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Stara Planina

Stara Planina

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Serbia, Europe

Lat/Lon: 43.39500°N / 22.68250°E

Object Title: Stara Planina

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 7119 ft / 2170 m


Page By: vvujisic

Created/Edited: Jun 11, 2006 / Mar 21, 2009

Object ID: 199646

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Stara Planina
The summit of Midžor (2170 m)

STARA PLANINA (Old Mountain) is the largest and for sure one of the most beautiful mountain range in Serbia. Stara Planina (Old Mountain) is located in eastern part of Serbia. Actually, this mountain range is the western part of wider Stara Planina (Mt Balkan) massif and that's the natural border between Serbia and Bulgaria, which is 90 km long. The highest peak of Serbian part of Stara Planina range is Midžor (2170 m).

Stara Planina , major mountain range of the Balkan Peninsula and Bulgaria, extending c.350 mi (560 km) from E Serbia through central Bulgaria to the Black Sea. It rises to 7,794 ft (2,376 m) at Botev, the highest peak. The Balkans are a continuation of the Carpathian Mts.

Stara Planina is the home of untouchable devine nature, many river springs, beautifully waterfalls, red rocks and red ground, wonderfully "Asteriks" etno mountain villages, monasteries and churches... The forested range is sparsely populated and rich in a variety of minerals.

The highest peaks of Stara Planina are:

  • Midžor (2170 m)

  • Tri Cuke (1936 m)

  • Žarkova Cuka (1848 m)

  • Babin Zub (1758 m)

Babin Zub
Impressive cliffs of Babin Zub (1758 m)

Routes Overview

Stara planina
Beautiful landscape of Stara Planina range

People mostly use two routes to climb Midžor (2170 m) peak, the highest peak of Stara Planina:

1. Babin Zub Hotel - Midžor: 2,30h - 3h
2. Topli Do village - Midžor: 4h - 4,30h

First one starting from SW side of Midžor massif and that's usual approach to the summit. Second option starting from Midžor's S side and that's the longer solution, even still very nice.

Temstica River
Red rocks in the beautiful Temstica River Canyon

Getting There

Ascent on Midzor
Ascent on Midžor

Topli Do village
Topli Do village

Belgrade - Pirot - Stara Planina (Babin Zub Hotel)
Belgrade - Pirot - Stara Planina (Topli Do village)
Belgrade - Knjazevac - Stara Planina

From the towns of Pirot and Knjaževac, the massif of Stara Planina is 55 km far. Common place for stay is Babin Zub Hotel.


Bigar waterfall
Waterfall Bigar

You can stay in three star Hotel "Babin Zub", which is nestled right below the same name mountain summit (1758 m). The hotel was built in 2000 and it is very well maintained. All rooms are nice and cozy. This three star hotel is situated below Babin Zub mountain peak on elevation of 1500 m above sea level.

This is common place when people planning to climb Midžor (2170 m) peak.

Mountain Conditions

Stara Planina
Stara Planina
Tri Cuke

5 days weather meteo for Pirot town.

The area has a typical sub - Alpine climate with a considerable number of sunny days, heavy snowfall... On Stara Planina you can find snow about 120 days per year.

Red Tape

Šafran flowers

No fees or extra fees for entering the Stara Planina.
No permits needed either.
Usual rules of behaviour for NP's do apply.

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Well Stara Planina is situated in both Serbia and Bulgaria. Even the highest peak (Botev - 2,376) is in Bulgaria. I suggest adding Bulgaria next to Serbia in the location field. More info regarding the mountain and its location at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stara_Planina
Posted Mar 25, 2008 2:25 pm
vvujisicRe: Location


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Stara Planina (Balkana) page is devoted to Serbia and Bulgaria. Stara Planina page is devoted just to the Serbian part of wider Stara Planina (Balkana) page.
Posted Mar 26, 2008 5:29 pm

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Stara Planina - the Bulgarian sideBabin ZubPerfect shapeStara PlaninaStara Planina landscapeTemstica RiverOne of the towers of Babin Zub
Stara planinaA threatened species: Parnassius apolloMidzor (Stara planina mountain)Ascent on MidzorTopli Do villageStara PlaninaBigar waterfall
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