7 Rila Lakes

Guided day trip from Sofia

Important note:

In November : the terrain will be very wet/snowy and slippery and there may be snow in the area. Walking in such conditions requires good equipment (good trekking boots, waterproof clothes, and a warm layer beneath the jacket). The guide can decide to skip some sections of the route depending on the conditions on the day.



Trip schedule:

07:00 am - Departure from Sofia


09:00 am - Arrival at the start of the hike - lift parking lot


15:00 h - Departure from the parking lot


17:00h - Arrival in Sofia 



Price : from 39 EUR per person

Prices are per person / two-way / shared shuttle

What is included:

  • Shared transfer, two-way
  • Transportation with A/C vehicle
  • English speaking mountain guide/driver

What is NOT included:

  • Chair-lift ticket (25 BGN per person, two-way)* Not available in October
  • Meals and personal expenses
  • Mountain rescue insurance


07:00 h
 : departure from Sofia


09:00 h : arrival at the Rila Lakes chair lift (chair lift not running in October)
After arriving at the parking of the chair lift you have free time to explore the area on your own.

You can take the chair lift and walk around the mountain lakes or take one of the hiking routes up the mountain.


15:00 h : departure from the parking of the chair lift

About 2 hours journey back to Sofia.


17:00 h : arrival in Sofia city

Drop off in Sofia city centre at St. Alexandar Nevski's Catherdral.



Need hotel pick-up/drop off?

Order a reliable taxi service  to the meeting point via the local taxi mobile app TaxiMe (similar to Uber) - available in English for Android and iOS. Get discount from the first ride with promo code: hqx499. 

Or ask at the reception of your hotel to order a taxi for you.

Before you go


The 7 Rila Lakes are located high in the Rila National Park.

Temperatures can drop to 5° even during summer, so please consider appropriate warm clothing, rain coat and comfortable walking shoes.

Sunglasses, sun hat and sunscreen are also advised as the sun can be quite strong up in the mountain.

Prepare water and some packed food or snacks for the day as the dining options at the lakes are limited.