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Hiking trail recommended route Stage 9

High Scardus Trail Stage 09 Radika - Strezimir

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  • Above Torbeshki Most
    Above Torbeshki Most
    Photo: Trail Angels/S. Lieb-Lind, CC BY-ND, High Scardus Trail Organization
A short regeneration stage "in the middle nowhere" between the Sharr Mountains in the northeast and the Korab Mountains in the southwest - just right to rest a bit between 2 long stages.


>>>> ATTENTION: Detailled informations on how to plan your trip, safety instructions, regulations for border crossing etc. are provided by the official website <<<<

Distance 11.8 km
3:45 h
345 m
543 m
1,859 m
1,438 m
This short stage is relaxed. Relaxed because it is short and because it - as one of the few stages on the High Scardus Trail - does not exceed an altitude of 1,850 meters. That's good - the stage before was strenuous enough and the crossing of Mount Korab the next day will be as well. So use this stage, which will take you over a ridge to the foot of Mount Korab, to relax. Take advantage of the fact that there is really nothing here: hardly any people, no cell phone reception, no internet. But plenty of time to look up in the air.

If you can't or don't want to stay in the small wooden huts in Strezimir, you have the following two alternatives, but they are 16 resp. 27 km away from Strezimir:

For both accommodations you have to arrange a shuttle in advance, because there is no cell phone reception in Strezimir.

You can see the location of the accommodation in relation to the stage destination Strezimir in the map of the next stage 10 "Strezimir - Radomirë".


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Update: February 24, 2023
Highest point
1,859 m
Lowest point
1,438 m
Best time of year

Track types

Forested/wild trail 81.78%Road 0.01%Unknown 18.19%
Forested/wild trail
9.6 km
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2.1 km
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Safety information

Attention: The stage is currently not well marked in some places, which in combination with difficult to see sections of the trail and little detailed maps can lead to serious orientation problems in some places. Currently we strongly recommend to hike the trail only with a local guide. If you still want to hike on your own, great experience in using GPS devices or the use of map apps (incl. possibility of offline storage of maps; Outdooractive app recommended) is necessary!

Note: Torbeshki Most and Strezimir are almost uninhabited and there is no cell phone reception!


Torbeshki Most near the small hydro power station (1,650 m)
41.856440, 20.641816
41°51'23.2"N 20°38'30.5"E
34T 470269 4633899
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Strezimir at the 3 small wooden huts (start hiking trail Korab)

Turn-by-turn directions

From the alpine huts in Radika you hike on the unpaved road about 200 m to the west. In a bend to the right, a trail branches off straight ahead, which you follow at a constant altitude to the west (be careful to follow the right path after 150 m at a fork). After a while the terrain becomes steeper and the trail makes a right turn. Descending, you will soon reach the dirt road again, which you follow to the left for another 200 m (ignore the first road to the right).

You now leave the road, cross the stream and climb the trail to the west up the slope. After about 250 meters of altitude you reach a ridge and follow it south for a short time. In a saddle in front of the small peak Prozaba, a trail leads down to the right into the valley near Strezimir. Follow this trail in serpentines down into the valley, cross the stream at the bottom of the valley and hike out of the valley on the right (western) side. After some time you will reach a dirt road, keep right uphill and after a left turn you will immediately reach the 3 small wooden huts in Strezimir, which offer overnight accommodation.

By road

From Tetovo take the A2 or E65 south (or from Ohrid the same road north) to Novo Selo. Here you turn west to the lake Mavrovo. After a few kilometers you will reach the village of Mavrovi Anovi on the western shore of the lake. Just after the village, a small road branches off to the west, taking you through a valley to Trnica, a small settlement with a hotel. Soon after the settlement, turn right at a fork and follow the small road through the valley for quite a while. After a bend to the right, the gravel road turns sharply to the left towards Strezimir - but you continue to follow the gravel road straight ahead. After a short while the road follows the left of the two branches of the valley, you pass two abandoned buildings and after a few minutes you reach a more open place with a shepherd's shelter (before the road winds up the mountain in serpentines). This is the starting point of the High Scardus Trail stage 09 to Strezimir.


Parking next to the road.


