SHARR HIGHLIGHTS PART 1 - LJUBOTEN

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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:
179 € + 60 € local supplement



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SKOPJE – MOUNTAIN HUT LJUBOTEN (1.630m)
Mountain hut Ljuboten dates from 1931 and it’s the oldest active hut in North Macedonia. It is located immediately above the tree-line at an altitude of 1630 m. and it will take you about 2 – 2,5 hours to reach it from the village Staro Selo. At the beginning of your hike, after the village church there is a tapped spring where you can get your water. As soon as you leave the village at 900m asl a chestnut forest – a rare sight in Shara mountain – begins. Following the main jeep road – here and there – the markings will lead you to several single-track shortcuts – you will be accompanied by a chorus of bird singing. Occasionally, the cold breeze from Ljuboten peak will remind you of the glimpses of this summit through the beech-wood crowns all the way to the mountain hut. Overnight in villa Ljuboten, below the mountain hut.
Hike: 6,3 km / 982m D+
Total drive: 1hour / 25km

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PEAK LJUBOTEN
Ljuboten peak is a significant summit on Sharr Mountain range with a pyramidal shape dominating the far background when seen from Skopje valley. Hence, it is not a coincidence that it is one of the symbols of the city represented on its coat of arms. The hike is 4km long one way (7,8km return) with 870 meters of climbing and it usually takes around 4- 5 hours of hiking. As you start hiking from the mountain hut the trail takes you immediately into the sub-alpine zone of Sharr Mountain, consisting of rock scree, pastures and occasional alpine bushes. The route follows the northeastern arm of the summit, and as it gets near the top it offers a real experience of hiking a typical alpine ridge. The sights during the hike are amazing: mount Skopska Crna Gora and Vodno in the east, south-east is the Jakupica central massif with Solunska Glava peak, below the Polog valley. Southern views open the whole Shara ridgeline with dozen of peaks looming above 2500m asl. West are the Kosovo and Albanian mountains and up north – as a contrast to everything described before is Kosovo plain. The descend from the peak is on the same trail back to the mountain hut. Overnight in the same villa.
 Hike: 7,8 km / 888m D+, 888m D-

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LJUBOTEN HUT TO VILLAGE BELOVISHTE
Today you will be hiking on the route that traverses the eastern side of Ljuboten peak, passing by Kozja Stena (goat’s rock) – a notable rocky landmark amidst the steep slope seen even from Skopje. You will be walking on a rocky path among many small and large boulders - minding your step is crucial here even though your sight is always being “stolen” by Ljuboten peak above you, Shara ridgeline to your left and Polog valley below you. Once you get on the ridgeline, you will see Livadicko Lake, one of the most beautiful and deepest glacial lakes in Sharr Mountain range, situated in a rocky cirque at 2137 meters. If you continue along the ridge you will reach Livadica Peak. Our trail leads you down across the green pastures and beech-wood and chestnuts mixed forest (a rarity in Shara). Once you hear the roaring sound of several creeks and rivers you are close to Belovishte - the finishing point of this wonderful hike. At the local restaurant you can award yourself with a trout for lunch and well-deserved swim at the swimming pool in the shadows of chestnut trees.
 Hike: 15,7km / 945m D+, 1.708m D-

2 nights in Vila Ljuboten

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Departure dates: On request
Price per person: 179 € + 60 € local supplement
Price is valid for min 2 participants sharing double room


Included in price:
Accommodation in vila Ljuboten based on 2 participants sharing double room (shared facilities)
Meals: 2 x breakfast
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)
Any extra expenses not mentioned under „included in price“


Options & Supplements:
Supplement for single room accommodation: 38 €
Supplement for half board (2 x dinner): 29 € / per person / drinks excluded. Vegetarian and vegan meals available on request
Supplement for full board (2 x lunchbox, 2 x dinner): 52 € / per person / drinks excluded. Vegetarian and vegan meals available on request
Private arrival / departure transfers 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 mountain hut “Ljuboten” : from 15 €/ dorm accommodation
In villa “Ljuboten” (shared facilities): from 15 €/ per person sharing double room. Single supplement: from 10 €.
In guesthouse 3km from Belovishte village (shared facilities): from 20 €/ per person sharing double room. Single supplement: 7 €. Transport to the guesthouse is complimentary.
Rent of Global Positioning System (GPS) console: 45 €


What to pack

Footwear:
comfortable walking shoes
Casual clothes
Water/windproof jacket with hood
Hat
Toiletries
Sunglasses
Camera
Passport
Trip voucher
Money:
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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