In today's post I've decided to show you one of the most visited places in Bulgaria.
Welcome to this Bulgarian preciousness called The Seven Rila Lakes. Located in Rila National Park!
We will make a complete tour of the seven Rila lakes and we will reach Otovichki Peak, which is 2696 meters high and rises proudly above the lakes.
But first let me tell you the names of the Seven Rila Lakes:
|In english||In bulgarian|
|The Fish Lake||Рибното езеро|
|The Lower Lake||Долното езеро|
The traditional route is through the Vada hut is quite difficult, which is why in recent years the route through the Rila Lakes hut has been mainly used.
The area of the Seven Rila Lakes is included in the Rila National Park. Actually there are only three national parks in Bulgaria and they are - Rila National Park, Pirin National Park and Central Balkan National Park.
Our walk started from the terminal station of the cable car that leads to the Rila Lakes hut.
Every tourist has two possible options starting from the new hut.
The classic route, which goes past the Lower Lake, and the panoramic route, which climbs the ridge. Personally, we chose the second route, which started with a fairly steep climb up the ridge.
Rila Lakes Hut
From the Rila Lakes hut you start on this steep trail, walking along it within an hour we will reach the flat part.
Then after another 1 kilometer we will reach Kidney Lake. At the beginning the trail is quite steep, a gradient of about 8%, then the walking becomes much more bearable.
The view that remains behind us is quite unique. You can see the cable car, the Rila Lakes hut and the Lower Lake.
Not long after we reached the ridge. With each step the cirque began to dissolve and the lakes appeared one after another in front of our eyes.
Along the narrow trail we were traveling, photo spots were made from which you could see each lake.
Such as this place from which we can see the Lower Lake. It is located at an altitude of 2098 meters. The waters of the six other lakes flow into it - The Tear; The Eye; The Kidney; The Twin; The Trefoil; The Fish Lake.
Walking along the narrow trail we come to a crossroads.
A sign on the right indicates that we come to the remarkable Skakaviski waterfall, which is the highest in the whole Rila Mountains. And the sign pointing to the right takes us to the next of the lakes.
We did not have the opportunity to take the time and visit the Skakavishki waterfall, but from the words of the tourists returning from there, I can claim that we really missed a lot. But as I like to say, all the more reason to come back to this wonderful place.
Even though we didn't get to visit Skakaviski Fall, we did get to see some of the white fraternity members. Every year on the 19th of August, people from different countries gather to play the festive Paneurhythmy near Kidney Lake.
This is the so-called white brotherhood. This dance was introduced by Peter Dunov, a very famous person for all Bulgarians a spiritual teacher and philosopher.
The timing is not the best we could have hoped for. All the way to The Kidney Lake it rained on us, and the fog appeared and disappeared. It wasn't long before we reached The Kidney Lake, located at 2282 meters above sea level. Its name comes from the fact that its shape is one to one with the shape of the kidney.
The lakes are located at a relatively high altitude. The lower lake, which appears to be the lowest, is 2095 metres above sea level, while the uppermost lake, Lake Tear, is 2535 metres above sea level.
The lakes are interconnected by streams. Like the Tear, the Eye and the Kidney lake, separately drain into the Trefoil Lake. From there they form a small river that runs through Trefoil, Fish Lake and Lower Lake.
The Eye is the deepest circus lake in Bulgaria. Its depth is 37 metres. Having said which is the deepest lake, it is right to say which is the shallowest.
This is Fish Lake. It is only 2 and a half meters deep so there is no possibility of drowning. It's good to know that swimming in these lakes is strictly forbidden and any violators are penalized.
In the past, the whole area of the seven Rila lakes was called the onegyol.
Due to the fast descending fog and unfavourable weather conditions, we had to take our way back. I hope you enjoyed the post.
I'd love for you to let me know if I was able to motivate you to consider visiting this place!
Thank you for your attention!
All rights reserved! All photos taken by me, using Nikon D3100.