Rila Mountain and Musala Peak

Highlights

  • Take the trek to the rooftop of the Balkan Peninsula
  • Admire one of the most beautiful alpine landscapes in Bulgaria
  • Be fascinated by fantastic panoramas and superb natural views

Tour logistics
 

Pick-up from : 7:30 am (Back side of Alexander Nevski Cathedral). Optional; Hotel pickup.
Total transfers time: 3 hrs
Walking time: 5-6 hrs (few steep parts; good physical condition is needed)
Best period: mid-June - mid-September (Wednesday-Sunday)

Tour description

Rila is the highest mountain range in the Balkans and all of Southeastern Europe, with the Musala summit rising to 2925m/9596ft. The mountain ranks sixth in Europe after the Caucasus, the Alps, Sierra Nevada, the Pyrenees, and Etna. Rila (an old Slav word meaning Water Mountain) looks like a stormy sea of crests and peaks, deep gorges, and over 150 crystal-clear lakes. Much of the National Park area is under UNESCO protection.
After an early transfer to the Borovets Resort, we take the cable car to the Yastrebets summit, from where we follow a path through the Musala Hut and the Ledeno Ezero (“The Icy Lake”) mountain refuge to the Musala summit. Along the way, we enjoy magnificent views over surrounding outcrops and peaks, deep valleys, and pristine glacier lakes. But the best vistas are waiting for you on the top, where we celebrate with a cup of fragrant herbal tea. From here you can enjoy the summits of all major mountain ranges in Bulgaria – Balkan, Sredna Gora, Vitosha, Rhodopes, Pirin and of course – Rila.

prices:

1 pers: 138 Euro; 2 pers: 79 Euro pp; 3 pers: 58 Euro pp; 4-7 pers: 49 Euro pp;

what's included:

  • Transfer from your hotel in Sofia to Borovets resort and back;
  • English-speaking guide;
  • Return Gondola lift tickets;

what's not included:

  • Meals and beverages
  • Tips

 

please note:

Food: there are two huts on our way where we can purchase some basic food (i.e. beans soup, meatballs, French fries, tea, pancakes, chocolate bars), but if you come prepared with a sandwich or two we can stop at any place to enjoy our food.
Difficulty: the hiking route is moderately to very arduous, with some short stages rather steep. Some parts of the trail pass through stones. Please bring along comfortable hiking boots with good ankle support if possible. Sandals and flip-flops are not accepted. Rain jacket might be useful in summer as heavy showers sometimes occur in the afternoons.