Choose a language

The official Website of the High Scardus Trail

Welcome to the official website of the award-winning High Scardus Trail!


The High Scardus Trail is a long-distance hiking trail, which leads on 20 daily stages through the untouched mountain world of the Western Balkans, from Kosovo via Albania to Northern Macedonia. On this website you will find everything you need to know about the High Scardus Trail, from detailed stage descriptions, GPX files for download, indispensable travel information such as border crossing regulations etc. and of course attractive offers from certified local tour operators.

By the way: the High Scardus Trail was voted the best tourism project in Europe at the prestigious "International Tourism Awards" 2022 in London! So, what are you waiting for? We are sure we will see you soon at the High Scardus Trail.


Now online! All bookable hiking offers of the certified partners of the High Scardus Trail are now online! Let an unforgettable 2023 hiking season begin:

Explorer Tour of the Trail Angels

Hiking offers of the certified partners of the High Scardus Trail

Online trip planner with unimagined possibilities for individual trip planning

The Trail

The Route

20 daily stages (excluding two bridging routes distances) are waiting to be discovered and hiked. Browse through our detailed and helpful stage descriptions, which have set a new standard in the Western Balkans:

Explorer Tour High Scardus Trail

The best way to discover a brand-new long-distance hiking trail! Explorer Tours are specially designed exploratory trips that open up a unique experience with profound insights into the myths and challenges of the hiked region and invite you to actively participate. Your inspiration and creativity are welcomed for the final design of the hiking trail: to optimize experience design, and the implementation of local impact projects as well as contributing travel reports.

High Scardus Trail Explorer Tour

If you want to know more about the Explorer Tour High Scardus Trail klick here 

Photo: Matthew Nelson, CC BY-ND, High Scardus Trail Organization

Mission/ Vision

„Sustainable Tourism for regional Development“

We are deeply convinced that a balanced and sustainable tourism, steered by inspired people from the region, can make an important contribution to a positive regional development of the rural mountain regions in the Western Balkans. The High Scardus Trail should be an impressive flagship for this!


High Scardus Trail Video - English version
Video: GIZ North Macedonia