MainInfo_Hike to Krchin Peak

Tour duration: 1 day

Category: Hiking, Nature, Rural

Area: West Macedonia

When: All year long

Tour difficulty: Moderate/Challenging

This tour will take us on mount Krchin in Western Macedonia that raises steeply over the famous Reka valley, fulfilled with picturesque villages and an important spiritual center – the monastery St.Bigorski which we’ll visit before our return to Skopje. The mountain is part of the National park “Mavrovo” because of its well-preserved and unique wild nature. The 1,30 hour drive from Skopje will take us by the shores of the Lake Mavro vo, then through the inspiring Radika river canyon, and villages Rostushe and Bi tushe. Our hike will begin at an abandoned military border house at Draga area (1140m). We follow a marked easy path that passes through century old beech-wood forests up until the pastures at 1800m from where a beautiful view opens up at the villages in the Reka valley, the monastery and of course of the opposite Bistra and Korab mountains. We cl imb the ridge at about 2150m and follow it to the s ummit Golem Krchin (2341m). As we walk on the ridge, a “sea of mountains and peaks” overwhelms our view in every direction, and in about than 3,30 hours we reach the summit.
Krchin Peak
NationalPark Mavrovo
There, amidst the ruins of the church St. Metamorphosis, we enjoy the view of Debarsko Lake and have our lunch break. We hike down to the new site of the church at 1889m, and from there we head back down below the overhanging rocks, into the beech-wood forest. After a small break, we will either drive back to village Rostushe, from where we walk for 20min. through the Duf canyon to reach the wonderfull Duf waterfall (20m), or to visit the famous St. Jovan Bigorski (St. John the Baptist) monastery built in 1020 famous for its iconostasis that is considered one of the most beautiful and most valuable wood-carved iconostasis in the Orthodox religion. In the early evening we head back to Skopje (with possibilities to have dinner - the local radiska trout).
Krchin Peak
Krchin Peak
Krchin Peak
Krchin Peak

Bitushe village – Golem Krchin peak
Time: 7h
START: 1.130m ASL
FINNISH : 2.341 m ASL
Distance: 13 km
Total elevation gain: 1.211m
Total elevation loss: 1.211m
Tour difficulty: moderate - challenging

Price per person: Call for pricing

Included in price:
Full escort by professional guide
Reforestation certificate for one tree planted in your name in Macedonia
Organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel

Price doesn’t include:
Drinks during the meals
Any individual costs

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