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King Skerdilajdi Trail


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

This ride follows in the tracks of King Ilirian Skerdilajd, on his way to conquer Kaonia 2,300 years ago. Experience unspoilt nature, colourful culture heritage, welcoming people and ride reliable, strong horses. Wind your way through a variety of landscapes combining mountain climbing, steep downhill and uphill rides, river crossings, woods and the seaside. Here you will find ancient ruins, castles, churches and monasteries sitting adjacent to the bunkers and military infrastructure from communist past. During this period of isolation and militarization, communist leaders built around 750,000 bunkers of defense in case of attack from western “enemies”.

This is a mountainous trail ride with around 6 hours riding and some walking every day. The horses are small but very robust and surefooted Arab and Tarpan cross. Participation in this trail will allow you to experience true Albania with the best local cuisine, history and hospitality. You will be accommodated in local or family guesthouses every night where your host families will provide a delicious local meal and conversation is enjoyed by all over dinner. Most of the dishes are homemade while fruits, vegetables and meat come from local gardens and farms.

From May to the end of September you can enjoy swimming in the sea (without horses) on two of the trail  days.

 


Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: Gjirokastra
Airport: Tirana
Transfer: Tirana Airport
Riders: Min 3 riders
Max 10 riders

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    King Skerdilajdi Trail
    Tour Code: IT-ALBCV02
    8 days / 7 nights ~$1,270.00
    Dates : May to September

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    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.
    CIntermediate
    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.
    EAdvanced
    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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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2017 08/20 - 08/27 8d / 7n 8 day tour, AP 3 /10 Expired
    A 2017 08/27 - 09/03 8d / 7n 8 day tour, AP 3 /10 Expired
    A 2017 09/10 - 09/17 8d / 7n 8 day tour, AP 3 /10 Expired
    A 2017 09/24 - 10/01 8d / 7n 8 day tour, AP 3 /10 Expired
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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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