The Seven Rila Lakes


  • Visit one of the most picturesque and idyllic alpine landscapes in Bulgaria
  • Enjoy an iconic full-day hiking tour to the pristine heart of the majestic Rila National Park
  • Learn more about Bulgarian nature and mountain 

Tour logistics

Meeting point: 07:00 Backside of Alexander Nevski Cathedral (La Cattedrale Restaurant)
Duration: 10 hours; 4 hrs spent in transfer time; walking time 4-5 hrs
Live guide: English language (for other languages please enquire)
Drop off: 
Alexander Nevski Cathedral 
Best period: Mid-June to Mid-September

The tour is offered on per person basis every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only unless there is Special offer on that day.

Tour Description

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 natural beauty, easy access by chairlift, a 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.

Price: 39 Euro per person

What's included:

  • Return transfer from Sofia to Panichishte resort and back
  • English-speaking mountain guide throughout the tour

What's not included:

  • Meals and beverages
  • Return chairlift tickets from Panichishte to The Seven Rila Lakes and back (18 leva per person)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up costs additional 5/10 Euro per reservation (not per person, depends on the hotel location).

Please note:

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.