24 comments on “Hiking the Rila Lakes and Rila Monastery

  1. joselle mallia on Sep 30, 2019 11:22 pm | Reply

    hi, i am planning to visit bulgaria and include this 2 day trekking. our visit will be 1-5th november 2019 , so i wish to trek 2 days out of those days in bulgaria. what do you suggest please? is it nice and safe to do so with a guide?

    i have some experience in trekking a base camp in Nepal and had snow there, but not much else.

    thx a lot.

    • November is late Autumn and could be great weather conditions, but could also be rainy and cold, difficult to say from now. A lot of snow is not very possible. We can organize a guided trip for you.

  2. hellow
    I plan to do the trip to Seven Lakes and Monestary next week(7/10/18), do u know if the huts in this area are open for travelers?

  3. Hi
    I plan to do a two-day trip (Sep 28-29) to Seven Lakes and Monestary, I will be staying in Sofia.
    Can you suggest me some options. Also, is it crowded at that time?

  4. I have just sent some questions regarding to the tour “The High Summits of Pirin” but I found this tour is also attractive to me! I will be traveling alone so I would like to know if it is a shared tour. Will there be any tour in early August? What is the price?

    Thank you!

  5. Hey! I´m interesed in doing this tour on 3th-4th August. The problem is that I´m travelling alone and I´m not sure if I can find any company for this. Do you have any kind of group tour or some people who also are travelling solo and want to do the tour together? And how much would it cost?
    thank you very much in advance 🙂

  6. Hi Lyuben,
    We are interested in doing this tour from June 21-June 23. There will be 7 of us. Can you please let us know what the cost would be and if thosendatea work? Also, if we stay in sarapeva bania, how can we get back there at the end of the tour? Your reply us greatly appreciated, thank you!

  7. Hello Lyuben,

    I understand that this hike is possible at the end of May (snow present, but not winter conditions). Do you organise trips at that moment?
    Can you please let us know if there are options to get from the Rila Monastery back to Sapareva Banya?

  8. Hello Lyuben,

    My friend and I are planning to visit the seven lakes on mid of march, we would like to start from Rila Monastery, is it too risky for hiking on march?



    • Hi Nathan, hiking in March requires winter equipment, snowshoes and some basic experience in walking in winter conditions. There is still a lot of snow at the lakes. Of course, you can only take the lift and make a short loop near the hut, but still get warm clothes, good boots, sun protection, etc.

  9. Hi Lyuben,
    My friend and I are interested in this 2-day hike in from the 23 or 24th of June. can you please send me some more information about the guided tour and the self-guided tour?
    Looking forward to hearing from you,


  10. Hello Lyuben ,

    I wanted to ask your offer for a guided 2 days trek for 5 persons (age: 13-46) in July 2018.
    the “Contact Us” feature in this web site wasn’t working so I couldn’t send you my detailed msg. Please contact me to my mailbox.

  11. Lauren Maes on Jan 12, 2018 3:52 pm | Reply


    We’re a scouting group from belgium and we’re visiting Bulgaria this summer. We would like to take this 2day trip but we are with (27-30 persons). Is this possible for a group that big and if it is how much would u cost i?

    Kind regards
    Lauren Maes

  12. Hi, I would like to know if we can do the 2 day trip to seven lakes and Rila on 21/08/2017 and 22/08/2017 ? Please let me know cost for 2 people.

  13. We would be interested in doing this trip this monday and tuesday. It s two of us, would like to know if it s possible and the prices for it if so. Thanks!

  14. Hi Lyuben,

    I’m interested in this hike for this saturday/sunday! I know last minute… is there availability? What would the cost be for two people? Do we bring a sleeping bag? Please send me a note.


  15. Hey Lyuben,
    We have 4 people and plan on July 7 for 2 days and 1 night trip to Rila Lakes and Monastery.
    What is price for us?

  16. Aarav Sahu on May 18, 2017 11:16 am | Reply

    Hey Lyuben,

    I will be visiting Bulgaria in the last week of May, any chance that the hiking tours will be open then?

    • Hello Aarav,

      This route (Rila Lakes & Monastery) is still partly covered by snow by the end of May, so requires good waterproof boots, preferably with stiff sole. Even without snow, some parts will be quite wet and muddy. Also there is a crossing between Sluzata Lake and Razdela Pass that could be risky in snow conditions.

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