The weather this weekend was pretty unpleasant, wet and rainy, but the forecasts promised a glorious day on Tuesday, so we decided to skip the hike on the weekend, free Tuesday and hike on a work day for a change. What a perfect plan! We enjoyed the unbelievably blue skies and warm sun and had the trail all for ourselves!
We chose again one of our most favourite routes for the cold months - from the village of Plana to peak Manastirishte and back along a semi-circular trail.
The church at the end of the village:
Peak Marchin kamyk. The trails were wet and muddy and not easy to walk, so the usually quick and easy trail today took more time and effort, which was quite welcome, given how rare our hikes have been lately (mostly because we are still without a car and relying on public transportation).
Vitosha, with a very thick snow cap after last weeks snowfalls.
It was so warm, that our jackets remained in the backpacks for the whole duration of the hike.
One of the features of this hike I enjoy a lot - the view to the gorgeous chain of snow covered Rila peaks in the distance
There were quite a lot of broken branches on the trees along the way - the heavy snow and probably also ice in the mountains unfortunately have caused some damages.
On the peak. This time we had it entirely for ourselves and had our lunch here, on the sunlit benches near the chapel.
The Holy Spirit Chapel on top of the peak