Seven Rila Lakes
Seven Rila Lakes
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  • sheri
    Brighton, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning but busy.
    Very busy. We made the mistake of going at a weekend. Take cash with you for the car park (5) and cable car (25 return) as they don’t take card. We decided not to wait in the queue for the cable car and walked up. Straightforward route but quite steep so only suitable for those with a good level of fitness. It took us 1hr and we got there before the people in-front of us in the queue for the cable car. The circular route was stunning but very busy with people. Food only available near the lift so take snacks if you need to. Places to refill water on route from natural springs. We chose to walk back down as the lift queue was again really busy. Worth the trip but be prepared for the hoards of people.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • n3rdy_traveler
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely worth it, beautiful lake views
    Amazing views. Make sure to bring enough cash (25 leva per person) for the lift, they often can't accept credit cards at the ticket station. We did the shorter route that takes about 2.5 hours. We went a bit off season so there were not so many hikers.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
  • Ani T
    London, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular experience
    One of the best hiking trail which is situated at 2600 meters above sea level in Rila mountains. The trail is 3,4 hours with spectacular view around 7 glacial lakes. There is a lift which takes you to the start. September is the best month as it’s not very crowded. The first part is hard and it’s about an hour then is mostly flat when you rich “kidney” lake and the magic circle. The third part is the most difficult as the elevation is 300 metres when you encounter “the eye” the deepest lake 37.5 meters. And on the top behind the view point is hidden “the tear” which is the most clear one. From the top you can see all 7 lakes. On the way back the trail is going very down so you go closer to the lower lakes. If you looking for a place to recover after hiking I really recommend the hotel “Panorama” Food is amazing and sauna is good a addition Strongly recommending
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Zo S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning nature
    Absolutely beautiful nature. A lot of walking, but Definitely a "MUST" see. We stayed in a house in Sapareva banya and we have had a long day of walking/ hiking to see the last lake. The view is stunning from the last lake. We stayed in a house in Sapareva banya with mineral waters called "The Rock" and it was very relaxing going into the pool after long day hiking. So definitely would recommend this combination of long day hiking and then relaxing in a pool with mineral water.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 June 2024
  • Arran
    Gorebridge, United Kingdom12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning scenery easily accessed.
    Visited on Sunday 9th June. Got the chair lift from the bottom (25Lev per person for return trip). Takes around 25mins to ascend on chair lift. Very peaceful and lovely views. Only went into the hut at the top of the chair lift to use the toilet which you have to pay to use (1 Lev). The trail itself is well maintained, although very busy. Relatively easy walking with great views. The last section up to the viewpoint is a steep climb and if being honest, doesn't have any significantly better views than the rest of the trail. We returned via the lower path between the lakes which was quieter. Allow 3 to 4 hours for a gentle pace.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2024
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Ani T
London, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
One of the best hiking trail which is situated at 2600 meters above sea level in Rila mountains. The trail is 3,4 hours with spectacular view around 7 glacial lakes. There is a lift which takes you to the start. September is the best month as it’s not very crowded. The first part is hard and it’s about an hour then is mostly flat when you rich “kidney” lake and the magic circle. The third part is the most difficult as the elevation is 300 metres when you encounter “the eye” the deepest lake 37.5 meters. And on the top behind the view point is hidden “the tear” which is the most clear one. From the top you can see all 7 lakes. On the way back the trail is going very down so you go closer to the lower lakes.
If you looking for a place to recover after hiking I really recommend the hotel “Panorama”
Food is amazing and sauna is good a addition
Strongly recommending
Written 1 October 2023
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Evgeni M
Sofia, Bulgaria46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Magnificent nature! The seven Rila lakes are recognized as the most energetic place in the world. Great views from a height of 2500 m. The route is extreme. You need good equipment. The sun is strong and you need sunscreen. Many people visit the Rila lakes in the summer.
Written 25 July 2020
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Aran2005
Utrecht, The Netherlands436 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The best place with sufficient accommodations to visit the 7 Rila lakes is Sapareva Banya. From there it is about 20 minutes by car, on a good road, to the chairlift. Follow direction Panichishte. For the chairlift you have to go past Panichishte and follow the road for a few more kilometers. Then you automatically arrive at the parking lot where you can park for 5 lev for a whole day. The chairlift up takes about 20 minutes before you arrive at the building with restaurant and the starting point of the walk. It is a circular walk, we walked it to the left. Then you start with a steep climb on a good path and it takes a while before you see the first lake. What a fantastic nature and nowhere to be seen waste. Halfway through the walk you can take a turn to the viewpoint where you can see the 7 lakes at the same time. We didn't. That path was quite steep and you would have to take the same path back to continue the circular walk. The remainder of the walk was more over boulders and occasionally through snow (it was early June). A few lakes were ice-free, but a few lakes were still frozen. We spent about 4 hours on the tour. We made many (photo) stops, a lunch break and a few drinking breaks. So it can be done much faster. Take your food and drinks with you, because you can't get anything along the way. Nature is overwhelming in this area. Really recommended.
Written 18 June 2023
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Eugen K
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
About 2 hour pleasant drive from Sofia brings you to a open lift. The lift takes you up to the hut named “Rila lakes” where the actual hike begins. First you climb a rather steep slope to reach a plateau from where you already see three of the seven lakes. Walking along the plateau takes you to the Kidney-lake. If you do not feel like going further you can remain here and enjoy while the others go further to the Ezeren-peak (2550 m) from where you see all the seven lakes. The climbing is not as difficult as it looks and you can always stop and go back, so give it a try. The views are nothing short of spectacular.
Written 28 October 2022
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n3rdy_traveler
Philadelphia, PA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Amazing views. Make sure to bring enough cash (25 leva per person) for the lift, they often can't accept credit cards at the ticket station. We did the shorter route that takes about 2.5 hours. We went a bit off season so there were not so many hikers.
Written 14 September 2023
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Zo S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Absolutely beautiful nature. A lot of walking, but Definitely a "MUST" see.
We stayed in a house in Sapareva banya and we have had a long day of walking/ hiking to see the last lake. The view is stunning from the last lake.

