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Cirque of the Seven Rila Lakes

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  • Cirque of the Seven Rila Lakes
    / Cirque of the Seven Rila Lakes
    Photo: Minna Harshbarger, Macs Adventure
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Discover the 7 glacier lakes along this trail and be blown away by the magnificent scenery.

moderate
18.7 km
6:40 h
1160 m
1157 m

Following a hearty breakfast, transfer (15-20 mins) to the start of your walk, where you follow a shaded path through age-old spruce forests of the Rila National Park as you reach alpine pastures.

At between 2100-2500m above sea level you’ll find the Cirque of the Seven Rila Lakes. From the edge of the highest lake, marvel at the shimmering glacial lakes that stretch out underneath Rila’s peaks.

Return to your hotel via a transfer

outdooractive.com User
Author
Minna Harshbarger
Updated: January 30, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2540 m
Lowest point
1471 m

Safety information

Watch the short term local weather forecasts. Avoid high altitude hiking when the weather is bad. There are plenty of trails in the valleys, that allow you to reach a village quickly if bad weather sets in. 

Equipment

We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus a rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days.

In your information pack, you’ll find a detailed list of all the required hiking gear, including some good hiking boots, appropriate clothing, a rain jacket and a backpack.

Start

Vada (1473 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
42.228397, 23.363020
UTM
34T 695003 4677838

Destination

Vada

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.

Note


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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18.7 km
Duration
6:40h
Ascent
1160 m
Descent
1157 m

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