Excedo was born out of an idea and its founder’s desire to help world travelers discover and explore the diverse range of experiences Bulgaria has to offer. There is so much more to Bulgaria that goes beyond the ordinary and we want to help guests experience as much as possible. We strive to make you see our home country with different eyes.
Hiking in Bulgaria’s Rila Lakes
The 7 Rila Lakes are one of the most iconic mountain landscapes in the world and perhaps also the most recognized and famous natural landmark in Bulgaria. As one can surely imagine, they are very popular both with tourists and locals. Our 7 Rila Lakes for Hiking Junkies daytrip is intended to take you away from the crowds, present you with a serious Bulgaria trekking challenge, and show you the pristine scenery and biodiversity of Rila National Park. For trips like this, check out the rest of our adventure trips in Bulgaria.
Our extreme route, hiking the incredible Rila Lakes
Along our route we pass the oldest mountain hut in Bulgaria; take a look at the highest waterfall in the Rila Mountains and enjoy the spectacular view of the Rila Lakes spread before your eyes.
Walking time and difficulty: 8 h; +1000/-450 m; T3 difficulty*
* This 7 Rila Lakes Hike is suitable only for experienced mountaineers with high fitness and endurance and requires participants to be well equipped for high altitude conditions.
June – October
We depart at 7:00 AM from a location of your choosing in Sofia
We leave at 7:00 AM from Sofia and arrive at Pionerska Hut in the Rila Mountains at around 9:00 AM.
Our 7 Rila Lakes Hike begins at ~1600 m above sea level. The first goal for the day is to reach the oldest mountain hut in Bulgaria – Skakavitsa (at ~1900 m), hiking through the majestic pine forests of Rila National Park.
After a short break for coffee or tea at the hut, we head in the direction of Skakavitsa Waterfall. With its 70m drop, it is the highest waterfall in the Rila Mountains and the views are spectacular. Afterwards, our trekking day trip takes us to the world-renowned 7 Rila Lakes, the highest an incredible 2535m above sea level. If the idea of trekking through Bulgaria is so appealing that you’d like to make it into an entire week’s trip, check out our 8 Day Bulgaria Pure Mountain Pleasure trip.
Most of our route follows marked hiking trails, but also includes sections of challenging terrain, steep grassy slopes, and jagged rocks. It is specifically designed to showcase the very best Rila National Park has to offer: peace, quiet, beautiful landscapes, and a rich array of plants and animal life.
After a long day of hiking, we will spoil ourselves a bit and grab a well-deserved beer or something stronger, before we take the cable car down to where our vehicle awaits.
You can expect to arrive back in Sofia in the early evening. If you have any follow-up questions about our incredible 7 Rila Lakes Hike, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.