41.856440, 20.641816
41°51'23.2"N 20°38'30.5"E
34T 470269 4633899
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


  • Backpack approx. 30-40 liters with hip belt
  • Rain cover for the backpack
  • Telescopic poles


  • Trekking shoes at least category B (preferably ankle-high for the pathless passages)
  • Flipflops or similar for the accommodations
  • 2 pairs of hiking socks
  • underwear
  • hiking pants softshell or similar (wind- and water-repellent - the High Scardus Trail runs through alpine regions)
  • Hiking pants spare (also for accommodation)
  • Shorts
  • T-shirt quick drying
  • T-shirt fast drying spare (quantity depending on the length of the tour)
  • Top long first layer (e.g. Transtex-Sleeve) + replacement
  • Top long second layer (e.g. sleeve made of fleece or merino wool) + replacement
  • Softshell jacket or similar
  • Clothing for accommodation
  • rain jacket (hardshell jacket waterproof and breathable)
  • umbrella if necessary
  • Rain pants (hardshell pants waterproof and breathable)
  • Sun protection for the head (sun hat or cap)
  • Hat (can get cold even in summer!)

Hygiene/medication/personal items

  • small travel towel
  • personal hygiene items personal medicines (important medicines in addition to personal medicines are e.g. Imodium, charcoal tablets, Bepanthen and a painkiller like Ibuprofen or Parkemed)
  • Blister plaster
  • Pocket knife, small scissors
  • Sunglasses (tight-fitting with 100% UV protection and tint category 3)
  • Sunscreen (SPF at least 30, water/sweat resistant, broad spectrum protection, not older than 1 year)
  • Lip protection (SPF at least 20)
  • Outdoor first aid kitpossibly spare glasses
  • small LED headlamp
  • bivy sack (at least a very light one)
  • Handkerchiefspassport + copycredit card/cash (at many accommodations you can only pay with cash)
  • Border Crossing Permit
  • Small dictionaries


  • Travel documents printout
  • Orientation App (e.g. Outdooractive with Pro-Account, so you can save the map sections offline)
  • if necessary additional GPS-device
  • Cell phone (smartphone for orientation app) + charger
  • Powerbank for cell phone (not all accommodations have sockets)
  • if necessary power socket adapter

Food and drinks

  • Drinking bottles (depending on temperature and personal drinking needs 1,5-3 liters; the sources are shown in the map)
  • Food for the day (the respective shopping possibilities can be seen in the map)

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Sophie Grandclaude
September 14, 2022 · Community
Petite matinée! mais pleine de rebondissements! Vers 8h30, en redescendant vers la rivière, sur la route menant au Kosovo, nous avons été arrêtés par la police du Kosovo. Ils ont contrôlé nos papiers et nous ont laissé continuer notre chemin. Ils sont là tous les jours de 8h à 20h, selon leurs dires... Ensuite, nous avons été surpris par des chiens de bergers et nous sommes retrouvés entre eux et le troupeau... Ils étaient 5 à moins d'1 mètre... Après avoir crié, sifflé... et menacé d'un caillou les chiens.. ils se sont calmés. Nous avons poursuivis notre chemin bien stressés. Les 3 huts à l'arrivée étaient fermées. Nous avons posé notre tente en dessous du poste frontière. Il y a une fontaine en redesendant la route à 200 m.
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When did you do this route? August 22, 2022
Rüdiger Mertz 
August 22, 2022 · Community
Eine vergleichsweise erholsame Etappe. Allerdings ist sie im Umfeld der Bachüberquerung kurz vor Strezimir sehr zugewachsen. War im Regen auch nur ein mäßiger Spaß. In Strezimir war auch alles verschlossen und zu (Hütten, ebenso wie der Posten der Border Police - Hütten wirkten auch nicht so richtig fertig). Wir haben noch 200 Höhenmeter des nächsten Tages mitgenommen und bei den Schäferhütten übernachtet. Da gab es Wasser aus einer Quelle. Da der nächste Tag mit dem Korab sehr lang ist, empfiehlt sich das für Leute, die mit dem Zelt unterwegs sind.
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11.8 km
3:45 h
345 m
543 m
Highest point
1,859 m
Lowest point
1,438 m
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