Sherpa Horseback Riding Presents

THE MIYAK’S TRIBE TRAILS 

 

7 overnights, 6 days riding

 

Miyaks are native tribe from the region of Macedonia. Some say they are descendants of the  King Samoil, others that their heritage goes far as the King Alexandar the Great.

Archeological artifacts mention their existence as far as the Roman times.

Overview 

 

The Miyaks 

The Miyaks (Macedonian: Мијаци/Mijaci) are an ethnographic group of Macedonians who live in the Lower Reka (Dolna Reka) region which is also known as Miyachia, along the Radika river, in western Macedonia, numbering 30,000-60,000 people. The Miyaks practice predominantly animal husbandry, and are known for their ecclesiastical architecture, woodworking, icon painting, and other rich traditions, as well as their characteristic Galichnik dialect of the Macedonian language.

 

Horse Riding
From the ancient myths and legends that have survived in oral tradition, to the distinctive Miyak melodies and customs, preserved in the famous Galichnik Wedding - an annual festival in which a selected couple gets married in the traditional "Galichnik" style wedding, where horsemen play a stunning ritualistic role - Galichnik's love affair with horse riding has deep roots in the region’s history, culture and popular folklore.


Dramatic Scenery for Epic Horse Riding Adventures 
From snow-capped mountains, belted by pine forests, to rolling green hills or fields littered with wildflower blooms, Galichnik has a wealth of backdrops and a range of experienced operators to make your riding excursion an exhilarating one. Experience native wildlife, natural history, and folklore from the saddle.

 

 

About the riding expedition

A riding expedition is a journey on horseback, which may entail a few hardships, but you are gaining an unforgettable experience and scenery which otherwise you may not have the opportunity to see.

This holiday is for those who enjoy the mountain’s treasures. Riding uphill along the valleys of Bistra Mountain and Mavrovo lake, you will enjoy never-ending open views of countless mountain peaks. On this trip, you will get closer to Shepherd’s life, visit a few sheep farms, experience the traditional way of cheese making and just enjoy nature. It also includes lodging in old villages, camps, enjoying the taste of fresh domestic food, sometimes by the fire, sometimes in the restaurant or nature, sitting on a rock in the middle of a pasture taking pleasure in the splendors of life and nature.
A rewarding soul journey with breathtaking scenery.

 

 

Itinerary

The itinerary can be changed according to the weather conditions, the groups’ needs and the flights’ schedules.

 

 

Day 1 Overnight Hotel Neda Galichnik

Upon arrival at the Skopje Airport, transportation is provided by our operator who will pick you up and take you to a coffee break at the Old Bazaar in Skopje city (20 min drive). You will have an opportunity for I short sightseeing tour at the Old Bazaar and the city center, and a chance to taste the delightful Macedonian cuisine at the traditional restaurant DUKAT in Skopje.

 

After the lunch, you will be transferred to the SHERPA HORSE RIDING RANCH in the village of Galichnik, situated in the western mountain region of Macedonia (1h 45 min drive). Lodging is at Hotel Neda  in the village of Galichnik, and in between, you will meet the horses and the Sherpa team at the ranch, which is 1 km from the hotel. Safety-briefing and operation procedures session will be hosted at Hotel Neda before the dinner. Overnight stay is at Hotel NEDA – Galichnik.      

 

Itinerary

Arrival at Skopje airport, transport to the city of Skopje, coffee break, short sightseeing tour, lunch in the traditional restaurant DUKAT.


16.30 - Departure to SHERPA HORSE RIDING RANCH and Hotel NEDA – Galichnik


18.15 - Arrival at the Ranch, meeting the Horses and the Sherpa team, and a warm welcome with refreshments


19.00 - Safety equipment handout, safety, and procedures briefing.


Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Neda – Galichnik.


* Vegetarians are required to specify their food preference in the Request for an Offer.


* Guests arriving after 16.30 will be directly transferred to SHERPA HORSE RIDING RANCH with snack lunch provided in the van.


* For the guests who cannot attend the Safety and Procedure briefing session at 19.00, the briefing will be provided at the time of their arrival in Galicnik.     

 

 

Day 2 Overnight Hotel Kalin Lazaropole

(approximately 5h forest ride, 27km) Galichnik - Lazaropole (view link map for the day)
 
After breakfast in 
Hotel Neda, our operator will transport you to the “SHERPA HORSE RIDING RANCH” (around 5 min. drive). Our team will greet you with some welcoming drinks. You will meet the horses again, and after the briefing session and choosing the right horse, you will have some fun during our exciting ranch workshops (milking goats, traditional cheese preparation) and then, get prepared for the ride. 
 
Our SHERPA TRUCK carries your luggage to our lodging destination. 
 
This day, you will have an opportunity to visit most of the old Miyak villages and get closely acquainted with the culture of the Miyaks, as well as a ride through the old forest trails, which were originally used by them for transportation on horses. From the ranch, you will ride to the village of Glaichnik ( the biggest and most popular Miyak village), and visit the museum of Gjorgjija Pulevski(a famous Miyak author and revolutionary). On this track, you will ride through the forest of Sushica (visiting Sushica the oldest Miyak village, now mostly in ruins), and ride downhill to the Miyak villages of Selce and Tresonche, with panoramic views of the north side of Stogovo Mountain.
 
On the way to the village of Lazaropole, you will have a lunch break and a fruit dessert. You will be passing through the Miyak village of Tresonche, and experience the Miyak folklore and the old Miyak architecture. We will be lodging in Lazaropole (the second largest Miyak village) in the 
Hotel “KALIN” (a cozy mountain hotel with a traditional design).
 
Dinner will be served next to a cozy fireplace at the hotel restaurant (fresh wild meat dish from the region).

