People per Guide
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Type of Trip
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 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!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Itinerary 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.
- 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
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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