Snowshoeing in Bulgaria


UPDATE – March 2020


Stay safe everyone –   Peter & Jacqui

We’ve been snowshoeing in the Pirin for some years now and started providing treks in 2018. The response was fantastic. So much so that we now have 3 different was you can enjoy giving it a go…

1: Snowshoe Tuesdays – Over the years we’ve come to recognise that some people like to join a group. It’s a great way to meet like minded folk and enjoy a day in the mountains at the same time. So, we’ve put together a series of snowshoeing hikes for this winter. They are of various levels of suitability and are all favourites of ours. The walks will take place on a Tuesday. Starting on the 7th January 2020. 

The idea is to have a small group on each trip. The cost is £25 p/p including snowshoes (if you want to block book 4 or more places, contact us for a discounted price), prices exclude any chairlifts and transport to the start/ finish if you need it; which we can arrange.

2: Private Groups – If there’s a group of 4 (or more) of you and you don’t want to or can’t come on a Tuesday, then we’ll organise a day just for you.

This is ideal for families with younger children. We’ve got snowshoes for little trekkers!

The pricing is the same as for a Tuesday. 

3: Night Shoeing – In January and February, with headtorches and lead you through one of the forest trails. If we’re lucky enough to get a full moon and a clear night it can be quite superb. This trek goes out early evening so you can be back for dinner.

This is priced at £15 p/p and also includes snowshoes & poles

Going out in the Winter is dependant on the weather conditions. We’ve found from experience, that rather than advertising a certain route on a specific date and then cancelling it because the weather or conditions aren’t right, we prefer to let people know the likely routes a few days in advance.

All that said, here’s a taster of where we do like to go…

Bezbog summit – Using the chairlift to get to the mountain hut we shoe to the peak, offering one of the best views in the Pirin across to the Rila

Vihren  –  We leave the ski area behind and shoe through the trees to Banderishta Hut. From there we head either to the viewpoint or Vihren Hut for a stop before returning. From the hut, there is the option to continue on to one of the nearby lakes.

Chalin Valog – We’ll shoe up the ski road,  then through the forest to an ancient fort. Before returning to town, a visit to a local Mehana could be on the cards.

So, Is it for me?- Snowshoeing is an activity which can be made as easy or as hard as you want. Sometimes called, “slowshoeing”, it’s a great way of seeing the mountains at a gentle pace and getting away from the busy ski areas.

We do try to make the going as easy as possible, but you may have to walk in some soft uncompacted snow in places. So please be prepared for the possibility of a bit of exercise.

That said, we take plenty of opportunity to stop and talk about the mountains, forests and wildlife. 

What you’ll need to bring –  

Warm clothing – your usual snow sport kit is great, but remember you’ll probably get warm.

Goggles or Sunglasses – sunglasses are best

Hat – bobble, beanie, balaclava or cap

Footwear – hiking or snow boots are best. Snowboarding boots are okay, (Ski boots are useless)

Gloves – your usual ski/board gloves or mits are fine

Something to – Drink, warm or cold about 1ltr. Eat, Snacks and a sandwich.  Essential if we’re going up Bezbog

Rucksack – big enough for your food, drinks and any clothing you take off when you get warm

How to book on any of the walks

Step 1: Contact us using this link. Remember to include:

The names and ages of all those wanting to come along.
The dates or routes(s) you’re interested in joining. Please be realistic with your capabilities.
If you require transport.

Step 2: We’ll reply and confirm the availability. Your place(s) are then reserved for 3 days to give you time to pay.

Step 3: Pay the invoice that we’ll have sent you. There’s an option for both, Paypal or Bank transfer. Once this is done your place is secured.

If you are in Bansko and want to pay by cash, let us know and we’ll arrange this, but places are limited, so your place(s) can’t be secured until you’ve paid.

The small print

As much as we like to work on an informal basis, we have to let you know of the following:

Our participation statement, “Uhuru Trekking recognises that any mountain based activity has a level of danger of personal injury or death. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement”
If we cancel the walk, you get all your money back, no quibble. I will try to rearrange, but there’s no obligation on you.
If you cancel, with more than 14 days to go, you get all your money back, 0-13 days 50%
Your safety is of paramount importance to us, but in the unlikely event we need it, Mountain rescue is not free in Bulgaria. Please check that your insurance covers you for both this and personal injury.

If you’re not covered, our friends at Bansko Tourist Information can organise this for you – here’s a link