Hristo Nikolov – Icho

icho profilLocation: Sofia, Bulgaria.


Professional experience: Icho works as a mountain guide since 2009. His speciality and passion is the mountain biking. He is guiding both Bulgarian and foreign bikers around the country and is also organizing trips for Bulgarians outside Bulgaria, including the Himalayas and Canary islands. As a member of the team of Bikearea he is participating in the development of many new biking routes around the mountains of Bulgaria. Since the summer of 2011 he is working with children as an instructor in outdoor adventure camps. He is also one of the developers of Balkanche.


Experience in the mountains: He has grown up in the foot of Central Balkan Mountains and feels connected to them from childhood. He is visiting the other high Bulgarian mountains – Rila, Pirin, Vitosha, the Rhodopes – on foot, on a bike or on skis, quite often. He’s been guiding bike expeditions to the less known Bulgarian mountains as Slavyanka, Belasitsa, Ograzden, Maleshevska, Vlahina, the mountains in Kraishte area and so on. He’s been doing kayaking trips along the biggest Bulgarian rivers. He has visited different mountain ranges in Macedonia, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Chezh Republic and Germany. Been to the Nepal Himalayas on a bike and on foot.


Travel experience: Been to Nepal, Canary islands, around the Balkans, has visited Central and Eastern Europe on a train and hitchhiking.


Interests: Mountain biking, exploring, ski touring, river kayaking, photography.



2012 – Mountain Leader Award, Mountains and People Association, Certificate № 018709/2012; Registered in the National Tourist Registry under Т-РД-17-3/13.06.2016;
2010 – Mountain Bike Leader Award, Mountains and People Association;
2004-2010 – Bachelor degree in Urbanism, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgaria.
2002 – Driving license, active driver.


Languages: English.


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Reviews for this guide:


Katie, UK: Great 3 day walk – Rila and the Seven Lakes
My friend and I did a three day guided walk with Icho and we really enjoyed it. The scenery was stunning and the hike was good fun. Icho speaks fluent English and took good care of us. It was easy booking the tour through Lyuben and all the arrangements were perfect. I’d definitely do another walk with this company and recommend them highly.


Peter, Belgium: 2 day hiking in the Rila Мountains

We (2 Belgian families with kids) enjoyed this month a great 2 day hiking trip in Rila mountains (7 lakes + mountain hut + Rila monastery).
Very good support from Lyuben in preparing the trip. Appreciated a lot the effort to adapt last minute the schedule with one day upon our request..
Itcho was the actual guide during our trip. Excellent knowledge of the mountains and history of Bulgaria. Good English. Very mature in guiding our mixed group.


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