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Makedonska Transverzala | Via Dinarica Extension in North Macedonia

Long distance hiking trail · North Macedonia · Open
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West Macedonian Transversal from Ljuboten to Crvena Voda (Ohrid). Still working on the waypoints. For more information check out my website EVAdinarica Project.

Open
moderate
Distance 198.1 km
67:46 h
7,669 m
8,509 m
2,625 m
780 m

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

Author’s recommendation

  • After Koža peak, take the trail (left) towards Ski Hut Gorica. This is a beautiful short cut through the forest to Mavrovi Anovi.
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Author
EVA dinarica
Update: July 27, 2019
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,625 m
Lowest point
780 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
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Rest stops

hotel/restaurant
Motel/restaurant Gari
Viki restaurant
Restaurant Galičnik
Restaurant Merek

Safety information

  • 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:

Dutch trail stories:

Start

Staro Selo (1,619 m)
Coordinates:
DD
42.184657, 21.127316
DMS
42°11'04.8"N 21°07'38.3"E
UTM
34T 510513 4670286
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Destination

Crvena Voda

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
42.184657, 21.127316
DMS
42°11'04.8"N 21°07'38.3"E
UTM
34T 510513 4670286
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

  • GPS
  • Dazer for the shepherd dogs
  • waterfilter

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Status
Open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
198.1 km
Duration
67:46 h
Ascent
7,669 m
Descent
8,509 m
Highest point
2,625 m
Lowest point
780 m
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