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Hiking to the Seven Rila Lakes

Rated 4.83 out of 5 from 6 reviews.Sofia, Bulgaria

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Experience hosted by Svetoslav

10.5 hours
Includes transport
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Our meeting point will be behind Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, in front of "La Cattedrale restaurant". The departure is at 07:00 o'clock.
We'll drive to the Panichishte Resort chair lift 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 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 above sea level), where the water that flows out of the other lakes is gathered to form the source of Dzherman River.
Once you visit the last lake, we'll return to the upper station of the chair lift, ride it, and head back to Sofia with our minivan. You'll be dropped off at the starting location.
Our meeting point will be behind Aleksander Nevski Cathedral, in front of "La Cattedrale restaurant". The departure is at 07:00 o'clock.
We'll drive to the Panichishte Resort chair lift 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 above sea level) is called Salzata "The Tear", from where we have a bird’s eye vi…

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What's included

  • Transport
    Comfortable A/C equipped minivan
From ₹3,673
/ person
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Meet your host, Svetoslav

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 6 Reviews
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Hi there! I'm Svetoslav from Traventuria. I'm passionate about showing the best that Bulgaria has to offer in various 1-day tours to cultural, historical and nature locations. On this tour, either I, Peter or Radi will be your certified mountain guides for the day. The three of us have vast knowledge, experience and you'll see for yourself one of the best hiking locations of Bulgaria.
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Where you'll be

The 7 Rila Lakes is one of the most admired and popular hiking destinations on the territory of the Rila National Park. What makes this area so desired are the fabulous sceneries, worth every step and breath along the moderately difficult walk to the highest lake.

Rated 4.83 out of 5 from 6 reviews.

Megan
October 2019
What a treat! Breathtaking views and such a great group! Great way to squeeze a workout into a holiday and see some epic sights at the same time ☺️
Ella
October 2019
Defenitley reccomend this hike! Beautiful setting and the guide we had was super friendly and talked to us the whole time. The hike was hard but good and the view at the top was extremely rewarding. This was a great activity for us to fill our day and we met heaps of friendly new people!
Defenitley reccomend this hike! Beautiful setting and the guide we had was super friendly and talked to us the whole time. The hike was hard but good and the view at the top was ex…
Peggy
October 2019
I highly recommend this experience! The Seven Rila Lakes are absolutely stunning and breathtaking. One thing to note is that this is a part of a group tour, about 8-10 people. Also it’s important to remember to bring lunch, water and snacks.
I highly recommend this experience! The Seven Rila Lakes are absolutely stunning and breathtaking. One thing to note is that this is a part of a group tour, about 8-10 people. Also…
Dylan
August 2019
The hike was great. If you’re not used to the altitude it can make it a little difficult. Our guide was great. I would recommend not going on a weekend if you want to avoid large crowds.
Izabela
September 2019
We had the best Guide with send of humour and knowledgable
Ali
August 2019
Amazing experience

Activity advisory

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

Be physically prepared for this hike. Depending on the month that you book, you might need winter clothes. Hiking boots are a must!

What to bring

Hiking boots

Winter jacket, it can be cold/rainy