Kom Peak (Bulgarian: връх Ком, vrah Kom) or Golyam Kom
(Голям Ком, "Big Kom") is a peak in the western Balkan
Mountains, located in western Bulgaria, not far from the Serbian
border. The peak is 2,016 metres high and lies south of the town of
Berkovitsa, of which it is a traditional symbol. Kom, along with the
lower peaks Sreden Kom ("Middle Kom") and Malak Kom ("Little Kom") to
the east, form a west-east elevation with a round grassy ridge, a
steep rocky northern slope and a slant grassy southern slope. Looking
north, one can see
Berkovitsa and the surrounding fields, as well as
Montana and the Ogosta Reservoir some 30 kilometres away.
The peak inspired national writer
Ivan Vazov to create the poem On
Kom. In his honour, a bas-relief plaque bearing his image and excerpts
from the poem has been installed on the peak. Kom also marks the start
of the Bulgarian section of the European walking route E3, also known
Kom–Emine path along the main ridge of the Balkan Mountains,
as well as the eponymous off-road race.
There are several climbing routes to the summit, such as from the Kom
chalet (two-hour climb), from the
Petrohan Pass (taking 3 hours 30
minutes to reach the peak), from the villages of Komshtitsa and Gintsi
(3 hours away).
The Nishava River, a major tributary of the South Morava, originates
east of Kom Peak, as does the Visochitsa. Along with Midzhur, Kom is
among the highest and best known peaks of the western Balkan
Mountains. A Bulgarian brand of mineral water is branded after Kom.
The peak is part of the 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria, together with
the museum of ethnography in Berkovitsa. There are several ski pistes
descending from the peak.
Kom Glacier on Fallières Coast,
Antarctica is named after the peak.
Panoramic view of the plains to the north looking from the peak
Bas-relief of Vazov on Kom
The old Kom chalet
The new Kom chalet
"Връх Ком" (in Bulgarian). Берковица Туризъм.
Новаков, Красимир. "До връх Ком" (in
Bulgarian). Водач за българските планини.
Bulgarian ski resorts