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Winter ascent of Musala

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  • trek-winter-musala
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  • trek-winter-musala
  • trek-winter-musala
  • trek-winter-musala

7:00 AM: Departure from the "Vasil Levski" stadium for people using organized transportation.
8:00 AM: Our meeting point is in front of the ticket counters of the gondola lift for people traveling by private transport.
Upon arrival, the leaders will give a brief overview to the group, provide instructions, and check the equipment. We'll pack our backpacks and set off to execute the day's plan.
After purchasing lift tickets, we reach its highest point, saving us positive elevation gain. Around 9:00 AM, we should start briskly walking along the route. The first intermediate stop is the popular Musala Hut. After that, we have a slightly steeper climb, but with enough rest stops, it won't pose a difficulty for anyone. The next resting spot is the Icy Lake Shelter. From here, the final push towards the peak awaits, involving navigating via metal ropes. This is where crampons and an ice axe might be used. Under the guidance of our experienced leader, you'll tackle the last stage of the ascent.
And here you are, at the summit! The view from 2925 meters is worth the effort. Proudly, you can boast that you've ascended the Balkans' highest peak. We'll proudly display the Bulgarian tricolor to honor the holiday.
We'll allocate time for photos and rest.
Estimated time for the day: 7-8 hours depending on snow conditions.
Elevation gain: +560 meters.

Tour Highlights
  • Най-високият връх на Балканския полуостров

Tour Itinerary

7:00ч: Тръгване от стадион “Васил Левски” за хората с организиран транспорт.

8:15/8:30ч: Срещата ни е пред касите на кабинковия лифт в Боровец с хората избрали пътуване с личен транспорт. След пристигане ще закупим билети за кабинковия лифт, който ще ни качи до 2345мн.в. Това ще ни спести положителна денивелация. Водачите правят кратък брифинг на групата и инструктаж, проверка на екипировката. Слагаме раничките на гръб и потегляме да изпълним плана за деня.

Първа междинна спирка е така популярната хижа Мусала (2389мн.в), на около 1 час от горната станция на лифта.

След х.Мусала имаме едно малко по-стръмно изкачване с достатъчно почивчици, няма да представлява трудност за никой. Следващото място за отдих е заслон Ледено езеро (2740мн.в), на около 1 час и 30 минути от хижа Мусала. Ще направим една по-дълга почивка преди финалната атака на върха. Тука е мястото, на което ще сложим и котките за последния участък. Последната част е обезопасена с метално въже. Под напътсвията на нашия опитен водач ще преминете и последния етап от изкачването.

И ето, че вече сте на върха! Гледката от 2925м си заслужава усилията. Гордо може да се похвалите, че сте изкачили първенеца на Балканите. Ще отделим време за снимки и почивка.

Връщането на обратно е по същата пътека до горната станция на лифт Ястребец.

Връщане в София около 19:00/20:00.

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What do you need for the trekking?
  • Suitable hiking boots - 3-season hiking boots or mountaineering boots (depending on the program and the season)
  • Spare socks
  • Comfortable hiking pants
  • Thermal underwear - top and bottom
  • Fleece
  • Wind and water proof jacket
  • A down jacket or other jacket with synthetic insulation
  • Winter and summer hat, buff and gloves
  • Raincoat
  • About 40 liters backpack
  • Headtorch with spare batteries
  • Water (1.5 liters)
  • Sunglasses and sunscream with a high SPF
  • Food for the trek
  • Ids and cash money
  • Trekking Poles
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Other things - according your personal needs
Difficulty Level:
  • Intro - Programs that are an introduction in the hiking. For people without any experience. A high level of physical endurance and special hiking equipment are not required. The hikes are usually short and easy up to about 3 hours. The 'Intro' programs happen in spring, summer or fall
  • Beginners - Programs for people with previous hiking experience. Treks of this type are slightly longer (about 4-6 hours) and include a greater positive elevation gain (about 300-400 meters). No technical sections
  • Intermediate - Programs duration is usually around 6-8 hours. Participants must have good physical endurance. Programs of this type include climbing peaks, crossing dynamic terrain. The total positive elevation gain for the day is about 600-800 meters, but it is could exceed 1000 meters
  • Advanced - Treks duration is about 8-10 hours. Includes large elevation gain - 1000+ meters. Programs of this type often involve scrambling terrain in summer conditions or winter ascents of peaks. Participants must be absolutely confident in their physical abilities as well as their equipment. Oftentimes, winter programs of this type require the use of crampons and ice axe
  • Extreme - These programs are only for experienced mountaineers who want to cross the line between hiking and alpinism. The programs are often over 10 hours long and about 1500 meters of daily elevation gain. They include traversing technical edges, climbing rock ledges and/or categorized routes, using mandatory alpine equipment. Participants must know how to use crampons and ice axe
Cancellation Policy:

Чл. 89. (Изм. – ДВ, бр. 37 от 2018 г., в сила от 01.07.2018 г.) (1) Пътуващият има право да прекрати договора за туристически пакет по всяко време преди започването на изпълнението на туристическия пакет.

The tourist owes a penalty as follows:

  • 20 or more days before tour start: - No penalty
  • Between 19 and 14 days before tour start: - 30% from the price
  • Between 13 and 7 days before tour start: - 60% from the price
  • Less than 3 days before tour start: - 100% from the price
  • In the event of a change in weather conditions during the tour or other unforeseen situations, the guide may change the route or offer another alternative option to the participants for their safety
  • If the program cannot happen due to bad weather forecast, the organizer will refund 100% of the price to the participants
  • In order to take part in the tour, you must be in good physical health and condition, and notify the organizer in case you have any illnesses or injuries
  • If the number of participants is less than the minimum and the program will not happen, the organizer will notify all registered participants up to 7 days before the event
  • Discounts cannot be combined