West Macedonian Transversal from Ljuboten to Crvena Voda (Ohrid). Still working on the waypoints. For more information check out my website EVAdinarica Project.
The Macedonian Transversal is a hiking trail through the Western mountains of North Macedonia. It runs from mountain hut Ljuboten (or Staro Selo) to Crvena Voda or Ohrid if you don’t mind a roadhike at the end. Some see it as an extension of the Via Dinarica or promote it like that, but the Macedonian Transversal has an history of its own. In 1975 a bunch of Macedonian mountaineers set the trail as the “First Macedonian Traverse” or “Prva Makedonska Transverzala”.
For more tours and/or alternative routes check out this list: Macedonian Transversal | Via Dinarica Extension
- After Koža peak, take the trail (left) towards Ski Hut Gorica. This is a beautiful short cut through the forest to Mavrovi Anovi.
- Mind that there is very little water later in summer, especially in August. Camping near the lakes or other water source is highly recommended.
- Be aware of the shepherd dogs, they are protecting the sheep. It helps to avoid the sheepfolds in the morning and/or evening. Don't cross the herd without keeping an eye on the shepherd.
During the summer water sources usually dry out. Best is to take 2-3 liters for the day or you can leave the original track (on the border/ridge) and walk a little bit lower where there's more water. Still not a lot though.
Tips and hints
English trail stories:
- My Macedonian Traverse, a mountain pathway (blog)
- Heaps of Sheep (blog)
- Sharr mountain photo story (blog)
Dutch trail stories:
Book recommendation by the author
Author’s map recommendations
- Dazer for the shepherd dogs
- 80 Waypoints
- 80 Waypoints