- 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)
WHAT TO EXPECT
Rila is the highest mountain range in the Balkans and all of Southeastern Europe, with the Musala summit rising to 2925m/9596ft. The mountain ranks sixth in Europe after the Caucasus, the Alps, 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.
Difficulty: the hiking route is moderate 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.
The tour is offered as guided (small group) or self-guided.
Total transfers time: 3 hrs
Walking time: 5 hrs (hiking time only; few steep parts; the good physical condition is needed)
Best period: mid-June – mid-September (Wednesday-Sunday)
Climb to Mt. Musala from Yastrebets Peak and then walk back. (5hrs hiking time only; 13km; +750m; -750m). N.B. Harder options are also possible for advanced hikers.
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.