18 comments on “Walking at the Seven Rila Lakes

  1. Hello, wondering if it’s possible to do this from and back to Sofia in one day, using public transport. I wanted to try Vitosha but I cannot tell if any of the lifts work on a Monday (tomorrow). If you have any info for either hike please let me know. Thank you!

  2. Hey! Does the lift operate all year round? Is it possible to use it mid of November? Thanks, Daniela

  3. Hi,

    Thanks a lot for this great article. Just a question out of interest, we will visit in the last week of September. Do you expect many people to visit the Lakes and use the lift then?

    Many thanks,

    • Hi Marieke,
      We are planning to go at same time… We’ll leave on 28/9 from Kyustendil and arrive on 28/9 and stay overnight at one of the huts to do Rila Monastery. Would u like to join!? Its me and my partner… We’re from Australia visiting.

  4. We are planning to do the lakes soon – unfortunately during the peak season because my friends only have time in August. We plan to do the trip duringg a week day. As you recommended, we can stay at Sparyeva Banya and start very early and use the lift only going up. I have two questions about this. Does the lift work during week days and if we walk down on the way back and avoid using the lift, can we finish up everything in a day or will we need to book accomodation for the way back? My friends are quite experienced, they hike often in their home country. I’m not hiking that often but I’m in good shape – I’m doing some endurance training 5-6 times a week and can walk long distances for hours.

    • Hi, From Sapareva you need to go by car to the bottom lift station. Above it, you can climb up to the main ridge and back in a day without using the lift, in case you are in a decent shape. The lift works every day except Monday morning. Enjoy!

  5. Chandrayee Dey on Jul 8, 2019 3:45 pm | Reply

    How difficult is the hike? I am a first time hiker, never hiked such mountaneous terrain. My age is 30 years. Height short, weight normal. Will it be advisable for me?

  6. Hi!
    Is it possible to do the hike in the beginning of May? Which route is possible to do in that month?

  7. Great guide — interested in capturing sunrise photos from the top, where would you suggest to spend the night closet to the right spot to set up in the morning? Not an experienced hiker

  8. Anous Van Maanen on Aug 31, 2018 1:05 pm | Reply

    Is it possible to hire a guide with us, for the walk to the 7 Lakes? And where can we book it?

  9. Thank you for the great articles! I need some help: I’m coming in a week (Sunday Aug. 19) with 3 kids ages 16, 14 and 8. can we do the seven lakes in one day? can you direct us in a nice route that avoids crowds? also, i think i understood that the lift is not working Monday-Tuesday so how do we get up? thanks in advance!!

  10. Katerina Ruseva on Jun 18, 2018 3:53 pm | Reply

    Very useful article! Thank you. Will definitely benefit from your advice when we hike in July.

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