Musala, Myticas, Vihren – Bulgaria and Greece

8 Days

The top of the highest summits of the Balkan Peninsula is led by Musala (2925m), followed closely by Myticas (2918m) and Vihren (2914m). All three are located in Bulgaria and Greece; the main objective of our expedition is reaching all of them.

The alpine ascents are not technical, but the traverse between Skala and Myticas Summits can be considered a little bit tricky and we’ll pay some extra-attention to it.

Between the ascents we’ll have a day off that we’ll use for transfers and for sightseeing visits. The prize will be, definitely, the visit of Meteora: the 24 monasteries emerged on the countless summits of the rocks from the 14th until the 16th century, 6 of them remaining to be explored and admired by all.


This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


  • Group Size: 5-8 people
  • Specialty Category: Hiking&Trekking, Cultural Experiences
  • Difficulty (for the alpine ascents): Difficult Trail
  • Tour Customizable: No (Yes, for groups of minimum 5 persons)
  • The cost mentioned (620€) is calculated for a group of 8 persons.

We will start our trip to Bulgaria and Greece with a transfer by car on route Brasov – Bucharest – Ruse – Borovets (distance – 635 km). Accommodation provided in Borovets mountain resort. Located in Rila National Park, at an altitude of 1350m, it offers excellent options for accommodation and walking up in the mountains.

After breakfast, we’ll get the gondola to Yastrebets (the higher station of the gondola is located at an altitude of 2369m), and from here we’ll follow the classic route to the summit (via Musala hut – 2389m). It is the route that will lead us in the proximity of a chain of beautiful lakes and Everest shelter: the scenery is fabulos. If the team will be at the right level of training, we can descend via Malka Musala summit. The total lenght of the route is about 17km, gaining an altitude of 600m. Accommodation provided in Borovets.

Being a “recovery” day, on route we’ll have a short stop for visiting Rila Orthodox Monastery, the biggest and the most popular one in Bulgaria. It is traditionally thought that the monastery was founded by the hermit St. Ivan of Rila, whose name it bears, during the rule of Tsar Peter I (927-968). The monastery complex, regarded as one of the foremost masterpieces of Bulgarian National Revival architecture, was declared a national historical monument in 1976 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Accommodation provided in Bansko mountain resort.

Vihren is the highest peak of Bulgaria's Pirin Mountains. Reaching 2,914 metres (9,560 ft), it is Bulgaria's second and the Balkans' third highest, after Musala and Mount Olympus. Until 1942 Vihren was known as Eltepe (peak of storms); it was also called Buren (stormy) and Malnienosets (lightning-bringer).
In the morning we'll drive for 16km, to reach Vihren hut (1950m). From here, we'll hike to the summit along its southwest slopes, where the main tourist trail is traced ( it requires about 2,5 hours hard work, gaining about 1000m to the top). For the way back, we'll follow the route via Premkata saddle. Accommodation in Bansko.

After reaching Prionia, we’ll hike for about 3 hours to Refuge A (Spilios Agapitos). Accommodation provided at the refuge.

Early in the morning, we’ll start our hike (with the right pace) to Skala Summit (2866m). From here, after enjoying all around views, we’ll have the pretty difficult traverse to Myticas Summit. In the afternoon, we’ll descend back to Prionia and further, by car, to Litochoro where we’ll have provided the accommodation.

After breakfast, we’ll drive to Meteora for visiting its famous monasteries. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains. It will be an amazing exploring day; at its end, we’ll drive back to Litochoro for some more “decompression”.

Today we have quite a long drive on route Litochoro-Bucharest-Brasov (around 950 km), so, we'll leave Greece early in the morning. As we all know, all good things come to an end.

Cost includes:

  • Guiding services provided by a fully qualified international mountain leader (fluent in English)
  • 2 nights accommodation in Borovets (3* hotel, breakfast included)
  • 2 nights accommodation in Bansko (3* hotel, breakfast included)
  • 1 night accommodation at Refuge A
  • 2 nights accommodation in Litochoro (3* hotel, breakfast included)
  • entrance fees for visiting the touristic objectives mentioned in program

Cost doesn't include:

  • transport (arrangements can be done on request).
  • travel insurance, mandatory for this trip.
  • other expenses not mentioned as included.

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Musala, Myticas, Vihren – Bulgaria and Greece
From €620
/ Adult
From €580
/ Group
  • minimum 5 persons - maximum 8 persons
  • 2925m
  • arrangements can be done on request

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