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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We really loved the day-trip. We are impressed by the customer-support chat as we managed to booked in a very last minute the night before with the help of an chat agent. The morning we meet our guide Radi and he was more than we expected! Very funny, informative and chatty! We were very lucky with a clear weather so we enjoyed a splendid view from the highest lake The Tear. Near The Kidney we took a nice picnic before continuing up towards The Tear and another lake which names I forgot. It is not ok to come with light shoes as the terrain is rocky and you will feel every stone underneath your feet.
Petar was the best guide!
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Petar has great knowledge of the national park and took us to great views. The mountains were incredibly beautiful and hike was really challenging. Petar altered the hike to what the group wanted as we went along. He also provided all equipment necessary for rent if we wanted. It was a great day. 10/10 recommend.
Great mountain hike
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I went with 7 others to take a hike on the 7 lakes
The guide, Petar, was great, just on time, guide us very well in the mountain.
We had a great ambience!
Just be careful that this is not an easy hike.
We have a lot of snow and wind and you need to be fully equipped.
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I really had a nice day at 7 Lakes of Rila! The view was beautiful and I highly recommend this activity even to people who are not used to hike!
Our guide Todor, was amazing. He was super nice, had consideration for all of us, had a great energy and he created a great atmosphere in our group!
It was just a nice day! 🙂
Had a great tour at last
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The tour was absolutely amazing and one of the toughest hikes I have ever made. Our guide Todor (I think that is his name) was really nice and told us a lot of the history.
What I hope will be improved is the communication regarding the pick up location. I booked via Get your guide and on the booking confirmation it only said that one will meet at the Nevski Cathedral. Since this is a big building, I wrote an email to traventuria, with a sattelite Google image attached. In the screenshot of the Cathedral I highlighted the bus parking lot in front of the cathedral, asking them to confirm or correct my assumption. They replied that yes, this was the meeting point. So I got there 15 minutes ahead as they wanted me to, waiting. No bis, no other people there. At 07.00 am I was going to call traventuria what happened and in this moment they called me, asking where I was. I explained and they told me it’s behind the Cathedral… Thank you! They should definitely tell this to their customers. However, I am happy they called and not just drove off without me.
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