Rila Lakes, Monastery, Bulgaria, 2 Day Guided Hike

A UIMLA Tour Operator in the Top Guides team wants to lead you on a 2-day hiking trek above the 7 Rila lakes to the Rila Monastery.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Rila Mountains

People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip




    The seven Rila lakes in Bulgaria are an absolutely stunning, unforgettable sight. And on this 2 day hiking adventure, you will get to admire them from high above. However, the lakes are just one aspect of this amazing trip. You will also get to see the enormous Skakavitsa waterfall, as well as the Rila Monastery.

    This hike takes place on a high mountain ridge, so it can be challenging. Therefore, participants should have some prior hiking experience. They should also be in good physical condition.

    The hike will begin in the capital city of Sofia. From there we will take a 1.5 hour transport ride. After that, we will hike for about an hour to the Skakavitsa hut, where you will get to see the Skakavitsa waterfall, which has the highest water drop in the Rila mountains. After the waterfall we will hike along the dry ridge. Along the ridge you will get to enjoy amazing views of the seven Rila lakes. We will ascent to about 2,600 metres at the Razdela pass. From there, the view of the lakes is even more spectacular. We will then conclude the day at the Ivan Vazov hut (2,300m), where we will spend the night.

    On the second day, we will hike for about 6 hours, admiring the landscape, while descending approximately 1,350 metres to the bottom of the Pazardere valley. Once there, we will visit the Rila monastery, which has stood since the 10th century.

    This 2 day hike above the seven Rila Lakes and down to the Rila monastery is incredible. And it would be our pleasure to guide you through it. If you want to join us, just send us a request.

    Do you want to see more of Bulgaria? If so, we can also guide you on a 4 day hiking journey through the enormous Rhodopes mountain range.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    360 EUR

    Group of 2
    210 EUR

    Group of 3
    190 EUR

    Group of 4
    170 EUR

    Group of 5
    160 EUR

    Group of 6
    140 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     The price includes transport to and from Sofia and full board accommodation.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point



    Ivan Vazov Hut, which offers dormitories, common bathroom, no shower, and includes sheets and food.

    More info

    Participants should bring the following items with them: hiking boots, rucksack (35-45L), trekking poles, water and windproof jacket, rain cover, sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm hat and gloves, water bottle (1.5L), travel liner (optional), torch, Travel linen, personal first aid kit.


    About the Guide


    Top Guides is an adventure travel company founded by three UIMLA-certified mountain guides Lyuben Grancharov, Dimiter Samounev, Alexander Serafimov. In 2016 we started as an association between certified local mountain guides united by the idea to ease and enrich the travelers’ outdoor experiences in Bulgaria.

    Nowadays we are a leading tour operator specialized in authentic and tailored active tours throughout Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Turkey and Georgia.

    We offer a wide-range of activities: hiking, trekking, rock climbing and mountain biking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ski touring and off-piste skiing.

    All our guides are certified, experienced and passionate about their job and will guide you with a smile and care through the wild beauty of the Bulgarian and the Balkan mountains.



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    What People are Saying about Top Guides


    Amazing trip..... 100% recommend this trip... Lyuben was both professional and friendly. We loved it. A great activity to do with a non-skier in tow.
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