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King Skerdilajdi Trail

King Skerdilajdi Trail
Central Albania
Travel back in time following the ancient Zagoria pathways!


This trail partly imitates thecourse of the Ilirian king Skerdilajd to conquer Kaonia 2300 years ago as it combines nature with culture, heritage, as well as village life with seaside town life. The trails offer the possibility of riding at all paces. The itinerary passes through a variety of landscapes combining mountain climbing, steep downhill and uphill, rivers, wood, seaside, ancient ruins, ancient castles, churches, and monasteries.

Along the trail you can learn many things about the unknown communist country Albania. Bunkers and military protection infrastructure has still preserved its traces all around villages and towns. It was a period of isolation and militarization when previous communist leaders built around 750,000 bunkers of defense in case of attack from “enemies”.

Accommodations take place in family houses every night except the first and the last night of the trip. Families have meals and talk to their guest as they savour their organic dishes. Fruits, vegetables and meat come from their gardens and farms. Their drinks like Albanian famous Raki and wine are also homemade. Mountain tea would be the typical drink every family will offer.

The trail makes possible the combination of mountain food and sea food. You can taste the family´s homemade and unique olive oil extracted on a traditional way. There will also be citrus fruits, olives and fresh fish.

From May to the end of September you can enjoy swimming in the sea on two of this trail´s days.

Our local breed of horse served for centuries to inhabitants of this area to pass the mountains and to transfers their animals or bees from summer pastures to winter pastures. These horses were used to transfer entire families and villages during different periods of conflicts or wars. This breed served the army till medieval time and even during the period of King Skerdilajd the breed was very similar based to the ancient writers. Horses are very resistant and able of all paces: riding, trot, canter and fast galloping when possible.

Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Gjirokastra
Airport: Tirana
Transfer: Tirana Airport
Riders: Min 3 riders
Max 8 riders

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    King Skerdilajdi Trail
    Tour Code: IT-ALBCV02
    8 days / 7 nights ~$1,210.00
    Dates : May to September

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Basic
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Tack: English Trekking
    Horses: Albanian Local Breeds
    Pace: Moderate with some trots and canters. ...
    Walk, Trot, Canter,
    Airport: Tirana
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