- 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)
WHAT TO EXPECT
Mount Vitosha is one of the most adored and visited mountains in Bulgaria. It is the first officially declared Nature Park on the Balkans to protect alpine meadows, century-old forests and peat bogs. The dome-shaped mountain is crisscrossed by many walking trails, but the most scenic area is the Plateau and the highest peak named Cherni Vrah (2290m/7625ft.)
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.
The tour is offered as guided (small group) or self-guided
Food: basic food is available in the eatery at Cherni Vrah station (i.e. beans soup, meatballs, French fries, tea, pancakes), but if you come prepared with a sandwich or two you can stop at any place to enjoy our food.
Hiking time: hiking time only is mentioned on each day (not including stops for pictures, picnics, breaks etc.!); these are based on an average hiker’s speed of 4-5km/hr on flat terrain, additional 30min for each 300m elevation gain, and a backpack weighing not more than 10-15% of your body weight. Still, this varies a lot on the terrain, the group size and the hiking experience of each client within the group.
Total transfer time: 2 hours
Walking time: 3,30-4 hrs (hiking time only; moderate difficulty; no steep parts)
Best period: June – October (possible also in May and November; options for snowshoeing treks in Vitosha during winter – contact us for details)
Circular trek, starting from Aleko hut, climbing Cherni Vrah (2290m) and descending along a different route back to Aleko hut. (3,30-4hrs hiking time only; 12km; +550m; -550m)
Explore one of the classic trails on Vitosha, starting from Aleko hut, climbing to Cherni Vrah peak and descending along a different path under the rock of Malak Rezen peak. You will cross typical for the mountain stone rivers, make your way close to the Peat Reserve and ascend to the highest peak. Throughout the way, your companions will be high mountain birds and their melodic songs. The alpine zone is home of the elusive Balkan Chamois (Wild Mountain Goat) and herds of Roe Deers. Along the way, you will have a chance to admire and photograph rare and beautiful flowers as the Vitosha Tulip and various orchids. The descending walk is equally astonishing with panoramic views of Vitosha’s dense forests, Sofia city and the Balkan Mountains outlining the horizon.