Rila Lakes, Monastery, Bulgaria, 2 Day Guided Hike

Lyuben, a state certified hiking, mountain biking and skiing guide 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

Not specified



    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 my pleasure to guide you through it. if you want to join me, just send me a request.

    Do you want to see more of Bulgaria? If so, I 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


    My name is Lyuben and I'm a Bulgarian Mountain Guide with a ski touring diploma, living in Bulgaria. I have finished the UIMLA training and passed the exams. My hometown Bansko is surrounded by the main mountain ranges of the country - Rila, Pirin and the Rhodope Mountains, where I usually work. It is also not far from Greece where I organize trips regularly. I guide Bulgarian and foreign groups since 2006. The activities I offer are hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing.

    Personally I like travelling and climbing mountains around the world, ski touring and off-piste skiing. Been to the mountains of Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Greece and Romania. Mont Blanc and Dufourspitze in the Alps, ski tours in Tirol, trekking in Caucasus Mountains and in the mountains around Baikal Lake in Russia. Mount Kazbek in Georgia, Mount Kinabalu on Borneo Island, Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, Indonesia, trekking in the Ladakh region of India.




    What People are Saying about Lyuben Grancharov


    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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