You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel or address in Sofia for a wonderful journey in the Rila Mountains. Within 1.5 hours you will arrive at Pionerska hut (1520 m.), from where the group will take a chair lift to the Rila Lakes hut situated above the tree line at 2150 m.a.s.l. in the Rila Mountains National Park.
Here the circular walk begins, passing by Ribnoto (The Fish), Trilistnika (The Trefoil) and Bliznaka (The Twin) Lakes; when the group reaches Bubreka (The Kidney) Lake, situated at 2282 m.a.s.l. there are 2 options:
1. The group can choose to take the long route: continue uphill and passing by Okoto (The Eye) Lake, you reach the Lakes Peak (2550 m), offering a great panorama of all the Seven Rila Lakes. Then you will walk back the same way to the Kidney Lake.
2. The group can choose the short route: We head towards the top station of the chairlift along a scenic route offering a great panorama of the Seven Lakes area.
At the end of the hike, you will reach the Rila Lakes hut and via the chairlift will descend to the Pionerska hut. The minivan is awaiting us for a short transfer (approx. 20 min.) to Sapareva Banya Spa resort, famous for one of hottest thermal springs in Europe (~103C). Enjoy and take the time to relax deeply after the walk in some the numerous thermal pools with temperature of the water varying from 15 to 45 C. In the late afternoon, the group will head back towards Sofia, where you will be dropped back off at your place.
Walking time: approx. 3 hours (short route); approx. 5 hours (long route)
Total ascent / descent: approx. 180 / 140 m (short route); 460 / 385 m (long route)
Bus / car transfer duration: approx. 3 hours / 190 km