The Pack Includes

 Detailed Itinerary
 GPS Track of your trail  
 Nights' accommodation in the huts
 Tourist map of the mountain (per post) 
 Hut Contacts
 E-mail assistance
 Phone assistance
 Time tables of local public transport
 Local taxi companies contacts 

The Pack Does Not Include

 Travel to and from Bulgaria
 Organised luggage transport from hut to hut
 Personal expenses
 Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
 Local transfers
 Travel insurance


The Seven Rila Lakes and the Malyovitsa peak


Days 3   Distance 35 km   Ascen2726 m   Descent 2541 m

This hike is one of the most famous and scenic hike in the Rila National Park due to the best panorama in the Mountain as: The Seven Rila Lakes, The Urdini Lakes, The peak of Malyovitsa and the Yonchevo Lake. The strength that it requires is moderate but the terrain is rocky. The accommodation is at huts that offer food. For the Day 3 there is more scenic and more difficult option.

Day 1: Walk from the hut Pionerska to the Vazov hut through the area of the Seven Rila Lakes.
Day 2: Walk from the Vazov hut through the peak of Malyovitsa to the hut Malyovitsa. This peak is arguably the most scenic in the Rila mountain. The path skirts along the area of the Urdini lakes, as beautiful as the Seven Rila Lakes.
Day 3: Walk in the area of the Yonchevo lake. 

Self-guided tour*

  • Difficulty: The average difficulty is moderate. The toughest part is the climbing down the peak of Malyovitsa. It is  totally touristic and safe, but the terrain is rocky and steep. You need of good shoes and strong knees.
  • Transport: 
    • To the starting point: There is no public transport to the hut of Pionerska. You can use a taxi from Sapareva Banya, the village that is served by a bus line from Doupnitsa town that is connected with Sofia by buses and train.
    • To the finishing point: There is a bus in the late afternoon that connects TsPSh-Malyovitsa with Samokov town that is served by a bus line to Sofia.
  • Security: The trail is totally secure. It is along well marked paths. The area is served by the mountain rescue teams.  

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*Self Guided Tour

A note on our self guided adventures

Self guided walking requires individuals to possess problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!).  Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of it as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Using directions and maps can be more difficult for solo travellers as often two heads are better than one when it comes to finding your way. There is a certain level of the unknown that comes with self guided trips, however with a methodical approach potential problems will be averted. Lately the GPS devices came to help the tourist. We prepare and send you a file with your trail so you can upload to your device. Though the GPS satellite data is free and works anywhere in the world, still the devices are expensive and not every one can afford it. More often tourists use their mobile phone with an GPS application. Sometimes in the Mountain you won’t always get a signal or proper speed internet connection. That’s where offline hiking apps come in handy. After uploading the digital trail, you can use it whenever and wherever you need it. The freedom of a self guided trip is something that, once experienced, is sought time and time again.
Our self guided packs offer you maximum flexibility and often a flexible choice of departure dates. A self guided holiday epitomizes the philosophy of exploring the mountains your way at your pace. On all our self guided excursions we’ll provide you with detailed route descriptions, maps and local information so you can plan your own day everyday. We’ll also make hut reservations for you. All you need to do is enjoy your hiking holiday with the comfort of knowing that you have adequate time to explore and comfortably savour the sights and delights of the mountain region.