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Category: Selfguided, Hiking
Area: Macedonia
Tour duration: 3 days (2 nights)
Evaluation of the Trek: Moderate
Best period: May - October
Price per person:
220 € + 60 € local supplement


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


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 Cheples mountain hut.
Hike: 22,2 km / 1.358m D+, 1.260m D-


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-

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.


Departure dates: On request
Price per person: 220 € + 60 € local supplement
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:
Airplane tickets to/from Skopje
Personal medical and travel insurance (mandatory) – da se linkuva so ponudata za osiguruvanje
Any extra expenses not mentioned under „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 €

What to pack

comfortable walking shoes
Casual clothes
Water/windproof jacket with hood
Trip voucher
cash, or, you can also use your credit card in most cities in Macedonia. Feel free to ask your guide for help
Travel insurance
Personal medications

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