The trek of the lakes
What is included in the trek of the lakes:
Transfer from Sofia to Malyovitsa Central Mountain School
Our first stop will be Malyovitsa Lodge (1 hour) where we stop for a short tea break. We head up to the eponymous peak (2,729 m). Our route passes through the Malyovishki Lakes. The peak with its alpine character is one of the most beautiful in Bulgaria. A break for lunch at the top – an hour and a half.
From Malyovitsa Peak we go down between the peaks of Malak Mermer and Dodov Vrah towards the Urdin Cirque (2 hours). The cirque comprises the lakes of Dolna Panitsa (Lower Bowl), Gorna Panitsa (Upper Bowl), Botanichesko (Botanical), Triagalnika (The Triangle), Damgsko and Plitkacho. There is a shelter and we will spend the night there. The Urdini Lakes are six and they are of glacial origin. They were declared a national landmark in 1985.
Duration – 6 hours.
The Urdini Lakes – Damga Peak – Ivan Vazov Lodge – Kalinite Peaks
We head towards Ivan Vazov Lodge (2,300 m). Our trail passes through the peak of Damga (2,670 m/3 hours). Crossing Pazar Dere, we end up in front of the lodge around noon. We leave our baggage there and we head up to the peaks of Golyam Kalin and Malak Kalin (2,668 m). In antiquity, these peaks used to be sanctuaries. If somebody feels like having a rest, they can stay over at the lodge. We continue towards Vineto, where we will see the Kalinski Lakes while descending. We spend the night in the lodge. Initially, they built a small cabin in the 1940s, but after the growing number and needs of tourists, it transformed into a lodge. Ivan Vazov is the first privately-owned lodge in our country, after signing the contract in 2003.
Duration – 7 hours
Ivan Vazov Lodge – Otovitsa Peak – The Seven Rila Lakes – Skakavitsa
From the lodge, across the peak of Otovitsa (2,696 m), we head to the most magical place in the south-western part of Rila, namely the Seven Rila Lakes. Above Salzata (The Tear), on the hill of Otovitsa, there is a spot from where all of the lakes are visible. Just like the Urdini Lakes, the Rila Lakes have glacial origin. The deepest lake is Okoto (The Eye) (37.7 m), while Ribnoto Ezero (The Fish Lake) is the shallowest (2.5 m). We will have lunch at Babreka (The Kidney). Our walking trek continues to Skakavitsa Waterfall and down to the eponymous lodge – 1,876 m (8-9 hours). This is the highest waterfall in Rila, with the water falling down from 70 metres. All this is located in the smallest national reserve in Rila – Skakavitsa. In the evening we deservedly relax at the mineral springs in the town of Separeva Banya. Return to Sofia.
Duration – 6 hours.
Price: 300 EUR for the whole group.
Price includes – guide services and equipment.
Travel is shared.
The approximate price for a night is 12 BGN 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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