THE SEVEN RILA LAKES & RILA MONASTERY

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As everyone who is searching for “what to see in Bulgaria” you probably noticed that in many articles it is recommended to visit The Seven Rila Lakes. The jewel in the crown of Rila mountain, this group of glacier lakes attracted many tourists in the past years as it became easily accessible after the chairlift started operating. You can convince yourself in the pristine beauty of the area by taking a day-tour to the Lakes. The one-day hiking trip could be done with a guide who will give you more information or you can enjoy walking at your own pace in a self-guided tour and admiring the charm of the alpine vistas.

We will start the day early in the morning with a transfer towards Panichishte resort from where we board on the chair lift. (2 hrs driving time and 20 mins with the lift). We will encounter the divine nature by exploring the lakes one by one. Located on a terraced terrain, we will gently gain elevation until we reach the lowest one (2100 m) also known as the Lower Lake. It gathers the waters from the rest of the group and from here stem the river Dzherman. Sitting by the shores of Babreka (The Kidney Lake) we will learn more about the white brotherhood, established from the Bulgarian philosopher and spiritual teacher Petar Danov. It gathers many of his followers in August exactly here, to celebrate the inner peace and harmony with nature. From the highest located lake Salzata (The Teardrop Lake  2500m) we will have a breathtaking view towards all of them. As yu may guess, all of the Lakes have names that perfectly describe their odd shapes or local legends which we will learn from our guide.

Total transfer time: Appr. 5-5,30hrs (+40min chairlift ride)
Hiking specifics: Appr. 3,30hrs (without breaks); 6km; +400m/-400m;
Tour difficulty: the trek is considered as moderately arduous with some steep stages now and then. The terrain is rough so flip-flops and sandals are not acceptable. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Wind-/waterproofs are necessary just in case (general rule for all treks above the tree line irrespective of the season) and also a warmer middle layer (especially for the chairlift ride in the chilly mornings).


Prices:
1 pers: 159 euro; 2 pers: 97 euro pp; 3 pers: 74 euro pp; 4-7 pers: 66 euro pp;
* The rates above are per person based on the number of people in one reservation.
** The tour is not private and the group may comprise customers booked under several reservations, each with a different number of people. We aim to keep the total group size not exceeding 12 passengers (normally 2-8).

*** Promo rates may occur for some of the dates; scroll the Book Online tab to check if such are present around your travel dates.
Price includes: Transfers throughout the tour; English-speaking guide;
Price does not include: Chair lift tickets for Rila Mountains; Entrance to the museum in Rila Monastery;
Food: Due to the really tight schedule of the tour, there will be no time for a proper lunch, although such options are otherwise available in the Rila Lakes hut, and also around the Rila Monastery. Please come prepared with a lunch pack and the proper amount of water for the day.
Best period: June-October

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