Rila Mountains & Musala Peak (2925 m)
Rila is the highest mountain in the Balkans and all of Southeastern Europe, the Musala summit rising to 2925m/9596ft. The mountain ranks sixth in Europe after the Caucasus, the Alps, the 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.
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.
* Please note that we offer SELF-GUIDED WALKING OPTION TO MUSALA & MALYOVITSA PEAKS, which include your transfer to the beginning of the hiking trail and transfer back to Sofia from the end of the route, detailed route notes in English and map. This way you can safely walk on your own without guide and explore the mountains at a pace that suits you best. Please check the Specifics box on your right hand side for price details.
>>> View more details about the self-guided option here.
Below you can book online GUIDED and SELF-GUIDED options for daily hiking tours to MUSALA & MALYOVITSA PEAKS in Rila Mountains.
Transfers time: 2,30 hrs
Walking time: 5-6 hrs (few steep parts; good physical condition is needed)
Best period: mid-June - mid-September (Wednesday-Sunday)
The price includes: Transfer from your hotel in Sofia to Borovets resort and back; English-speaking guide (for the guided hiking option); Return Gondola lift tickets (for the guided hiking option); Detailed route notes in English and maps (for the self-guided hiking option; 1 set of route notes and 1 map per vehicle)
Price (for guided tour): 1 pers: 138 Euro; 2 pers: 79 Euro pp; 3 pers: 58 Euro pp; 4-7 pers: 49 Euro pp;
Price (for self-guided tour): 120 Euro/car (group of 1-4 persons); 160 Euro/bus (group of 5-8 persons)