1 Hour Moderate
Day trip to Rila lakes: Visit and admire the Seven Rila lakes
The Seven Rila Lakes are glacial lakes, nestled in Rila Mountain, at a distance of approx. 90 km from Sofia. The lakes have been named for their shapes and qualities. The highest of them, for example, is Tear Lake, which gained its name for its crystal-clear water. It sits 2,535 meters above sea level. The lowest one is called The Lower Lake – 2,095 meters. The lakes are located one above the other, connected by a path that provides stunning views. The destination is popular not only because of its natural beauty which attracts tourists but also because of its religious significance to the White Brotherhood or Danovites. Every year on August 19, there is a large gathering. On this date the Brotherhood celebrates their New Year, dancing a panreuthmic sun-worshipping dance arranged in large circles.
Itinerary: The tour starts at 08:00 with pick up from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia. After approximately 1 and a half-hour drive we will reach Panichishte resort. From there we will take the chairlift which will lead us to the Rila Lakes mountain hut. And from here the hike starts. We will follow the path which will unveil the beauty of the lakes one after the other – The Lower Lake, Fish Lake, The Trefoil, The Twin, The Kidney, The Eye, and The Tear. The walking time is approx. 5 hours. Before leaving back to Sofia you will have the chance to stop for a light dinner at a traditional restaurant at a resort on our way. Drive back to Sofia. The tour ends with drop off at your hotel/accommodation.