On top of the Balkans

Mount Musala, Bulgaria

Climb the highest peak on the Balkan Peninsula – Mount Musala!

An exciting and challenging goal in winter time. The adventure is suitable for people in very good physical condition who have previous hiking experience.


Mount Musala, Bulgaria

On top of the Balkans, Musala, Bulgaria

Mount Musala, Bulgaria


~ 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.


How do we source our prices:

  1. Balkan Vagabondz receives a client request.
  2. The BV coordinator then reaches out to all the guides and guiding companies in the network to gather information on possible itineraries, availability and prices.
  3. Once we have all the options we send them to the client so he/she can select the best price, date and itinerary.

Please note negotiating prices is not always possible.

Essentially we are a price, availability and itinerary comparison site that helps people meet their adventure needs and save time along with providing extra customer service and consultation on top of the services you receive. All of this is free of charge as commission is taken from the suppliers.

What to bring?


  • Passport
  • Local Insurance (included)
  • Pocket money


  • Hiking boots – waterproof and warm, above the ankle, stiff sole, compatible with your crampons;
  • Crampons compatible with your boots (included)
  • Water and windproof jacket with a hood
  • Water and windproof trousers
  • Rucksack
  • Warm hat, thin pair of gloves and a pair of warm mittens
  • Thermal underwear, light down jacket or a warm fleece
  • Sun protection – sun cream, sun glasses, sun hat;
  • Snowshoes and trekking poles (included)
  • Water bottle or, preferably, flask – 1/1,5l
  • Snacks, lunch pack;
  • Travel linen for the night in the hut.

Please note:

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).

How to book your place?

You can simply register by using the web form on the right-hand side, e-mail, call or message us on facebook or twitter and we will contact our local guide to move forward with your booking.