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The Seven Rila Lakes: Full-Day Tour from Sofia

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Activity provider: Traventuria Ltd.

The Seven Rila Lakes: Full-Day Tour from Sofia

Activity provider: Traventuria Ltd.

From US$ 31.33 per person

Enjoy this exhilarating hike into the mountains near Sofia, and discover the picturesque Seven Rila Lakes. After a 90 minute drive to Panichishte, begin your trek and see why these glacial lakes are known as the Blue Pearls of the Rila Mountains.

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Duration 8 hours
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3 hours
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

  • 2 hours
  • 30 minutes
  • Rila Mountains (hiking)

  • 30 minutes
  • 2 hours
  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Meeting point
Main stop
  • Visit the beautiful Seven Rila Lakes on this full-day hiking trip from Sofia
  • Admire the picturesque landscape and take in the special energy of the Rila Mountains
  • Enjoy all the benefits of a small group tour
Full description
Enjoy a full-day trek into the Rila Mountains to explore the most picturesque area near Sofia and one of Bulgaria's most beautiful natural sites, the Seven Rila Lakes. This group of glacial lakes lies between 6,900 and 8,200 feet (2,100 and 2,500 meters) above sea level, surrounded by rugged peaks and deep valleys. Leaving from Sofia, you will drive for 90 minutes to reach the Panichishte resort area, where you board the chairlift to the Rila Lakes mountain hut. From here you will continue on foot to explore the landscape and its majestic blue pearls – the Eye, the Tear, the Kidney, the Twins, the Trefoil, the Fish Lake and the Lower Lake. The route is not difficult and can be altered on the spot depending on fitness levels or strength, following either more gentle routes or steeper gradients. Take your chance to explore the Blue Pearls of the Rila Mountains, the Seven Rila Lakes.
  • English-speaking guide (unless self-guided option chosen)
  • Driver
  • Transfers from Sofia
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • People afraid of heights
  • People with altitude sickness
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral, in front of the restaurant La Cattedrale

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Hiking shoes
  • Jacket
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Quick-dry clothing
  • Trekking gear

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Slippers
  • Alcoholic drinks in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • The weather in the region can be unpredictable, so please remember to bring warm clothes, sun lotion, sunglasses, a rain coat, a hat and comfortable shoes with good ankle support
  • Price for a return chairlift ticket is 20 leva (€10) per person
  • Kindly note, that availability of the tour depends on the weather conditions and the operation of the chairlift
  • The terrain will be very wet and slippery and there will still be snow in the area. Walking in such conditions requires adequate equipment (good trekking boots, waterproof clothes and a warm layer beneath the jacket). The hike is demanding, so a good fitness level is also required. Keep in mind that some of the lakes may be covered in snow
  • The tour can be canceled with a last minute notice (100% refund will be applied) due to harsh conditions or closure of the chairlift
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 96 reviews

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Definitely a worthwhile trip. Part of the ride involves sitting in a charlift for about 20 minutes - I heard stories from past travelers who were afraid of heights and did not know this! You don't have to an athete to climb but it is demanding - be prepared to sweat it, it's not an easy one.

June 27, 2022

I had a really great time with our tour guide named Luco (Lachezar Gudev). I have been travelling to 70 countries, go on many tours, I can say that Luco is one of the best. He tried his best ensuring we enjoyed our time as much as possible throughout the journey and I honestly think he cares more about guest's satisfaction rather than money. I felt like I was doing the hike with a friend instead of a guide. After we arrived, those who chose to be on yourself like me will go on their own but will bump into the guide groups once a while. The paths are 90% clearly marked. I strongly suggest for anyone who wants to visit Seven Rila Lakes to take this tour rather than combining with the monastery. This tour will take you to go hiking on the scenic route (as you have more time) but the combined tour will takes you on a different route and not allowing you to climb up to the 7th lakes summit (time limitation).

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June 14, 2022

It was really great, there were two of us and we had the chance to be alone with the guide. A magnificent excursion a soothing silence and great anecdotes about the place. It was cool but just enough not to die of heat, sporty walking but accessible to all levels.

October 30, 2020

Product ID: 10143