Sunday, January 1, 2023

Our Christmas Hike to Planinitza

I've been so busy this holiday season, that I simply didn't have time to blog and I have a lot of catching up to do. I might skip some of the posts I meant to publish, but I can't miss our Christmas hike in the mountain of Cherna Gora, from the village of Planinitza to peak Tumba and back.

This last half of December the weather in and around Sofia was absolutely beautiful, sunny and warm for the season. As is already a tradition for our family, on Christmas day husband, daughter and I went on a hike and we chose probably the best place for this time of the year - peak Tumba. 

While driving to the village of Planinitza, we passed through an area with very thick fog and we were worried that the beautiful sunny day, which we had welcomed in the morning in Sofia, would be wasted due to bad location choice. Luckily, once we took the turn to the village of Planinitza, the sky cleared and the sun was up above, warm and shining.

The views to the areas below the mountain were absolutely stunning - it looked as if we were at the shore of a sea, with archipelagos of islands, formed by the peaks of the countless mountains in the Kraishte region.

Hike info:

Destination: peak Tumba (1129 m)
Mountain: Cherna Gora
Total length: 14 km
Elevation gain: 230 m
Total duration (plus picnic): 4 and a half hours
Average difficulty: 3 / 10

Me-made items, worn on this hike:

Husband: men's boxers, hat, Cargo pants, socks

We had a long and delicious picnic at the base of the peak, basking in the warm December sun, and then slowly returned along the same trail to the car, enjoying every minute of it with our grown beautiful, clever and adventurous daughter.


  1. Happy New Year!

    You have such beautiful surroundings.

    I really love the hike as a Christmas tradition. We did our first Christmas hike in 2022 and it was a lovely way to spend the morning. Will repeat in 2023!

    1. Thank you! I've been following your renewed activity on your blog and enjoying it immensely, I am really impressed by all of your crafting exploits in so many fields and I am so glad to read about your hikes. Happy New Year!