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.
GUIDED & SELF-GUIDED hiking options are available to choose from (Check the “Prices, Dates & Remarks” tab for details)
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. above sea level we first climb Cherni Vrah Peak (2290m) following a gently ascending trail through the Torfeno Branishte (The Peat) Reserve 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 – either towards Rila or the Balkan mountains, and the capital Sofia itself. 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 and Common Crossbills may be spotted too, along with other mountain species.
Want to visit also the Golden Bridges natural feature too? Check with us for details on how to combine the ascent to Cherni Vrah summit with a scenic descent down to the famous stone rivers.
Total transfers time: 2hrs
Hiking specifics: Appr. 4hrs (without breaks); 12km; +590m/-590m.
Tour difficulty: No steep stages are present along the trail. It is considered as moderately arduous. Bring wind-/waterproofs as strong wind and rain are not uncommon. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, sandals are not acceptable.
Price (guided tour): Other days: 1 pers: 97 Euro; 2 pers: 62 Euro pp; 3 pers: 49 Euro pp; 4-7 pers: 44 Euro pp;
Price (self-guided tour): 90 Euro/car (group of 1-4 persons); 115 Euro/bus (group of 5-8 persons)
* The rates above are per person based on the number of people in one reservation (guided tour) or per group (self-guided tour).
** The tour is not private and the group may comprise customers booked under several reservations, each with a different number of people (incl. guided and self-guided option). We aim to keep the total group size for the guided tour not exceeding 12 passengers (normally 2-8).
*** Promo rates may occur for some of the dates; scroll the Book Online tab to check if such are present around your travel dates.
Price includes: Transfer from 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 reservation)
Price does not include: meals, tips
Food: basic food is available in the eatery at Cherni Vrah station (i.e. beans soup, meatballs, French fries, tea, pancakes). The latter gets crowded during weekends, so it is always best to come prepared with your own lunchpacks and a bottle of water.
Best period: mid-May – November (in winter we do one-day snowshoeing treks to Vitosha; check with us for details)
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Great trip to Vitosha Mountain
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I only had two days in Sofia. To explore the nature there around I booked a day trip with Traventuria. Communication with the office was very friendly! Thx Lilia & Magdalena! They recommended Vitosha Mountain. My guide Todor Nedkov was great! Very flexibel with interesting conversation about the sights of Sofia, history & mentality of the country and amazing nature. Think he has a good sense about physical skills of people and what they want.
I came to Bulgaria to visit my friends. Since they got very intense plans for my stay I had to think only about one of the days and how to spend it. Since they were on work that day I decided not to stay at their apartment or strolling around the streets which we were about to explore in the evening, I found this nice one-day trip! I was able to book it online and meet the small group in the morning. We were only 3 persons, everyone came solo from a different country. Soon after we depart from the meeting point, it turned out that all of us were hungry and our guide stopped us by a small cafeteria were we tried typical Bulgarian breakfast – banisa and yogurt. This gave us so much energy and we were unstoppable uphill! Nature is very impressive and really enjoyed being there, far from the city noises!
It was really ok that we decided to spent the day outdoors, in the mountains, instead of the crowded streets and boulevards of Sofia. Fresh air is always good for you!
Thanks to Maya, our smiley and bubbly guide!
Close and beautiful
I’m a Belgian student, living in Sofia. Me and a couple of friends decided to take a self-guided hike to Cherni vrah peak.
Everything was well organized. The instructions were very clear, the driver was on time. Very well spent day!
Vitosha Mountains & Cherni Vryh Peak
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Traventuria was very concerned about whether we had proper hiking boots as there was still snow in the mountain and even texted and called me to ensure. They were also very prompt in answering all of our queries too. “Martin the tour guide” was prompt in meeting us in the morning. He was really an inspiring and energetic guide, and his positivity rubbed onto us. The climb was not an easy one for us but he kept us going! Overall, Traventuria and “Martin the tour guide” exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend them. Thanks for the memorable adventure, “Martin the tour guide”!
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