Two-day hike in Rila - the Ibar reserve and adventures on the peaks of Belmeken, Ravni Chal, Sivrichal and Ibar. Hike in the area of the Belmeken dam with amazing mountainous views!
We gather as usual at 7 a.m. at the Vassil Levski Stadium to set off for Velingrad, Yundola and the Belmeken dam. Once there, we start with a stroll along the lake shore to enjoy the serenity of its beauty. Then we reach the spot where we start the ascent of the emblematic Belmeken peak (2626 m), which will require some physical exertion on our part. We go up to the ridge overlooking the wondrous northern valleys beneath. Inaccessible and pristine, bursting with life, this will offer us a time-lapse experience. From the top, we will need one hour and a half to reach the lodge.
Elevation gain/loss - up 600; down 400m. Total hike - 6 h
This will be a day to remember for all of us! We get up early and leave immediately after breakfast. The beginning is an uphill hike, then we take the northern edge of the Ravni Chal peak. We marvel at the slopes washed by the morning sun. Once atop, we see the Sivrichal peak and its almost alpine northern edge which is totally safe and attainable. After Sivrichal, we are up for the jewel in the crown of today's hike - the Ibar peak (2666 m). This hidden treasure is off the beaten track. It towers hundreds of metres above the valleys and we will take real pleasure in climbing it. From the Ibar peak, the descent back to the dam is easy and very pleasant. We reach our bus in no time, full of emotions and impressions.
Elevation gain/loss - up 800; down 1000m. Total hike - 7-8h.
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