“Sofia and Vitosha are inseparable like Naples and Vesuvius”. The description was given from the Austrian scientist Hohshteter, who visited Bulgaria in the 19th century. In fact, the first thing that every visitor of Sofia is seeing no matter from where he came, is the mighty silhouette of Vitosha mountain. Being so close to the million city, it is the perfect opportunity for a short break along a huge network of hiking trails lead to unexpected beauty.
GUIDED & SELF-GUIDED hiking options are available to choose from (Check the “Prices, Dates & Remarks” tab for details)
If you want to combine the cultural stroll around the city center with and the chance to look at Sofia from above, join us in our one-day hiking tour at Vitosha mountain. The tour could be taken as self-guided since we provide detailed route notes and a map or also with a licensed mountain guide.
The day starts with a transfer to a nearby hut (50 mins in a way) from where you continue towards the highest peak Cherni Vrah (The Black Peak (2290m/7625ft.). If this name provokes your curiosity, do not hesitate to ask your guide about how it was given. At the top is built a weather station with a small tea house functioning where you can recharge your batteries with a cup of herbal tea and later continue your trekking crossing the foot of Golem Rezen peak and Malak Rezen peak. The scenic trail will make you stop every now and then to admire the vistas across the green crest of the mountain that contrasts with the clear blue skies. Your photos will be colored by the intense blossoming of endemic flowers among which some orchids. Above your heads, Nutcrackers will spread their wings and if you are lucky enough you may even spot the shy Balkan Chamois (wild goats).
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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