Climb The Highest Peaks of the Balkans - 15 Days

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Conquer the highest peaks of 6 different countries in the Balkans
  • Drive through some of the best mountain roads in the region
  • Spend your afternoon on a lovely beach in Greece
Join us as we summit the highest peaks of six different countries in the Balkans on this epic, 15-day-long, guided adventure. Start from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Durmitor National Park. Climb Bobotov Kuk, the highest peak of Montenegro. Head for Macedonia and climb Titos Peak.

Reach the top of the highest peak of Macedonia – Mount Korab. The border between Albania and Macedonia passes through the middle of the peak. Heading south, to the sunny shores of Greece, and climb Mitikas Peak, the highest point in all of Greece.

Cross the border to Bulgaria and summit Musala. Your final destination is Serbia. Climb Midzor, the highest peak of the country as well as the Old Mountain Range. We will drive you back to your airport in Nis or Belgrade after the trip is over.

Day 1

Transfer to Zabljak after landing in Podgorica Airport (for free transfer, please check the ‘What’s Included’ section). Drive to Durmitor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Head for your accommodation in the small town of Zabljak and take a walk to a nearby Black Lake.

The lake lies at the foot of Medjed, one of Durmitor’s numerous peaks, and is in fact a collection of two smaller lakes joined together. Return to your accommodation after visiting the lake. Have dinner at the accommodation overnight.

Day 2

After a good breakfast, start your hike to the highest peak of Montenegro, Bobotov Hook (2,522m). Enjoy travelling through a scenic path in the mountains. A slightly steeper section of the track needs to be negotiated via steel cables towards the top of the mountain.

Enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding areas on reaching the top and start your descend back to our accommodation. The whole hike takes about 7 hours with breaks and rests included. The total altitude gain from the location of your accommodation is about 700m.

Day 3

Head for Macedonia after breakfast. Travel to Shar Mountain National Park, located near the city of Tetovo. Take rest and prepare for the next day upon reaching your accommodation.

Day 4

Start your ascent after breakfast. The Sara Mountains cover three countries, Serbia, Macedonia and Albania. The highest peak of the mountain range, Titos (2747 m), is located in Macedonia, near Tetovo.

The trail to Titos starts from Popova Sapka, located 1620m above sea level. Hike through this demanding path and climb several peaks, including Ceripasina (2540 m) and Bakrdan (2704 m). Conquer Titos before returning to Popova Sapka. Travel through a different route this time around and bypass all the peaks. Reach your accommodation and take rest.

Day 5

The fifth day is reserved for a short drive to Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia. The national park is the largest protected area in Macedonia and located near the Macedonian border with Albania and Kosovo. You can see more than 50 mountain peaks over 2,000m above sea level from the national park.

Day 6

Set off for Mount Korab after the breakfast. This is the highest mountain in Macedonia and Albania and is shared by both the countries. Its highest peak is Great Korab (2764m). Your ascent starts from Strezimir(1,454m). Travel through a forest path until you reach a point about 1700m above sea level from where you take the path that leads us straight to the top.

Travel down the same path upon reaching to the top and spending some time there. The duration of the hike is about 7 to 8 hours.

Day 7

Drive to Greece after breakfast. Time to climb Mitikas (2918m), the highest peak in the Olympus Range, which is located in Thessaly above the city of Litochoro, about 30km southwest of Catherine.

The Olympus Range was declared a national park in 1938. A number of strict laws were framed to protect the flora, fauna and rich history of the area. Arrive at Leptokarya after 4 hours of driving. Spend the rest of the day wandering around and soaking in the sun.

Day 8

Drive to the city of Prioni (1100m) after breakfast. Prepare your equipment and start the ascent. You will conquer Mitikas at a leisurely pace, in 2 successive days.

The trail goes through a beautiful coniferous forest and continues past a viewpoints from where you can see some of the surrounding peaks. Arrive at Home A (Spilios Agapitos) after a 3-hour hike. The home is located at an altitude of 2100m.

Day 9

Get up early, at around 5:00 am, for a quick breakfast and start your climb soon after. The beautiful forests of the first day give way to rocky terrain and the trail becomes more difficult as you move further.

Enjoy a beautiful view of the other peaks as you reach closer to the summit. Reach Skala (2866 m) and head for Skolio (2911 m) next. Set foot on the top of Mitikas. Walk back to Prioni. It takes about 5 hours for the descent.

Day 10

Time for some rest now. Take a day off from the tour and get the opportunity to swim and sunbathe on pristine beaches.

Day 11

It is time to drive to the next stop of your journey. Head for Bulgaria after breakfast. Travel to Borovets, which is located at the foot of Mt Musala and is home to the oldest and most famous Bulgarian ski center. Musala is the highest peak of Bulgaria and the entire Balkan Peninsula, standing 2,925m above sea level.

Day 12

Wake up early for breakfast and start your climb at around 08:30 am. A ski lift takes you to a point 2350m above sea level, from where you continue by foot to a mountain lodge located at an altitude of 2530m.

Take rest for a while before continuing your ascent to the top of Musala, which will take you around 3 hours. Spend some time at the top of the mountain before making your way back to the lodge, where you will be staying overnight.

Day 13

Take a light walk all the way down to Borovec (1350m) at around 7:00 am. Pack your gear and head towards the Serbian portion of the Balkan Mountains. Reach your destination in the afternoon. Take rest for a while and explore the surrounding areas.

Day 14

Start climbing Mount Midzor (2,169m) after breakfast. This is the tallest mountain in Serbia and is located at its border with Bulgaria.

Hike through a not-so-demanding trail, enjoying views of the mountains. Reach the top of the mountain and spend some time there before starting your descent. The whole tour lasts around 6 hours and the total length of the hike is roughly 16km. Transfer to the city of Nis after descending down the mountain. Stay there overnight.

Day 15

Enjoy your breakfast and pack your bags. Drive to the airport in Nis or Belgrade depending upon your flight (to know more about free departure transfers, please go through the ‘What’s Included’ section). We hope you enjoyed your Balkan adventure.

  • 14 nights in 3* hotels or eco lodges
  • All local transfers throughout the tour
  • Free pickup from Podgorica Airport on Saturday for flights before 16:00. Free drop off services to Nis for flights after 10:00 am and for Belgrade after 2:00 pm on Saturday
  • An organized climb of all the peaks mentioned on the itinerary
  • All necessary equipment
  • All taxes and tickets for national parks
  • Licensed UIAA guides
  • Additional charge for a single room
  • Flights to Podgorica and from Nis/Belgrade
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal expenses

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