Activity: HIKE
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
1 Day
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A short hike from Pelister peak to the two glacial lakes in Pelister National Park known as “The eyes of Pelister”. Panoramic trail that offers amazing views of the surrounding mountains, of Prespa Lake and Pelagonija valley.


Once at the summit of Pelister, if you can afford one overnight in the mountain this trail is ideal for you. It is an easy trail 6,5km long descending from the peak (2.601m) to the mountain hut by the lake Golemo Ezero (2.218m), and it will take you 3 hours walking to get there. This short and picturesque route travels through shrubs and open spaces allowing you an unforgettable panorama of Pelagonija valley and Jakupica massif up North, and of Macedonia plains in Northern Greece in south east. On your way to the big lake you will also pass by the small glacial lake – it is warmer than the big one, and perfect to refresh on a hot summer day.

Your destination on this hike - Golemo Ezero is a glacial lake placed at a cirque at altitude of 2218m asl. It has average dimensions 220m by 190m and depth of 15m. Many locals come here either by jeep or hiking to escape the hot summer days in the valley thus making the hut a popular recreational spot. The mountain hut there (called “Dimitar Ilievski – Murato” bearing the name of the first Macedonian who climbed Everest in 1989) is an intersection point of many paths: you can descend down to village Nizepole if you need to be back in Bitola, or, if you wish to explore further, you can choose the route to village Brajchino on the other side of the mountain, and to Prespa Lake.

Difficulty Grading

EASY / MODERATE up to 18km / 11mi/ 3-6 hours Terrain may be rugged, with some hills, but not too strenuous. Suitable for fit and active people, with some hiking experience


tours/map Pelister to Big Lake

When To Go

Possible 15 May – 31 May and 01 October to 15 November
Recommended 01 June – 30 September
Not available 16 November – 14 May


Available on request


  • Mobile app with maps and route descriptions
  • Detailed hiking route descriptions and maps
  • Local safety information and contacts
  • Stand-by support
  • Organization and logistic by Macedonia Travel



  • Private arrival / departure transfers available on request
  • Extra night before or after the tour
    - In mountain hut “Golemo Ezero” by the lake: from 20 €/ dorm accommodation .
  • Rent of Global Positioning System (GPS) console: 45 €

Arrival & Departure

By 4x4 to the Big Lake

Available on request

On foot

This route can be extension of the following routes:
- Hike to Peak Pelister (challenging)
- Hike to the Big Lake from Nizepole village (easy / moderate)
- Hike from Golemo Ezero to village Brajcino

Why Travel With Us?


Since 2004 we create authentic, high quality tours in the Balkans. North Macedonia is our homeland, we have walked and biked every corner of the country 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.


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