High Scardus

Welcome to the Balkans newest long-distance hiking and mountain biking trail. It’s an extension of the Via Dinarica that connects Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia along theirs shared border.

The cross-border route follows a 495 kilometer long main trail intersected by a much greater network of secondary trails that provide alternative options as well countless access/exit points to the main path. On route you cross six national parks and various mountain ranges, peaking out at 2.756 meters on Mount Korab, the high point of both Albania and North Macedonia.

Completing the entire route from its northernmost point near the Macedonian capital of Skopje till the southernmost point at Lake Prespa takes a full 20 days. Thru-hikers may tackle the entire trail, while most will pick a multi-day section or visit on a day walk. It’s equally suited for mountain bikers seeking a single trail experience in one of the wildest ranges of the Balkans.

The High Scardus Trail can be walked in both directions from South to North and in reverse. Note that sections above 2.000 meters are snow covered from November till May, while the lower sections can be walked also in spring.