Day trek to Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria

Amazing guided trekking day to the Seven Rila Lakes, one of the greatest natural attractions in Bulgaria, surrounded by the beauty of the Rila Mountains. Together with Nikolay, a local UIMLA mountain leader.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range

Rila Mountains

People per Guide

7 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Not specified


  • Visit the Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria in just one day

  • Explore the area with a local and experienced guide


I invite you to discover Seven Rila Lakes, one of the most popular natural sights in Bulgaria, only two hours away from the city of Sofia.

Inside Rila National Park, the largest protected area in the country, there’s a group of seven deep blue glacial lakes. They are located one above another, between 2100 and 2500 m, and connected by streams and small waterfalls.

Each lake has a different name due to its shape or main feature: the Eye, the Fish Lake, the Tear, the Trefoil, the Twins, the Kidney, and the Lower Lake. The Tear, for instance, is the smallest and the one with the most transparent water. It is also the last one of the trek, so it offers a wonderful panoramic view.

The surroundings of the Seven Rila Lakes include the ridges and peaks of Rila Mountains. This is an important mountain range which has the highest mountain in the Balkan Peninsula, Musala Peak (2925 m).

I strongly recommend visiting this place. This trek is recommended for summer season, when you can appreciate the landscape as its best. However, if you go there during winter, you may do other incredible activities like snowshoeing, ski touring and split boarding.

You can find all the details of this journey just below.


We get a transfer to Panichishte resort area. Once there, we go up to Rila Lakes mountain hut by taking the chairlift. That’s when the hike begins. We’ll spend between four and five hours exploring the Seven Rila Lakes up until we reach 2550m. From the top, we’ll enjoy an amazing view of all the lakes.

Are you planning to visit Seven Rila Lakes? Please contact me, I’ll be happy to be your guide in this beautiful destination.

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Price per person

Group of 1
125 EUR

Group of 2
75 EUR

Group of 3
45 EUR

Group of 4
40 EUR

Group of 5
40 EUR

Group of 6
40 EUR

Group of 7
40 EUR


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Transport during the trip
 The food included in the price is a small energy pack.

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Sofia (Bulgaria)

More info

- The price includes: Private transfer, english-speaking mountain guide, picnic lunch (a small energy pack).

- The price excludes: Return chair lift tickets, drinks, insurance, other personal expenses


About the Guide


I started snowboarding when only a few people were doing it. At the time, it was just an emerging sport. We used to experiment modifying our equipment by hand. We didn't know about first lines or powder days, we were simply having fun and enjoying amazing snow.
As things got more serious, I gained experience and learned more about the mountains. I found so many new possibilities!
From the mountains, I learned how to enjoy with just the essentials, to travel lightly and to cherish the company of a friend on the snow. But I also learned responsibility and learned from my mistakes.
This passion led me in 1994 to the Himalayas, where the beauty of the scenery and the amazing peaks were almost overwhelming. In summer, I started exploring the mountain and in this way I discovered climbing.
All of this inspired me to become a professional. Now I have a Ski Instructor Qualification Class C, a Professional Mountain Leader UIMLA Qualification and in 2009 I became the first Bulgarian snowboard guide. Since 2017, I'm a snowboard Instructor qualification Level “3” and international ISIA.



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What People are Saying

  • 2 reviews


I learned à lot about Bulgarie. . Not only about nature, but also culture and politics. Great thanks to Nikolay!.
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Lager Francois
Nikolay was amazing. he was both professional and friendly at the same time. he did everything to make sure that i had a great experience including picking me up early to ensure i was the first up the mountain which i loved. I would definitely recommend him again.
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Jessica Abadee

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