Bulgaria snowshoeing holiday

“A week long, small group fully guided snowshoeing holiday in Bulgaria’s three top national parks, with moderate to difficult trails. Luggage transfers and small family owned hotels or guesthouses. ”

Highlights

Snowshoeing in Rila and Pirin Mountains | Torfeno Branishte Nature Reserve | Zlatni Mostove (Golden Bridges) stone rivers | Malyovitsa | Yonchevo Lake | Mount Musala | The Icy Lake | Cable car to Seven Rila Lakes Cirque | Bansko | Trek to Bezbog (No God) Peak | Rila Monastery

Description of Bulgaria snowshoeing holiday

This Bulgaria snowshoeing holiday is a week long, small group holiday guided by mountain experts around three of Bulgaria’s most spectacular winter landscapes: Vitosha Nature Park, Rila and Pirin Mountains and eponymous national parks.

We have created an itinerary with five and a half days of snowshoeing, usually between 5-6 hours a day, through unspoilt snow laden landscapes, with thick snow that is just perfect for snowshoeing. Some of the highlights along the way include taking a cable car up to Borovets Resort and then trekking to the highest mountain refuge in Bulgaria - The Icy Lake. A cable car also takes us up to Seven Rila Lakes Cirque and we snowshoe in and around five of these glacial beauties. You will get a chance to snowshoe to the foot of Mount Musala, the Balkans’ highest peak, but we do get to summit Bezbog Peak (2645m). We also visit one of Bulgaria’s most renowned sights: the UNESCO-listed Rila Monastery.

This snowshoeing adventure holiday does require a good level of fitness although you don’t need any experience. For anyone who loves to hike in the mountains in summer, snowshoeing proffers the perfect winter opportunity to enjoy the mountains at a similar pace. We stay in small, locally owned hotels along the way and organise luggage transfers so all you need to carry is your daypack. We also include snowshoe and walking pole rental in the price of your holiday, as well as all breakfasts and dinners .

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01 Feb 2020
690
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22 Feb 2020
690
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07 Mar 2020
690
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Responsible tourism: Bulgaria snowshoeing holiday

Environment

We encourage travelers to save paper – try to gather as much information possible online and print trip information sparingly. We do not require them to show a printed voucher of any kind.

Snowshoeing is one of the most ancient forms of transportation with no environmental impact. With fresh snowfall, no trace will be left of your passage. Your guide will provide you with general guidelines, involving staying on trails, gathering your waste in your backpack and avalanche safety. Our guides and groups will never leave litter behind and are cautious about the impact their presence has on the ecosystems of the Rila and Pirin mountains.

In terms of transportation, thinking about the reducing the carbon emissions during your travel, starts at home. You may also consider a donation for offsetting your flight carbon emissions. While in Bulgaria, we always use vehicles with low carbon emissions, your vehicle will be no exception. You will use motorized vehicles only to reach the stating point of the snowshoeing route for the day and the accommodation at the end of the day during your snowshoeing holiday.

All our guides demonstrate environmentally protecting behavior and are inducing such behavior as a standard for the whole group. When shopping or ordering day packs for the groups, we make sure we minimize the packaging and focus on recyclable materials. We encourage energy and water saving while in the accommodation. Always turn off your lights and heating when you leave the room. Minimize the time and water you spend in the shower.

The family-run pensions we work with in Govedartsi are environmentally cautious, partially using solar energy. Towels are not changed every day, but once every three days. All food you consume in the pension is made with local products. Breakfast food, such as jams, honey, cheese, are not served in plastic packages.

Community

We believe that we will achieve our aims far more effectively if we involve local people and organizations wherever possible.

This is why your accommodations in Bansko and Govedartsi are locally owned. Whenever we need to use a transport service to reach the starting point of our route, we employ a member of the local community.

We strive to recruit local people in both office and field positions wherever possible. These members of staff are trained by us and receive the same remuneration as “foreigners” doing the same job.

Although generally more basic, homestays provide an invaluable insight into the local lifestyle.The staff and family members in Govedartsi are all locals, very friendly and willing to share their hospitality and culture with their guests.

We endeavor to work with enterprises that treat both the traveler and the local community in a fair and just manner. By recruiting locals, we always try not only to capitalize the natural and cultural assets of an area but also to build their pride of what they can offer as a unique product.

We always aim to employ local guides, originating from the Pirin or Rila mountainous regions. They best act as an example of how to behave and what is appropriate. They will inform you about what the locals are sensitive to and how to respect their wealth of traditions.

1 Reviews of Bulgaria snowshoeing holiday

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I enjoyed visiting the mountains and countryside of Bulgaria with a guide. A trip to a Cultural centre for dinner and entertainment on the same day as a trip to
Local Outdoor springs was certainly memorable.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This adventure in the mountains requires a high level of fitness as in order to enjoy it you must keep up with the guide and the pace is fast. I have been on 2
snowshoeing holidays before and didn't expect the daily distance and ascent to be completed at a brisk pace. I was under constant pressure, my friends
however who are of very high fitness loved the challenge and every minute of the daily ascents and descents.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes we visited many local shops, cafes and cultural places, group travel using local family hotels supports local people, the cultural centre we visited supports
the conservation of local customs and traditions.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I'd have to say the daily pressure on the mountains took from my enjoyment, so 3/5 for the activity portion , I'd rate all other services 5/5.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Una,

Thank you again for booking a snowshoeing tour with us. Customer satisfaction is our top priority. We are sorry to read that the tour difficulty has not been up to your physical fitness. People have different perceptions of what is easy, difficult or challenging. That is why, instead of joggling with these terms, we have put the hiking specifics on each day (incl. hiking time only without breaks, elevation gain in vertical meters etc.). This should give a very clear idea about the tour difficulty to every potential customer, so he/she can better decide if the level is suited for his/her abilities. No two snow shoeing treks are alike. Although we appreciate the fact that you have taken part in other snowshoeing tours before, mind that ours by no means is rated as easy or even moderate. We are fully aware that wrong misinterpretation of these hiking specifics can make a whole tour unpleasant to say the least, but this is not something we see as our fault, as long as we have provided all the necessary information in advance. It will be fair to mention that we already got three 5-
star glorious reviews on TripAdvisor by other customers booked on the same tour. I still hope that despite the fact that you skipped some of the walks, you still enjoyed the rest of your holiday and the services we got through our company and our guide.

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