lakes Hut and skin up. We ascent up to 2700 at Otovitsa Ridge for about 3-3,5 hours and ski down to the hut. Some nice slopes around the hut will give us additional opportunity to skin up and go down in the afternoon. The night we spend in Ivan Vazov Hut – 2300m.

~ Day 2 ~

There are a few options (depending on conditions) to ski back down to the starting point at Pionerska Hut. We will ensure you have more than a 1000 m of descent on nice slopes. We’ll visit the thermal pools at Sapareva Banya village at the end of the adventure. Transfer back to Sofia – 1,5 hours.


How do we source our prices:

  1. Balkan Vagabondz receives a client request.
  2. The BV coordinator then reaches out to all the guides and guiding companies in the network to gather information on possible itineraries, availability and prices.
  3. Once we have all the options we send them to the client so he/she can select the best price, date and itinerary.

Please note negotiating prices is not always possible.

Essentially we are a price, availability and itinerary comparison site that helps people meet their adventure needs and save time along with providing extra customer service and consultation on top of the services you receive. All of this is free of charge as commission is taken from the suppliers.

What gear to bring?
  • Touring skis
  • Ski touring bindings with ski/walk mode and breaks or straps
  • Climbing skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Poles
  • AT ski boots (with rubber sole and ski/walk mode
  • Personal rescue equipment – beacon, shovel, probe
  • Rucksack (35-45l)
  • Water bottle (1l)
  • Wind proof jacket with hood
  • Wind proof trousers
  • 2 pairs of gloves (tiny ones for touring and ski gloves
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun cream
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Ski goggles
  • Travel linen for the hut
  • Snacks
  • Personal Aid Kit
What is included?

Please keep in mind that the conditions in the hut are quite basic – dormitories, no hot water, no shower, only a limited choice of food and drinks are offered.

What is not included?
  • Transport

Available upon request

From Sofia – 65 EUR for up to 3 people

  • Insurance


How to book your place?

You can simply register by using the web form on the right-hand side, e-mail, call or message us on facebook or twitter and we will contact our local guide to move forward with your booking.