View of the Seven Rila Lakes
Panoramic view of the Seven Rila Lakes from Mount Ezeren
The Seven Rila Lakes (Bulgarian: Седемте рилски езера, transliterated: Sedemte rilski ezera) are a group of lakes of glacial origin (glacial lakes), situated in the northwestern Rila Mountains in Bulgaria. They are the most visited group of lakes in Bulgaria. The lakes are situated between 2,100 and 2,500 metres elevation above sea level.
Each lake carries a name associated with its most characteristic feature. The highest one is called Salzata ("The Tear") due to its clear waters that allow visibility in depth. The next one in height carries the name Okoto ("The Eye") after its almost perfectly oval form. Okoto is the deepest cirque lake in Bulgaria, with a depth of 37.5 m. Babreka ("The Kidney") is the lake with the steepest shores of the entire group. Bliznaka ("The Twin") is the largest one by area. Trilistnika ("The Trefoil") has an irregular shape and low shores. The shallowest lake is Ribnoto Ezero ("The Fish Lake") and the lowest one is Dolnoto Ezero ("The Lower Lake"), where the waters that flow out of the other lakes are gathered to form the Dzherman River.
The Seven Lakes chalet are a main tourist attraction in Bulgaria because of the inspiring natural beauty of the place. The lakes are located one above the other and are connected by small streams, which form tiny waterfalls and cascades. You can find tourist accommodation in the lakes' vicinity. It lies on the northeastern shore of The Fish Lake, at an elevation of 2,196 m. The most appropriate time to visit the lakes is summer, in July and August, when temperature is above 10 degrees Celsius and the risk of sudden storms is lower. During the rest of the year the weather is unfriendly to tourists. Sometime in October the lakes freeze and don't melt before June. The ice cover can reach up to 2 meters.
||Bulgarian name (transliterated)
2,535 m (8,317 ft)||
0.7 ha (1.7 acres)||
4.5 m (15 ft)||Named after its clear waters
2,440 m (8,010 ft)||
6.8 ha (17 acres)||
37.5 m (123 ft)||Named after its oval shape. Deepest cirque lake in Bulgaria
2,282 m (7,487 ft)||
8.5 ha (21 acres)||
28.0 m (91.9 ft)||Steepest shores of all
2,243 m (7,359 ft)||
9.1 ha (22 acres)||
27.5 m (90 ft)||Largest by area
2,216 m (7,270 ft)||
2.6 ha (6.4 acres)||
6.5 m (21 ft)||Irregular shape and low shores
||Рибното езеро (Ribnoto ezero)
2,184 m (7,165 ft)||
3.5 ha (8.6 acres)||
2.5 m (8.2 ft)||Shallowest
|The Lower Lake
||Долното езеро (Dolnoto ezero)
2,095 m (6,873 ft)||
5.9 ha (15 acres)||
11.0 m (36.1 ft)||Lowest
Panoramic photo of the six lowest (and largest) Seven Rila Lakes
, From left to right: Окото (Eye
), Бъбрека (Kidney
), Близнака (Twin
, half hidden), Трилистника (Trefoil
), Рибното езеро (Fish lake
), Долното езеро (Lower lake
View of the Seven Rila Lakes
Dolnoto, Ribnoto, Trilistnika and Bliznaka
Coordinates: 42°12′10″N 23°19′12″E / 42.20278°N 23.32000°E
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 05:20:16 -0700
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's 7 Rila Lakes Unaffected by Increased Tourist Influx - Min According to experts at the Rila National Park, the water of the Seven Rila Lakes is in very good condition and it meets EU drinking water standards. Photo by BGNES.
Sun, 15 Aug 2010 06:10:56 -0700
Bulgarian environmental activists are organizing a cleanup of trash in the area of the famous Seven Lakes in the southwestern Bulgarian mountain of Rila, August 24-29. The initiative is organized by Za Zemyata eco-NGO and the authorities of Rila ...
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:47:18 -0800
The famous Seven Rila Lakes is one of the country's best-known walking circuits, which takes in a group of scenic glacial ponds that are poetically named for their physical qualities, like The Eye and The Tear. The region is crowned by the luminous ...
Fri, 04 Dec 2009 06:36:35 -0800
A maintenance crew running a test on the lift at the Seven Rila Lakes, discovered that the main cable and safety lines had been deliberately cut overnight. Slavaiko Staikov, manager of the maintenance company, announced on Friday that his workers had ...
Red Bull (International)
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 05:52:30 -0800
The 2,925m high peak lets the pilots soar high over the well-known Seven Rila Lakes. “The Seven Rila Lakes are sacred,” says Ovcharov. “It's very spiritual for the people of Bulgaria.” While the route is part of a typical cross-country route for pilots ...
Sat, 04 Aug 2012 01:45:30 -0700
The Seven Rila Lakes, located in the Dangskiya region of the northwestern Rila Mountains, are glacial lakes. They are scattered at the foot of a massive cirque that includes the peaks Suhi Chal (Dry Peak), Otovishki, and Haramiya. The lakes have been ...
Red Bull (International)
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:13:42 -0700
"We have some of the best paragliding in Europe. Incredible conditions, and so many places to fly from," claims Bulgarian paraglider Veso Ovcharov. Despite that, the beauty of the Balkans has rarely been seen from the air. Red Bull Bird's Eye looks to ...
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 04:41:42 -0700
The pilgrims, who address each other as “brother” and “sister”, camp near the Seven Rila Lakes, greeting the sunrise with prayers and meditation before hiking up to the nearby plateau to practise paneurhythmy. They also attend lectures to open their ...
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