Activity: HIKE
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate
1 Day
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Easy to moderate hike of 12km and 1000mD+, a short exploration of the oldest protected natural area in North Macedonia – Pelister National Park. It begins at village Nizepole and through Lak Potok and Debel Rid locales it leads you to Golemo Ezero glacial lake and the mountain hut there (2218m asl). Almost all the hike travels through shrubs and open-spaces allowing you to enjoy the awesome views at the other prominent peaks and ridges of Mount Baba.


The first significant landmark looming on the right above your head located at altitude of 1500-2000m asl is the locale known as Crveni Steni (Red rocks) – its name is a reminder of the frontline and battles that took part here in WWI. Today Crveni Steni is the most popular recreational area in the National Park.

Another significant point of interest is The Rock at 3,9 km from the start. This is the most usual place where hikers take a break and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the surrounding ridgelines and peaks as well as a glimpse of Pelagonija valley. The hike takes you in total 6km by the ridgeline directly to Golemo Ezero (Big Lake) mountain hut during which several potable water sources are close by. Take your time to enjoy the tranquility and the “isolation” of this wonderful place.

Golemo Ezero is the larger of the two glacial lakes in Pelister National Park called “The eyes of Pelister”. It is situated in a cirque at altitude of 2.218m asl – with an average dimension of 220m by 190m and depth of 15m it marks it as one of the largest glacial lakes in North Macedonia. It is a popular off-road and hiking destination and many nature enthusiasts come here regularly.

The return trip is by the same route you came – get ready for more adventures in this extraordinary mountain region.

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


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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
    - In guesthouse in v. Nizepole: from 22 €/ per person sharing double room. Single supplement: 8 €.
    - Hotel 3* in Pelister national park: from 22 €/ per person sharing double room. Single supplement: 8 €.
    - In Bitola, boutique hotel in the pedestrian area: from 25 € / per person sharing double room. Single supplement: 8 €
  • Rent of Global Positioning System (GPS) console: 45 €

Arrival & Departure

By bus & car transfer from Skopje:

Buses start from Skopje Central Bus Station to Bitola Intercity Bus Station, which is on 20min/ 12km drive from hotel village Nizhepole where the hike starts. Taxi from Bitola bus station to Nizhepole costs ca 10 €.

By train & car transfer from Skopje:

Trains start from Skopje Railway Station to Bitola Train Station, which is on 20min/ 12km drive from hotel village Nizhepole where the hike starts. Taxi from Bitola train station to Nizhepole costs ca 10 €.

Taxi / private transfer from Skopje:

Available on request

Please contact the agency for current bus / train schedules

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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