For centuries on end the high-mountain
area of Pazardere had been a pasture-ground for hundreds of
sheep and cows. The shepherds had many huts and shelters there.
In 1939, to commemorate 40 years from establishing the Bulgarian
Tourist Union, Ivan Vazov Hut was built in the northwest area
of Goliamo Pazardere. It was not long until it became a part
of the Bulgarian Unionsí General Council. It went under many
reconstructions due to the increasing need to shelter travelers
and holiday makers. Thus Ivan Vazov Shelter became one of
the most attractive huts in Bulgaria for both travelers and
holiday makers. Because of the heavy winter conditions the
shelter was operational from November to June only for many
In 1993 one of the hutís present owners settled there and
since then the hut had been open all year round. In 1999 together
with a friend he consorted the State in order to further develop
the place. In 2003 another nature lover joined them to help
transforming Ivan Vazov Hut into the first privately-owned
high-mountain home in Bulgaria.
At present the three of them work on projects to develop the
hut as a high-mountain eco center and a meeting point for
mountaineers and nature lovers.