On the slopes of Mount Ozren in southeastern Serbia, just 15 km from Aleksinac, is one of the most accessible and easiest “via ferrata” routes in Serbia. In the immediate vicinity of the ferrata is the monastery of Saint Stefan, built in the second half of the 14th century at the source of the Saint Stefan’ River. It is under the protection of the Republic of Serbia as a monument of culture of exceptional importance.

Tour plan:

Departure in front of the hotel in Niš at 09:00 a.m. Transfer lasting one hour to the village of Lipovac. Introduction to the team, equipment, and activities that await us.

The approach to the ferrata starts from the parking lot, located right next to the monastery of Saint Stefan, and it takes 10 minutes to reach the ferrata. The ferrata is entered using metal ladders located at the beginning of the trail. Then follows a longer vertical section, which is well-equipped with artificial additions to facilitate movement. In addition to handrails and footholds, a cable is installed to ensure the highest level of safety for every climber on the ferrata. Throughout the climb, unreal views of the nature around the monastery and the distant mountains are offered. After successfully completing the first vertical section, we reach a plateau where we take a short break. From here, there is an evacuation route. The ferrata then continues along a rock face with alternating vertical and horizontal sections. This is also the most beautiful part of the ferrata, which is also secured with additional equipment. From this last section, we quickly reach a cross marking the end of the ferrata. The view from this point is unforgettable, encompassing natural and cultural landmarks in the surroundings. After spending some time at the top, we return via a path through the forest to the starting point. Free time to visit the monastery and enjoy nature. Lunch break at a restaurant nearby. After completing all activities, we return to Niš the same way. Arrival in Niš in the afternoon.

Details:

  • Transportation
  • Licensed (via ferrata) guides
  • Necessary equipment (ferrata kit, harness, helmet)
  • Organization expenses and
  • Guidance throughout the journey.
  • Food
  • Individual expenses.

Sneakers or climbing shoes, T-shirts, a hooded waterproof parka, sweatshirt, spare pants, sunglasses, a cap, suntan cream. It’s also recommended to take candy bars, nibbles, refreshing beverages and water. Put everything into a small backpack.

In cash, up to 7 days before departure, or in instalments – first instalment 50% when you sign up, the rest next month by cheque.  This program is composed for 8 travelers. In case of changes on the money market (or the goods and services market), or in case of insufficient number of travelers signed on, the organizer has a right to correct prices, change the program, or cancel the trip at the latest 5 days before the start of the trip.

Via ferrata, or iron path, represents a secured “mountaineering” trail, mostly on rocky vertical terrain. As such, it is secured with a cable to which the user “attaches” using equipment designed for such activities, and depending on the difficulty, there are “drilled” footholds in the rock. The Lipovac via ferrata is 190 meters long, with a height difference of 90 meters. The access and return time is 10 minutes. The approximate time for crossing this via ferrata, depending on the group, is one hour. Ferrata rating: B.

According to the Serbian Law on Tourism (Article 79), for one-day excursions (trips shorter than 24 hours), protection is not provided in terms of travel guarantee.

The organizer of the trip is travel agency Nature Travel Office, licence number OTP 19/2023 issued by the Business Register Agency as of March 10, 2023. Nature Travel Office is insured by an insurance policy against responsibility for travel agencies in case of insolvency and liability in case of damage to the traveller, number 30000040045, by the insurer MILENIJUM OSIGURANJE ADO Belgrade. The policy is valid from February 13, 2024 to February 13, 2025. In this program, travel agency Nature Travel Office applies their general terms and conditions of traveling, which are included in signing up for the trip.