Ледено катерене на водопада Скакля при село Заселе, гара Бов.

Ice waterfall nearby Sofia

Боянския водопад, ледено катерене

Ice waterfall in Vitosha mountain

Боянския водопад

Ice waterfall in the Iskar Gorge

Водопада "Мечтата на туриста", край село Бов

Skakavitsa hut

Хижа Скакавица

Ice climbing in Rila mountain

Ледено катерене по водопада Скакавица


If you like the mountains and want to experience the emotion of the winter challenges, with our program "Ice Climbing" you will be able to climb up complete safely some of the frozen waterfalls of the Rila, Vitosha and the Balkan Mountains.

The adventure depends very much on "the weather moods" of the winter and that’s why we offer three areas, which are suitable in different snow and ice conditions.


The Boyana waterfall of the Vitosha Mountain freezes almost every winter during the cold days of January or February. The height of the ice is about 30 meters. The Boyana waterfall is very good place for first steps in the ice climbing. It is located within about an hour walking distance on a mountain path from Sofia district Boyana. In snowy winter you can descend to the waterfall by skiing from the area of peak Cherni vrah via Momina Skala hut. The second and the third picture on this page are of the Boyana waterfall.


The waterfalls of the Iskar Gorge, the Balkan Mountains freeze only in the coldest winter, but they are perfect place for ice climbing. Suitable for beginners in climbing is the waterfall "Mechtata na turista" /The Tourist’s Dream/, which is close to village of Bov and has a height of about 40 meters. For the fans of the adrenaline and the difficult climbing the challenge is the waterfall Skaklya near village of Zasele. The two waterfalls are easily to be reached by car, thus there is more time left for climbing ... Starting point for the adventure is town of Svoge.

These waterfalls and especially "Mechtata na turista" /The Tourist’s Dream/ are suitable for climbing maximum one or two weeks of the coldest days of January. These waterfalls do not freeze every winter.

Our film about this area of the Balkan Mountains you can watch on the link "The ice of the Balkan Mountains" The first picture on this page is of the waterfall "Skaklya" close to village of Zasele.


The Skakavitsa waterfalls in the Rila Mountain The waterfalls Goliama and Malka Skakavitsa /Big and Small Skakavitsa/ are in the northwestern part of the Rila Mountain close to the hut of the same name Skakavitsa. Starting point for the region is Sapareva Banya and the mountain resort Panichishte. You can easily reach Skakavitsa also by skiing from the area of the Seven Rila Lakes. Suitable season for the adventure is the months from January to March. The Skakavitsa waterfalls freeze every year, but due to the avalanche conditions the access to the big waterfall is not always possible and safe. The ice armour of Goliama Skakavitsa /Big Skakavitsa/, suited for climbing, is about 65 meters high. Malka Skakavitsa /Small Skakavitsa/ has two levels with a total height of about 50 meters. The Small Skakavitsa waterfall is at relatively safe place and can be climbed up at any time of the winter. It is good for initial training.

The duration of the program in this area lasts two days and the overnight accommodations are in the near hut. The adventure includes: ice climbing, adapted as difficulty to people without prior training, rappelling on an alpine rope, lecture and practical sessions on the subject of "Avalanche Safety". The participants in the program are provided with complete alpine equipment. The personal equipment needed is clothes and shoes for the winter mountain.

The route to Skakavitsa hut: From town of Sapareva Banya, by car via the mountain resort Panichishte you get to the place Zeleni Preslap. The direction of the road is Panichishte – Pionerska hut. From Zeleni Preslap, where a convenient and cleaned parking for cars is, you start walking along a forest trail to Skakavitsa hut. The hike is about an hour an hour and a half.

Skakavitsa hut can be reached by downhill skiing from the upper lift station at the Rila Lakes hut as well.

From Skakavitsa hut, under appropriate weather conditions, one-day ski tours and descents from the peaks Kabul and Otovitsa can be made. The wooded slopes of the valley of Skakavitsa are suitable for skiing or snowboarding in all weather and avalanche
conditions ...



We offer program "Ice Climbing" in two-day format at a price of 100 EUR per person. The price is valid for minimum 4 participants. The price includes instructors, equipment and climbing ... The price does not include transportation, food and overnight accommodations at the hut.



Each group of 4 or more people can set the date of their own choice for performing the program. The location and the type of the program is determined by the specific snow, avalanche and weather conditions.

Contact us:

Plamen Paunov: ++ 359 893 680 193 (0893 680 193 from Bulgaria)

Hristo Hristov: hristo@adventure-bulgaria.org, 0878 104669

Georgy Andonov: andonov.georgi@gmail.com, 0878 104667