Participation for people over 15 is possible just with Opportunities passport / Covid-19 Certificate.
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.
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 area – Restaurant „Pasaulio puodai“, Gardino gatvė 28, Merkinė, Lithuania (GPS: 54.158044, 24.185167).
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.
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.
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.
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?
PARTICIPANT PASS WITH ROUTE MAP
Check-in marking table, orientation map and useful information.
Bottled water ar start zone and refill in most stops.
REST AND ASSISTANCE STOPS
Every 4-5 km set up stop for participant check-in, services and rest.
In most stops.
For all participants.
For 26 km and 34 km participants.
For participants identification.
First aid kit in each stop.
Back to the start area if it is decided to terminate the hike.
STORAGE OF BELONGINGS
In the start area.
After successfully completing the chosen route.
Nominal with marked number of kilometres walked.
Participants take care of their arrival at the hiking place on their own. You will find the marked start point on the map.
11 KM: 08:00 – 14:00
26 KM: 08:00 – 13:00
34 KM: 08:00 – 12:00