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Photo uploaded by Tomislav Cezner

Musala is the highest peak in the Balkans, just nosing out Mount Olympus by a few meters. It is located two hours from the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. There is a major ski area located near by and there are several huts located on its slopes.

Elevation (feet): 9,596
Elevation (meters): 2,925
Continent: Europe
Country: Bulgaria
Range/Region: Macedonia-Thrace
Latitude: 42.179722
Longitude: 23.586667
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Sofia
Convenient Center: Samokov

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

There are 20 trip reports for Musala.

  • Log #9141 - by Peter VĂ¡mos on June 09, 20043.00 stars
    I did it with my Slovakian girlfriend (now my wife - look out danger!) and with two other friends from Borovec. It was nothing special, but a long march.
  • Log #9142 - by Peter on June 06, 20043.00 stars
    This peak is not very difficult.In the summer you do not need any alpine equipment.From the highest station(2350m) of the gondola lift is only 4 hours to the highest peak in eastern Europe.You also...
  • Log #9143 - by Jure Pejanovic on June 05, 20043.00 stars
    After we climbed and ski from Musala Peak, we were adviced to ski from Malyovitsa, the 2729m high peak about Malyovica resort. This time Saso - member of the Bolgarian resque team - joint us. In...
  • Log #9144 - by Jure Pejanovic on June 05, 20043.00 stars
    Members of Slovene Road Asociation ascent the Musala, the highest Balcan mountain and then ski from the top. The weather was perfect and we started with gondola from Borovets to Yastrebets. It took...
  • Log #9145 - by Kalina Belivanova on Mar 29, 20043.00 stars
    If you are a keen skier you can try skiing down the top. It is good to have crampons up the rope way, in spring it is icy but snow firm and good-March, April till noon. Good luck!
  • Log #9146 - by Jerome Parkin on Jan 07, 20033.00 stars
    The was a shop at the top! One member hyperventated halve way up due to temperature above 33 degrees Celisus. The paper bag trick did the job. Long steady climb, not too hard. Good job there was a...
  • Log #9147 - by Peter Chisholm on Nov 21, 20023.00 stars
    Summited Musala at 5:00pm in mist and rain(just like Scotland). Got a small break in the cloud and a brief view before heavy rain came on. Stayed in the Musala Hut overnight and got cable car back...
  • Log #9148 - by Nikolas Kroupis on Oct 31, 20023.00 stars
    I climb peak Musala from Borovets (north) in 6 hours and a quarter. It is easy trekking into the forest. For details check out the page :
  • Log #9149 - by Lubomir Kolarov on July 14, 20023.00 stars
    It took 7 hours to reach Mussalla and return back to Borovetz. From Borovetz with the lift to Hawk peak,and then walk up to the highest peak of the Balkan peninsula - Mussalla - 2925m. Rocky track,...
  • Log #9150 - by Srdjan Marjanov on July 08, 20013.00 stars
    This is one beautifull mountain!!! But, there is a mistake on the site!!! The town near it is Samokov, not Sanokov!!! Please, check it out Thanks
  • Log #9151 - by Jozef Pecina on May 06, 20013.00 stars
    Lot of fog & Bulgarian workers up there. Bloody way down.
  • Log #9152 - by Sten Holljen on Sep 12, 20003.00 stars
    After taking the lift from Borovets my friends from Moscow and I walked to the Musala summit via the Musala hut. It was a Sunday and beautiful weather so quite a few people did the same thing. It is...
  • Log #9153 - by Piotr G. Mielus on July 26, 20003.00 stars
    Nice winter route which can be done easily from Borovets ski resort. You take cable car to Jastrebets (2350) and after one more drive with Poma-lift you reach Markujik Ridge (2550). One can climb...
  • Log #9154 - by Andrew Wielochowski on Nov 28, 19993.00 stars
    A superb ski tour from Borovets. The last section of ascent ridge has cables for assistance and you have to carry your skiis. The met. station on the summit can make you a cup of tea at 10% normal...
  • Log #9155 - by Ann Bowker on Oct 02, 19993.00 stars
    Please see my description and pictures of the climb at Also on this page is a description of the splendid traverse across Maljovitsa to the Rila...
  • Log #9156 - by Grzechu Grupinski on Aug 09, 19993.00 stars
    I don't recommend the Musala hut - three more ruins then buildings on the shore of messy lake. It's much better to sleep in a guarded refuge called Ledenoto Ezero, about 1 hour from the Musala hut....
  • Log #9157 - by Andrew Kocot on June 10, 19993.00 stars
    We were hiking from Borovetz (ski resort) to Rila Monastery. It took us about 4 days and we slept in huts except first night which we spent in the concrete shack (without any heat) below the summit....
  • Log #9158 - by John Kelly on May 13, 19993.00 stars
    Musala is a great climb. We did it in two days. The first day we hiked from the ski area Borovetz for about 4 hours and reached an area right at treeline that is very near the upper lifts and slopes...
  • Log #21271 - by Miroslav Dokman on May 07, 20083.00 stars
    There are two different ways to reach Musala from Borovets as starting point: use gondola lift or walk about five hours in the summer conditions (but in the winter conditions, hikers must spend the...
  • Log #21842 - by peter lyssy on Dec 26, 20093.00 stars
    We summited Musala and the other summits of Rila Mountains, also Maljowitza, in a circular tour from and to Borovec. It was a very nice trip. Please consider that I organized this journey in 1987 by...