An exciting and challenging goal in winter time. The adventure is suitable for people in very good physical condition who have previous hiking experience.
~ Day 1 ~
We start from Borovets ski resort (1350 m, 1.15 hours drive from Sofia). After a trip with the gondola lift up to about 2400 m, we trek for a couple of hours and reach Ledenoto Ezero (The Icy Lake) Chalet at 2700 m. This is where we stay for the night. If the chalet is closed, as it happens occasionally in winter, we’ll stay in Musala Hut.
~ Day 2 ~
Early morning ascent to Musala (2925 m.) and descend to Borovets (possible to use the gondola or return by foot). Drive back to Sofia.
Although Musala is accessible without any special equipment (crampons and ice axe) in certain winter conditions we may need them for the last part of the ascent (there is a fixed railing there, but in rare occasions, it’s covered by snow).