Kablar Mountain

Kablar Mountain // The Serbian Holy Mountain

Treat yourself to hard-earned remarkable views of a meandering West Morava river following an adventurous hike to the top of the Kablar Mountain. Your journey follows a choice of well-marked paths, each varying in difficulty and offering different sights. Make your way through dense vegetation, as well as past a cave and mountain church, all before taking in views of the renowned Ovcar-Kablar Gorge.

Located just 15 km away from Cacak, the Kablar’s immediate surroundings are home to 11 medieval monasteries, situated on both sides of the West Morava river. Additionally, you can also visit the Ovcar Mountain, located across the West Morava – perhaps a hike involving both the Kablar and Ovcar mountains is on the cards? Finally, the Jelica mountain isn’t too far off either, rounding off a trio of natural sites you shouldn’t miss in Central Serbia.

Hiking to the Kablar Mountain’s 889m high peak is a piece of cake. Ten well-marked paths lend themselves to you. Ranging from the downright easy to the outright challenging. The routes on offer present enjoyable adventuring options for all fitness levels. Hike, cycle or even climb to make your way to the top.

Splitting a carpet of greenery spread across the graciously sloping hills of the Ovcar-Kablar Gorge, the winding West Morava river commands your attention once you’re at the mountain’s top. Only small broken patches of vegetation are visible, giving way to houses or medieval monasteries, guardians of Serbian culture and history. It’s no wonder that this mountain is sometimes referred to as the Serbian Mount Athos, or the Serbian holy mountain.

Travel Tips & Essentials:

  • Take your hiking boots or sturdy shoes, as well as food and a bottle of water.
  • Photography opportunities are in abundance. Don’t leave home without your camera!
  • Visit in June, during the Ovcar-Kablar regatta. Beginning from lake Medjuvrsje toward Ovcar Banja, the regatta lasts between four and five hours, during which you would have covered 5km of breathtaking natural scenery.

How to get to the Kablar Mountain:

Cacak is the gateway to the Kablar Mountain and indeed the Ovcar-Kablar Gorge. The city is well connected with all parts of Serbia, with buses being the best form of public transport to get here. From Cacak take a train to Ovcar Banja, where your path to the top begins. The ride is usually shorter than 20 minutes and takes you quite close to the beginning of the path. You begin your ascent to the Kablar Mountain’s peak at the “Dom” restaurant, from which you just follow the signs to the top – Easy.

2 Comments
  • Monica
    Posted at 11:28h, 12 June Reply

    Hello,

    We intend to make the same trail in July and i was wandering how many hours took you the full route, from start to finish ?

    Thank you very much for your answer 🙂
    Sunny paths 🙂
    Monica

    • Dragan
      Posted at 14:32h, 29 June Reply

      Hey Monica,

      Thanks for writing! I’ll have to update this article with more specific details.

      There’s a path that’s located about 20m from the restaurant “Dom”. From there, it takes between 30 – 45 minutes to get to St. Sava’s Church (depending on your pace). To get to the top, continue from the church. All in all, It took me about 2.5 hours to get to the top while wearing a 5kg backpack . Just follow the markings found along the path.

      If you’d rather go to the top by car, head away from Medjuvrsje and past Ovcar Banja along the E-761. Take the first right as you pass through the tunnel and the road will take you a few hundred metres away from the lookout. You’ll have to walk the last bit.

      Best of luck with your adventures!

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