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The Seven Rila Lakes: Full-Day Tour from Sofia

Activity provider: Traventuria Ltd.

The Seven Rila Lakes: Full-Day Tour from Sofia

Activity provider: Traventuria Ltd.

From US$ 32.68 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 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, 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, and the Seven Rila Lakes.

  • English-speaking guide (unless self-guided option chosen)
  • Driver
  • Transfers from Sofia
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Chairlift tickets
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

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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
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Rain gear
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Quick-dry clothing
  • Trekking gear

Not allowed

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

Know before you go

  • The price for a return chairlift ticket is 25 leva (€13) per person
  • The 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. Some of the lakes may be covered in snow
  • The tour can be canceled with the last minute notice (100% refund will be applied) due to harsh conditions or closure of the chairlift
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 169 reviews

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Very nice experience, beautiful landscapes, really worth it. Quite a demanding excursion, so keep in mind when booking. Path potentially muddy and slippery, so best to bring suitable shoes. The guide is a good and passionate guy and at the beginning of the tour he makes the participants choose which route to choose: if the shorter one (about 8km) to be covered more calmly and with the possibility of taking more breaks, or if the longer one ( about 14km) to be completed faster and without many breaks.

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October 23, 2022

Some people were (very!) inappropriate equipped, so at first the guides didn't want to take us to the top, to the main vantage point. After few discussions we finally went up, otherwise I would be very disappointed because that's the whole point of trekking and it would be unfair to those of us who were well equipped. The view at the top is really divine! So thanks to all guides.

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October 7, 2022

It is easy to start a conversation with the other participants. The guide was very open and provided a lot of information, such as the legends about the origin of the lakes. At this time of year (October) it's best to wear one more layer than you think you need. The wind makes it very cold on the mountain. Overall, the tour was more than worth it and I would recommend it to anyone.

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October 3, 2022

Product ID: 10143