All these countless hikes start to pay off except with the amazing views, but also with significantly increased endurance. I can walk now on these steep paths around the mountains faster and longer without getting tired, which is great because I can see more. Several months ago I thought that I've seen most of what Rila can offer, but the more I hike, the more I understand that even a lifetime wouldn't be enough for this small paradise mountain. Several days ago I finally went to Mechit peak - 2568m. I've started that hike several times before, but never managed to finish it. I guess it was because I didn't think it worth it so much and I kind of didn't have enough motivation to finish it, but I couldn't have been more wrong. It is so beautiful up there! There is a road that leads to the peak(but also a steeper and shorter pathway) and crosses a big part of Rila, built more than 100 years ago - at the end of 19th century. The King's Road - probably an old Roman road, remade by King Ferdinand I for an easy reach to Rila Monastery.
This is the first part of it - https://steemit.com/nature/@danielapetk/hiking-with-the-butterflies
And again - I've never seen so many butterflies somewhere else so high in the mountain! It is strange, I am curious why they are so many there.
It is a long hike, that starts from around 1300m and passes by several peaks with great panoramic views.
Here is the view from the first one - Budachki Kamak(2448m). Although it is not very clear on this photo, from here one can see the mysterious lake Yozola, which is one of the most difficult(almost impossible) lakes to reach in Rila Mountain, because there are creeping pines all around it. I think that its name sounds really well and later I found out its meaning - it has a Тurkish origin and it means something really beautiful , that attracts your soul, but you can't have it.
In the distance, still covered with little snow spots, is Lopushki peak - 2698m. After Mechit Peak the pathway continues tothat peak, but I've never been there yet. As far as I know, there is a joke that it is a peak with "temper", that don't let anyone to reach it. I know a mountaineer who had tried three times and the weather made him go back each time. Here are several photos of it from different points along the trail.
There are two Mechit peaks actually - Small Mechit - 2535m and Big Mechit - 2568. After Budachki kamak peak, the pathway passes by Small Mechit.
After that by some nameless peak.
All the time the panorama is just stunning!
And then it is time for Big Mechit.
And this is the view from there!
It is not a popular hike, that's why it is unusual to meet people there. The old road, the amazing panoramic views, the wind up there and the countless butterflies make the experience just amazing. Space, beauty and freedom that make you want to come back as soon as possible :)
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