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RILA TOUR by Hiking tour Serbia

Start Date: 12.07.2024.
Departure Time: 21:00h
Duration: 2 day(s)
Departure Place: Novi Sad, Beograd
Destination: Rila
Fee: 90 eur

**WHAT ARE WE PLANNING?**

Let's go to the highest peak of the Balkans! To the mountain that is said to have a hundred lakes! Views as far as the eye can see, rocks, glacial water, and conifers... That's our recipe for happiness, especially in the summer when it's hottest in the city...

**IN SHORT**

GERILA

DATES: July 12 - July 15, 2024.

!!! REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 8, 2024.!!!

FEE: 90 EUR (INCLUDES: transportation, 1 night's stay in Borovets or nearby, organization)

**WHAT IS THE PROGRAM?**

July 12-13, 2024. NOVI SAD – BELGRADE – SEVEN RILA LAKES - BOROVEC

ROUTE LENGTH: 10km

ELEVATION GAIN: 560m

DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM

Departing on July 12 from NOVI SAD and BELGRADE in the evening (exact time and place will be announced a few days before the trip), we'll take an easy drive to Bulgaria.

In the early morning hours, we arrive at Mount Rila, the tallest among the Balkan beauties, known for its numerous glacial lakes. We are set for a hike along one of its most attractive trails during which we'll visit the famous 7 lakes. This trail holds spiritual significance for the locals and is a gathering place in the summer where many people perform a communal dance to align their energy with the rhythms of nature; we too will try to gather energy and invoke good weather so the next day's climb goes smoothly.

Feeling satisfied and intoxicated by the beauty of nature, we will go to our accommodation for some well-deserved rest.

July 14-15, 2024. BOROVEC – JASTREBAC CABLE CAR – CLIMB TO MUSALA (2925m above sea level) – BELGRADE – NOVI SAD

ROUTE LENGTH: 14km

ELEVATION GAIN: 770m

DIFFICULTY: MEDIUM-CHALLENGING

In the early morning hours, we head to the cable car which will shorten our path, leaving us at Jastrebac at an altitude of over 2300m, after which we ascend to the highest peak of the Balkans!

Again several magical lakes, all the charms of highland terrain, fresh air, wild herbs growing in the rock crevices, and again a view that rests the eyes. Step by step and here we are at Musala! Along a beautiful path, without risky sections...

Then, it's back down to reinforce what we've learned, a break in Borovets for lunch and to gather our impressions, then leisurely back to Serbia where we plan to arrive in the early morning hours of the next day.

**WHAT DO WE USUALLY BRING ON A HIKE?**

- A smile, good will, as well as good health.
- Plenty of water, at least 2L per walk, snacks, refreshments for the climbs and hikes ahead.
- Food, fruit, snacks, sweets for breaks during the walk.
- Comfortable and strong, appropriate footwear for nature walks.
- If you already have a favorite walking stick, bring it; if not, nature hides your new favorite.
- Cap/hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, whatever you think might protect you in case of strong sun.
- Spare/replacement clothing, warm and dry clothes within reach, after each walk.
- Swimsuit, towel, flip-flops

**IMPORTANT NOTES!!!**

- The number of registrations will be limited, and the right to attend the trip is EXCLUSIVELY for members of the MOUNTAINEERING SOCIETY HTS (ID:28748817) (Contact us for details about membership and purchasing stamps for 2024) or any mountaineering society within the PSS.
- Fee: 4700 RSD (transportation, credited to the association's account upon registration) and 50 EUR (given during the trip for accommodation costs, parking, and tolls).
- The fee does NOT include the cable car ride to Jastrebac, approximately 6-10 EUR for a round trip ticket.
- Organizers reserve the right to modify the program due to unforeseen circumstances, inability to access certain sections, or even cancel the trip.
- Please send us the number of people, their names, phone numbers, and starting location along with confirmation of membership in our organization upon registration. After registration and payment due to the proximity of the event, it will be impossible to cancel transportation and accommodation, and therefore no refunds, but a potential replacement of the registered person will of course be possible.
- This trip does not provide protection regarding travel guarantees according to Art.86 sec 3 of the Tourism Law.
- The tour is NOT recommended for persons with heart or any other conditions that maybe adversely affected by physical activity.
- Please ensure we are PRECISE and ACCURATE about the departure time, while also being flexible with the duration of the walk.
- We ask all participants in our walks to bring EXCLUSIVELY POSITIVE VIBES, A CHEERFUL SPIRIT, AND A GOOD MOOD. See you there.

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