VITOSHA MOUNTAINS, CHERNI VRAH PEAK (2290m)

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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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Windy day

4.0 rating
September 27, 2012

The tour was nice, but it was raining all the time and on the top it was very windy.

Nina Vázquez, Spain

Rila Monastery- 7 Lakes Tour / Vitosha Mountain tour

5.0 rating
August 9, 2012

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I found Traventuria on internet and booked two tours (Day 1:Rila Monastery and 7 Lakes + Day 2: Vitosha Mountain) for 2 consecutive days, in the middle of our 4-day stay in Sofia. The booking went quite easy and confirmation came quickly. We were picked up at our hotel, perfectly on time both days.
The first day we went to the Rila Monastery which is a very beautiful place and worth visiting. Our guide explained us all he knew (which was a lot ? and took us as well to a ‘bar’ to have typical Bulgarian donuts for breakfast. After that we drove to the the start of the 7 Lakes tour. Apparantly, we were in quite good shape so we did an extended route up in the hills which was incredibly beautiful (around 4 hours of hiking). I also found it very nice that most of the time we were just hiking, no chatting was necessary which allows you to enjoy the beautiful nature around you. We had our picknick while sitting on the edge of a cliff with the view over the lakes.
This day was quite tiring as they picked us up at 7.30am and were back at the hotel around 7pm, but it is it totally worth.
Next day we hiked up the Vitosha mountain with the same guide, had some tea with brandy in a wooden hut on top of it and saw all kind of vegetation on our way back down. The hike is much easier than the one into the Rila mountains, but remains nice due to the change between rocky mountain, forest, flowers etc.
We are very happy to have booked those tours, it offers a different way of learning the Bulgarian country, especially if you are found of nature, and I can highly recommend it to everybody!
Thanks Traventuria!

Deborah, Switzerland

Fantastic

5.0 rating
July 21, 2012

It is such a treasure to have a mountain so close to the capital city. I hope the citizens realize how happy and proud they have to be living near Vitosha.
Just in a 40 mins transfer we escaped from the noise of the city and all of the cars and there we are – a hut in the mountain where our sunny walk began. The smell of all these plants around us was dizzying.
Thanks to Toto, our super cool guide! He was on time infront of our AIRBNB and turn this ordinary day into a lifetime memory!

Lotte Janssen, Netherlands

Black peak

5.0 rating
July 21, 2011

We took a hike to Vitosha mountains – so close to Sofia, but so beautiful and rich on different plants.
The weather was great, so we could see Sofia below us. The downhill to Golden Bridges was very pleasant.
Our guide did a great job. We definitely recommend the tour!

David Bloch, Israel

One day hike

4.0 rating
May 31, 2011

Very pleasant and not tough hike. Pleasant guide, but it was very rainy.

Iolanda Da Cruz, Portugal

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