Your Day Around The Lakes

The Seven Rila Lakes area is a very popular and easy option for the most scenic day trek in Bulgaria. The lakes are located in Rila Mountain, about 90 km south of the capital Sofia.

7:30 Departure from Sofia.

9:00 Arrival at Panichishte chair lift paring. An open chair lift takes you up directly for about 30 min from the parking lot to the starting point of your trek- Seven Rila lakes hut. The place is fairly modern, it offers a good food variety.

11:00 The loop trekking takes about 5 hours including time for breaks and does not require previous trekking experience. However, you have to be prepared for some moderate mountain trekking with comfortable shoes, warm clothes, sunscreen and bottle of water (1.5l) .

16:00 Return to parking lot.

17:30 Return to Sofia.

Seven Rila Lakes Overview

The lakes have a glacial origin and they are located on different terraces from 2100 m to about 2500m above sea level. The Seven Rila Lakes are one of the Bulgaria’s 100 National tourist sites. The breath-taking views of Lower lake (Dolno ezero), The Eye (the deepest high-altitude lake), The Tear (Salzata), The Kidney (Bubreka) etc. make this hike an unforgettable feast for the eyes and senses. Please note that getting to the view points takes at least 2 hours trekking each way.


Every Sunday (June - September): 49€ per person. A minimum group of 3 persons is required to run the tour, fully refundable if cancelled. Every other day the price is based on the number of people in your party and includes hotel pick-up:

1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4-8 persons 9-18 persons
149 € per person 79 € per person 69 € / 135 BGN per person 59 € / 115 BGN per person 49 € / 96 BGN per person

The tour price is based on the number of people in your party and includes: transfer to/from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia, mountain guide in English, parking fees, entrance fees, chair lift ticket, mountain insurance. Meals and personal expenses are not included.

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Departure point every Sunday at 7:30 from St. Alexander Nevski square (see map below).

Departure point every other day from your hotel or accommodation.

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Top scenic day trek in Bulgaria.

Easy access, no previous experience needed.

Experienced English-speaking mountain guide.

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