Mount Musala, Bulgaria.

Mount Musala from the Yastrebets Ski Station.
Mount Musala from the Yastrebets Ski Station.

One of my targets for this trip to Borovets was to climb Mount Musala, the highest peak in the country. I did as much research as I could from the UK over the internet, and it seemed achievable even for an amateur like myself. I’ve been on trips in winter before so I am not completely unskilled, I just don’t get to use those skills often enough. The forecast for the week was better early, so I headed out on Tuesday, which proved to be the best day of the week, windy but bright and with high broken cloud. In the end, it proved a challenge but with a bit of perseverance I made it to the top. I got the Gondola to the Yastrebets station and walked from there, a round trip of 6 hours, the return slower by the heat causing the snow to become soft and making the going slow as I sank deeply every few steps. All worth it in the end, with the experience and the pictures being for me great things.

Across the valley.
Across the valley.
Leaving the ski area and heading for the mountain.
Leaving the ski area and heading for the mountain.
A view of the Musala Hut, at the head of the valley.
A view of the Musala Hut, at the head of the valley.
A warm-up slope, Musala Summit in the background.
A warm-up slope, Musala Summit in the background.
Looking back down the valley.
Looking back down the valley.
At the foot of the final ridge next to the Chalet Ledenoto Ezero.  You can see the marker posts showing the way, very useful.
At the foot of the final ridge next to the Chalet Ledenoto Ezero. You can see the marker posts showing the way, very useful.
Chalet Ledenoto Ezero
Chalet Ledenoto Ezero
On the way up.  A View.
On the way up. A View.
First sight of the Rila Mountain range South of Musala.
First sight of the Rila Mountain range South of Musala.
On the Summit, 2925m.
On the Summit, 2925m.
Summit Met Station.
Summit Met Station.
Looking back to the summit.
Looking back to the summit.

Hard work but well worth the trip. I’d like to go back in summer and do a longer trek through and around the Rila range. A friendly place, with fantastic views.

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