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Peak Malyovitsa
Miroslava Dermendjieva

Peak Malyovitsa

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Malyovitsa is one of the most popular and visited peaks in Rila. It is located in the northwestern part of the Rila Mountains, between the valleys of the rivers Malyovishka and Urdina. Malyovitsa is 2729 m. high and almost entirely of granite. The cliffs on the northern and eastern slopes of Malyovitsa are a challenge for generations of climbers. The 124 meter high rock wall was first climbed on 23rd August 1938. The cirques, where some of the most picturesque lakes -Malyovshki  and Elenino Lakes  are situated, are on northern and eastern slope of Malyovitsa .

The surrounding area and the nearest ski resort offer excellent conditions for winter sports, especially for extreme freestyle skiing. Caution is required, since it’s an avalanche hazard zone. At the foot of the peak, the Malyovitsa hut is starting point for walk-up summit hikes and trips to the nearby lakes. From the hut to the summit the hike takes about 2.5 hours along a marked trail - part of the international E4 tourist route. From there you can set out to Strashnoto lake (lit. “The Dreadful Lake”) about 2, 30h.; Zliya Zab Peak(lit. “The Baleful Crag” or “The Wicked tooth”) / 2678 m. / - 2 h.; Orlovets Peak /2686 m./- 2,30 h. The surrounding peaks -  Orlovets and Elenin vrah are famous tourist sites as well.

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