Manastirishte Peak - Holy Spirit Chapel

Autumn landscape at Manastirishte peak

GPS coordinates start: 42.50088,23.37364


GPS coordinates final: 42.51176, 23.40922


Distance: 2.30 h total (to the peak and back), 9.4 km

Degree of difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆
GPS track:

The route from the Elata neighborhood to the highest peak of Plana Mountain – Manastirishte (1337m) is extremely beautiful and pleasant to walk.


The distance from the center of Sofia to the starting point is 45 minutes.

Most of the route is an asphalt road and there is a short climb only at the far end of the route, below the peak.

Beginning of the trail to Manastirishte peak

After Zheleznitsa, we reached the Elata neighborhood and parked the car at the fork in the main road.

We walked along the fork on the still frosty October morning.

We walked on a red carpet and the pines made us a trellis on an amber background.

Manastirishte Peak - at the beginning of the asphalt road
Manastirishte Peak – at the beginning of the asphalt road

Surprise.

Among the lazily lying cones, several scarlet fly agarics flirted coquettishly and deservedly received our applause.

Fly agarics fit perfectly into the fairytale landscape
Fly agarics fit perfectly into the fairytale landscape
And more beautiful mushrooms
And more beautiful mushrooms

After we went up high, an interesting view unfolded in front of us over the pine forest.

A ghostly mist hung over Verila‘s slopes, adding a touch of drama to the romantic autumn picture.

A ghostly mist hung over the forest
A ghostly mist hung over the forest

A dozen hunting jeeps passed us.

After a while we started hearing their shots in the distance. We jokingly wondered if we would fall victim to their siege.

I couldn’t resist a funny photo with a small house in my palm.

It also looks like a spray from a perfume bottle.

A small house on the prairie
A small house on the prairie
Another view from the divine panorama
Another view from the divine panorama

There were several interesting villas on the route to Manastirishte peak, but I especially liked this one.

Interesting houses along the route
Interesting houses along the route

And the warm autumn colors lurked everywhere. A kaleidoscope of lemon yellow, sienna, and emerald.

The magical autumn picture continues
The magical autumn picture continues

At the foot of Manastirishte peak

The only place you should be careful is the deviation from the right to the top (42.51075, 23.40282).

The main road (which is already black) continues forward, so you can easily continue wrong on it. There is no sign.

The only important turn to the right is not to be missed
The only important turn to the right is not to be missed

After leaving the forest, the terrain becomes more open and soon you will see the final section along the ridge at the top.

There is a full range of phones, as there are several satellite dishes on Manastirishte peak, which can be seen from afar.

Here is the small chapel of the Holy Spirit, which was locked.

Manastirishte Peak - Holy Spirit Chapel
Manastirishte Peak – Holy Spirit Chapel

The entrance to the temple was crowned with a cross-shaped opening.
It showed an interesting perspective on a stained glass window.

An interesting perspective from the cross above the entrance to the chapel
An interesting perspective from the cross above the entrance to the chapel

And the views from the top, of course, were amazing.

Vitosha had spread a colorful apron in all autumn colors on her skirt.

View from Manastirishte peak to Vitosha
View from Manastirishte peak to Vitosha

The snow-capped giant Rila stood proudly on the horizon.

View from Manastirishte peak to Rila
View from Manastirishte peak to Rila

Conclusion


The path from the Elata neighborhood to Manastirishte peak offers very pleasing views and is easy for all ages.

Just take enough time, because you will be tempted not to turn on the camera all the time.

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Other eco-trails from Sofia city: here

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