From the Udrin cirque to the Rila Monastery

From the Udrin cirque to the Rila Monastery. Here is the full program:

Day 1

Yavorova Meadow (1,600 m) – The Urdini Lakes (2,300 m)

We leave from Sofia at 8:30 a.m. (The car park of Sportna Sofia, the tennis tables in Borisova Garden.)

Scenic ascent along the Urdina River to the eponymous lakes.

This is the first botanical trail in Bulgaria, inaugurated in 2002.

Over 60 species of embryophytes could be observed along the way. It will give us general knowledge about basic tree and shrub species, as well as herbs, which we will be able to see in Rila National Reserve. From the tree species we will be able to see the spruce, the fir, the scots pine, and another local species of pine – the Pinus peuce.

Endemic plants – the primrose, the Alchemilla vulgaris, and the Lilium jankae.

The higher altitude also provides the habitat for the wild goat, which is easy to see, compared to the rest of the dwellers here.

We spend the night camping in the wild near a forest shelter.

Duration – 5 hours.

Day 2

The Urdini Lakes – Zeleni Rock (2,600 m) – Ivan Vazov Lodge – Kalinite Peaks (2,668 m)

We arrive at the lodge around noon and then we have lunch. The visit to the peaks of Malak and Golyam Kalin, which we are supposed to make in the afternoon, is optional. It will take about 3 hours.

We spend the night in Ivan Vazov Lodge.

Duration – 6 hours.

Day 3

Ivan Vazov Lodge (2,300 m) – The Rila Monastery (1,147 m)

The last day we make the panoramic descent to the Rila Monastery.

We will be able to appreciate the views over the south-western part of Rila, Pirin, Ali Botush, Belasitsa, the Osogovska Mountain, etc.

The trail will take us to the most magnificent and most visited monastery in our country.

Founded by Saint Ivan of Rila in the X century, the monastery was destroyed and set on fire many times and yet it has managed to withstand turbulent times up to the present day. The monastery houses over 300 chambers, two churches, the Hrelyova Tower (the oldest building), a library and a museum.

Duration – 7 hours.

Price: 300 EUR  for the whole group.

Price includes – guide services.

Travel is shared.

The approximate price for a night is 8 EUR and is paid when we get there. The lodge provides food.

Important: Departure and travel times are approximate and they depend on the pace of the whole group. These also include time for rest.

The guide has the right to change the route upon unexpected circumstances!

For the trek you will need insurance, dry food and water.

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