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Sedemte Ezera (Seven Lakes)
Rilsky Ezera, Bulgarian for “seven lakes”, is located in the Northwestern Rila mountains at the altitudes between 2100 and
Location: Rila Mountains
Description of Sedemte Ezera (Seven Lakes)
Ezera is a group of
lakes left since the Ice Age then the glacier covered the mountain.
Ice melted leaving seven lakes marking its previous path. They are
connected by brooks that swell with water in spring creating
spectacular sight of waterfalls and cascades. The path to the lakes
is quiet hard that takes several hours depending on physical fitness. Frequent stops is the best way to fight fatigue on
the steep accent. Once you get to the top you can either spend a
night camping or in a small hostel that is build near the first
lakes you will encounter. All materials were brought by horse and
these caravans still travel back and worth.
Keep in mind that the high altitude of Sedemte Ezera
is fairly high at over 2000 meters above sea level. People who are
susceptible to the altitude sickness should take proper medications
to fight headaches, dizziness, nausea and other symptoms.
seven lakes (Sedemte Ezera) have their own name given by different qualities. The
highest lake is called Silsa, Bulgarian for “teardrop”, due to
cleanliness and transparency of its water. Then follows the Okoto
(“the eye”), almost perfectly oval lake with depth of 37.5 meters.
If you decide to swim be careful not to get away far from a shore. Water
is fairly cold even in summer and cramps might set it quiet quickly.
Bibreka has the steepest shores and Trilistnika (“the three leaves”)
has the shape of the clover. Below these lays Ribnoto lake (“full of
fish”) that has large number of small trout and finally the lowest
lake is the Dolnoto lake (“lowest lake”).