In this article I will let you know how to reach the highest peak of Lithuania and I will also share with you my personal experience. Aukštojas Hill surprised me very nicely. There is a great view from a local tower and I witnessed there even an impressive sunset. Follow my story and all tips you need to know about the highest point of the country in this article.
Important information for visiting the highest point of Lithuania – Aukštojas Hill
Short description of the ascent: Short easy walk Essential equipment: Nothing special, it's a short walk Best time to visit: All year round Fees or restrictions: No Camping allowed: Yes, wild camping is allowed but not on private land Height of the peak: 280 m Hiking distance: 445 m Time to ascend: 10 minutes (one way) Difficulty level: * (6 stars maximum) Personal rating of the mountain: *** (6 stars maximum) Beer on the peak: Volfas Engelman Blond *** (6 stars maximum)
Map of the route to Aukštojas Hill
My story of reaching Aukštojas Hill with personal tips
I got to Vilnius from Riga very late at 2:30 am but since I booked the worst hostel ever I couldn’t sleep. Other guests were just coming back from parties and they didn’t have any better idea than talking to each other until late morning. That made me to leave my room and see the sunrise over Vilnius. Since there were clouds and I couldn’t see any sun I tried at least my new neutral density filter. It even worked to make a selfie.
How to get to Aukštojas hill without a car
Later I got back to my hostel and finally could sleep because the other guests either left or finally decided to sleep too. Around lunch time I woke up and started to look for a scooter to conquer my last Baltic peak. Soon I found out a big problem though. There are no scooters available at all in Vilnius and I couldn’t even find a car to rent. After a long time and 20 phone calls I finally managed but there was no car rental at the address where I was supposed to pick up the car.
It was already late so I was looking for another alternative how to get to Aukštojas hill and I realized Uber would be the easiest idea and it worked! My app found an amazing driver called Dmitrij who took me as far as to 60 km round-trip for only 20 EUR. Thank you so much for the awesome trip, your patience for my half an hour photography work at the tower as well as a nice talk!
The peak was definitely worth visiting. Besides a nice view and nature around I could even witness a beautiful sunset. A pity I didn’t have more time because there was a large fortress and church nearby.
My tips for Aukštojas Hill
- Don’t book a cheap hostel if you plan to sleep at night.
- Plan your journey to the highest hill well in advance if you want to enjoy more time time. Unfortunately, in this way you would miss the awesome drive with Dmitrij though. Choose wisely.