Musala Peak day trek in the Rila Mountains

Discover Rila National Park in this guided day trek to the summit of Musala Peak (2925 m), the highest mountain on the Balkan Peninsula.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range

Rila Mountains

People per Guide

7 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip



  • Reach the top of the highest mountain on the Balkan Peninsula.

  • Explore the Rila Mountains and the Rila National Park.

  • Contemplate breathtaking views from the summit.


At 2925 m, Musala Peak is the highest mountain on the Balkan Peninsula. It belongs to the Rila Mountains and it’s located in Rila National Park, a natural area protected in a big part by UNESCO and also the largest national park in Bulgaria.

In this one day trip, I invite you to enjoy a breathtaking mountain experience: getting to the top of Musala Peak.

This activity involves between five and six hours of trekking, but it doesn’t require any special physical training. The highlight of this trip is definitely the outstanding view you can get from the summit of Musala Peak. From there, you’ll be able to admire the most important mountain ranges in Bulgaria, such as Rila, Vitosha, Pirin, Sredna Gora, and Rodopi Mountains, as well as the Balkan Mountains.

In addition, you will see the wonderful Rila Lakes, a group of seven deep blue glacial lakes.

I recommend summer as the best season to ascent Mount Musala. Nevertheless, it’s important to mention that you can also visit this place during winter, and practice sports like snowshoeing, ski touring and split boarding.

Below, I provide you further details about this trip, one of the top destinations among visitors in Bulgaria.

If you are planning a trip to the Rila Mountains, please get in touch with me. I will be happy to be your guide in this adventure.

Another option could be this 2-day program from Seven Lakes to Rila Monastery. Check it out!

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Price per person

Group of 1
125 EUR

Group of 2
75 EUR

Group of 3
45 EUR

Group of 4
40 EUR

Group of 5
40 EUR

Group of 6
40 EUR

Group of 7
40 EUR


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Transport during the trip
 The price includes: Private transfer, english-speaking mountain guide, picnic lunch (a small energy pack). The price excludes: Return chair lift tickets, food, drinks, insurance, other personal expenses


  • Day 1Itinerary to Musala Peak

    Early in the morning, a transfer will take us to Borovets (1350 m). This trip will be two hours and a half long. Once there, we will take the gondola lift towards Yastrebets, the starting point of this hike.

    We will arrive to the top of Musala Peak after five or six hours of hiking. Of course, we’ll have time there to admire the wonderful view and also take a little rest.

    After that, we will start our way back to Yastrebets and finally take the gondola-lift to Borovets.


Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Sofia (Bulgaria)


About the Guide


I started snowboarding when only a few people were doing it. At the time, it was just an emerging sport. We used to experiment modifying our equipment by hand. We didn't know about first lines or powder days, we were simply having fun and enjoying amazing snow.
As things got more serious, I gained experience and learned more about the mountains. I found so many new possibilities!
From the mountains, I learned how to enjoy with just the essentials, to travel lightly and to cherish the company of a friend on the snow. But I also learned responsibility and learned from my mistakes.
This passion led me in 1994 to the Himalayas, where the beauty of the scenery and the amazing peaks were almost overwhelming. In summer, I started exploring the mountain and in this way I discovered climbing.
All of this inspired me to become a professional. Now I have a Ski Instructor Qualification Class C, a Professional Mountain Leader UIMLA Qualification and in 2009 I became the first Bulgarian snowboard guide. Since 2017, I'm a snowboard Instructor qualification Level “3” and international ISIA.



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What People are Saying about Nikolay Pavlov


Did a trip in Feb 2019 with Nikolay. This is the second year we have been with him. Brilliant day out with hiking and riding off the beaten track. I would highly reccomend this if you\'re looking for an experience off the slopes!!!
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Red Hodgkinson
We had 2 very professional guides whom we enjoyed very much. But this is a medium moderated course and it\'s not for people with no experience. It was a full day trip.
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Nitzan Orgal
we approached Explore - Share to find a guide for the Via Ferrata Malyovitsa in Bulgaria. Nikolay Pavlov responded and from this moment remain in ongoing communication to make sure we receive a great service. he was very responsive and was kind enough to assist us in planning additional hiking days. on the July 31st we met one of his guides - Stoimaen (AKA - Bambita) and another guide - Elena which led my partner and myself through the Via Ferrata with a lot of good spirit and patience (and passion).they made the introduction to Bulgarian outdoors much enjoyable. The additional tips we received from this great team enhanced the quality of our Bulgarian adventure. much recommended. Regards Natasha & Tomer
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Tomer Ash
I only have good things to say about this day trip! Nikolay is a really good and experienced guide. We had such a great time in this via ferrata! Do not hesitate to book this :)
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