One-Day HikingTour From Sofia To Seven Rila Lakes

An intensive hiking and sightseeing program that shows you the best of the nature and culture merits of the Rila Mountains!
Sofia, Bulgaria
1 Day
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
7 Persons
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
English / Bulgarian
Start & End Location
Start & End Location

What's Included

  • Transfers throughout the tour (pick up/drop off at your hotel in Sofia)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Chair lift tickets for Rila Mountains
  • Entrance to the museum in Rila Monastery

What to Expect

This hiking tour shows you the best of nature and culture merits of the Rila Mountains: Rila Monastery (UNESCO) and the Cirque of The Seven Rila Lakes. The program doesn’t allow much free time on either side but it is quite enough to explore both places.


Difficulty: The hiking route is moderately arduous, with individual brief paths featuring steep inclines. Please bring along comfortable walking boots. Sandals and flip-flops are not accepted. Rain jacket might be useful in summer as heavy showers sometimes occur in the afternoons.


Total transfers time: 4,30-5 hrs
Walking time: 3,30 hrs (hiking time only; moderate difficulty)
Best period: mid-June – mid-September (possible also in late May and Late September through to October (incl.) (depending on the lifts working time; contact us for details)


Circular trek, starting from the Rila Lakes hut, going along the lower lakes up to the Kidney Lake, before descending back to the Rila Lakes hut (the highest two lakes will be skipped due to lack of time). (3,30hrs hiking time only; 4,5km; +200m; -200m)

The tour begins with an early transfer to the Rila, followed by a brief cable car ride to the Seven Rila Lakes Cirque. The glacier lakes are at between 2100 and 2500m/6800 and 8200ft above sea level, with a name fitting their shapes, like Babreka (the Kidney), Okoto (the Eye), and Salzata (the Teardrop). As you need to follow strict time schedule depending on your fitness the tour can either walk the whole trek around all lakes or make the stroll shorter and skip some of them (normally the two highest ones).

After the hiking around one of the Rila’s most remarkable and beautiful parts, you are transferred to the Rila Monastery: the largest and most significant Bulgarian Orthodox Church establishment. The 20m/70ft high walls shelter impressive cloisters, a church, and a chapel with unique murals and museum collections.



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  • Traventuria Ltd. shall not be held liable in cases of “force majeure” circumstances, herewith described as events which we or our subcontractors cannot predict or avoid, such as terrorist activity, strike, war or threat of war, riot, civil strike, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire, road accidents, traffic jams, vehicle breakdown, etc. Traventuria Ltd. will act and do whatever is possible to the best of its abilities in order to minimize the impact on the clients’ journey in such cases.
  • Claims for missed flights, only partially or totally unused other services as a result of such circumstances will not be acknowledged in such cases.

Cancellation Policy:

  • All cancellations should be made in writing to Traventuria Ltd. on our corporate email:
  • Cancellations advised verbally to a company staff (i.e. drivers, tour guides, resort representatives) or in writing to other email addresses will not be considered as valid
  • The following cancellation charges (as a percentage of the total cost, but not less than the deposit) apply for cancellations made by clients for services in Bulgaria, booked through Traventuria Ltd.:
    • 30 days – 30%
    • 29 – 15 days – 50%
    • 14 – 9 days – 70%
    • 8 days or less – 100%
  • The following cancellation charges (as a percentage of the total cost, but not less than the deposit) apply for cancellations made by clients for services outside Bulgaria, booked through Traventuria Ltd.:
    • 41 days – 30%
    • 40 days or less – 100%
  • For bookings, where a flight ticket is included, the clients should pay the charges levied by the airline concerned
  • If a ground service provided by Traventuria Ltd. is omitted by a client (e.g. transfer, tour, etc.) due to last-minute illness, flight cancellation, etc. this is considered “no-show” and no refund will be made
  • The same rule applies if a client decides to leave the holiday before its end. We will issue all the required documents, verifying the cancellation, which you can use for your insurance company

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