The Triglav Massif
Antonia Ivanova

The Triglav Massif


No view is more powerful and overcoming that the tall steep mountain which makes us feel both miniscule and filled with exuberance at the magnificence of nature. If you want to feel this, then one of Bulgaria’s most proper places is The Triglav Massif.


Triglav is a grand massif with which the Balkan Mountains (Stara Planina) make a slight turn to the south on their long way to the sea. Its borders are defined by the rivers of Gabrovnitsa to the east and Tazha to the west and, itself, it separates the reserves of Dzhendema and Sokolna. It’s called Triglav (Three-headed) because of its clearly discernible three peaks: Golyam Kademliya Peak (which is two-headed itself, the lowest peak being called Malak Kademliya), Evil Peak (Zli Vrah; also known as Mazalat) and Pirgos. Golyam Kademliya is the highest of the three and second highest for the entire Balkan Mountains – with its 2276m of altitude it only falls behind Mount Botev.


The name of the peak comes from the Turkish word ‘kadem’ which means ‘luck’ and it’s connected with the fact that the people living in the Kazanlak Valley under the mountain often foretell the weather by what Golyam Kademliya looks like. If it’s hidden in fog, it’s going to rain and that is considered lucky. Everyone who’s stepped on the magnificent peak and cast his or her eyes at any of the four cardinal directions would also feel lucky. The peak reveals superb views to the valleys north and south of the Balkan Mountains as well as to the never-ending Balkan slopes to the east or the west. In good weather, if you look to the west, you’ll clearly see Mount Botev.


The massif itself and its three heads, however, are also beautiful enough from afar. One of the best views to its magnificent outline is revealed from Mazalat Hut – a truly cosy and warm place at 1620m of altitude which you can reach starting from the villages of Stokite and Skobelevo.


The Triglav region however offers much more: don’t go away before you have visited the two splendid waterfalls – the huge 80-metre Kademliysko Praskalo and the Babsko Praskalo, more modest with its 54 metres but just as beautiful. Triglav is also home to many wild animals including bears, wolves and goats as well as various species of birds such as the golden eagle, the rock partridge, the peregrine falcon and others.


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