Cover photo © Credits to Ljiljana Doroslovac
Cover photo © Credits to Ljiljana Doroslovac

Conquering Trem, an exciting hike to the balcony of Serbia

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A short manifest about conquering “the balcony of Serbia,” an attractive peak Trem. With its challenging trails and exciting hikes, Trem often steals the show from many higher peaks in Serbia.

Dry Mountain / Suva Planina
Dry Mountain / Suva Planina
Suva Planina, Serbia

What is it and where is it?

Trem, with its stunning 1810 m, is the highest peak of the Suva Planina mountain, which translates to “The Dry Mountain" due to having only two natural springs, which is extremely little for Serbian freshwater standards. It is located in the southeast of Serbia, only 17 km from the city of Nis and is reachable from the international highway Nis - Sofia. It’s one of the most popular mountains for hiking in the country, especially the peak Trem, commonly known as “the balcony of Serbia.” The hiking trails start near the mountain hut, at the excursion site called Bojanine vode at 860 m. Near the hut, there is one of the two natural springs, where you can refresh yourself before starting the trail. The hiking trail to reach Trem should take around 3 hours, and that much more to come back. The total length of the trail is 15 km, but it’s not as naive as it sounds - you need to overcome an altitude difference of 1000 m.

Hike to Trem © Credits to Banet12

A little detour behind the hut takes the hikers to high metal construction, that serves as a perfect viewpoint for all the sunset hunters. There is especially nice and starry sky from this place, even though there are many villages and towns relatively close.

Bojanine Vode / Bojana's Waters
Bojanine Vode / Bojana's Waters
Bojanine Vode, Gornja Studena, Serbia

The hike

The hiking trail takes us on a slow walk through the deciduous forest, with an occasional broken tree crossing the path, and adding up to the post-apocalyptic atmosphere of the cold and foggy autumn days on Mt. Suva.

Winter hike to Trem © Credits to Ljiljana Doroslovac

As the altitude increases, the thick forest vegetation lightens up and makes more space for the distant landscapes to appear. When we reach the point called Devojacki grob, a peaceful meadow that serves as a hiking crossroad of sorts, the trail breaks up into smaller ones for different peaks like Trem, Sokolov Kamen, and Mosor right here. A bit steeper path continues upwards and rewards its walkers with a postcard-range of views in every step of the way.

Hike to Trem © Credits to Banet12

The breathtaking views, the mountain base covered in thick fog, and the peak that looks like broken rubble, wins Trem a special place in every hikers’ heart. No wonder why the old road that was passing through the Mt. Suva carried the name “The Emperor’s Road.” There are several trails adjusted for mountain bikes, but unfortunately not to reach the top. Even though, so many experienced hikers pass through the Suva Planina regularly, it’s surprisingly easy to get lost, as some signs are covered by trees and bushes, making it hard to navigate on the lower parts of the mountain.

Hike to Trem © Credits to Banet12

Trem’s attractive geography makes its peak looks like it’s stabbing the sky. And who would resist taking an exciting hike and chilling at the balcony of Serbia?


The author

Milena Mihajlovic

Milena Mihajlovic

I am Milena, and enjoy traveling, hiking and everything coffee-related. Through my writing, I want to inspire fellow travelers about Serbia, my dear country.

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