The Pack Includes
• Detailed Itinerary
• GPS Track of your trail
• Nights' accommodation in the huts
• Tourist map of the mountain (per post)
• Hut Contacts
• E-mail assistance
• Phone assistance
• Time tables of local public transport
• Local taxi companies contacts
The Pack Does Not Include
• Travel to and from Bulgaria
• Organised luggage transport
• Personal expenses
• Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
• Local transfers
• Travel insurance
Musala off the beaten path
Days 5 Distance 50 km Ascent 3520 m Descent 4010 m
This untraditional trail proposes to the tourists the possibility to walk through the highest and the biggest part of the Rila- the Eastern part. It includes an ascend of the highest peak of the mountain- the peak of Musala, skirts along the deep terraced valley of the Marichini Lakes and an ascend to the lofty peak of Belmeken that is the most eastern peak in Rila with a height above 2500 m.
Day 1: Walk from the resort of Borovets to the Musala hut along the Musalenska Bistritsa River.
Day 2: Walk from the Musala hut through the peak of Musala to the hut Zavrachitsa. The peak of Musala (2925m) is not only the highest peak of the Rila, but also on the entire Balkan Peninsula.
Day 3: Walk from the Zavratchitsa hut to the hut Belmeken. It is beautifully located next to the Ravnivrashko Lake, the most eastern glacial lake in The Rila Mountain.
Day 4: Walk from the Belmeken hut to the Gurgulitsa hut. The walk, that goes up to the peak of Belmeken, offers panorama towards the dam Belmeken and the neighbouring mountains Pirin and Rhodopes as well.
Day 5: Walk from the Gurgulitsa hut to the town of Kostenets.
- Difficulty: The average difficulty is moderate. The toughest part is the climbing up the peak of Musala. Nevertheless, it is entirely touristic and safe, but the terrain is rocky. You need of good shoes and strong knees.
- Accommodation: The huts are well-maintained; the hut-keepers offer food and beverages. The hut of Musala is frequently visited, so you need to book the beds in advance.
- To the starting point: There is a regular bus line that connects the capital Sofia with the town of Samokov. From it there are regular buses that go to the resort of Borovets.
- To the finishing point:The town of Kostenets is served by a bus line and a train to the city of Sofia. Be aware that you will finish at the villa zone of the town, but there are small buses that connect it with the town in the summer season.
- Security: The trail is totally secure. It is along well marked paths. The area is served by the mountain rescue teams.
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*Self Guided Tour
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