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Midžor - The peak of Serbia

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The ride on the ridge of Stara Planina mountain
Area name: Stara Planina
Country: SRB
Date of the ride: 12-Aug-2011
Length (km): 84.8
Elevation gain (m): 2130
Technical difficulty: ●● 

 


| Elevation profile | Map | GPS tracklog | Photo Gallery of the route |


Overview

Horses
The horses near the trail

MTB route Midžor - The peak of Serbia is situated in National Park Stara Planina (Old Mountain) near the border line between Serbia and Bulgaria. Stara Planina mountain is characterized by a great diversity of flora and fauna. This trail passes along the highest elevation points of Stara Planina mountain. The first section leads along Temštica canyon to Topli Dol village and than follows the ascent to the ridge of Stara Planina mountain. Midžor peak is the highest elevation point of the route. Furthermore, Midžor is the highest peak of Serbia at elevation of 2168 meters over sea level. The trail leads along the south west slope of Stara Planina mountain ridge. Due to steep ascent count to hike with the bike on some sections. The singletrack section near Vražja Glava is overgrown in the grass and it takes about 4 km to reach the carriageway. Most of the trail is dry. Due to many unlabeled junctions the GPS unit with the uploaded route is a must for fast and safe navigation.

Getting there: Europe, Serbia, Belgrad, Niš, Pirot, Temska, Sveti Đorđe (St George) monastery.


Description of MTB route

The starting point of MTB mountain bike route is in Temska village at the parking place near Sveti Đorđe (St George) monastery. From the monastery proceed on the paved road along the canyon of Temštica stream to Topli Dol village. The paved road section to Topli Dol village is about 17km long. In Topli Dol turn left and after few hundred meters the paved road turns into the carriageway. After few kilometers the steep ascent in few turns leads to the ridge of Stara Planina mountain. At the junction turn left to Babin Zub Hotel & restaurant. From Babin Zub ride back and proceed along the ridge of Stara Planina mountain. The steep ascent leads to Midžor peak. Few hundred meters before Midžor the carriageway turns into the steep labeled singletrack that leads to Midžor peak. Midžor peak is situated just at the border line between Serbia and Bulgaria. From Midžor proceed to the east along the south east slope of Stara Planina mountain ridge. The carriageway gradually turns into the singletrack overgrown in the grass. Due to steep ascent and the trail overgrown in the grass count to hike about 4km at the section near Vražja Glava. The first descent section from Vražja Glava in the length of about 1.5km is overgrown with the grass too. The next descent section on the rocky carriageway leads back to Topli Dol village. From Topli Dol village ride back on the paved road to Temska and Sveti Đorđe (St George) monastery.

 

 
Notes and references

Best time for ride: summer.

Due to many unlabeled junctions the GPS unit with the uploaded route is a must for fast and safe navigation. The provided GE map and GPS tracklog include the waypoints of the springs of water. According to the elevation profile the ride in opposite direction could be more easy!

 

 
 

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 August 2011 13:14 )  

Comments   

 
#1 Miroslav 2011-08-19 21:25
I found this bottle near Midžor peak.

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The border line is at Midžor so it seems some duty free shop should be there. Anyway I provided the waypoints for water :-) .
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#2 Bogdan Radaković 2011-08-20 07:08
Bravo maestro!
Izgleda mi sasvim drugačije od plannina koje sam vidio, pa i na tvojim reportima.
Jel' to to ili si potegao i dalje kako si bio planirao?
Pozdrav od mene i malog ferovca :-)
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#3 Miroslav 2011-08-20 08:05
Čestitka za FER i želim puno uspjeha!

Hvala. Stara Planina je drugačija i lijepo je to doživjeti. Osim svih onih pisanih bla-bla-bla podataka o nacionalnom parku itd, dosta je to drugačiji ugođaj nego npr. Alpe ili neke jugo - zapadne balkanske planine. Od Babinog Zuba do Toplog Dola (cijeli greben) nisam sreo čovjeka. Nevjerojatan mir i tišina. Vegetacija je nedirnuta, ima zaista lijepog cvijeća kojeg nisam vidio negdje drugdje, iako da sam došao možda mjesec dana ranije bilo bi ga vjerojatno još više. Sigurno pravi raj za botaničare. Ima dosta potočića tako da ni voda nije problem. Crvenkasto-smeđ i kamen i podloga tog kraja su opet karakteristični i daju ton.

Polunapušteno selo Topli Dol je priča za sebe. Kao da si film vratio u 19st. I možda nakon prvog dojma da su to stare poluruševne kuće zidane od drveta i blata, nešto te ipak trgne i najedanput te ta stara arhitektura i mir sela sa svojim zelenilom i žuborom potoka ispuni osječajem ljepote i nostalgije. U povratku sam zastao u selu i pitao jednog dedu, kako je, jel težak život, kako je zimi? On mi kaže: Ne, zašto? Ja sam u raju a oni drugi su otišli u đunglu! Eto tako, deda mi je dao najbolji poticaj.

Sama staza za vožnju po grebenu je odlično trasirana za MTB (korištena je od graničara - vojske za kontrolu granice), pogled se pruža na sve strane i šteta da je na pojedinim segmentima malo zapuštena (zarasla u vegetaciju). Da se napravi par vožnji sa većim grupama godišnje sve bi se to brzo počistilo i na raspolaganju bi bila jedna od najljepših grebenskih MTB staza na ovom području. Naravno da se stigne do nje treba malo i hodati ;-) .

Potegao sam i dalje dok je dozvolilo vrijeme........ ... Bit će.
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#4 Toni 2011-08-22 08:05
Ma bravo ... meni osobno možda i najdraža planina na kojoj sam bio ... definitivno idem opet ...

istočna Srbija je ... hm ... neotkriveni raj za bicikliste ...

ak si još tamo ... probaj na Rtanj ... ne ćeš zažaliti ...
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#5 Miroslav 2011-08-22 19:44
Hvala. Voze tamo biciklisti, ima dosta podataka na web-u. Meni je daleko, na žalost možda 1 godišnje mogu na takve dalje ture. Malo ali slatko :-) .
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