THE SEVEN RILA LAKES HIKE

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Spend the day in the Rila, walking around its pearls: The Seven Rila Lakes. During the last few years, this destination has become one of the most popular places for one-day hiking tours in the Rila Mountains. The reasons are several: impressive natural beauty, easy access by chairlift, a variety of paths and hiking routes in the area. If you wish to make your walk harder or easier your guide will be able to adjust the group program accordingly.

About this activity

Tour duration of 10 hours

Printed or mobile voucher accepted

Instant confirmation

Live mountain guide: English

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit one of the most picturesque and idyllic alpine landscapes in Bulgaria
  • Enjoy an iconic full-day hiking tour to the pristine heart of the majestic Rila National Park
  • Learn more about Bulgarian nature and mountains 
TOUR ITINERARY


07:00: The trip starts from the parking behind Alexander Nevski Cathedral (you will receive a detailed map after you complete the booking process).


09:00: Arrival at the bottom station of the Panichishte Resort cable car.


09:30: Arrival at the top station of the cable car and start of the hike.


15:00: End of the hike and arrival back at the top station of the cable car.


15:30: Arrival at the bottom station and a transfer back to Sofia.


17:30: Arrival at the starting point of the tour (Al. Nevski Square).

  • Please note that all of the timetables are approximate and are subject to change, depending on the size of the group and the traffic along the way.
PRICES

Price:  Special offer price of 40 Euro per person

The guided tour is offered on per person basis every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and on days with a special offer.

Price (for a guided tour without a special offer): 
1 pers: 138 Euro
2 pers: 79 Euro per person
3 pers: 58 Euro per person
4-7 pers: 49 Euro per person

Price (for self-guided tour): 120 Euro/car (group of 1-4 persons); 160 Euro/bus (group of 5-8 persons)

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

What’s included:

  • Transfer from Sofia to Panichishte resort and back
  • English-speaking mountain guide throughout the tour

What’s not included:

  • Meals and beverages
  • Chairlift tickets from Panichishte to The Seven Rila Lakes and back (10 euro per person)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
EXTRAS
  • Hotel pick-up costs additional 5/10 Euro per reservation (not per person, depends on the hotel location).
  • You can prebook the chairlift tickets from Panichishte to the Seven Rila Lakes and back (10 euro per person)
  • You can book trekking poles in advance (recommended, especially if you have weak joints)
GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
  • Food: If you have forgotten to take a lunch pack or a sandwich with you, you can take advantage of the meals on offer in the two huts on our way. The menu is limited though: soups (lentils, beans), grilled meat and some basic meals.
  • Difficulty:  this walking route is moderately arduous, with individual brief paths featuring steep inclines. Please bring along comfortable hiking boots. Sandals and flip-flops are not accepted. Rain jacket might be useful in summer as heavy showers sometimes occur in the afternoons.
  • In case you want to book this tour last minute and you don’t feel well equipped for hiking during the spring and the autumn season, you can rent from us ski jackets and ski pants (at the departure point, cash payment accepted only). You can also buy from us winter trekking shoes, hats and gloves. Please mind, that we may not have available shoes and clothes to fit your size.
  • Best period: From mid-June to mid-September.