The Rhodopes Mountain Secrets
Having gathered at 9.00 in the center of the village of Smilyan, we will make a Brief acquaintance and head to the first main attraction-the canyon along the Arda-Gorlo river. We will once again make sure that a person, no matter how brilliant he may be, can not compare with the Creator...everything is so perfect there.After a strong start, an equally strong continuation follows-the medieval fortress of Kaleto, built over the eponymous passage cave, from which we will enjoy fabulous views located between the Rhodope hills of the village of basket. Sealed unique Rhodope landscapes in our minds, we climb the cars and head to the jealously hidden in the forest Kiselchovsky waterfalls, conveniently located in a canyon along the Kiselchovskaya river. The last ten will be for lovers of beautiful and wild caves with a visit to the unfriendly, but extremely wild and authentic Nadarska cave, where the kind hosts will provide us with the necessary specialized equipment to enjoy the cave beauty. We get back to the transport and go to our place for the night, which is what I'm thinking about all the time they'll gasp, but keep it a secret...
After a unique Rhodope Breakfast, we head to the source of one of the largest Bulgarian rivers-the Arda.Beautiful flaking deciduous forests, clean air and crystal clear water can rejuvenate anyone. The spring is located next to a large meadow with gazebos and barbecue and at the beginning of a vast beech forest, under a large beech Tree.According to legend, Nasradin Khoja's donkey is buried not far from it. Our walk continues with a short ascent to the two peaks of our very border with Greece-The ardina peak and the Yurt, marked with border stones. Having had enough of the views of our homeland and our southern neighbor, we return to our place for the night and devote ourselves to the unique Rhodope specialties.
We fall asleep, have a snack, and it's time to climb another relatively unknown Rhodope peak-Kom (not to be confused with its coimenik in the Balkan mountains). The crossing is relatively short, surrounded by forest and greenery, and just below the top there is an observation deck with a beautiful view of the vast part of the endless Rhodopes. Rich in magical Rhodope landscapes, we start to move back to the neighboring village of Mogilitsa, where we will visit a unique architectural and artistic monument of the middle ages-Agushevite konatsi. This is the largest preserved feudal ensemble in the Rhodopes and without an analogue in our country and on the Balkan Peninsula. After a fascinating conversation, we can relax and enjoy a little free time and Rhodope dishes at our place for the night in the Rhodope forest.
This day will be devoted to two of the most attractive of the Rhodope caves-Uhlovitsa and Golubovich.We start at the Uhlovitsa fork, and after a short ascent we will find ourselves in the magical world of the cave Kingdom - all sorts of cave formations, sculpted as if from an invisible hand in the depths of one of the most beautiful Bulgarian caves.Enjoying the Kingdom of darkness, we walk along a forest path to look at the Rhodopes from the height of mount Chmerkov.Then our path will pass by Agushevite konatsi in the village of Vishnevo, which, unfortunately, were destroyed, unlike yimenitsite them in Mogilitsa.Grand final all chetyridnevno adventure will visit located in an exceptionally beautiful area of Garga Dere neoborodena cave Golubovitsa, where thanks to specialized equipment first go, and then we will go down by boat on the cave of the river in it.We will also see a cave lake and a cave Jacuzzi...At the end of the 140-meter Alpine Troll, we will fly over the Esenska river to return full of adrenaline to the starting point of Garga Dere, which, as much as we would like, our program will end and we will make a wish: "See you soon!” Since a visit to the Golubovitsa cave this season is also associated with favorable Meterological conditions (there should not have been a lot of rain, so as not to raise a lot of water level in the cave), if it is not possible,it will be replaced by a visit to via Ferra “Bride”, as well as a descent to the 100-meter Alpine trolley with stunning views and panoramas.
1. Tourist backpack-convenient for a one-day trip.
2. Hiking shoes – for recommended high, well-covering ankles. Don’t come with brand-new shoes-it’s better to spread them around the city first! Socks are also desirable to be tourist-they soften the contact points, do not sweat and do not maintain the temperature.
3. Hiking sticks-highly recommended-increase the stability of the terrain and relieve the load on the joints and leg muscles by up to 30%.
4. the hooded Jacket is water-resistant if possible.
6. Sun hat-best with a brim.
7. Sunglasses with UV protection.
8. Sunscreen – at least factor 30.
9. Water bottle – at least 1 liter.
11. Food-waffles, energy bars.
Avoid carrying a lot of stuff! In the mountains, every gram is important.