Rila mountain, Smradlivoto lake
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Rila mountain, Smradlivoto lake

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A: Smradlivoto Lake

by George Atanasov, 160 meters away

Smradlivoto Lake

B: Rila mountain - above the Smradlivoto lake

by George Atanasov, 490 meters away

Rila mountain - above the Smradlivoto lake

C: Rila mountain - View to Ribni lakes

by George Atanasov, 980 meters away

Rila mountain - View to Ribni lakes

E: Rila 08

by George Atanasov, 1.4 km away

Rila 08

F: Semkovo mountain hostel, Bulgaria

by Stefan Solakov, 8.9 km away

The mountain hostel Semkovo is located at the ski resort of the same name. When there's no snow, a sm...

Semkovo mountain hostel, Bulgaria

G: Ski track, ski resort Semkovo, Bulgaria

by Stefan Solakov, 10.3 km away

This panorama is made on one of the tracks of the ski resort Semkovo, Bulgaria. 30 or so meters to th...

Ski track, ski resort Semkovo, Bulgaria

H: Bulgaria. Rila Reservat. Maliovica Lakes #9

by Victor Orlovsky, 11.1 km away

Bulgaria. Rila Reservat. Maliovica Lakes #9

I: Bulgaria. Rila Reservat. Mount Path

by Victor Orlovsky, 11.4 km away

Bulgaria. Rila Reservat. Mount Path

J: peak Musala

by Stefan Solakov, 11.6 km away

Musala (Bulgarian: Мусала) is the highest peak in Bulgaria and the entire Balkan Peninsula, standing ...

peak Musala

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