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Serbia: E4 Long Distance European Trail from Krivelj to Sokobanja

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Distance
67.76 mi
Elevation gain
11,555 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
11,923 ft
Max elevation
5,079 ft
TrailRank 
38
Min elevation
788 ft
Trail type
One Way
Coordinates
1862
Uploaded
June 1, 2018
Recorded
June 2018
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near Krivelj, Central Serbia (Serbia)

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Itinerary description

This track is the route of the E4 European Long Distance Trail from Krivelj to Sokobanja in Serbia based on Map 11 of "Rambling through Serbia at a slow pace", a booklet published by Planinarski Savez Srbije (PSS), the Serbian Mountain Association. While the track is close to the trail described in the booklet, I cannot guarantee it is the exact route or indeed the best, all I can say is that I successfully walked it in April 2018. More details of my trip can be found in my blog johnpone4serbia.blogspot.com.

This trail starts near Krivelj where my previous trail ends (https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/serbia-e4-long-distance-european-trail-from-vratna-monastery-to-krivelj-24708578). It follows various farm tracks to Borsko Jezero, a popular resort beside a man made lake, before climbing the nearby, tree covered summit of Tilva Njagra. Then it crosses to the scenic Lazarev canyon (where I met a hiking group from Serbia4Youth (www.serbia4youth.org)). There is a cave at the start of this limestone canyon but the trail climbs up the ridge to the south, with some gorgeous views, eventually reaching the summit of Malinik. After this peak, the trail passes through various villages to reach Rtanj. A pyramid shaped mountain with an air of mystery above a partially abandoned mining village. Then it is downhill to the tidy, holiday spa town of Sokobanja. After Sokobanja, my next trail is at https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/serbia-e4-long-distance-european-trail-from-sokobanja-to-jalovik-izvor-25472000

Subsequent to my trip the Mountaineering Association of Serbia published a route for the E4 in this area, see https://pss.rs/terenipp/krivelj-soko-banja/.

For my complete trek on the E4 across Europe read my book "Six Pairs of Boots: Spain to Cyprus on the E4 Trail" by John Pucknell available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, the Bookdepository.com, lehmanns.de, bookspot.nl, and other good online bookstores.

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Lazareva Pecina (Cave)

Lazareva Pecina is a cave at the entrance to the Lazarev canyon, closed when I passed due to high water levels in April.

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Look out point over Lazarev Canyon

Viewpoint for much of the limestone canyon

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Malinik

Malinik is a tree lined summit 1158 metres high

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View point for Lazarev Canyon

A place to look down into the Lazarev canyon

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Rtanj mountain

Siljak is the highest summit of Rtanj mountain at 1565 metres. From the village of Rtanj the path climbs almost 1000 metres over 6 kilometres, passing different flowers and herbs at different heights. One of the herbs is unique to the area and is used to make Rtanj tea. At the top is a ruined chapel. The mountain has a pyramidal shape and has been associated with various unusual phenomena...

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Tilva Njagra

Mountain beside the lake of Borsko Jezero.

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Borsko Jezero

Borsko Jezero is a man made lake with a hotel, private accommodation and cafes. Paths follow the edge of one side of the lake among trees and fishermen. The route I took went to the north of the lake as I was told I would not be allowed across or beneath the dam.

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