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Makedonia Hut and the Embrace of Golyam (Big) and Malki (Small) Mechi Peaks

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Why we want to take you to the heart of Rila in the winter? There's a unique energy and atmosphere here that every passionate mountaineer should experience. Makedonia Hut sits at an altitude of 2166 meters, nestled at the foot of Golyam Mechi Peak, making it one of the highest huts in the country.

Tour Highlights
  • Ascent of Malak Mechi Peak
  • Ascent of Golyam Mechi Peak
  • Ascent of Angelov Peak

Tour Itinerary

Тhe meeting point is at Vasil Levski Stadium at 7:30 a.m. We'll depart using organized transport or personal vehicles toward Blagoevgrad, and then towards the location Kartala. Once the group gathers at the exact location around 9:30 a.m., a briefing from the mountain guide, equipment check, and the program will commence. We'll be moving through the Bistritsa River valley, following a clear and well-marked trail, with a smooth ascent of about 3 hours. The hut is situated at an altitude of 2166 meters in the Mechi Pass saddle. From here, we have splendid views of Golyam and Malak Mechi peaks.

Next, the group settles in and enjoys a delicious lunch. After the midday break, rejuvenated, we head towards the summit of Malak Mechi. In winter conditions, we reach the peak in about an hour and a half. Enjoying the breathtaking views from the top, capturing fantastic panoramic photos, we happily return to our warm and cozy hut for dinner and a glass of red wine.

After a delightful breakfast with aromatic tea or coffee, head outside once more for another dose of stunning Rila panoramas.

Today's goal is Golyam Mechi Peak. It takes about 2 hours to reach the 2617-meter summit. The views it offers are unparalleled! Before us lies Malak Mechi Peak, and behind it—entire Pirin with its snow-capped peaks. But our ascent doesn't end there; we proceed towards Angelov Peak at 2641 meters, the highest peak in the Southwest Rila. Satisfied with our journey, it's time to head back down.

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What do you need for the trekking?
  • Suitable hiking boots - 3-season hiking boots or mountaineering boots (depending on the program and the season)
  • Spare socks
  • Comfortable hiking pants
  • Thermal underwear - top and bottom
  • Fleece
  • Wind and water proof jacket
  • A down jacket or other jacket with synthetic insulation
  • Winter and summer hat, buff and gloves
  • Raincoat
  • About 40 liters backpack
  • Headtorch with spare batteries
  • Water (1.5 liters)
  • Sunglasses and sunscream with a high SPF
  • Food for the trek
  • Ids and cash money
  • Trekking Poles
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Other things - according your personal needs
Difficulty Level:
  • Intro - Programs that are an introduction in the hiking. For people without any experience. A high level of physical endurance and special hiking equipment are not required. The hikes are usually short and easy up to about 3 hours. The 'Intro' programs happen in spring, summer or fall
  • Beginners - Programs for people with previous hiking experience. Treks of this type are slightly longer (about 4-6 hours) and include a greater positive elevation gain (about 300-400 meters). No technical sections
  • Intermediate - Programs duration is usually around 6-8 hours. Participants must have good physical endurance. Programs of this type include climbing peaks, crossing dynamic terrain. The total positive elevation gain for the day is about 600-800 meters, but it is could exceed 1000 meters
  • Advanced - Treks duration is about 8-10 hours. Includes large elevation gain - 1000+ meters. Programs of this type often involve scrambling terrain in summer conditions or winter ascents of peaks. Participants must be absolutely confident in their physical abilities as well as their equipment. Oftentimes, winter programs of this type require the use of crampons and ice axe
  • Extreme - These programs are only for experienced mountaineers who want to cross the line between hiking and alpinism. The programs are often over 10 hours long and about 1500 meters of daily elevation gain. They include traversing technical edges, climbing rock ledges and/or categorized routes, using mandatory alpine equipment. Participants must know how to use crampons and ice axe
Cancellation Policy:

Чл. 89. (Изм. – ДВ, бр. 37 от 2018 г., в сила от 01.07.2018 г.) (1) Пътуващият има право да прекрати договора за туристически пакет по всяко време преди започването на изпълнението на туристическия пакет.

The tourist owes a penalty as follows:

  • 20 or more days before tour start: - No penalty
  • Between 19 and 14 days before tour start: - 30% from the price
  • Between 13 and 7 days before tour start: - 60% from the price
  • Less than 3 days before tour start: - 100% from the price
  • In the event of a change in weather conditions during the tour or other unforeseen situations, the guide may change the route or offer another alternative option to the participants for their safety
  • If the program cannot happen due to bad weather forecast, the organizer will refund 100% of the price to the participants
  • In order to take part in the tour, you must be in good physical health and condition, and notify the organizer in case you have any illnesses or injuries
  • If the number of participants is less than the minimum and the program will not happen, the organizer will notify all registered participants up to 7 days before the event
  • Discounts cannot be combined