Seven Rila Lakes, Sofia

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The Seven Rila Lakes are a group of lakes of glacial origin, 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 due to its clear waters that allow visibility in depth. The next one in height carries the name Okoto after its almost perfectly oval form. Okoto is the deepest cirque lake in Bulgaria, with a depth of 37.5 m. Babreka is the lake with the steepest shores of the entire group. Bliznaka is the largest one by area. Trilistnika has an irregular shape and low shores. The shallowest lake is Ribnoto Ezero and the lowest one is Dolnoto Ezero, where the waters that flow out of the other lakes are gathered to form the Dzherman River.The Seven Lakes are a tourist attraction in Bulgaria because of its natural environment. The lakes are located one above the other and are connected by small streams, which form tiny waterfalls and cascades. Tourist accommodation in the lakes' vicinity include a chalet on the northeastern shore of The Fish Lake, at an elevation of 2,196 m. The most common 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.
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  • Great fun, you can take chairlift up to a lodge. At this point you can climb up to see the lakes (ponds) that are up in the mountains. Great views and many hiking options, climb the ridge and see it a...  more »
  • With friends and family I saw the lakes in the Rila Mountains! The unique nature has taken our breath away and left great memories! This was my first, but certainly not last, visit to the lakes!
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  • Went in the summer. You can take a chair lift to the base of the mountain but have to hike the rest. If you go in the summer put on sun screen lotion, at that hight you will get sun burnt on a clear day
  • It’s part of paradise, I love it. Don’t miss the view if you reach there.
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