Malyovitsa is a peak in the northwest part of Rila mountain. With its 2,729 meters of height, Malyovitsa is one of the highest peaks in Bulgaria and the 7th in Rila. It is located in the Rila national park in the area of limited human impact. Rock climbing and mass events on the territory of the park are allowed after consultation with the Department of the Rila National park.
The peak is very popular among climbers due to its alpine nature. Several routes of varying difficulty pass along the sheer 124 meters long northern wall. They are only accessible with alpine equipment. For the climbing of the rampant southern slope, you will only need several hours of walking, a pair of sturdy shoes, and some enthusiasm. No matter how you reach the top, the view, opening up to the picturesque valley of Malyovishka river, with its lakes, overhanging cliffs, glades and lush greenery is unforgettable. The unique nature of the highest mountain is presented here in its entire splendor – old spruce, fir, white fir forests in the lower parts give way to the typical alpine plants such as dwarf pine, juniper, beautiful mountain flowers, grasses and berries. The birds flying above the cliffs complete the picture. With a bit of luck, you can also notice an imprudent ibex, bouncing with ease on the steep granite slopes. It all becomes a white tale during winter – beautiful, raw, but only available for the brave and experienced ones. Not only the mountain top is subjected to tourism here. In winter the region is attractive for skiing and snowboarding. The ski center is located in the Mecha Polyana area. There are three ski runs available, five ski lifts, two of which are for children, two are dish-like and one is an anchor type. The headraces near Malyovitsa (Zliyat zab, Orlovets, Malka Malyovitsa, etc.) and the cliffs near the hut are popular climbing sites in summer and winter. Climbing courses for beginners and advanced climbers are offered. The routes vary from sports and educational ones to difficult alpine routes with several ropes.
Summer is a suitable season for tourism. There’s an avalanche risk during winter, therefore special equipment and knowledge are required. Due to the high altitude, snowdrifts persist until the end of spring.
The top can be reached by a path, running from the Central Mountain School of Malyovitsa, through Malyovitsa Hut, along a marked trail. The endpoint is reached after three hours. The village of Govedartsi is a starting point.
Another path is from Skakavitsa Hut or Rilski Ezera hut. It is а more picturesque, but also longer approach than the previous. The starting point is the village of Panichishte.
Whether you’re a novice traveler, skier, climber or adventurer, Malyovitsa is a place that will justify your bravest expectations.
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