Polezhan Peak, Pirin Mountains – Bulgaria
Polezhan peak is the 4th highest peak in the Pirin range and is one of the easiest to climb in the area (in summer conditions). Reaching Polezhan comes with a memorable landscape; the peak is surrounded by lakes and offers panoramic views over the entire Pirin range and of the Rila mountains to the north.
“Blue stripes on trees and rocks mark the road towards the top, which should take no longer than 4 hours.”
The town of Bansko (a famous skiing destination during the winter, reachable via bus from Sofia) is where you will find the starting point of the hike, Demianitza hut. Blue stripes on trees and rocks mark the road towards the top, which should take no longer than 4 hours. Another way to reach Polezhan is by taking a taxi ride towards the mountain road leading to Vihren peak, stopping at Bistritza hotel, and continuing from there (a two-hour hike). A taxi from Bansko to Bistritza hotel should not cost more than $10.
Camping in the area is only allowed in the proximity of the huts. You can also book a place in one of the hotels in Bansko or Dobrinishte.