Rila Mountains & The Seven Rila Lakes


Spend the day in the Rila, walking  around its pearls: The Seven Rila Lakes. During the last few years this destination has become one of the most popular places for one-day hiking tours in the Rila Mountains. The reasons are several: impressive nature beauty, easy access by chairlift, variety of paths and hiking routes in the area. If you wish to make your walk harder or easier your guide will be able to adjust the group programme accordingly.
A transfer from Sofia takes us to the Panichishte Resort cable car which takes us to the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque. Then we start exploring them one by one. Each lake is named after its most characteristic feature. The highest one (at 2500m/8200ft above sea level) is called Salzata ("The Tear"), from where we have a bird’s eye view over all seven lakes, as well as surrounding outcrops and deep valleys; the next one in height carries the name Okoto ("The Eye") after its oval form; Babreka ("The Kidney") is the lake with the steepest shores of the entire group; Bliznaka ("The Twin") is the largest of all; Trilistnika ("The Trefoil") has an irregular shape; the shallowest lake is Ribnoto Ezero ("The Fish Lake") and the lowest one is Dolnoto Ezero ("The Lower Lake"; 2100m/6995ft), where the water that flows out of the other lakes is gathered to form the source of Dzherman River.
Food: if you have forgotten to take a lunch pack or a sandwich with you, you can take advantage of the meals on offer in the two huts on our way. The menu is limited though: soups (lentils, beans), grilled meat and some basic meals.
Difficulty: this walking route is moderately arduous, with individual brief paths featuring steep inclines. Please bring along comfortable hiking boots. Sandals and flip-flops are not accepted. Rain jacket might be useful in summer as heavy showers sometimes occur in the afternoons.

* Please note that we offer SELF-GUIDED WALKING OPTIONS, which include your transfer to the beginning of the hiking trail and transfer back to Sofia from the end of the route, detailed route notes in English and map. This way you can safely walk on your own without guide and explore the mountains at a pace that suits you best. Please check the Specifics box on your right hand side for price details.
>>> View more details about the self-guided option here.


Below you can book online GUIDED and SELF-GUIDED (moderate or difficult) options for daily hiking tours to THE SEVEN RILA LAKES.



Transfer time: 3-3,30hrs
Walking time: 4-5 hrs (moderate difficulty)
Best period: mid-June - mid-September
The price includes: Transfer from your hotel in Sofia to Panichishte resort and back (hotel pick up not included on Special Offer days); English-speaking guide (for the guided hiking option); Return chairlift tickets from Panichishte to The Seven Rila Lakes and back (only for the guided hiking option outside Special Offer days!!!); Detailed route notes in English and maps (for the self-guided hiking option; 1 set of route notes and 1 map per group)

Price (for guided tour): From 39 Euros/person (days with Special Offer); Other days: 1 pers: 138 Euro; 2 pers: 79 Euro pp; 3 pers: 58 Euro pp; 4-7 pers: 49 Euro pp;

Price (for self-guided tour): 120 Euro/car (group of 1-4 persons); 160 Euro/bus (group of 5-8 persons)


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