Rila Lakes & Monastery Adventure

Rila Lakes & Monastery Adventure

Balkan Vagabondz invites you to one of the most popular treks on the Balkan Peninsula, “The 7 Rila Lakes & Monastery Adventure”.

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.

Prepare for a two-day trek with incredible views on the way and overnight stay in a high mountain hut.


Rila Lakes & Monastery Adventure

Rila Lakes & Monastery Adventure

Rila Lakes & Monastery Adventure

Rila Lakes & Monastery Adventure

Rila Lakes & Monastery Adventure


~ 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.


How do we source our prices:

  1. Balkan Vagabondz receives a client request.
  2. The BV coordinator then reaches out to all the guides and guiding companies in the network to gather information on possible itineraries, availability and prices.
  3. Once we have all the options we send them to the client so he/she can select the best price, date and itinerary.

Please note negotiating prices is not always possible.

Essentially we are a price, availability and itinerary comparison site that helps people meet their adventure needs and save time along with providing extra customer service and consultation on top of the services you receive. All of this is free of charge as commission is taken from the suppliers.

Necessity List

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.


  • Passport
  • Insurance Policy (recommended)
  • Pocket money

Useful items:

  • Walking poles / sticks
  • Easy-to-handle backpack (35 – 45l)
  • Headtorch
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat (advised)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle (1,5l)
  • Camera
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Sleeping bag liner


  • Light rain & windproof jacket
  • 1 warm fleece / top
  • 1/2 short-sleeve shirt / top (optional)
  • Comfy approach/walking shoes / light boots
What is not included?
  • Transport

– 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)

  • Insurance – if your travel insurance doesn’t cover hiking trips, you’ll need to get a local one (we can arrange it for you) – 5 BGN (3€/person)
How to book your place?

You can simply register by using the web form on the right-hand side, e-mail, call or message us on facebook or twitter and we will contact our local guide to move forward with your booking.