Musala - 2925 m
From Borovets take the gondola to Yastrebetz. Trip lasts at about 30 minutes. Using lift saves you at about four and a half hours of difficult hiking.
From Yastrebetz take the marked trail to Musala hut. Path E is almost level. It crosses Markudjik hill, passing three T-bar lifts and in less than an hour reaches Musala hut. From this point to the top is about 3:00 walk. Path E is well marked and starts on the north side of the Glacial Lake which is near the hut. After an hour and half steep climbing you will reach the beautiful “Alekovo lake.”
Ascending by lift to Yastrebets. Transition to Musala peak with route details:
At about an hour walk from the lake is the shelter of the Glacial Lake. Distance to Musala shelter takes 30 minutes. Path winds up, although you may decide to continue to walk the poles winter path that passes on northeastern slopes of Musala peak, but it is much easier to follow the summer trail. Winter trail is steep, so it is equipped with a metal rope. At the very Musala peak are positioned Meteorological station and Research Observatory.
On the way back you should follow the marked path for Musala hut. From the hut you can get off the cabin lift or go through the valley of the river Bistritsa and after 4.30 hours crossing, you will reach Borovets. If you choose the second option, then start from the hut along the winter hiking trail, which is marked with stakes (painted in black and yellow) down to the river. The trail crosses the river and continues down the valley. At its beggining it wanders between some squat and then passes through coniferous forest. The transition takes about 8 hours (if you return by lift) or 12.00 (if you pass through the valley of the river Bistritsa). It is suitable only for the summer and autumn season.