Tidbits: Highest point in Lithuania
Summitted, September 1, 2005
When to go:
Anytime, although there is questionable snow removal service on the last mile or two of roadway in the winter.
The trail is a brief walk up a small hill in the middle of nowhere.
Getting there and Hotel and Climb Reservation:
The summit is located approximately midway between the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius and Kiev. No guide, permit, or trail reservations are required. You will never find the summit without hiring a car and driver to get you there since there are few meaningful signs along the way directing you to your destination. Even with a driver, they can probably get you to the turnoff from the paved road onto a small gravel road (with a sign indicating the direction of the summit)...there are no further signs, however, if you look to the left about a minute or two down the gravel road, you should see the cross that marks the summit (it is down the first main turn-off on the original gravel road that you went down). There is an obvious pull-off to the right with a large rock and cross at the top of the hill.
If you are visiting Lithuania, you will find the capital of Vilnius to be a surprisingly beautiful and sophisticated city. I stayed at the Radisson hotel and the service, rates and rooms were all surprisingly good. I strongly recommend a side trip to Trakai, a small lake-strewn village with the only (incredibly beautiful) island-castle in eastern Europe.
to the roof and then finally exits into the Basilica itself.
Trakai castle just outside Vilnius
Ruins near the summit area
Farm near the summit area