SERBIA – BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – MONTENEGRO – SERBIA – NORTH MACEDONIA – ALBANIA – GREECE – BULGARIA – SERBIA

The climb to the highest summits of these eight Balkan countries is a unique adventure in the beautiful mountain landscape of the Balkan Peninsula. It is recommended that participants have previous climbing experience, and can endure days of hiking and walking long distances. Besides getting to enjoy climbing to the highest summits of the Balkans with a bird’s-eye view of those countries, you will also get to see surreal landscapes of the peninsula, taste some homemade traditional food, meet our lovely hosts, and hear the stories of our local guides.

Tour plan - Itinerary:

The group meets with a representative from the travel agency at one of the airports in the region, in the early morning (Belgrade 370 km, Sarajevo 96 km, Podgorica 160 km). We travel to Tjentište, a place of historical and geographical importance set in the valley of the Sutjeska River in Republika Srpska. There, we will sort out our accommodation in a bed & breakfast type of lodging. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

Travelling distance: 36 km by cross-country vehicle; total length of the trek: 22 km, highest point of the trek: 2398m, lowest point of the trek: 1357m, total ascent: 1480m

After breakfast, cross country vehicles take us to Prijevor (1668m). On the way there, we will make a short stop to see the Perućica forest and the Skakavac waterfall – a strictly protected reservation in the Sutjeska National Park. The climb to Maglić, the highest summit of Bosnia & Herzegovina, requires 3 hours of hiking on average. The path we will take – called the Postman’s Trail – is secured by a rope and bolts. From the summit, we go down to the other side, at the Trnovačko Lake (1513m) in Montenegro. And then from the lake, we continue to the Suha Jezerina valley (1357m), where we begin the climb back to Prijevor, our starting point. The trail is 22km in total length, and requires an excellent psychological and physical fitness. We ride back to Tjentište in time for dinner. End of activities and bedtime.

Travelling distance: 280 km

We start the day with breakfast. After a drive through Republika Srpska and Montenegro with breaks for rest, lunch, and border formalities, we arrive to Gusinje (1014m) in the afternoon. Gusinje is a mountain village surrounded by the Prokletije massif, near the border with Albania. Our accommodation is in Katun Maja Karanfil bungalows. We have free time until dinner. After dinner, end of activities and bedtime.

Travelling distance: 36 km; length of the trek: 19 km, lowest point of the trek: 1034m, highest point of the trek: 2556m, total ascent: 1522m

In the early morning hours, after breakfast, we travel to Vusanje, a nearby village. From the village, a path through Zarunice hamlet leads us to the Qafa Borit pass. From there we continue on a steep slope to Zla Kolate (2534m), the highest summit of Montenegro. Further on this ledge, in the neighboring Albania, is the highest peak of the Kolate – Ravna Kolata (2556m). On return, we follow the same path back to Vusanje and to our accommodation in Babino Polje. The trek is 19km in total length, with the ascent of around 1500m, and requires a medium level of physical fitness. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

Travelling distance: 8 km; total length of the trek: 25 km, lowest point of the trek: 1652m, highest point of the trek: 2656m, total ascent: 1400m

An early breakfast in the morning and then a ride to the base of Bogićevica Mountain (1640m). We follow a hiking trail through wide valleys and between scenic katuns (mountain huts) to the Tromeđa pass, and then a patrolling path along the very border with Albania. Very soon, we reach the first lake, followed by many others, at the base of Đeravica. The trail then leads to the ledge and then the summit itself at 2656m elevation. Đeravica is the second highest summit of the Dinarides, which span from Slovenia to Albania. After spending some time at the summit, we begin our return to the starting point, our accommodation in Babino Polje. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

Travelling distance: 370 km

After breakfast, we drive through Montenegro and Kosovo, with breaks for rest, lunch, and border formalities. A few kilometers from Prishtina, we will stop at Gračanica monastery, the endowment of the Serbian king Milutin, the most significant monument of Serbian culture of the 14th century. Our trip continues into North Macedonia. We arrive at the Mavrovo National Park, the largest protected area in Macedonia. We sort out our accommodation in a bed & breakfast type of lodging. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

Travelling distance: 60 km; total length of the trek: 21 km, lowest point of the trek: 1271m, highest point of the trek: 2754m, total ascent: 1550m

Following breakfast, we begin the climb to the highest summit – Korab (Maja e Korabit, 2764m). We start the climb from the military watchtower Strezimir, to which we get a ride in a cross country vehicle. The Korab Mountain, with the Veliki Korab summit, is the highest mountain in Macedonia and Albania, and is a border zone for these two countries. On a dirt road and a path through the forest, we reach the elevation of around 1700m, and then we climb another path to a pass at around 2380m elevation. From there, we follow a contour line (isohypse) for about 2km to the summit itself, where we can enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains. The road back to our accommodation is the same we followed to the summit. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

