Vitosha Mountains & Cherni Vrah Peak (2290m)
Vitosha looming is the first thing visitors to Sofia notice on their way from the airport. Few cities and even fewer capitals possess such a natural feature. Vitosha is the Balkans’ oldest Nature Park and Bulgaria’s most visited mountain. Each year, thousands of tourists enjoy the beauty of its scenery and its plant and animal life.
Our hiking trek takes you on a loop trail, starting from Aleko Hut and going as high as Cherni Vrah summit (2290m), then descending along a different path back to Aleko Hut. Starting from appr. 1750m/5830ft. above sea level we first climb Cherni Vrah Peak (2290m/7625ft.) following a gently ascending trail and then traverse down to the foot of Goliam Rezen Peak and Malak Rezen Peak. This stage is particularly scenic when combined with clear skies. The wet meadows on either side of the path are home to a number of rare and endemic plant species, including a few species of orchids. You might also be lucky to encounter some of the recently introduced Balkan Chamois (wild goats). Nutcrackers and Ring Ouzels may be spotted on every turn, along with other mountain bird species.
Food: there are a few huts on our way where we can purchase some basic food (i.e. beans soup, meatballs, French fries, tea, pancakes), but if you come prepared with a sandwich or two we can stop at any place to enjoy our food.
Difficulty: this walking route is moderately arduous, without steep paths. Please bring along comfortable hiking boots. Sandals and flip-flops are not accepted. Rain jacket might be useful in summer as heavy showers sometimes occur in the afternoons. Average hikers can do the trek for appr. 4,30-5hrs (walking time only). Vertical ascent/descent: +/- 550m.
* Please note that we offer SELF-GUIDED WALKING OPTION, which includes your transfer to the beginning of the hiking trail and transfer back to Sofia from the end of the route, detailed route notes in English and map. This way you can safely walk on your own without guide and explore the mountains at a pace that suits you best. Please check the Specifics box on your right hand side for price details.
>>> View more details about the self-guided option here.
Below you can book online GUIDED and SELF-GUIDED options for daily hiking tours to THE VITOSHA MOUNTAINS.
Transfers time: 2 hours
Walking time: 4-6 hrs (moderate difficulty; no steep parts)
Best period: June - October
The price includes: Transfer from your hotel in Sofia to Vitosha Mountains and back; English-speaking guide (for the guided hiking option); Detailed route notes in English and maps (for the self-guided hiking option; 1 set of route notes and 1 map per vehicle)
Price (for guided tour): From 25 Euros/person (days with Special Offer); Other days: 1 pers: 97 Euro; 2 pers: 62 Euro pp; 3 pers: 49 Euro pp; 4-7 pers: 44 Euro pp;
Price (for self-guided tour): 90 Euro/car (group of 1-4 persons); 115 Euro/bus (group of 5-8 persons)