Rise above the city smog, the noise, the storm, the hate, the drama.
Rise above the negativity, above your problems…
Rise above it all!
There’s no better therapy for the mind and soul than nature, and if you are living in Sofia you are one hell of a lucky bastard! Yeah right! Your therapist is a stone’s throw away! Just look out the window! Okay, there’s probably a 20-floor soviet block standing in your way, but never mind – Vitosha is right behind it!
Vitosha mountain – A photo story about Black Peak (Cherni Vrah)
Fatty Gosho welcomes you to Aleko. Hi, Fatty Gosho!
The path that goes to Black Peak (Cherni Vruh) starts right behind Aleko hut.
Once you get on track, all you have to do is follow the poles. The number on each tells you how far you are from the top.
Go at your own pace. No rush! * I should know. *
The walk from Aleko to Black Peak takes between 1:30 – 2 hours.
This is the top and on the photo above is the weather station!
Black Peak stands at 2290m and t’s the 4th highest summit in Bulgaria. #LoveBG
Inside the weather station, built in 1935. Vitosha is the oldest national park on the Balkans. *A random fact, which I decided was important to mention.*
The text on the sign says: “If you don’t know where you’re going you might wind up someplace else .” True story. If you are wondering about the other sign – it’s the bus schedule.
In the “tea house” (that’s what it says on the door of the station) you can sit & relax, warm up, drink a cup of hot tea or maybe even a cold bear. For those who are hungry, they offer a delicious tripe soup (the famous “skembe chorba”)! Nom nom.
Johnnie, keep on walking.
Take a look around. It’s beautiful!
A cute tiny library in the mountains.
“We are all under the same moon.”
Behind the weather station. The sun is starting to set.
At the top is a bit windy, so better have a hat or a hoodie on.
The water supply area has frozen completely. You can’t imagine how slippery it is! (I speak from personal experience).
In the distance you can see Sofia.
The moon shines so bright! When it gets dark and there are no clouds, the snow starts to shine reflecting the light of the moon. One word is enough to describe it – magical!
The way back.
* Amzing photos, right?
Other walks in Vitosha you might enjoy:
A chill one –
“The Alley of Herbs”
A more exciting one –
The Boyana Waterfalls