Travelling distance: 400 km

The day starts with breakfast and a drive through North Macedonia to the border with Greece. While in Greece, we will make a stop at Heraclea, an ancient city established during the rule of King Philip II of Macedon. After a lunch break, we continue our trip through Greece to Litochoro, a mountain village located at the edge of the Mount Olympus National Park. Olympus is a mountain that was, according to Greek mythology, a home of the gods. The highest summit of the mountain is Mytikas (2917m). The highest and the most beautiful Greek mountain, Olympus is a model of untouched nature. It has been under the protection of UNESCO since 1983, and is a national park as well. Our accommodation is in Litochoro in private lodging. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

Travelling distance: 20 km; total length of the trek: 6 km, lowest point of the trek: 1050m, highest point of the trek: 2100m, total ascent: 1050m

After breakfast in Litochoro, we go to Prioni (1050m), the place from which we officially begin our climb. After about 3 hours of hiking, we reach the Spilios Agapitos Refuge, where we will spend the night. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

Total length of the trek: 13 km, lowest point of the trek: 2100m, highest point of the trek: 2917m, total ascent: 817m with 45 degree slope

After an early wake-up call, breakfast, and coffee, we start our climb. A leisurely hike from the Spillios Refuge leads us through a forest and to the Skala peak (2863m). We continue our climb and then finally reach the highest summit of Mount Olympus – Mytikas, at 2917m elevation. We take a break at the summit, and then take the same path to the Refuge and further to Prioni. Finally, we go to our accommodation in Litochoro. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

We spend this day resting, relaxing, at the beach, in the sun and swimming. All 3 meals during this day are provided. We spend the night here.

Travelling distance: 370 km

Following breakfast, we drive through Greece and Bulgaria, with breaks for rest, lunch, and border formalities. We arrive to the Rila NP, the biggest national park in Bulgaria. It is located about 70km south of Sofia, in the central part of the highest region of the Rila Mt. The park contains rare and endangered plant and animal species, as well as historical monuments of immense significance. Rila is known for its glacial lakes, and has over 150 of them, mostly positioned at between 2100m and 3500m elevation. We sort out accommodation in Borovets, in private lodging. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

After breakfast, we ride the gondola lift from Borovets (1315m) to Yastrebetz (2369m), the final stop on the lift. We hike from Yastrebetz to Musala (2925m), the highest summit of the entire Balkan Peninsula. After we spend some time at the summit, we will take the same path back to Everest lodge and back to our accommodation in Borovets. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

Travelling distance: 220 km

We pack up our equipment after breakfast, and begin the ride to Serbia with breaks for rest, lunch, border formalities. In Serbia, we go to the mountain lodge on Babin Zub, located on the Stara Mt. It is part of the Balkan mountain range, which gave the name to this entire peninsula. A harmonious mix of untouched nature, interesting history, and rich tradition makes this mountain a perfect place for a holiday. Our accommodation is in the mountain lodge. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

Total length of the trek: 17 km; lowest point of the trek: 1540 m; highest point of the trek: 2169 m; total ascent: 750 m

After breakfast, we start the climb to Midžor, the highest peak of the Stara Mt in Serbia. It is about 8.5 km away from the lodge, which takes around 3 hours to cross in good weather. We take the same path back to the mountain lodge, where we pack up our luggage and equipment and prepare to go to Niš. We arrive in the city in the evening and sort out accommodation in a bed & breakfast type of lodging. Dinner; end of activities and bedtime.

Travelling distance: 250 km

Depending on your flights, we will arrange transport to an airport (Belgrade, Niš…) after breakfast. End of the program.

Details:

  • Transportation by minibus, van or car as planned in the program;
  • Luggage Transportation on the trail, between accommodations;
  • Accommodation for 15 nights at the Mountain Lodges, Katuns, bungalows or the privates guest house. Each accommodation is very nice, clean and comfortable enough;
  • 15 half board services in 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4 rooms (breakfast and dinner include one drink with a meal per person);
  • 7 traditional lunches on the hiking tour (lunch includes one drink with a meal per person);
  • 7 lunch packages on the hiking tour. Every passenger gets a lunch package before departure on the planed days;
  • Visiting Gracanica Monastery with a local guide;
  • One certified mountain leader for tours planned program;
  • One certified tour guide for tours planned program;
  • Organization costs and 24-hour support of NTO team.
  • Airfare tickets
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Individual costs and expenses
  • Optional transfers
  • Optional activities and excursions

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

The accommodation is in bungalows, katuns, traditional households and mountain huts, all located in excellent locations, content and well organized. Which accommodation we are based on depends on the availability of capacity at a given time

This program is based on at least 8 applied people. If there changes occur a on the monetary market, commodity and services market, or when there is not a sufficient number of participants, the organizer retains the right to adjust the price, change or cancel the program at least 3 days before the start of the program.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 45 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

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.