THE SEVEN RILA LAKES, RILA MOUNTAINS

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As everyone who is searching for “what to see in Bulgaria” you probably noticed that in many articles it is recommended to visit The Seven Rila Lakes. Jewels in the crown of Rila Mountains, this group of glacier lakes attracts many tourists throughout summer as they became easily accessible after the chairlift was built. You can convince yourself in the pristine beauty of the area by taking a day-tour to the Lakes. Each lake is named after its most characteristic feature. The highest one (at 2500m) is called Salzata (“The Tear”), from where we have a bird’s eye view over all seven lakes, as well as the 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), where the water that flows out of the other lakes is gathered to form the source of Dzherman River.
Weekends are very busy in summer. If you wish to avoid crowds plan for visiting during a week day.

GUIDED & SELF-GUIDED hiking options are available to choose from (check the “Prices, Dates & Remarks” tab for details)

We will start the day early in the morning with a transfer towards Panichishte resort (1,45hrs) from where we board on the chair lift for a 20min ride. We will encounter the divine nature by exploring the lakes one by one. Located on a terraced terrain, we will gently start an ascent, as the lakes revel to us one after the other. Each lake is named after its most characteristic feature. The highest one (at 2500m) is called Salzata (“The Tear”), from where we have a bird’s eye view over all seven lakes, as well as the 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), where the water that flows out of the other lakes is gathered to form the source of Dzherman River. Sitting by the shores of Babreka (“The Kidney” Lake) we will learn more about the white brotherhood, established from the Bulgarian philosopher and spiritual teacher Petar Danov. It gathers many of his followers in August exactly here, to celebrate the inner peace and harmony with nature. From the highest located lake Salzata (The Tear Lake 2500m) we will have a breathtaking view towards all of them. On the way back we will descent down to the chairlift using most of the time a different path, thus completing the full circuit around all seven lakes.

Total transfers time: 3-3,30hrs (+40min lift ride)
Hiking specifics: 4-4,30hrs (without breaks); 9km; +500m/-500m;
Tour difficulty: the trek is considered as moderately arduous with some steep stages now and then. The terrain is rough so flip-flops and sandals are not acceptable. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Wind-/waterproofs are necessary just in case (general rule for all treks above the tree line irrespective of the season) and also a warmer middle layer (especially for the chairlift ride in the chilly mornings).


Price (guided tour):
From 40 Euros/person (days with Special Offer); Other days: 1 pers: 138 Euro; 2 pers: 79 Euro pp; 3 pers: 58 Euro pp; 4-7 pers: 49 Euro pp;
Price (self-guided tour): 120 Euro/car (group of 1-4 persons); 160 Euro/bus (group of 5-8 persons)
* The rates above are per person based on the number of people in one reservation (guided tour) or per group (self-guided tour).
** The tour is not private and the group may comprise customers booked under several reservations, each with a different number of people (incl. guided and self-guided option). We aim to keep the total group size for the guided tour not exceeding 12 passengers (normally 4-8).
*** Promo rates may occur for some of the dates; scroll the Book Online tab to check if such are present around your travel dates.
Price includes:
Transfer from Sofia to Panichishte resort and back; English-speaking guide (guided option); Detailed route notes in English and maps (self-guided option; 1 set of route notes and 1 map per reservation)
Price does not include: Return chairlift tickets, meals, tips.
Food: there are two huts on the way, selling basic meals. However we may not be able to stop there (for example if weather conditions are worsening) so a lunch pack prepared at home might be the best option for you or raw nuts/fruits/energy bars. In case of good weather we may enjoy the food we have taken at a viewpoint above the highest lake.
Best period: mid-June – mid-September (possible until mid-November and also in May – contact us for details on weather conditions and lift working time)

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Seven Rila lakes from Sofia

5.0 rating
September 11, 2022

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The whole tour was excellent! The bus picked us up on time, the tour guide (George) was very informative and also answered all our questions about the mountains, Bulgaria in general etc. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wishing to visit the beautiful seven Rila lakes from Sofia 😊.

Raven Borda, Ireland

The seven Rila lakes with tour guide

5.0 rating
September 6, 2022

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I was there with English guide tour.
it was such an amazing day ever.
He’s super professional and calm
he knows well where to break for the next trip
it was okay to clim on the mountain than i expected
And thankfully also weather was perfect
I would highly recommend this place !
Thanks to you !

Eunyoung Joo, Malta

Perfect experience

5.0 rating
September 4, 2022

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What a great tour. Everything went well. Seven lakes is a must to see when you visit Sofia. Don’t forget sunscreen and water. It could get a little cold even in summer.

Kamran Corleone, USA

Excellent trip and excellent service

5.0 rating
September 2, 2022

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I booked this Rila lakes tour at the very last minute, getting excellent help from Irina at the office through the company’s chat service on the evening before the trip. The hike itself is nothing less but spectacular, a must when visiting Bulgaria. Radi the guide was skillful in gently motivating those from our group who didn’t really think they could make it to the top. Radi was also skillful in taking nice photos and he gave me other local Bulgaria tips that I’ll be happy to use when returning to the country. A 5* trip!

Marina Donner, Sweden

7 Rila Lakes

5.0 rating
August 28, 2022

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We were 14 in all and had two professional Traventuria tour leaders Radi and Georgie. Radi took the front of the group and Georgie taking care of those falling behind. As the going got tougher, my wife and I, who were the eldest of the group started feeling the strain, but Georgie encouraged us and kept us company all the way up and down, patiently waiting for us for photos and to catch our breath. Thanks to these professionals we enjoyed this once in a lifetime experience.

Carmel Pulis, Malta

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