From the Monastery to the Ashram

What is included in From the Monastery to the Ashram trek:

Day 1

Sofia – The Rila Monastery – Kobilino Branishte

Departure from Sofia at 8:30 a.m. and after about an hour and a half we reach the Stobski Pyramids. Then we have lunch at a restaurant, called Gorski Kat. We visit the monastery with a guided tour – an hour and a half. We continue ahead towards the grave of Saint Ivan of Rila and Suhoto Ezero (The Dry Lake) (1,928 m). The lake is within the Rila Monastery National Reserve. There we could see endemic species like the Rila primrose (Primula deorum), the David’s starflower (Anchusa davidovii), and the Rila violet (Viola orbelica). We will camp in the wild near the shelter of Kobilino Branishte.

Duration – 6 hours.

Day 2

Vodni Chal Peak (2,683 m), then lunch. After the lunch we head to the shelter of Strashnoto Ezero (The Frightening Lake), where we will spend the night.

We will trek along the ridge, from where we will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Duration – 5 hours.

Day 3

The Malyovishki Ridge – Ivan Vazov Lodge

This will be our longest day, but also the most exciting, because we will go through the most difficult yet most beautiful section of Rila, namely the Malyovishki Ridge. We will cross it along the traverse between the peaks of Golyam Kupen, Lovnitsa, Dvuglav, Orlovets, Petlite, Malyovitsa. In this majestic and challenging ridge of Rila we will have to use mountain equipment in order to cross it. We will have lunch at the saddle towards the lodge. After the lunch, we follow the ridge towards the peak of Damga (2,669 m) and then we head to Pazar Dere and Ivan Vazov Lodge (2,300 m). we spend the night there. A day full of picturesque panoramas!

Duration – 8 hours.

Day 4

Ivan Vazov Lodge – The Seven Rila Lakes – Separeva Banya

From Ivan Vazov Lodge we head north towards the peak of Otovitsa (2,696 m) and from a certain spot we will be able to see all the seven lakes. The path is meandering by Lakes Shemhaa, Sartseto and Mahabur. Reaching Lake Mahabur, we will take a rest for lunch. Afterwards we head towards Skakavitsa Waterfall (1,876 m). Transfer to Zeleni Preslap. In the evening we deservedly take a dip in the mineral waters in the town of Separeva Banya. Return to Sofia.

Duration – 7 hours.


Price: 350 EUR  for the whole group.

Price includes – guide services and equipment 

Travel is shared.

The approximate price for a night is 8 EUR and is paid when we get there. The lodge provides food.

Important: Departure and travel times are approximate and they depend on the pace of the whole group. These also include time for rest.

The guide has the right to change the route upon unexpected circumstances!

For the trek you will need insurance, dry food and water.

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