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Activity: HIKE
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration:
3 Days
Accommodation:
2 nights in mountain huts"
Meals:
Available on request
Price:

from 220€ + 60€ local costs

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  • Hut to hut 
  • 2 Nights
  • Max 22km per day
  • Moderate
  • 3 days hiking
  • May to October

Overview

This tour is part of the Macedonian Central Transversal Route that takes you from Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, and over the Central mountain massif into the heart of the country. It is one of the most popular routes from Skopje that takes in the mountains Jakupica, or Mokra (locals call it  “Wet Mountain” for the many springs with drinking water), and Karadzica. The highlight of the tour being the summit Solunska Glava (2.540m) that opens a spectacular panorama as far as Pelagonija valley, all southern mountain ranges of N. Macedonia, and the rest of the Jakupica massif – the high grassy plateau placed between Solunska Glava and Dautica and Karadjica massifs.  

Highlights

  • Karadzica mountain hut – the hut with best views in N. Macedonia
  • Begovo Pole, a waste highland at 2.000m with few sheepfolds and the rare ground squirrel “Spermophilus citelus” that lives only here
  • Solulnska Glava Peak
  • Views of Nezilovi Spili, a natural amphitheater of dolomite and limestone rocks with height of 500-1000meters. Walk carefully when you descend down from Solunska Glava as the path takes you by the edge of this huge amphitheater. 
  • The springs and waterfall of River Babuna

Difficulty Grading

MODERATEup to 23km / 14mi
4-7 hours
Longer, but still manageable hikes with more elevation change. For hikers with good level of fitness (regular exercise) who don’t mind the challenge

Map

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ITINERARY

DAY 1: Skopje – mountain hut Karadzica (1.455m)

A short transfer by few villages at the foothill of Mt Karadzica will take you to Preslap saddle (970m asl) where you start hiking mostly through beech-wood forests and meadows on well-established jeep-roads and hiking trails. As you walk up, a beautiful panorama opens-up of the northern slopes of the massif particularly toward Mount Karadzica and Mount Kitka, and also in the far north Mount Vodno and the capital city of Skopje are visible. This hike should take around 3 hours, if we don’t count the stops for wild strawberries and blackberries along the trail, or rosehips, depending on the season. Once in the mountain hut, don’t miss the open terrace on the edge of the hill – this hut is well known for the best mountain views in the country. Overnight in Karadzica mountain hut.
Hike: 7 km / 727m D+, 282m D-
Total drive: 1hour / 25km

DAY 2: Solunska Glava Peak

Today is the big challenge and the most exciting trail on this tour: after the first 2 hours walk on a jeep road you will enter the hiking path in a beech-wood forest which later extends into low cypress shrubbery up to the saddle at 2.050m, where a beautiful panorama of a glacial flatland opens up. Begovo pole is one of the most notable landmarks in this part of the massif - a circular-shaped pasture beneath Solunska Glava summit filled with thousands of sheep and little ground squirrels that live only here. If you speak louder you will notice their little curious heads coming out from the holes in the ground. From here starts the climb on a curvy single-track to the rocky peak Solunska Glava. Descend down on the other side of the mountain carefully, as the trail follows the edge of a huge rocky amphitheater until you reach the woods. It will take you around 3 hours walk from Solunska Glava to the mountain hut on the other side.  Overnight in Cheplees mountain hut. 
Hike: 22,2 km / 1.358m D+, 1.260m D-

DAY 3: River Babuna springs and waterfall

As you walk from Cheples to Nezhilovo village, on half-way down there is a special spot where magnificent Solunska Glava peak appears again and its mighty Nezilovi Spili rock face, looming above your head reflecting golden sunshine. And finally deep into the forest, following a narrow well-marked trail, Babuna river roam can be heard but with a surprise: there is a small but picturesque waterfall few hundred meters before the springs - stealing the glory of the locale. Refresh yourself, fill all your bottles with water and get ready for a walk down by a jeep road to Nezhilovo village where you can finish the day in the local fish restaurant by Babuna river. 
Hike: 13,6km / 698m D+, 1.418m D-

When To Go

Possible01 June – 15 June / 15 October – 15 November
Recommended15 June – 15 October
Not availableAll other dates

Price

220 € + 60 € local supplement / per person
Price is valid for min 2 participants sharing double room (available in mountain hut Cheples only) 

INCLUDED IN PRICE:

  • Transfer from Skopje to Preslap saddle on Mt Karadzica on Day 1
  • Transfer from Nezhilovo fishpond to Bogomila train station on Day 3
  • Accommodation: 1 night in mountain hut Karadzica (shared facilities) and 1 night in mountain hut Cheples / private rooms - basic/ based on 2 participants sharing double room
  • Detailed hiking visual route descriptions and maps
  • Mobile app with uploaded tracks with visual descriptions and locator
  • Local safety information and contacts
  • Stand-by support (cell phone and contact person)
  • Organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE:

OPTIONS & SUPPLEMENTS: 

  • Supplement for single room accommodation: 19 € 
  • Supplement for full board (2 x breakfast, 1 x lunchbox, 2 x dinner): 69 € / per person. Vegetarian and vegan meals available on request
  • Private arrival / departure transfers if not arriving / leaving together with group available on request
  • Extra night before or after the tour
    -In Skopje: 3* hotel: from 26 € / per person sharing double room; Single supplement from 15 €;  4* hotel: from 40 € / per person sharing double room; Single supplement from 20 € 
    -In Karadzica mountain hut (shared facilities): from 12 €/ per person in dorm room. Single supplement: 10 €. 
    -In Cheples mountain hut: private rooms: from 15 €/ per person sharing double room. Single supplement: 10 €. 
    -In village Nezhilovo: hotel 1*, private rooms: from 15 € / per person sharing double room. Single supplement: 10 € 
  • Rent of Global Positioning System (GPS) console: 45 €

Accommodation

  • Mountain hut Karadzica: shared facilities 
  • Mountain hut Cheples: rooms with en-suite facilities – basic accommodation. 
  • It is possible to rent a tent and sleeping pad if you prefer to sleep outside in nature. Please contact the agency.  

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Arrival

By jeep transfer from Skopje: 
Jeep transfer is included from Skopje to Preslap (the starting point on Mt Karadzica). Drive 1h = 25km. Please note that your transfer should start from Skopje the latest by 14h as hike to the Karadzica mountain hut lasts ca 3 hours.      

Departure

By car and train to Skopje: 
Trains start from village Bogomila train station to Skopje Railway Station. Village Bogomila is on 9km (20min) drive from village Nezhilovo where you finish the hike. Car transfer from village Nezhilovo to village Bogomila is included in price. 

Taxi / private transfers: 
Available on request

Why Travel With Us?

ADVENTURES FOR EVERYONE

You only pay for what you want. We offer different levels of accomodation and comfort for every budget and travel style. Please read carefully the includes and excludes items and create the trip that is most convenient for you.

LOCAL EXPERTS

Since 2004 we create authentic, high quality tours in the Balkans. North Macedonia is our homeland, we have walked and biked every corner and we make sure that the balance between the activities, the "must see" attractions and the "off-the-beaten-track" experiences gives you the true Balkan - intense, hearth warming and often life changing experience.

SAFETY

- strict company risk management on each tour that we operate
- available 24/7 for anything from enquiries to emergencies
- smartphone navigation app in addition to the printed detailed route information and maps
- we give you a wireless modem on the trip so you can be easily located at any time in case of emergency

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