THE SEVEN RILA LAKES
When people talk about Bulgaria, the Seven Rila Lakes almost always come up first. They are considered a national symbol and to no surprise are included in the list of the 100 Natural Sights of Bulgaria.
The lakes are situated on along a path which elevation rises gradually with every lake – starting at 2095 m and bringing you to 2535 m. The Seven Lakes were formed during the last Ice Age and once the glaciers melted the naturally lower places formed these cirque lakes. All seven of them have been given names according to their remarkable shapes such as – the Kidney, the Eye, the Teardrop…etc.
The beautiful and pristine waters are freezing cold year around. The location is considered one of the most “spiritually charged” places on the planet and during the month of August it is here where the White Brotherhood of Petar Danov climbs up to celebrate the summer solstice and perform their hypnotic dances – Panevritmia.
This is an example program, that can be modified according to your desires.
07:30 am – Pick up from previously arranged location in Sofia
09:00 am – Arriving at Pionerska Hut
12:30 pm – Lunch at the lake “The Eye”
03:30 pm – Arriving back at Pionerska Hut
04:00 pm – Departing for Sofia
05:30 pm – Arriving in Sofia
You should be well equipped: comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the 7 Rila Lakes hike, as well as raincoat and long pants or even a winter hat. The weather in the high mountain is often unpredictable and can change very quickly. A sun protecting hat is obligatory, because of the elevated ultraviolet radiation at high altitudes. People with sensitive skin should consider the use of sunscreen!