Saturday, September 9, 2023

Selimitza and Samara

A glorious hike we did on the first day of September. The day started sunny in the city, but got quite cloudy and even chilly once we reached the plateau.

We started from Zlatnite mostove, along the well marked and fairly popular trail through Kumata hut, Koniarnika, along the plateau to Cherni vruh. However, our destination point this time was not Cherni vruh, but another peak, one of Vitosha's dozen of peaks above 2000 m altitude - Selimitza.

Me-made items, worn on this hike:

Husband: boxers, Knipmode cargo pants
I: lingerie, Sabrina Slims I, raglan Burda blouse, hoodie


The trail climbs gradually and reaches the plateau, where it stays almost level for a couple of kilometers. The landscape is really fascinating there - the grassy alpine meadows, surrounded by stone peaks.

 Hike info:

Destination: peak Selimitza (2041 m) and peak Samara (2103 m)
Mountain: Vitosha
Total length: 16 km
Elevation gain: 725 m
Total duration (plus picnic and rests): 7 hours
Average difficulty: 5 / 10 

On peak Selimitza (2041 m). Here we had a quick lunch, as we were losing rapidly heat in the cold. The sun was still strong and when it managed to break through the clouds, the air quickly warmed up, but unfortunately while we were around Selimitza, the cover of clouds stayed above our heads almost the whole time.
A view from Selimitza towards Cherni vruh and Samara
A glimpse to the south with dam Studena

On our way back we decided to climb one more peak of the dozen, that was almost on our way - Samara (2103 m). Here the clouds moved away a little and we managed to warm up. There were plenty of blueberries and cranberries at the foot of the peak and we gathered a small box. I made blueberry pie out of them and it was unbelievably tasty! 

There were very few people along the trails on the plateau and it felt like such an adventure, climbing these rarely visited peaks.
On the way back we came upon raspberry bushes with plenty of last ripe raspberries, so now we have 6 more small jars with raspberry jam :)


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