Mount Musala, Bulgaria, 2 Day Guided Hiking Ascent

State certified hiking, biking, skiing guide Lyuben wants to lead you on a 2 day winter, hiking ascent of Mount Musala, the highest peak in the Rila range.




Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

Rila Mountains

People per Guide

12 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    In a mountain range full of impressive peaks, Mount Musala (2,925m) stand the tallest. Not only is Mount Musala the highest peak in the Rila mountains, it is also the highest peak in the entire Balkan area. And on this 2 day hiking ascent, you will get to reach its summit! Furthermore, you will get to scale this mighty peak during the winter months, so you’ll get to do it in the snow as well.

    Because of the immense size of the mountain, along with the trek taking place during the winter, it will be a challenging hike. Hence some prior hiking experience is required. Participants should also been in good physical condition. And they should also have the equipment outlined below.

    The trek will begin at the Borovets ski resort (1,350m), which is about an hour drive away from the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. We will then take a gondola ride to an altitude of approximately 2,400 metres. After that, we will hike for a few hours until we reach the Ledenoto Ezero Chalet (2,700m), where we will spend the night. On the following day, we will ascend to the summit of Mount Musala. After that, we will return to Borovets by foot or on the gondola, and then back to Sofia.

    As a result of the height and location of Mount Musala, you will be able to see every mountain range in Bulgaria from the its summit. Those ranges included the Rila, Pirin, Balkan and Rhodopes mountains. The view is absolutely astounding.

    So if you are looking for a challenging winter adventure that offers an unforgettable reward, then this 2 day hike to the top of Mount Musala is for you. If you are interested, please send me a request.

    I can lead you on another 2 day winter hike to the top of Mount Malyovista, which also stands tall in the Rila mountains.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    370 EUR

    Group of 2
    220 EUR

    Group of 3
    200 EUR

    Group of 4
    180 EUR

    Group of 5
    170 EUR

    Group of 6
    155 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Lifts tickets
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     The price includes transfers to and from Sofia, accommodation with full board and lift tickets. It is required that participants have crampons, trekking poles and snowshoes. If participants do not have any of the above mentioned equipment, you can rent it the day of the excursion in Sofia. Participants should also have winter, waterproof walking boots that are compatible with crampons (which most boots are).

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Borovets ski resort


    Ledenoto Ezero Chalet, if the chalet is not working, which can occur in the winter season, we will stay in the Musala hut.

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    Participants should bring the following items with them: rucksack (35-45L), water and windproof jacket and pants, rain cover, sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm hat and gloves, water bottle (1.5L), travel liner (optional), torch, personal first aid kit.


    About the Guide


    My name is Lyuben and I'm a Bulgarian Mountain Guide with a ski touring diploma, living in Bulgaria. I have finished the UIMLA training and passed the exams. My hometown Bansko is surrounded by the main mountain ranges of the country - Rila, Pirin and the Rhodope Mountains, where I usually work. It is also not far from Greece where I organize trips regularly. I guide Bulgarian and foreign groups since 2006. The activities I offer are hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing.

    Personally I like travelling and climbing mountains around the world, ski touring and off-piste skiing. Been to the mountains of Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Greece and Romania. Mont Blanc and Dufourspitze in the Alps, ski tours in Tirol, trekking in Caucasus Mountains and in the mountains around Baikal Lake in Russia. Mount Kazbek in Georgia, Mount Kinabalu on Borneo Island, Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, Indonesia, trekking in the Ladakh region of India.




    What People are Saying about Lyuben Grancharov


    Amazing trip..... 100% recommend this trip... Lyuben was both professional and friendly. We loved it. A great activity to do with a non-skier in tow.
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