When a gorge tells a story

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Small adventure in Nis region

Discover the city of Nis and surroundings. Experience an adventure in a magnificent gorge of river Jelasnica that is recognised as a Special Nature Reserve and highly protected. The gorge of Jelasnicka river represents a unique biodiversity and is one of the most prominent gorges in the Balkans – due to breathtaking landscape, geomorphologic characteristics, natural values, a well preserved ecosystem, and exclusive flora and fauna.

Departure: all over the year    First departure in 2018: 8. April    Group: 40 people max

Duration: 1 day    Travel mode: van/bus

Technical requirements: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7    Physical Fitness: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7


Departure from hotel, at 9:00 am. Accompanied by an experienced local guide, we head towards east, in the direction of Niska banja, and after a 30 minutes drive we arrive at the gorge of river Jelasnica (2 km long, only 30 m wide) – at the foothill of Suva planina (Dry Mountain).

We start our day adventure from the central area, where there is a picnic area and a cave from which prehistoric artifacts were escavated. Our little adventure is a unique round tour of the magnificent gorge of Jelasnica. You will also see Velika  and Mala Crkvica and Gradac. The ruins belong to small fortresses whose crews protected a section of Roman road which led to East through the gorge of Jelasnica. Several tombs, escavated at the place called Carevo korito (King’s bath), belong to small necropolas situated next to the fortified buildings. We are taking you on a circuit walk to explore the rock formations and enjoy the geomorphological  shapes from proximity.  From some of the best lookouts, your eyes view will reach the rims of Dry Mountain and a village Jelasnica situated at gorge’s end. For the end, this small adventure has something new and different for you – everyone will get a chance to try the abseiling technique (a controlled descent down a rock face using a rope) on the steep rocks of the gorge. Sounds interesting? Come along and try! Finally we go to the village to try the local cuisine. The aim of this program is to:  visit some well known landmarks that are gradually getting forgotten; return you to nature to spend some time in it; create adventure by blending a small tourist activity with an exotic destination. Following the end of our plan and program, we return to Nis via the same way we came from about 7:00 pm.

Do not forget: The gorge of Jelasnica was declared a Special Nature reserve (in 1995). It is placed under protection primarily to preserve its natural beauty, attractive stone shapes and rare flora, and endangered endemic species (plant Ramonda Serbica and Ramonda Nathaliae, endemic for Balkans). Fauna of the gorge contains 11 in Serbia endangered bird species, as well as 112 species of butterflies.


Travel arrangement price: 4-6pax: 35; 6-8pax: 30€

Price includes:

  • Transportation
  • Tourist guide services
  • Climbing guide
  • Equipment necessary for climbing and abseiling (rappelling)
  • Travel organization expenses

Price does not include:

  • Meals
  • Individual expenses

When a gorge tells a story


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