Bulgaria Ski Adventure
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Ski Touring in Bulgaria

8 days

Beautiful snowy mountains nera Rila seen on Ski Adventure tour in the Bulgarian MountainsTwo skiers admiring the views in Bulgarias snowy mountainsSkiing near Bansko is a very rewarding experienceWide snowy trails near Bansko seen on Ski Adventure in Bulgarias MountainsStock image od skiing in Bulgaria

Ski through Bulgaria's staggering Rila and Pirin Mountains on this 8-day guided adventure

Discover the relatively unknown snowy mountain ranges coating Bulgaria on this ski touring adventure. Most avid skiers and snowboarders in Europe flock to the Alps when the weather flips to cold, but Bulgaria’s alpine ranges—Rila and Pirin—offer an outstanding tours for those that want to try something different.

Expect to encounter sheets of spotless snow as well as Bulgarian wonders such as the Seven Lakes and a variety of stunning views from a collective of summits on this guided ski tour. The warm fires and coziness of quaint family hotels and huts tucked deep in the backwoods will envelop you while the stars dot the sky every evening.

Highlights of the Ski Touring in Bulgaria

Discover Bulgaria’s alpine ranges—Rila and Pirin—which offer an unspoiled ski touring.
Marvel at the views from atop Malyovitsa, Musala, Popova Kapa, Lopushki, Polejan, Todorka summits.
Spend your evenings in cozy, warm huts or family hotels that evoke an authentic experience that lines perfectly with your outdoor expedition.
Relax your muscles in a steaming mineral hot pool in Sapareva Banya partway through your guided ski tour.

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From $925USD
8 days
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Guided
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Bulgaria Ski Adventure

Bulgaria’s Ski Adventure Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Sofia to Rila

Meet up with your guide at the Sofia airport before travelling 1.5 hours to the Rila mountain range, which is home to Bulgaria’s natural masterpiece: The Seven Lakes. Relax in a hotel in Rila, nestled in the woods, and enjoy a traditional meal in the evening.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Rila
Distance: None
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Malyovitsa Summit

Begin your day with a chairlift to Rila Lakes hut, followed by an ascent by the Seven Lakes towards the Razdela high pass. Meander along a ridge to the Malyovitsa summit. Marvel at the views before hopping on your skis and gliding the mountain range to the “Malyovitsa” ski resort, where you’ll spend the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Malyovitsa
Distance: 7 hours, 594 m of ascent, 959 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Mount Musala

Let Bulgaria’s unchartered territory envelop you on Day 3. Start your day by travelling 30 minutes to Borovets ski resort before embarking on a 25-minute gondola ride to Bulgaria's highest peak: Mount Musala (2926 metres). Admire the valley of glacial lakes and ridges below. After, hop on your skis and fly down a 1500 metre descent that will take you back to Borovets. Travel back to the hotel in Malyovitsa, where you’ll consume a hearty dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Malyovitsa
Distance: 6.5 hours, 557 m of ascent, 1,506 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Popova Kapa and Lopushki Summits

The adventure begins with an ascent to the dark blue, ever-so mysterious Scary Lake. Next, you will travel to two different summits: Popova Kapa and Lopushki. Once you reach the highest point of today’s journey, Lopushki (2698 m), you will enjoy a great descent to a pick-up location. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight Location: Hut near Rila
Distance: 6.5 hours, 934 m of ascent, 1,334 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Bansko

Today will have you slipping on your swimsuit rather than your ski boots. Relax your sole muscles in a hot mineral pool in Sapareva Banya before transferring 3.5 hours to Bansko, a charming ski resort tailor-made for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Feel free to go on a gentle ride when we arrive. Stay overnight in a nice hotel in the old town.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bansko
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Pirin range

It’s time to explore the Pirin mountains, home to a vast collection of glacial lakes. After a brief 30-minute transfer from the ski resort to a chairlift, you will travel up to the “Bezbog” mountain hut. Meander up a little over 600 m to the Polejan summit. Soak in the landscape blanketing the land below before skiing down to the Demyanitsa hut, where you will stay for the night.
Overnight Location: Hut near Pirin
Distance: 7 hours, 261 m of ascent, 956 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Todorka summit

