Welcome to Rila Mountains

Enormous and largely forested Rila National Park, a peaceful habitat for deer, wild goats and falcons, encompasses more than 800 sq km. At its heart is Mt Musala (2925m), the country’s highest peak, and around 100 other mountains tower above 2000m. The steep ascent to Mt Musala is popular with hikers, as are trails around the glowing Seven Rila Lakes area.

Slightly north of the park lies Borovets, the region’s main ski hub, while west of the park boundary stands Rila Monastery, Bulgaria’s spiritual nucleus and a major tourist site.

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$75.01 Outdoor Activities

Rila Lakes Snowshoeing Adventure

~ Itinerary ~Start in the morning, drive from Sofia to Panichishte area in Rila Mountains – 1,5 hours. The chair lift will bring us to 2140m after which we will hike around the lakes for 3-4 hours. We start walking along the Dry Ridge until we reach the Kidney Lake. Further we descent near the Trefoil Lake, the Fish Lake, the old Seven Lakes Hut and above the Bottom Lake back to the start point. Lift down to Pionerska Hut. Stop at the thermal pools of Sapareva Banya. Returning back to Sofia around 19-20h. ~ What to bring ~Sun glassesSun creamSun hatWarm hat and glovesWater bottleSnacks & sandwichWinter walking boots (warm and waterproof)Pair of gaitersWater/windproof jacket with a hoodWinter trousers

$242.33 Outdoor Activities

Rila Ski Touring Adventure

~ 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 spent 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.~ What to bring? ~Touring skisSki touring bindings with ski/walk mode and breaks or strapsClimbing skinsSki cramponsPolesAT ski boots (with rubber sole and ski/walk modePersonal rescue equipment – beacon, shovel, probeRucksack (35-45l)Water bottle (1l)Wind proof jacket with hoodWind proof trousers2 pairs of gloves (tiny ones for touring and ski gloves)Sun glassesSun creamSun hatWarm hatSki gogglesTravel linen for the hutSnacksPersonal Aid Kit

$56.54 Outdoor Activities

Borovets Ultimate Snowmobile Experience

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productThe forest around the ski resortPass By: Borovets Ski Resort, Borovets, Sofia Region

$56.42 Tours & Sightseeing


Rila is the highest mountain range in the Balkans and all of Southeastern Europe, with the Musala summit rising to 2925m/9596ft. The mountain ranks sixth in Europe after the Caucasus, the Alps, Sierra Nevada, the Pyrenees, and Etna. Rila (an old Slav word meaning Water Mountain) looks like a stormy sea of crests and peaks, deep gorges, and over 150 crystal-clear lakes. Much of the National Park area is under UNESCO protection.After an early transfer to the Borovets Resort, we take the cable car to the Yastrebets summit, from where we follow a path through the Musala Hut and the Ledeno Ezero (“The Icy Lake”) mountain refuge to the Musala summit. Along the way, we enjoy magnificent views over surrounding outcrops and peaks, deep valleys, and pristine glacier lakes. But the best vistas are waiting for you on the top, where we celebrate with a cup of fragrant herbal tea. From here you can enjoy the summits of all major mountain ranges in Bulgaria – Balkan, Sredna Gora, Vitosha, Rhodopes, Pirin and of course – Rila.

$57.57 Outdoor Activities

One-day Ski or Snowboard Break

An hour and a half drive from Sofia, will take you to our rental shop Ski&Board Traventuria in Borovets, where you will be able to try the equipment that suits you best and enjoy a lesson with an English-speaking ski/snowboard instructor (if booked). After the lesson you will have free time on the slopes, then you will be transferred back to Sofia. Departure: 07:00 Pick up/drop off location: Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the parking lot in front of restaurant La Cattedrale Included in the basic price: Transportation from/to Sofia, English-speaking driver, transportation taxes Optional: One day lift pass, hire of ski, poles and boots/snowboard and boots Not included in the price: Rental of gloves, ski jacket and trousers, meals and drinks, personal expenses, tips. Transfer’s duration: 1.5h per way You will depart from our rental shop in Borovets around 16:30.

$15.97 Transfers & Ground Transport

PRIVATE return transfer from Sofia to Borovets

Our representative will meet you personally at your terminal arrival gate or platform, or any place you want, carrying a board with "Your Name" written on. You will be escorted to your vehicle, with no-fuss or waiting. Then you can relax as the driver takes care of your trip to your hotel or accommodation or other transfer point. Don't worry also about rushing to get your flight we make sure that we leave enough time to get to your destination . With an organized transfer shuttle, we can take you direct to the airport with no stress. We are always willing to provide assistance with luggage.Unlimited time of waiting and parking payment are already included into the rate. We work tirelessly to ensure all our customers get the best possible service and never get let down. It can be a challenging environment when the elements go against us and this is when our determination to ensure your comfort shines through. Our large fleet of minibuses including back up vehicles on stand by gives us flexibility when its required.On top of that our office team has over 14 years experience dealing with traffic, flight delays and challenging weather issues so were not new to a bit of problem solving when its required.

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