Husband and I had a mini-break in the Rila mountains this week. We drove to Pionerska Hut and from there hiked up to the Seven Rila lakes, along the ridge of the mountain to Razdela and down the valley of Bistritza river (every third river in Bulgaria seems to be named Bistritza (clear water) :) to Ivan Vazov Hut, where we spent the night.
We hiked to the Seven Rila lakes a few years ago together with a tourist group, organized transport and using the chair lift from Pionerska Hut to Rila Lakes Hut. This time we felt experienced enough to organize the hike by ourselves and to climb the path from Pionerska to the lakes without the help of the chair lift.
Along the path from Pionerska to Rila lakes
Lilium martagon, protected species in Bulgaria
7 lakes Hut and the second lake
Husband resting near the third lake
The forth lake - The Twins
The fifth lake - the Kidney
The small river, which connects the sixth lake - the Eye with the Twins
The deep blue waters of the Eye - 35 m deep
The Eye - my favourite
On top of the the Lake Peak (2560 m)
The seventh lake - the Tear
The col Razdela, cross point of various tracks in Rila
The picturesque valley Pazardere of river Bistritza, with Ivan Vazov hut in the distant center, peak Otovitza to the right and the Kalin peaks to the left
Sunset over the valley