Rila Lakes and Monastery


2-day Lakes to the Monastery route, hut overnight on the top of the mountain. Tour over the main Rila ridge. Navigation tools and planing support included. Please add your dates to the Order Notes at Checkout.



A self-guided independent walking tour that follows the classical route from the Seven Rila Lakes to the Rila Monastery. The route goes across the main mountain ridges of Zeleni Rid and Baucher Ridge. The main sights of the route are the Skakavitsa Waterfall, the Seven Rila Lakes, the stunning high mountain area of Ivan Vazov Hut – Pazardere Valley. Another highlight is the impressive Rila Monastery.

You’ll walk on foot to all of them, crossing a high mountain ridge and sleeping in a hut on the way. This is a challenging trek for those who have some hiking experience, are in a very good shape and have the proper equipment.

The trail crosses the Rila National Park from the north to the south and the start and end points are different. Both are accessible by car or public transport/taxi ride.The trek is strenuous and requires decent experience in hiking, good mountain equipment and physical shape. Accommodation in the hut is simple, in dormitories and no shower, but the food and beer are the tastiest in Rila. The trip is available between June and October.




Day 1: Sofia – Zeleni Preslop – Skakavitsa Hut – Skakvitsa Waterfall – The Seven Rila Lakes  – Ivan Vazov Hut – 8 hours, +1100 m/-400 m.

Day 2: Ivan Vazov Hut – Rila Monastery – Sofia – 6 hours, +200/-1350 m.


Cost includes


  • NAVIGATION – all the navigation tools you need to plan and complete this route independently. We provide:

👉 Paper map of the route – send them abroad or to your hotel in Sofia;

Map of Northwestern Rila

👉 Route gpx tracks;

👉 Route notes with important info on the route and general advise;

👉 Assistance in using your navigation tools like smart phone apps, gps unit, installing the tracks, etc.


  • CONSULTATION TALK1×30 min with us before your tour. We will answer all your questions and doubts, also help you in the preparation, planning or research for any necessary info.


  • ROUTE ADJUSTMENTS – We will adjust the plan and the route within the same time frame for you, according your personal travel plans and preferences on the difficulty of the day walks, the accommodation type, etc.


Not included


  • Guiding;
  • 24h emergency support during the trip;
  • GPS unit;
  • Transport, accommodation or food expenses;
  • Luggage transfers, lift tickets;
  • Insurance.