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.

Price per person

1 Person
140 USD

Group of 2
84 USD

Group of 3
51 USD

Group of 4
45 USD

Group of 5
45 USD

Group of 6
45 USD

Group of 7
45 USD


Price includes

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


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


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.

FROM 45 USD per person


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