Sunday, January 2, 2022

Polovrak 2022

2022 started perfectly in Bulgaria weatherwise - it is sunny and warm and I like it! On the first Sunday of the year husband, daughter and I chose to hike a low and very delightful nearby mountain - Lozen, and to climb its highest peak Polovrak (allegedly, according to some maps Popov Del, an obscure height within a forest is 8 meters higher :)

Polovrak is one of our favourite spots and we climb it regularly once or twice a year, but we have never seen it as crowded as today. We barely found a place to park the car at the parking lot in the end of the village of Lozen - it was just stunning how many people had chosen a walk on Lozen for their start of the year. And good for them - after all of the eating and drinking these last weeks we all need some fresh air, exercise and sunshine and there were plenty of those on the Lozen mountain trail.

:Unlike Plana, the snow on Lozen had completely melted and we enjoyed dry and easy tracks with some good elevation gain to the top.

:A view to the Sofia valley from the Lozen monastery

:Along the trail 

:Even the peak was crowded

Hike info:
Destination: peak Polovrak (1182 m)
Mountain: Lozen
Total length: 10 km
Elevation gain: 420 m
Total duration (plus picnic and rests): 3 h
Average difficulty: 3 / 10 

Me-made items, worn on this hike:
Husband: men's boxers, Knip Mode cargo pants, knitted socks

I:  socks, lingerie, Black Grasser Top, CC copycat hat, Borika gloves, scarf

Gaby: Celtic Knots sweater, hat, scarf

:The sea of ridges of Lozen, Plana and Rila

:The memorial of an unknown member of a rebel detachment against the Ottoman rule, killed on this spot

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