Join us on a truly unforgettable hike in one of the most pristine mountains of the Balkan region – Rila. Explore more than 200-year-old forests with trees up to 50m. Enjoy the stunning glacial lakes formed during the Ice Age along with a 70m tall waterfall. Visit the most significant cultural symbol of Bulgaria – Rila Monastery.
Balkan Vagabondz welcomes you into the natural and spiritual soul of the Bulgarian people – Rila Monastery and the 7 Rila Lakes.
This is a challenging hike which requires hiking experience, fitness, and proper gear.
~ Day 1 ~ Sofia – Zeleni Preslop – Skakavitsa Hut – Skakvitsa Waterfall – The Seven Rila Lakes – Ivan Vazov Hut – 9 hours, +1200 m/-500 m.
~ Day 2 ~ Ivan Vazov Hut – Rila Monastery – Sofia – 6 hours, +200/-1350 m.
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A minimum experience in similar treks is required – we need to be sure that you are able to walk on mountain terrain around 9h with medium pace and climb +1000 m, carrying your gear. We follow only marked tourist trails and there are no terrain difficulties however a decent physical fitness is a must.
– Bus Sofia-Dupnitsa – 6BGN (3€/person)
– Taxi/transfer Dupnitsa – start point – 10-15BGN (7€/person)
We are also able organise private transfers from Sofia in order to save time and hassle with public transport. The total cost for these is 320 BGN (160€ total for up to 3 people in a car).
– Mountain hut accommodation – 35BGN (17€/person) – includes accommodation, dinner, breakfast and packed lunch for the next day.
– Bus Rila Monastery – Sofia – 11 BGN (6€/person)