We stayed in a house in Sapareva banya with mineral waters called "The Rock" and it was very relaxing going into the pool after long day hiking. So definitely would recommend this combination of long day hiking and then relaxing in a pool with mineral water.
Written 11 June 2024
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sharpster08
Woking, UK409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We stayed at the Alpine hotel in Panichishte which was excellent and a great base for visiting the Rila National Park. There is a chairlift (called Pionerska I think) that takes you up to the open Planina above the tree line. It takes about 20 mins to get up there and the views of the surrounding mountains are superb. there are a number of trails but the main ones are obvious and take you up to Kidney Lake and then up higher to get great views of all the lakes. It's well worth going to the top even though it's quite steep in places. It's all perfectly safe, no drop offs, just great scenery. The weather was superb while we were there (in August) but it was still a bit cool at the top so layers are the order of the day! We spent about 6-7 hours up there but it can be done in less and you'd still get to enjoy some great scenery.
Written 26 September 2022
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Basia_Poznan
Poznan, Poland79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
An absolute hit in the Rila Mountains! Quite easy to reach and relatively easy to walk. It's easy to get from Spareva Banya by a mini bus. The trip is 20 leva shared by the passengers. There were 3 of us, so the cost was 7BNL/person. Then there is a chair lift (12 BNL one way 20 return) and then welcome to heaven! Clear cristal air, beautiful nature, surrounding mountains, changing views makes the road charming and spectacular. You can take a "smaller loop" and see 5 lakes in about 3hour time or go to the upper two ones which would take one more hour.
An absolute Must see for nature lovers.
Written 21 August 2021
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Arran
Gorebridge, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Visited on Sunday 9th June. Got the chair lift from the bottom (25Lev per person for return trip). Takes around 25mins to ascend on chair lift. Very peaceful and lovely views.

Only went into the hut at the top of the chair lift to use the toilet which you have to pay to use (1 Lev).

The trail itself is well maintained, although very busy. Relatively easy walking with great views. The last section up to the viewpoint is a steep climb and if being honest, doesn't have any significantly better views than the rest of the trail. We returned via the lower path between the lakes which was quieter.

Allow 3 to 4 hours for a gentle pace.
Written 13 June 2024
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sheri
Brighton, UK4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very busy. We made the mistake of going at a weekend. Take cash with you for the car park (5) and cable car (25 return) as they don’t take card. We decided not to wait in the queue for the cable car and walked up. Straightforward route but quite steep so only suitable for those with a good level of fitness. It took us 1hr and we got there before the people in-front of us in the queue for the cable car.
The circular route was stunning but very busy with people. Food only available near the lift so take snacks if you need to. Places to refill water on route from natural springs.
We chose to walk back down as the lift queue was again really busy.
Worth the trip but be prepared for the hoards of people.
Written 24 August 2023
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