Thursday, May 9, 2024

Easter Day on Kamen Del 2024

Probably the best hike so far this year - our Easter hike on Vitosha, together with Gaby, along a circular trail to peak Kamen del from the Zlatnite mostove area.

Gaby was home only for a few days for the Orthodox Easter, which this year is about a month after the Catholic Easter. As Austria is a catholic country and Monday was a workday for her, she had to fly back to Vienna late in the evening of the Easter day, so in principle, we had planned the hike for one of the previous days. However, the weather made us change our plans - it rained the whole Friday and Saturday, but, as forecast, the sun shone bright on Sunday, so we packed the backpacks and early in the morning drove up to Zlatnite mostove.

For our hike we had chosen to climb peak Kamen del along an alternative trail, that we found a couple of years ago. The day turned out to be perfect for hiking - fresh and sunny.

Hike info:

Date: 05 May 2024
Destination: peak Kamen Del (1862 m) along circular trail
Mountain: Vitosha
Total length: 14 km
Elevation gain: 480 m
Total duration (plus picnic and rests): 5 hours
Average difficulty: 5 / 10

Me-made items, worn on this hike:

Husband: boxers, Knipmode cargo pants, Colorblock Burda blouse
I: lingerie, Sinclair Lotte blouse, hoodie, leg warmers
Gaby: lingerie, Sinclair jacket

The air was coldish and we could even see the vapours along the path.
The plateau and the last crocuses

Peak Kamen del. The peak is very popular, as it is the most scenic peak over Sofia, with an easy access from Aleko hut, but on this Easter day it was almost empty, as was the city itself - I love Sofia during the holidays :)

We had our picnic on the peak and decided to do the entire circuit along the plateau and return to Zlatnite mostove through the mid-altitude trail.
The covered with snow peaks of Cherni vruh and Golyam and Maluk Rezen

Sofia at a glance
This circuit trail is probably my favourite route on Vitosha, especially in spring and autumn
The trail crosses the stone slopes of Kamen del

And back to Zlatnite mostove by Momina skala hut

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