Polezhan Peak

Polezhan Peak (previously called Mangar tepe) is the highest peak in this part of the mountains and the fourth highest in Pirin (2851m of altitude). In clear weather, the peak provides a spacious view to most of Pirin’s peaks as well as to part of the Rhodope.

Polezhan Peak is situated in Pirin. It is located in the northwestern part of the mountain near Bezbog Hut which itself is the most convenient starting point towards the peak. From the hut, take the path towards the Popovo Lake (green-marked) but look for a fork to the right after you go across the Bezbog ridge (the steep ascend right after the lake). The path to Polezhan starts about 300 metres after the end of the ascent, to the right. Next is a steep but short ascent which will lead you out on the saddle between Bezbog and Polezhan. This is a summer path so, in case of snow, don’t take it and, instead, follow the winter route which starts right after the ascent, goes right, through the mountain pine, and then up along the Bezbog ridge. The two routes merge on the saddle above and then go on along the eastern slope of Polezhan, following the ridge.

In the summer, another option is to ascend the peak by following the path from the Dzhangalska porta (Dzhangal Gate). In this case, possible starting points could be Demyanitsa Hut (along a yellow-marked path) or Tevnoto ezero (The Tevno Lake). The second option is more difficult because it includes ascending Dzhangal Peak and requires better preparation although, in summer conditions, it shouldn’t be a problem for experienced tourists. The path from the Dzahgalska porta to Polezhan is marked by stone pyramids and has a few areas that require walking across stone blocks.
A third ascent option (in the summer) is to start from Demyanitsa Hut, head straight up along Gazeyskata voda (the Gazeyska Water) and Gazeyskiya tsirkus (the Gazeyski Cirque), and then go around the lake under the eponymous peak and up towards Polezhan. However, I’ve never taken this path so I can’t give you an exact description and useful information. Mountain guide friends have told me the path is nicely overgrown but I have no idea what its current state is. If you have more recent information, please share it in a comment under this post.