The last hike of „TrekTours“ season will be like a time machine.

 

We will take you to the historical times not only of Merkinė city but also to the banks of the Nemunas river. Three routes: 11 km, 26 km, and 34 km, which will start with a stunning panorama from Merkinė mound (next to Vytaras Radzevičius’ bustling „World Pots“), will go down and connect the river Merkys with Nemunas, will lift you up 26 meters to an exclusive observation tower and lead you through the largest by area – Dzūkija National Park.

 

Get ready to end the autumn as the old Lithuanian rulers – Jogaila, and later Vladislovas Vaza, who lived here, would – hiking through the forests towards the goal with your own feet! Rest assured, because we will take care of everything else: full bellies and rest stops of spectacular beauty – guaranteed. Of course, as always, everything will be crowned with medals and fun. Hiking boots are your best weapon: do you have them ready?

Participation for people over 15 is possible just with Opportunities passport / Covid-19 Certificate. 

Registration prices rise on the 4th of November, 12 pm.

ROUTE COMPARISON

11 KM

11
  • Start time from 08:00 to14:00
  • Starter pack
  • 2 rest and assistance stops
  • Water and tea
  • Snacks
  • -
  • Transfer if cutting short
  • Storage of belongings
  • Medal
  • E-diploma
  • Not suitable for baby strollers

26 KM

20
  • Start time from 08:00 to13:00
  • Starter pack
  • 6 rest and assistance stops
  • Water and tea
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Transfer if cutting short
  • Storage of belongings
  • Medal
  • E-diploma
  • Not suitable for baby strollers

34 KM

24
  • Start time from 08:00 to12:00
  • Starter pack
  • 7 rest and assistance stops
  • Water and tea
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Transfer if cutting short
  • Storage of belongings
  • Medal
  • E-diploma
  • Not suitable for baby strollers

Registration prices rise on the 4th of November, 12 pm.

 

DISCOUNTS

Pupils, seniors and children up to 7 years of old can choose a price type with a discount.
Durig the collection of starter packs all participants registered with a discount will be asked to provide a document confirming their status.

Registration prices rise on the 4th of November, 12 pm.

11 km: You will start from the Merkinė mound and walk along one of the most beautiful confluences in Lithuania – of the Merkys and Nemunas rivers. Along the way, you will climb to the exquisite observation tower, where you will be able to gaze not only at the spectacular view but also at the real sheep that graze on the island. Next, you will hike towards lake Lauja through the unique forests of Dzūkija National Park and pass through the swampy edge of the Mikalaučiškės lake. From there, you will turn your way to the historic city of Merkinė, which was more important than Vilnius in the era of Jogaila because Merkinė castle was the strongest in Eastern Europe!

26 km: After descending from the Merkinė mound, you will take a historical path along one of the most impressive confluences in Lithuania – of the Merkys and Nemunas rivers. An exquisite observation tower awaits you, from which you can see not only the panorama of the city and the forest but also the sheep living on the island. Next, you will go through King Jogaila’s beloved forests and valleys, described and celebrated by Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius. You will stop not only at the Krėve memorial but also at the nearby Tartar Museum. And you will return to the historic city of Merkinė, the importance of which, in the time of Jogaila, was greater than that of Vilnius itself.

34 km: This is the longest and historically richest route, as you will be hiking not only in the forests tread by King Jogaila but also on the former bottom of the river Nemunas, around the current oxbow lake. A route whose beauty lies in the works of Vincas Krėvė-Mickevičius, in Lithuanian, Tatar, Jewish folklore, and songs. It is not true that you will reach Druskininkai town, but you will indeed visit the villages of Netiesos (literally translates as „untruths“) and Druskininkai. History comes to life in this route, which will help you understand the Dzūkian heart: filled with forest serenity, rustling pine trees, and cheerful and undulating like continental dunes.

THE PROCESS OF THE EVENT

PLACE OF ARRIVAL
All participants must arrive at the start areaRestaurant „Pasaulio puodai“, Gardino gatvė 28, Merkinė, Lithuania (GPS: 54.158044, 24.185167).

REGISTRATION
After arriving to the start area, your ticket will be scanned (mobile versions accepted) and you will be handed out your starting package, which contains:
– control bracelet (Only participants with bracelets will be serviced at the stops);
– participant pass and a map with directions and support contacts;
– other crucial information and items.

STARTING
After registration, you are allowed to begin the hike on the designated time for your route, which can be found in the route comparison area.

HIKING
Rest and assistance stops will be set up all across the hike route, in which you are required to check-in with your participant pass. You will also be able to replenish your water supplies, have a cup of tea, grab a snack and if need be, receive first medical assistance.

TRANSPORTATION AFTER TERMINATING YOUR HIKE EARLY
Participants wishing to terminate their hike early will have to get to the nearest rest and assistance stop. From there, they will be brought back to the start area by designated vehicles. At the finish zone, participants should present their participant pass to volunteers and will receive a diploma with the exact number of kilometres walked.

FINISHING
All of the hike routes are radial, thus you will start and finish and the same place – Restaurant „Pasaulio puodai“, Gardino gatvė 28, Merkinė, Lithuania (GPS: 54.158044, 24.185167). Here, the participants who have successfully completed their chosen route will be awarded with nominal diplomas (on demand) and medals. However, the hike is not a race, thus your time will not be recorded and there will be no rewards for the first hikers crossing the finish line.

When registering, all participants agree with hike regulations.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PARTICIPANTS PACKET?

 

 
 
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PARTICIPANT PASS WITH ROUTE MAP
Check-in marking table, orientation map and useful information.

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WATER
Bottled water ar start zone and refill in most stops.

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REST AND ASSISTANCE STOPS
Every 4-5 km set up stop for participant check-in, services and rest.

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TEA
In most stops.

 
 
 
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SNACKS
For all participants.

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HOT FOOD
For 26 km and 34 km participants.

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PARTICIPANTS BRACELET
For participants identification.

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FIRST AID
First aid kit in each stop.

 
 
 
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TRANSPORTATION
Back to the start area if it is decided to terminate the hike.

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STORAGE OF BELONGINGS
In the start area.

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MEDALIS
After successfully completing the chosen route.

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E-DIPLOMA
Nominal with marked number of kilometres walked.

ATVYKIMAS

Participants take care of their arrival at the hiking place on their own. You will find the marked start point on the map.

 START PLACE:

Restaurant „Pasaulio puodai“, Gardino gatvė 28, Merkinė, Lithuania (GPS: 54.158044, 24.185167).

STARTING TIME:
11 KM: 08:00 – 14:00
26 KM: 08:00 – 13:00
34 KM: 08:00 – 12:00

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PARTNERIAI