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Hiking the 7 Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery

Seven rila lakes in Rila mountain!

The Skakavitsa Waterfall, The Seven Rila Lakes and the Rila Monastery entirely walk on foot with overnight in a high mountain hut.

Overview

7 Rila Lakes, Skakavitsa Waterfall and Rila monastery. Three of the main sights of Rila, combined in a 2-day trekking tour. The trails we will walk are carefully chosen to avoid the crowds and enjoy your stay in the mountain in peace. The overnight stay in the Ivan Vazov hut is another highlight of this hiking experience with its authentic atmosphere and probably a sunset that will never be forgotten. :)

However, book this tour only if you have previous trekking experience, as the trails are challenging and require a good level of fitness.

The tour is available from June to October. We like to guide it a lot in late June and beginning of July, while a few snow patches remind us of the past winter and the green high-mountain fields are covered with flowers.

 

 

Price

Rila Lakes & Rila monastery Price per Person
6 pax 180 EUR
5 pax 200 EUR
4 pax 225 EUR
3 pax 270 EUR
2 pax 360 EUR
1 pax 636 EUR

Price includes

  • accommodation in the hut;
  • breakfast and dinner;
  • certified mountain guide for 2 days;
  • transfers from Sofia and back, according to itinerary below;
  • all the expenses of the guide;
  • all taxes.

Not included

  • insurance;
  • drinks;
  • packed lunch;

Discounts available for students and bloggers, etc.

Please contact us if you need an offer for a bigger group.

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    Description

    Day 1: Sofia - Zeleni Preslop - Skakavitsa Hut - Skakvitsa Waterfall - The Seven Rila Lakes  - Ivan Vazov Hut

    Early pick-up from your hotel in Sofia. The beginning of the trek is located 1,5 hours drive from the capital and is also accessible by public transport. One hour hike to Skakavitsa Hut and Skakavitsa Waterfall - the highest one in Rila Mountains.

    We keep climbing towards the Dry Ridge that offers great panoramas of Rila mountain and its alpine peaks. Finally, we get to the Kidney Lake, the Eye and the Teardrop Lakes. The last part of the ascent takes us to 2600 m at Razdela Pass. Here we start our descent (1 hour) to Ivan Vazov Hut, located at 2300 m.

    Basic accommodation in the hut - dormitories, common WC, no shower! Sheets and food are provided in the hut. Unforgettable sunset and excellent craft beer available! :)

    Walking time: about 8 hours

    Distance 12km Ascent 1100m Descent 400m

    Day 2: Ivan Vazov Hut - Rila Monastery - Sofia

    Breakfast in the hut and a gentle ascent along the valley of Pazardere Valley will be the morning task. For about 1,5 hours we will reach the Baucher Ridge and start a long panoramic descent towards the monastery. We will descent 1350 metres to the bottom of the valley for approximately 4.5 hours. Reaching the monastery on foot is a rewarding experience that helps us understand how secluded and difficult to reach it was for many centuries.

    Walking time: 6 hours

    Distance 13km Ascent 200m Descent 1350m

    Info

    Required equipment
    • hiking boots;
    • rucksack (35-45 l);
    • trekking poles;
    • water & windproof jacket;
    • rain cover;
    • sun hat;
    • sun lotion;
    • sunglasses;
    • warm hat;
    • gloves;
    • water bottle (1,5 litres);
    • travel liner;
    • torch;
    • personal first aid kit.

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