15 comments on “The Rila Traverse Description

  1. If any woman is planning to stay in Ribni Ezera Hut, you should know this. I was there last night and the man working there was extremely disgusting. At first I was planning to stay there by myself as I was doing a 3 day hike. My bulgarian friend called and booked a bed. When I got there the man was staring at me weridly all the time, trying to get closer to me and flirting with me. It was so intimidating. Luckily I met a hiker on the way and he stayed with me in the hut. I wouldn’t have liked to be there by myself.

  2. Hi!
    Me and two friends want to do a similar route, I have one question to you:
    Is it possible to get to Ribni Ezera Hut from the Scary Lake?

  3. Hi there,
    Is there an option to walk a part of the itinerary?
    How difficult would it be for a healthy 20 year old with no experience of long hikes?
    Does the itinerary include the seven lakes?

    Thank you very much,

    • It doesn`t include the 7 lakes, but you can extend it and climb up to the lakes after the monastery. If you have no experience you need to prepare well in terms of navigation, weather and terrain judgment and best is to get someone for a company. It could be fine to complete it but also in certain conditions you may get into trouble. If you get a map you`ll see where you can escape the route and go down the mountain, if you want to do only a part of it.

  4. Is this possible in october ? if not, setpember? Do you have a good map for hiking and is it available for purchase?

  5. Hi!

    I am planning on following this hiking itinerary. As the route ends at the parking lot of Malyovitsa, but I don’t have a car so I will be travelling with public transport. Is that possible from Malyovitsa? Are there busstops in the (surrounding) area?
    Thank you!

  6. Matej Hruby on May 25, 2018 1:27 pm | Reply


    I would like to ask you for advice. In the middle of June I’m going to Rila and Pirin mountains. I would like consult with you my itinerary. I would like to start at the early morning at the Borovest and across Musala will go to the Ribini lakes hut (aprox. 35 km per day). Second day to the Rila monastery and also sleep there (26 km per day). Third day will continue to the Makedonia hut (25 km per day). Fourth day to the Javorov (40 km per day). Fifth day to the hut Horskij raj or Pirin (40 km per day). And the sixth day to Melnik town and continue by public transport to the Sandanski and then by train to the Thessaloniki.

    Is possible to sleep in the tent in an area around huts? And is any website where is possible to book accommodation? I would like also ask you about food and water. Is there some opportunity to buy some food and water in that huts? (I walking really lot of, so I have not problem with distance about 40 km per day)

    I will be very grateful for your opinion and your advice.

    Thank you very much


    • Hello Matej, the day stretches you plan are far above average, especially the Pirin part. In June problematic might be snow drifts on some of the trails, that could be dangerous, also possibly more unstable weather. A couple of the stretches are difficult to navigate as not marked well. Would say the route is maybe possible if you are very well equipped, very well trained, experienced in navigation and dealing in more difficult and possibly dangerous terrain, also lucky with the weather. There is no website to book the huts unfortunately, you need to contact them directly. Food is offered in all the places. Camping next to the huts is fine. Water is not a problem on the way, except along the main ridge of Pirin.

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