Saturday, July 8, 2023

Borovetz 2023

This year's first hike on Rila. I am always so hyped when we climb there, Rila is really something else for me, as far as mountains go, even when we stick to the lower parts of the mountain.

Last week we hiked a circular track from Tzarska Bistritza in Borovetz, through Sitnyakovo and Chakur voivoda hut to the cross point at the foot of Shatur peak and down back to Tzarska Bistritza along an alternative trail. It was a warm sunny day, just perfect for a hike in the mountains, and as it was a Friday, the resort and the trails were fairly empty, which is such a bonus. I love it, when the weather forecasts pin Friday as the best day for a mountain hike, as we get to enjoy the mountains comfortably and not get to compete for parking space, navigate traffic jams and crowded trails, especially during the busy summer season.

 :Borovetz mountain resort

Hike info:

Destination: Tzarska Bistritza round trip
Mountain: Rila
Total length: 17 km
Elevation gain: 790 m
Total duration (plus picnic and rests): 6 hours
Average difficulty: 6 / 10


:Sitnyakovo private residence

:The high peaks of Rila became visible when we climbed above the 2000 m mark

Me-made items, worn on this hike:

Husband: boxers, Knipmode cargo pants, Burda raglan hoodie in the backpack
I: lingerie, Burda raglan blouse, Knipmode  flared leggings, Houndstooth hoodie in the backpack

:At the cross-point section (2170 m), with the backdrop of peak Shatur

:The town of Samokov and Iskar dam in the distance

:The final stretch of the trail back to Borovetz runs along Bistritza river (one of the dozen or so same-named rivers in the country)

:We had to cross the river and its tributaries several times, along real or makeshift (fallen logs) bridges

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