понеделник, 3 февруари 2014 г.

Trekking in Pirin mountains in Bulgaria

In the past weekend I realised a dream that I have been thinking about for a long time. After years of thinking and dreaming of trekking in Pirin mountains I finally managed to do it. Although it was only for a couple of hours we did two routes towards 1) Bynderitsa chalet and 2) Bezbog chalet - Bezbog peak.

The trek to Bynderitsa chalet was really relaxing. We walked along the road which was now covered with snow and was closed so there were no people. Only the high and old pine trees were witnessing our talks making the moment rather special. The snow was at least a metre deep covering some of the signs nearly to their top.

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Pirin mountains by Iordan Hristov
The trip to Bezbog chalet was absolutely gorgeous. The sun and the snow were making the atmosphere sooo enjoyable and relaxing. We took a chair lift up то Bezbog chalet and walked towards the summit. A 360 degrees view from the top revealed the tops of three mountains around: Rila, Pirin and Rhodopes. It is always a special feeling being on the top of a mountain.

trekking in Pirin in Bulgaria
Pirin mountains by Iordan Hristov
 The snow was again more than a metre deep. The lake in front of the chalet was frozen but steps in the snow showed some damp bits suggesting the water from the lake might be coming through. We quickly left the lake after walking on top.

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Pirin mountains by Iordan Hristov
After a nice tee and coffee in the chalet we took the chair lift and descended. Dead wood standing trees were suggesting the age of the forest and diversity of wildlife it keeps. When realising this, a Nutcracker called from the top of a tree and a group of Crossbills flied over.

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Dead wood by Iordan Hristov
Superb trip.