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The Seven Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery

Hiking tour in Sofia

Tour Price : 350 Duration : 2 days Languages: English, Russian

The Seven Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery Hiking Tour

Short description: These are the two main “must see” in Rila Mountains, the highest on the Balkans. Both are located in Northwestern Rila, we'll visit them for 2 days only, crossing the high ridge that separates them, away of the main tourist stream. Overnight in a mountain hut at 2300 meters above sea, in the middle of the mountains. Max. Tour in Sofia. group size: 8 people. Available between June and October.

Requirements: This tour is suitable for active people and people with some hiking experience. Proper equipment for hiking in summer conditions is needed (see the list at the bottom).


Day 1: The Seven Rila Lakes, Rila National Park

We meet at 10 am at the central square of the small village of Sapareva Banya, 1,15 hours drive from Sofia (2,5 hours from Plovdiv). We'll provide all the details how to reach the village by public transport, or we can organize private transfer for you. Short transfer (about 25 min., 6-8 BGN) takes us to the bottom lift station, where we take the chair lift to Rila Lakes Hut (10 BGN). 4 hours hike via the famous Seven lakes and crossing the ridge at Razdela Pass (2600 m) takes us to Ivan Vazov Hut. Accommodation in the hut is rustic (prices from 13 BGN/person) but the views around are unforgettable. Dormitories (sheets are provided), common WC, no shower, only river. Excursion with private guide in Sofia. Food is provided, so beer and other drinks.

About 4 hours hike, + 500/-200 meters.

Day 2: Rila Monastery and Rila Monastery Nature Park

Today we cross the high valley known as Pazardere (the animal market) and descend towards Rila Monastery following a ridge with panoramic views and crossing the old broad leaf forests of Rila Monastery Nature Park. We end up at Rila Monastery in the afternoon. From here there is bus connections to Sofia, Blagoevgrad or we can organize a private transfer for you.

About 6 hours hike, +200/-1200 meters.

What's in the price: English speaking qualified mountain leader for 2 days.

What's not: transport, accommodation, lift ticket, food, drinks, tips (all prices are announced in the description)

Required equipment: hiking boots, rucksack, wind and waterproof jacket, sun protection (lotion, sun glasses, sun hat), water bottle (1-1,5l), warm clothes (a pair of thin gloves and a hat is recommendable in case of cold weather), a pair of trekking poles (as we have a long descent on day 2, can be provided by us on demand), travel liner (optional).

How to get to the village of Sapareva Banya by public transport: from Ovcha Kupel bus station in Sofia there is an everyday bus to the town of Dupnica at 7.50 that has a connection to the village of Sapareva Banya. About 2 hours total, appx. 10 leva/person.

It is possible to extend this itinerary with another day/a few days hiking in Rila or in Pirin Mountains. Options for budget accommodation or 3* hotels to stay.

Additional information

Tour information:
Tour Price: 350
Duration: 2 days
Group Size: 8
Languages: English, Russian
Tour package includes:
Airport Transfer :NO
Hotel pick-up:NO
Drop-off :NO
Tour Transportation (car, van, limo, boat, etc…):NO
Food and Drinks :NO
Other services (fees apply):
Attraction tickets (concerts, theater, museum, circus...) :NO
Translation services :YES
Reservations (hotels, restaurants, airline) :NO
Visa support :NO
Additional information:
This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :YES
Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :NO
Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :YES