THE VALLEY OF MALIOVITSA
Rila Mountain – after arriving at the end of the winning road that leads to what was once known as the Central Sport School, just a walk around the corner of the building brings you to Bear Meadow. It reveals a magnificent view of probably the most iconic peak trio in Bulgaria – Maliovitsa (2729 m), Little Maliovitsa (2640 m) and Orleto (2575 m).
On a good summer day an attempt on the peak would normally take between 3 and 4 hours. The trail stars at the entrance of the Rila Nature Park, along the course of Maliovitsa River, trough Maliovitsa Hut and onward to First and Second Terrace. The terraces are perfectly flat meadows where the river follows beautiful meanders – both sings of the long ago melted glaciers that once covered the whole valley.
From there the route goes on to the Maliovitsa Lakes.The reflection of the peak in the pristine waters of the lakes often makes tourists pick this place to gather their strength before the final approach. From that point the peak’s 200 m face, which attracts many climbers, looks respectful.
At the top of the peak a stunning view reveals the entire valley and offers a glimpse into the two neighboring valleys. If you are lucky and you pay close attention you might even spot wild mountains goats and eagles.
A picturesque hike, offering a variety of terrains and breathtaking sights, the Valley of Maliovitsa is a wild mountaineering experience and one of our favorite tours!
This is an example program, that can be modified according to your desires.
08:00 am – Pick up from previously arranged location
09:15 am – Arriving at Maliovitsa
10:15 am – Arriving at Maliovitsa Hut
11:00 am – Arriving at Second Terrace
12:00 pm – Arriving at the Maliovtisa Lakes. Lunch and break.
02:00 pm – Arriving at top of the peak
02:20 pm – Beginning the descend
05:00 pm – Back at Bear’s Meadow
06:30 pm – Arriving back in Sofia
You should be well equipped: comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the Valley of Maliovitsa hike, as well as raincoat and long pants or even a winter hat. The height of the peak is almost 3000 m which could spell trouble even in the hottest summer days. Very little vegetation is found above 1800 m and therefore there is no natural shelter from the strong UV rays. Sunscreen is recommended for people with sensitive skin as well as sunglasses and wearing a hat at all times!