Goljam Medarnik is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.338m (7,670ft) above the sea level, located in the Rila Mountains of Sofia Province, in Bulgaria. The road to the top is extreme. It’s 14.1km long, but expect more than 1 hour driving. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.143m. The average percentage is 8,1% but in some parts the slope is over the 15%. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
The trail to the top is very scary. It’s a 4x4 high clearance road, unprotected by guardrails. The road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet). The road can be closed anytime due the snow. In some websites, the road is called Ferdinand Road, and it’s extremely steep. The road starts in Govedartsi, a village and ski resort.
Pic: Chavo K