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 - Rila Monastery


Days 3   Distance 31 km   Ascent 2420 m   Descent 2014 m

If you have only 3 days for hiking in the Rila National Park this trail is the best choice as it offers splendid panoramas in the Mountains and the area of the Seven Rila Lakes and passes through the Rila Monastery. Arguably these are the most famous landmarks in Bulgaria. The strength that it requires is moderate. The accommodation is at huts that offer food. If you want, during the day 3 you can spend the night at the Monastery. 

Day 1Walk from the village of Sapareva Banya to the Skakavitsa hut through the forest.
Day 2: 
Walk from the Skakavitsa hut to the hut Ivan Vazov through the area of the Seven Rila Lakes.
Day 3: 
Walk from the hut Vazov to the Rila Monastery along an open ridge with beautiful views. 

Self-guided tour*

  • Difficulty: The average difficulty is moderate. 
  • Accommodation: The huts are well-maintained, offer food and beverages. They are ones of the most visited, so you need to book the beds in advance.
  • Transport: 
    • To the starting point: There is public transport to the town of Doupnitsa from Sofia. From it you can continue to the Sapareva Banya village by bus.
    • To the finishing point:There is a bus in the late afternoon that connects the Rila Monastery with 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 epitomises 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.