Traverse to peak Medenica

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Traverse to peak Medenica


5 to 9 hours



Uphill climbing

1200 meters

Best period

Late May to early November

Traverse to peak Medenica, National Park Mavrovo

The beauty of a mountain is best appreciated when experiencing its diversity, both in terms of relief forms and natural values, as well as spatial landscapes.

The hiking traverse of Mount Bistra, centrally located and highly distinctive within Mavrovo National Park, offers an opportunity to acquaint oneself with the spiritual essence of this mountain queen. It winds through landscapes of forests, pastures, and karst, beginning from two historically renowned villages in the Mavrovo region: the village of Belichica, at an altitude of 1550 meters, where the hike usually start, and the village of Galichnik, at an altitude of 1400 meters, where the hike typically finish. The pinnacle of the hiking experience is ascending to the highest peak of Mount Bistra – the peak of Medenica, standing at 2163 meters.

The hiking trail facilitates unique experiences in this part of the Western Balkans, with movement through old beech forests, passing by two glacial lakes – the Senechki Lakes, several shepherd farms where traditional shepherding is practiced, and mountain pastures with unique aesthetic forms. This hike is not just about trekking; for enthusiasts of photo safaris, this hiking traverse offers opportunities for capturing unique vistas in Mavrovo National Park, above Lake Mavrovo, the canyon of the Radika River, and the mountain massifs of Shar Planina, Korab, Deshat, and Krcin. A stroll through the villages of Belichica and Galichnik is a journey through time and an introduction to the spiritual history of this region, as well as the architectural craftsmanship of Macedonian traditional architecture.

In short, if you’re in Mavrovo, this tour is a must-not-miss, and if you’re not, it’s a compelling reason to visit.

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Difficulty of the tour:

Duration of the tour:

5 to 9 hours

Length of the tour:

18 km

Uphill climbing:

1200 meters

Required fitness:

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Everybody has to know that the right clothing and equipment is essential for a successful mountain trip. There will be some items and travel clothes which you will want to pack for the journey which will not be required on the tour in the mountains, so these may be left at your hotel and collected at the end, a light fold away small bag is useful for these items.

The following list is a combination of suggestion, advice and our experience of what you will need. For additional information’s do not hesitate to contact us.

This is what we think essential for safety and basic comfort.

  • Compass
  • Map
Sun protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
Clothing – warm weather
  • Wicking T – shirt (synthetic or wool)
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick – drying pants or shorts
  • Long – sleeve shirt (protecting from sun, bugs)
  • Rainwear (jackets, pants – waterproof and breathable)
  • Sun – shielding hat
  • Bandana or Buff
Clothing cool weather
  • Wicking long – sleeve T – shirt
  • Wicking long underwear
  • Hat, cap, skullcap, balaclava or headband
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Rainwear (jackets, pants – waterproof and breathable)
  • Fleece jacket or vest, and pants
  • Hiking Boots suited to terrain and conditions
  • Trekking socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
  • Gaiters (for snow conditions)
  • Backpack 30 – 45 liters
  • Trekking poles
  • Energy food and beverages
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Nylon cord (5 meters)
  • First aid kit
  • Knife or multi – tool, duct tape strips
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Wet wipes and toilet rolls
  • Small Ziploc plastic boxes
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • Money belt