Mount Musala, Bulgaria, 2 Day Guided Hiking Ascent


A UIMLA Tour Operator in the Top Guides team wants to lead you on a 2-day winter, hiking ascent of Mount Musala, the highest peak in the Rila range.

Rila Mountains

2 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec




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 us a request.

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



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

More info

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.

Meeting point

Borovets ski resort


About the guide

Top Guides is an adventure travel company founded by three UIMLA-certified mountain guides Lyuben Grancharov, Dimiter Samounev, Alexander Serafimov. In 2016 we started as an association between certified local mountain guides united by the idea to ease and enrich the travelers’ outdoor experiences in Bulgaria.

Nowadays we are a leading tour operator specialized in authentic and tailored active tours throughout Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Turkey and Georgia.

We offer a wide-range of activities: hiking, trekking, rock climbing and mountain biking, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ski touring and off-piste skiing.

All our guides are certified, experienced and passionate about their job and will guide you with a smile and care through the wild beauty of the Bulgarian and the Balkan mountains.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 500 Each

Group of 2

EUR 305 Each

Group of 3

EUR 243 Each

Group of 4

EUR 238 Each

Group of 5

EUR 217 Each

Group of 6

EUR 202 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Lifts tickets

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

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).




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