The Seven Rila Lakes

The Seven Rila Lakes

The Seven Rila Lakes are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful group of lakes in Bulgaria. They are situated in Rila National Park and are perfect not only for seasoned hikers, but also for nature lovers with less hiking experience.The lakes has a glacial origin. They are situated between 2,100 and 2,500 metres elevation above sea level.

Each lake carries a name associated with its most characteristic feature. It is no coincidence that the lowest lake is named The Lowest Lake (“Dolnoto ezero”).

The seven rila lakes

Farther upper the trail are situated The Fish Lake(”Ribnoto ezero”) which is the shallowest lake and The Trefoil Lake (”Trilistnika”) because of its irregular shape.

Next comes The Twin Lake (“Bliznaka”) which is the largest one by the area. During dry years, the lake becomes two smaller lakes and this is the source of its name. 

Somewhat upper is situated Kidney Lake (“Babreka”) due to its kidney shape. Babreka has the steepest shores of the entire group. The next one in height carries the name Okoto ("The Eye") after its almost perfectly oval form and intense blue waters.

Okoto is the deepest circular lake of the seven. With a depth of 37.5 m it challenges divers to explore it to gain further information about it. The highest one is The Tear Lake (“Salzata”) due to its crystal-clear waters that allow visibility in depth.

the seven rila lakes

The lakes are located stepwise one above other and are all connected by narrow streams that form tiny waterfalls and cascades.

The lakes unveil their deep blue waters as you climb Rila Mountain. At the Otivishki Peak  you are granted a magnificent view – all Seven Rila Lakes are at your feet.

Otovishki peak is one of our favorite peaks. You would ask why?

A spectacular view is revealed from Otovishki peak and to the northeast, Seven Rila Lakes are seen as a palm. From the very top, the lakes are not seen at the right angle but if you reach the ridge to the east, you will come to a point where you can see the lakes lined up in a single line. The view is worth to be seen by every inhabitant of the planet, especially in clear weather.

Teacher Peter Deunov

At the beginning of the 20th-century, a movement combining esoteric cults, meditation, breathing exercises and bits of Christianity was created by the Bulgarian philosopher and spiritual leader Peter Deunov. He is also known by his spiritual name Beinsa Douno and often called The Master by his followers. Every year in the middle of August, followers of the Universal White Brotherhood movement,established by Peter Deunov, gather to perform their spiritual dance in big circles all dressed in white. They believe the area around the lakes is highly energetic.

The Paneurhythmy Dance

Paneurhythmy dance originates from the spiritual teachings of Peter Deunov. The word paneurhythmy itself means the the rhythm synchronizing man and nature. It consists of a sequence of exercises performed to the sound of special music by the followers of the White Brotherhood. They  sing special words as well, in order to achieve inner harmonization, balance and unification between human beings and nature. 

The Seven Rila Lakes

There is no doubt that Bulgaria located on a highly vigorous place. On a heat map taken from outer space, Bulgaria is the hottest country in Europe, with a wealth of mineral springs. Others claim the energy in the soil makes the fruits and vegetables taste so delicious.

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