The two "Slices" - Peak Malak Rezen (Small Slice) and Pk. Goliam Rezen (Big Slice)
and the patch of snow, which can be observed from our residential area in Sofia:
We started from Aleko hut, but took the path to Peak Kupena,
a very beautiful and almost level path just above the tree line (2000 m)
The wild flowers were at their prime,
some of these are rare and endemic for Vitosha
Yellow Mountain Lilly (планински крем)
The clouds were very low and one could see them passing rapidly through the peaks
Tollius europaeus (витошко лале) - protected species
It felt like walking through a garden of wild flowers
Orchis Maculata (петнист салеп) - a wild orchid
Aquilegia aurea (златиста кандилка) - Balkan endemism, protected flower
Near Peak Kupena we left the path to Zheleznitza and
took the winter trail to Cherni vruh. From there on it was only climbing up and up.
The weather changed - it was still sunny, but the wind was cold and very strong,
so we had to put on our windproof jackets. Cherni vruh is one of the most
windy peaks in Bulgaria and this time it was really showing its teeth.
Geum coccineum (омайниче)
The pyramid of the peak and the hut on Chermi vruh. On nicer days the meadow on the peak is full of people, lying and snacking, but it was a VERY windy day and everybody was searching for shelter behind the rocks. We had our lunch there too, but though we were tired, we didn't stay long, as the wind was cooling us too quickly.
We returned to Aleko along the easy "king's road" -
a total of 14 km long, but interesting hike