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.

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.

Looking forward to hearing from you!