SEVEN RILA LAKES: TIPS FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS

The seven rila lakes are one of the most visited places in Bulgaria. Not only are they absolutely beautiful to look at,  but they also require a good old hike if you are to reach the peak, making the trek even more rewarding. Positioned at high altitude (2,535m above sea level), the view from the peak is nothing less than breathtaking.

WHERE?

The seven rila lakes are located in the northwestern part of the Rila mountains in Bulgaria. They are approximately 1hr 30 mins drive from Sofia.

HOW TO GET THERE?

CAR

Getting there by car is pretty straightforward. Simply type “Lift seven rila lakes” into your GPS or google maps on your phone and it will take you directly to the car park of the lift area.

If you don’t have a car, there are plenty of tour groups taking tourists to the lakes from Sofia. Tripadvisor offers some excellent tours/expeditions.

COACH

You can get a coach from Sofia to Sapareva Banya, and then get a shuttle to the lift area (Pionerska hut).

TAXI

This is a rather expensive option but still an option. You can get a taxi directly from Sofia to the lift area.

THE HIKE

Once you’re at the lift area you have several options.

  • Take the chair lift for 25mins to the top. Prices for adults are 10 BGN one way or 18 BGN return. Once at the Rilski Ezera hut there is still 1hr 30min hike to the peak.
  • You can hike the whole way up from Pionerska hut to the peak. This usually takes around 4hrs.
  • You can take a 4×4 vehicle up to the Rilski Ezera hut. This option isn’t entirely legal but you will definitely see many people offering it, so best be prepared. They usually charge 10BGN one way.

RILSKI EZERA HUT

Restaurant, bar and cafe. Also offers overnight stay.

AFTER MORE THAN 5 HOURS OF HIKING, ENERGY RESERVES ARE EMPTY!

Feeling at peace.

Author: Anna Popova

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