Seven Rila Lakes

 Day Tour: Seven Rila Lakes

The area of the Seven Rila Lakes comprises an expanse with seven lakes scattered around, and three peaks rising to surround the area, seeming to protect the resplendent landscape. The altitude of the lakes area varies from 2,095 to 2,535 meters. Seeing the lakes is a must to understand why Rila is treasured, not only for the precious water, but also for spots unique in appeal.

The day tour to the Seven Rila lakes is available from Sofia, Borovets, Bansko, Plovdiv and Pamporovo.

If you want to visit the Seven Rila lakes from location in Bulgaria different than the mentioned above just drop me a text. I will create a customized day tour for you and your group. The Seven Rila lakes day trip also can be included as a part of a longer tour in Bulgaria or the Balkans. 

At a Glance

Tour Duration: Full Day
Best period: May-October
Price:  Depends on your personal needs and preferences


  • Visit one of the most famous nature sights in the Balkans
  • Get some fresh mountain air
  • Take the chair lift ride on the way to the Seven Rila lakes and back
  • Having lunch in traditional mountain hut near the Seven Rila lakes
  • Get closer to the nature, know more about the local herbs and animals
  • Hiking in the highest mountain on the Balkan peninsula
  • Get rid of all urban environment

Sofia – Seven Rila Lakes

Departure early in the morning. (08:00)
Transfer to the beginning of the Seven Rila lakes (1:30-2:00 hours)
Taking a chair lift or SUV to the upper lift station.
Three – four hours hiking around the Seven Rila lakes
Going down with a lift or SUV
Transfer to Sofia (1:30 – 2:00 hours)

More About the Seven Rila Lakes

The Seven Rila Lakes (7 Rila lakes) in the heart of the Rila mountain, are among the numerous water features of this treasure trove of pine trees, rivulets, streams and ponds. They are of glacial origin. The area of the Rila lakes is famed for its stern beauty, adorned by the seven expanses of clear mountain water. The area of the lakes rightly belongs in the list of the one hundred most precious sites in Bulgaria. The height of the lake area is between 2,100 and 2,500 meters above sea level.

The levels of the lakes descend in a terrace-like manner. They are ponds in the mountain folds, interrelated by small brooks. The passages are more picturesque in places where the brooks form fountains and tiny waterfalls. The Seven Rila lakes’ names are characteristic, related to the peculiarity of each lake. For example, the highest lake is called “Sulzata” (“Tear”) owing to is marvelously transparent water.


Private tour! No other tourists!
Friendly local tour guide
Offering competitive rates and discounts
Breaks and photo stops at your convenience
I can show you the local insights that most people miss!
Pick-up/ Drop off from your hotel


  • Transfer with mini van
  • All transportation costs along the route, fuel, VAT and parking fees
  • Licensed mountain guide
  • Pickup and drop off from your hotel


    • Food and drinks
    • Tickets for the chair lift
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Personal expenses

    Good to Know

    Hiking level – Beginners – intermediate
    Wearing comfortable clothes and shoes is necessary
    Wear jacket and warm clothes (scarf, gloves, extra t-shirt, socks etc.) no matter of the season. After all the Seven Rila lakes are located on 2535m. altitude
    Bring sun protection cream, because the sun is stronger in the mountain.
    Wearing hat and sunglasses is recommended
    There are no shops and restaurant (except one) on the route, so better take some snacks, fruit, sandwiches or chocolate with you. On the way from Sofia to the starting point we’ll make a short stop on the shop
    Don’t forget your camera