Wind through a concoction of natural scenery: forest, lakes, and staggering peaks. Once you reach the highest point—2172 m—you will ski to the ever-so-popular Vihren hut, which was built between 1939-1941. After stopping here, embark on a short descent to the street and hop in a car for a short 20-minute ride back to Bansko.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bansko
Distance: 7 hours, 817 m of ascent, 965 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Back to Sofia

Opt to spend your last morning exploring the slopes of Bansko before travelling 2.5 hours back to Sofia airport for departure.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Bulgaria’s Ski Adventure Tour Price and Dates

This guided ski tour in Bulgaria mountains is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price depends on the number of people in your group.

The best time to travel to Bulgaria for this ski touring trip is from mid-January to mid-April.

Private Guided Bulgaria’s Ski Adventure Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2-3: $1,795 USD
  • Guided Groups of 4-5: $1,050 USD
  • Guided Groups of 6+: $925 USD
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Accommodation on Bulgaria’s Ski Adventure Tour

These hand-picked accommodations will have you staying in rustic, cozy huts and hotels throughout Bulgaria's Ski Adventure. Some huts stand in a remote location, making it possible to only provide the essentials: running water, electricity, and food. Expect to stay in dormitory rooms in the huts and double bedrooms in the hotels.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $175 USD to have a private room in a hotel. Please note that single rooms are not available on nights 4 and 6. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1

Rila Lakes Hut near Rila

The remote location gives Rila Lakes Hut a rugged, but cozy feeling. Enjoy the variety of food served at the on-site restaurant!

Malyovitsa Hut near Rila

Malyovitsa Hut will appeal to the ski tourer who seeks comfort after a long day on their skis. Enjoy a charming cabin that offers warmth in the thick of the mountains.

Night 4

Mechit Hut near Rila

Mechit Hut comes equipped with hot water, electricity, beds, food, and drink. It’s simple but provides the right necessities after a day of exploration.

Hotel Kralev Dvor in Bansko

Hotel Kralev Dvor’s amenities—free Wi-Fi, a bar, restaurant—will keep you entertained and relaxed after a long day skiing.

Night 6

Demyanitsa Hut near Pirin

Demyanitsa Hut provides an authentic experience that stays true to the outdoor theme of this tour. It offers running water and a restaurant.

Hotel Kralev Dvor in Bansko

Hotel Kralev Dvor’s amenities—free Wi-Fi, a bar, restaurant—will keep you entertained and relaxed after a long day skiing.

What’s included in the Ski Touring in Bulgaria?

Meals

7 breakfasts and 7 dinners are included. You can also add 5 picnic lunches to your tour package when booking (please see the ‘optional extras’ for pricing).

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights along the tour are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour.

Also Included

  • Tickets for chairlifts
  • Licensed English-speaking mountain ski guide
  • Taxes

Not included

  • Lunches
  • Ski equipment
  • Drinks during the meals
  • Tickets for museums and historical monuments
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Insurance
  • Anything not stated as ‘included’

Optional Extras

  • Lunch supplement (5 lunches) – $125 USD per person
  • Equipment rental (prices are per whole trip):
    • Ski (with skins) – $175 USD
    • Avalanche equipment (Transmitter, Probe, Shovel) – $95 USD + $250 USD deposit
    • Ski boots – $95 USD

Frequently Asked Questions about Ski Touring in Bulgaria

Adventure Trails is a boutique tour operator specializing in all kinds of outdoor-based tours in Bulgaria.

Adventure Trails creates innovative tours that capture the most special parts of Bulgaria. Clients looking for an adventurous and active trip can choose from trekking, biking, climbing, and cultural tours.

The accommodations and transportation during the tours are always carefully selected for their quality.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You need to be in good shape and have experience ski touring, where you ascend the mountain on your skis.

Local Guide

Stoyan, Adventure Trails
Stoyan
Sofia, Bulgaria

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