The 7 Rila Lakes are one of the most emblematic mountain landscapes in the world and perhaps also the most recognized and famous natural landmark in Bulgaria. Naturally, they are extremely popular both with tourists and locals.
Our ‘7 Rila Lakes for Hiking Junkies’ Daytrip is intended to take you away from the crowds, present you with a serious hiking challenge and show you the pristine scenery and biodiversity of Rila National Park.
Along our route we pass the oldest mountain hut in Bulgaria, take a look at the highest waterfall in the Rila Mountains and have a spectacular view of the area, with the Rila Lakes spread before our eyes.
Walking time and difficulty: 9 h; +1000/-450 m; T3 difficulty*
* You may find detailed info on EXCEDO’s Hiking Difficulty Scale here.
** When placing your booking, please indicate the date you wish to take the tour in the Order Notes section!
We leave early in the morning at 7:00 am and drive to Zeleni Preslap in the Rila Mountains (2h drive).
Our hike begins at ~1600 m above sea level. The first goal is reaching the oldest mountain hut in Bulgaria – Skakavitsa (~1900 m), hiking along a steep trail through the majestic pine forests of Rila National Park. After a short break for coffee or tea at the hut, we head in the direction of Skakavitsa Waterfall. With its 70 m drop, it happens to be the highest in the Rila Mountains and is certainly spectacular.
Thereafter, our hiking daytrip takes us to the world renowned 7 Rila Lakes, the highest being at 2535 m above sea level. Our route from the waterfall to the lakes includes some challenging terrain – scree, steep grassy slopes and jagged rocks, and shows you the very best Rila National Park has to offer – peaceful quite, beautiful landscapes and rich flora and fauna.
After a long day of hiking, we will spoil ourselves a bit, grab a beer and take the cable car down to our vehicle, as we still have a 2 hour drive ahead of us back to Sofia.