Ovcharchenski waterfalls

Golyam Kamak peak – panorama over Ovchartsi

Distance to the top – 1.30 h, return 1 h.
GPS coordinates: 42.274892, 23.230753
Degree of difficulty:★★☆☆☆

The route to Golyam Kamak peak above the village of Ovchartsi, Kyustendil region is steep for the most part when you climb to the top and that is why I define it as a bit more complicated.

You will enjoy an alien view of two of the Ovcharchenski waterfalls, including the especially famous Goritsa.

On the ridge you will admire the flat part of the Dupnitsa valley, the rounded slopes of the shy Verila, the proud Vitosha on the horizon, as well as the steep powerful slopes of Rila.

Start to Golyam Kamak peak, Ovchartsi village


We started the route from the eastern end of the village, where the path starts from two houses located opposite each other.

Start of the trail to Golyam Kamak peak, Ovchartsi village
Start of the trail to Golyam Kamak peak, Ovchartsi village


Initial phase of the trail Golyam Kamak peak, Ovchartsi village
Initial phase of the trail Golyam Kamak peak, Ovchartsi village


There was a very steep scree, which I took on my way back with a lot of duck walking.

Steep scree
Steep scree


Phase before the waterfalls

The trail, for the most part, looked like the photo below. The walk was on rocks and gravel and there was a steep slope between the rocks. On the side we were surrounded by a pine forest.

In many places the path forked and split into small paths and gutters, which then gather. We followed the green markings to the top.

From time to time we saw high-altitude panoramic views of the valley, which hinted at what we were heading up.

Steep part of the path to Golyam Kamak peak, Ovchartsi village
Steep part of the path to Golyam Kamak peak, Ovchartsi village


Ovcharchenski waterfalls

We reached a rocky platform, from where we turned slightly, oriented to the roar of waterfalls in the valley.

Everything around was colored in the emerald colors of the forests. Only the two magical crystal jets stood out brightly and filled our senses with the furious rumble of the falling water.

Ovcharchenski waterfalls
Ovcharchenski waterfalls


Ovcharchenski waterfall Goritsa
Ovcharchenski waterfall Goritsa


Unexpected meetings on the way to Golyam Kamak, Ovchartsi village

The first surprising encounter was a huge anthill reaching to the waist with industrious little ants pecking back and forth. Then we saw another one.

A big anthill
A big anthill


So many mushrooms I had never seen. Unfortunately, I do not know them and I was not afraid to pick them up, but they were pleasing to the eye exotic companions of our route.

Mushrooms with a small white heart in front
Mushrooms with a small white heart in front


A family of mushrooms woven into one
A family of mushrooms woven into one


Walking through the pine forest, we came to a new attraction.

It was a fountain decorated with a wonderful stone costume. Unfortunately, the extravagant fish-head spout was broken, but we did a restoration of the detail.

Restoration fountain
Restoration fountain


On the path ahead followed the Stalevitsa shelter, nestled meekly in a large meadow.

Shelter Stalevitsa
Shelter Stalevitsa


Following the markings, we passed through a path in a pine forest, where almost no sunlight penetrated. The big descent started before the cherished final – Golyam Kamak peak.

Golyam Kamak peak, Ovchartsi village
Golyam Kamak peak, Ovchartsi village


Mini alpine climbing at the end to Golyam Kamak peak, Ovchartsi village

In the last part of the trail, there was an exciting climb between the two rocks, which can be seen in the photo above.
The climb was short and did not require special equipment.

Climber
Climber


Reaching the grande finale, we smiled at the sight of the bonus views from the top. The mountain ranges surrounding the valley, the chess squares of the fields and the red tiles of the villages.

On a lower hill in front of us was a stone cross protecting the village.

Stone cross over the village
Stone cross over the village


The other slope of Rila, in the distance TPP Bobov dol
The other slope of Rila, in the distance TPP Bobov dol

Conclusion

On the way back, I gave myself a bouquet of St. John’s wort, which I later consumed as tea. What, I worked hard, climbing the slope!

Bouquet of St. John's wort
Bouquet of St. John’s wort


Other eco-trails in Kyustendil region: here

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