High Scardus Trail Stage 09 Radika - Strezimir
High Scardus Trail Organization
Above Torbeshki MostPhoto: Trail Angels/S. Lieb-Lind, CC BY-ND, High Scardus Trail Organization
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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".
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!
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 roadFrom 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.
ParkingParking next to the road.
- 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
- hiking pants softshell or similar (wind- and water-repellent - the High Scardus Trail runs through alpine regions)
- Hiking pants spare (also for accommodation)
- 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!)
- 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)
- 2 Waypoints
- 2 Waypoints
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