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2-day Hike to the Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria with overnight at the Ivan Vazov Hut

Join Borislav, a UIMLA mountain leader on this unforgettable hike to see all seven of the Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria.

Mountain RangeRila Mountains
Duration2 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • See the world popular Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria.

  • Witness exceptional views of the Rila mountains.

  • Create unforgettable memories as you see all seven lakes at once.


Join me to experience the jaw-dropping picturesqueness of the Seven Rila Lakes on a 2-day hike in Bulgaria!

Located in the northwestern Rila Mountains in Bulgaria, the Seven Rila Lakes are a group of glacial lakes.  On this trip, we’ll traverse an alternate route instead of the overused path to these pristine lakes. You’ll not only learn about the interesting stories behind each one of these but also witness something magical when all seven of these will appear in one line.

A part of the  UNESCO World Heritage, these lakes lie one above the other and are connected by small streams, which form an extraordinary sight of small cascades and mini waterfalls.

We’ll begin our journey from the capital city of Sofia. From here, we’ll drive to the small town of a Sapareva Banya. This place is popular for its hot springs.

Now, begins our hike towards the Ivan Vazov hut. One by one, we’ll pass by all seven lakes starting from the Dolnoto ezero (the Lower Lake) and heading all the way to Salzata (the Tear), the highest of the seven lakes. You’ll experience awe-inspiring views alongside enjoying a natural flow of energy in this area.

The following day, we’ll ascend the Otovishki peak( 2696m) to see stunning views of the Pazar Dere valley and the Kalinite peaks. As we’ll continue on the ridge, all Seven Rila Lakes will start unfolding one by one in front of our eyes, until we have all seven of them laying below our feet.

It will be a sight like no other! You’ll reflect on this humbling journey as you’ll descend to the Pyonerska hut before finally heading back to Sofia.

So, what are you waiting for? Strap your boots and book your trip to see the one of a kind Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria.

Looking for some more adventure in Bulgaria? Check out this day hike to Musala, the highest peak in the Balkans.



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Please don't forget to carry along: Hiking Boots, Rucksack, Trekking Poles, Water and Windproof Jacket, Sun Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Warm Hat, Gloves, Water bottle (1.5L), Travel liner (optional), Torch and Personal First Aid Kit.

Meeting point

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia




Day 1: From Sofia to Ivan Vazov hut

Meet in front of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia and head towards Sapareva Banya and Pyonerska hut.

Begin hiking towards the Rila Lakes hut passing by Dolnoto ezero (the Lower Lake), the first out of the seven glacial lakes. Stop by Ribnoto ezero (the Fish Lake) for a short break. Аbove stands the beautiful peak of Haramiyata (2,464 м).

Next, we’ll pass by Trilistnika and Bliznaka to reach the lake of Babreka. Stop for a short break here.

Head towards Okoto, and climb up to Salzata, the highest of the seven lakes at 2,535 m. Absorb the exceptional views and take in the positive energy of this mountain area. Finally, continue towards Ivan Vazov hut, passing by Razdela – the biggest mountain crossroad of the day.

Day 2: Ascend the Otovishki peak, thereafter head back to Sofia

Ascend the peak of Otovishki ( 2696 м) to witness beautiful views of the Pazar Dere valley and the Kalinite peaks.

Continue walking on the ridge of the mountain. At some point, the Seven Rila Lakes will start popping out one by one until we have all seven of them laying below our feet. It will be a view like no other!

Thereafter, descend to Pyonerska hut and head back to Sofia.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 160 each

Group of 2

EUR 124 each

Group of 3

EUR 88 each

Group of 4

EUR 52 each

Group of 5

EUR 52 each

Group of 6

EUR 52 each

Group of 7

EUR 52 each

Group of 8

EUR 52 each

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Price details

• Price per Person. Includes: Insurance. An additional per person cost of 20 EUR for transportaion and 10 EUR for accomodation in mountain huts.

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