The ones who know us know it: We love bike adventures. Out there in these pristine Balkan mountains, on shepherd trails that never before saw a bike, amazed faces of locals greeting us, and nature views before modern development. Adventures that contain a portion of the unpredictable, non-plannable. But carefully designed and tested with our expertise and love for the area. Together with incredible friendly and welcoming locals. Real adventures. For 2019 we planned something special and joined forces with our friend Dimitri & team from Macedonia, who does some of the best mountain biking over there. Together we bring you “triple trails”: 10 days riding the finest single tracks of the 3x neighbors Kosova Albania and Macedonia. A mountainous, mysterious region, and well possible the most fascinating corner of the Balkans.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Ohrid/Skopje/Tirana/Thessaloniki – Airports|
|DURATION||10 days – 9 nights|
|TYPE OF MTB||All mountain – Guided tour|
|WEAR/LUGGAGE||Comfortable clothing, biking clip shoes, hat, jacket, small back pack, reserve parts, pump, spear tire, first aid and sunscreen for every day biking. Pack your belongings in one piece up to 15 kg in soft bag only|
Best time/period: late May to early October
NOTE: Our staff reserves the right to modify the tour depending of the weather conditions and costumer physical fitness.
Should you have any further requirements or desires, please do not hesitate your self to contact us!
Day Travel to Pristina KOSOVA and Theranda mountain trails
Afternoon tour, approx 21 km, 750 m + / 1400 m –
Your ARRIVAL PRISTINA AIRPORT EVENING BEFORE OR TODAY 10:00 latest. So please book according flights.
Pickup from airport and 1h transfer to 1300m altitude in the “Sharr” mountains national park. After preparing our bikes and a picnic al fresco we ride approx 10km uphill and along some mountain ridges, before Beni & his friends – Enduro cracks and part of a local bike club – show us some hot trails all the way 1400m down to Kosova lowlands. What a start! Dinner and comfortable hotel accommodation in Prizren, Kosovas most attractive city.
Day In the alpine frontier area of Kosova and Albania
Daytour in the frontier area, approx 30km, 1200m + / 1600m – (includes approx. 2h pushing of bike, but no carrying)
A long day, but damn a good day. Early morning transfer to Kosovas most remote corner, „Dragash“, and a remote (but official) border crossing into Albania. Entry and start of daytour in alpine area (7000ft+) along the borderline. During communism heavily guarded, today only the occasional bunker-ruins give witness of the borderline in this otherwise completely deserted mountain area. Great downhill single track with curved trail and varied terrain over nearly 7000ft altitude.
Overnight stay at a traditional guesthouse in a beautiful village – an experience like 100 years ago.
Day Single tracks in the border area to Macedonia
Day tour in the alpine border area between Albania & Macedonia (Korab),approx. 27km +1400m / -1200m (includes approx. 1h pushing of bike, but no carrying)
This one our Guide Orgest – from the area and proud to show & develop it – found last autumn short before the snow locked it in. Ancient mule trails high up in the mountains, which back in the days where used to trade between the villages. Turns out today they are pretty good stuff for biking! Uphill mostly rideable, downhill they include fantastic sections like a flowy zig-zag trail through a pine forest. One of the top 3 trails of the whole region!
Overnight stay in a guesthouse in a lively mountain village.
Day Flow trail and family connection
Day tour in the Dibra valley, approx. 47km + 1000m / – 1600m
Today there`s a bit of everything – and something on top of it. After a short asphalt climb single tracks lead us down to the “black Drin”, the free floating river of the region. Over gravel roads we bike to lunch, which we get served from a family in the village of our Albanian guide Orgest. Where “tourism” comes to an end – and real experiences start! Well-fed we take the day’s second half under our wheels, and this means a lovely flow trail connecting two villages. Target of today is Peshkopi, a regional farming town.
Overnight at a comfortable hotel in town.
Day Fresh water and the natural bike park
Day tour in the hills of the „black Drin“, approx. 22 km 600m + / 750m – (includes approx. 30min pushing of bike, but no carrying)
We cross the delta of the black Drin – a short splash is a must, its mostly warm here – and climb up into the hills. Once on top we get treated with smooth single tracks and panoramas of the
opposite border mountains. Mother nature made a bike park for us! Over some big fun downhill we ride along old village trails down to our old friend, the „black Drin“. This short bike day ends with a 2h bus transfer to our upcoming adventure – the “Shebenik” national park in central Albania. The night we spend in a guesthouse in a mountain village close to the national park: Stars and total silence!
Day Traversing the national park
Day tour to lake Ohrid, approx.52km + 1500m / 2200m –
Today is another big adventure. We bike on shepherd trails north to south through the Shebenik-Jabllanice national park, an Albanian-Macedonian cross-border protected area. A very remote area, and of big natural diversity. “Protected”, but that sadly doesn’t mean much in Albania, so biking through this area is actually our applied protection: We & our money is here because of nature’s beauty, and that’s maybe the only way the locals will understand that they want to defend their natural assets. Your tire profile will be the second here ever – only ours from exploration in front.
For the evening we arrive at a lovely village on lake Ohrid, where we sleep in a comfortable guesthouse.
Day Over the lake and into Macedonia (Relaxing day)
Bike Lin – Radozda, approx. 14 km + 350 m / 350 m –
We have 6x cycling days in our legs, yesterday was long, so it’s the moment to take it easy and
relax a bit. But not the usual way – with us specials only! The little biking of today take us over the border crossing and into Macedonia, followed by a 2km singletrack down to lake Ohrid. A boat just for us now takes us over the lake and to the UNESCO city of Ohrid, where we enjoy lunch and a small sightseeing. A second boat ride and a short lift up to a mountain village concludes this “easy day” – full of views of fantastic lake Ohrid & the mountains surrounding it. Accommodation in a nice rural Macedonian guesthouse.
Day Singletracks over lake Ohrid
approx. 32 km +1000 m / 1050 m –
Breakfast – and singletracks! On the mountain looming over the Balkans biggest lake we climb to “Krstec pass” – the highest in the country and one of 4 karstic fields in Galicica National Park. Over a high plateau and dirt roads we bike to the areas freshwater springs and our well earned picnic. Singletracks – more of them! – take us downhill to the village of Velgosti. A cold beer, satisfying tiredness, and were sitting in a transfer to Mavrovo National Park – the largest one in the country, and home of tomorrows bike adventures. Accommodation in a rural guesthouse.
Day The trails of Mavrovo
approx. total of 57 km + 1100 m / 1300 m –
Today Dimitri & friends show us the trails of “Mavrovo” – together with yesterdays Ohrid probably the best area for biking in Macedonia. We start riding from our accommodation place over some asphalt, before we climb on double dirt road up to one of the areas best view points, allowing a view of the highest peaks in Macedonia and Albania. We continue our track to the village of Galicnik, one of the countries most popular and rich in history & culture. After lunch in the village and a short visit to a small rural dairy farm, we leave this 1450m village place by van and transfer up to 1700m: 500m downhill with some nice single trail waiting for todays finale!
Day Flight from Skopje MACEDONIA home (from mid-day and later)
In the morning we transfer for 1.5 hours to the capital Skopje & its airport, where you can get your homebound flight from lunchtime & later. Time to say bye bye to a very special pioneer adventure – something you can’t find anywhere else!
For those interested adding a day & night: Skopjes city mountain is a pretty cool biking mountain: The cable car and a wide network of trails – we show & take you there!