 

Itinerary

 

07.30 - Breakfast


08.30 - Departure to the SHERPA HORSE RIDING RANCH


08.35 - Arrival at the ranch, and a warm welcome with refreshments


09.00 - Milking goats and traditional cheese production, preparations for the trip (safety equipment handout, Safety, and Procedures briefing, choosing horses, loading luggage to the safety and camping jeeps)


10.00 - Departure to the museum in the village of Galichnik (15 min ride)


10.15 - Arrival at the museum with 45 min presentation about the culture of the Miyaks


11.00 - Departure to the village of Lazaropole    


13.00 - Picnic lunch in the forest of Sushica (fresh products provided directly from the ranch) followed by cheese tasting, and delicious local vegan/vegetarian food (if specified)


14.00 - Departure to the hunting village of Lazaropole on horseback (forest mountain ride)


16.00 – Fruit desert break 


16.30 – Continuing the journey to the hunting village of Lazaropole on horseback (forest mountain ride)


17.30 - Arrival in Lazaropole and lodging at Hotel “KALIN” for dinner and an overnight stay


19.00 - Dinner – traditional Miyak meal (fresh wild meat dish from the region)

 

* Vegetarians are required to specify their food preference in the Request for an Offer.

 

 

Day 3 Overnight at Motel TOPILA 

(approximately 7h ride; 37 km) Lazaropole - Gari (view link map for the day)

After the lovely evening, delicious food, smooth wine, and a good night’s sleep, off we go again. Breakfast, saddling and bridling - getting ready for the road.
 
An ADRENALINE ride which will take you to the oldest forest Miyak trail of Bistra Mountain, crossing up to Stogovo Mountain from the Miyak village of Osoj, with an incredible view at the Korab Massive (2,764 meters/ 9068 ft.). On this day, you will have an opportunity to go to one of the highest peaks on Stogovo massive - Babin Srt (2,241 meters/7352.3 ft.). Then riding down to the Miyak village of Gari for dinner and an overnight stay in the very cozy guesthouse by the main Gari creek. Fresh fish for dinner will be accompanied by a traditional Miyak music live performance. Moreover, this route will get you closer to the shepherd’s life, visiting a few sheep farms and tasting traditional white cheese and yogurt.

 

Itinerary

07.00 - Breakfast


08.00 - Starting the preparations, which will include saddling and bridling the horses


09.00 - Departure to the Miyak village of Gari


11.00 - Fruit break (snacks and fruit)


11.30 - Departure on a horseback


13.30 - Arriving at the sheep farm at Stogovo Mountain for a lunch break (Shepard’s lunch including lamb and cheese, freshly from the farm, or a delicious local vegan/vegetarian meal (if requested)

 

At the sheep farm, you will get acquainted with the shepherd’s life, far away from the civilized world, and you will be shown the old traditional farming techniques as well. You will have an opportunity to taste all of the milk products directly fresh from the farm.

 

15.00  - Departure to the Miyak village of Gari


18.00 - Arrival in the Miyak village of Gari at Motel "TOPILA"


19.30 - Dinner (fresh fish from the creek) accompanied by traditional live music.

 

* Vegetarians are required to specify their food preference in the Request for an Offer.

 

 

Day 4 Overnight base camp 2

(approximately 9h ride; 44km) Gari – Kamp Solomunica (view link map for the day)

 

After a lovely dinner spiced with captivating traditional melodies, and a good night’s sleep, we are almost ready for the longest day of this journey. Getting ready for an amazing 44 km ahead of you.  
On this day, we are going to cross to the east side of Bistra Mountain, riding across a very old forest Miak trail. This ride will take you above the forest of Bistra Mountain, with an incredible view at the Korab Massive (2,764 meters/ 9068 ft.). This route will get you closer to the shepherd’s life, visiting a few sheep farms and tasting traditional white cheese and yogurt.
 
After the long breathtaking experience, we will be lodging in our base camp deep in the mighty mountains far away from the civilized world. Setting up the sleeping tents, starting a campfire along with the dinner preparation, done in a traditional manner, we will be getting ready for a campfire party, followed by some good night’s sleep. 

 

Itinerary

 

06.30 - Breakfast


07.30 - Starting the preparations, which will include saddling and bridling the horses


08.00 - Departure to the base camp located deep in the Bistra Mountain on a horseback


11.00 – Fruit dessert break (snacks and fruits)


11.30 - Departure on a horseback


13.30 – Arrival at the sheep farm (cheese tasting lunch) or delicious local vegan/vegetarian food (if requested)

 

At the sheep farm, you will get acquainted with the shepherd’s life far away from the civilized world, and you be shown the old traditional farming techniques as well. You will have an opportunity to taste all of the milk products, directly fresh from the farm.

 

14.30 - Departure to the base camp on a horseback


18.30 - Arrival in the base camp 2 
 

Group activities are included, such as:

Setting up the sleeping tents, starting a campfire along with some dinner preparations

 

* Vegetarians are required to specify their food preference in the Request for an Offer.

 

19.30 - BBQ - Dinner next to the campfire (overnight stay in tents).
 

 

Day 5 Overnight Carevec Guest house

(approximately 7h ride; 35km) Kamp Solomunica – Mavrovo (view link map for the day)


Wake up - we are up to a fantastic morning with an endless view at the high-level mountain peaks. Preparing breakfast on our own, enjoying the fresh mountain air, and getting ready for the next journey.
 
On this day, we are also going to visit a few more Miyak sheep farms and enjoy different mountain sceneries. This time our guides will take you to the Sandaktash Peak (2011 m / 6597,7 ft.) and bring you down to Mavrovo lake and the village of Mavrovo. At the end of this day’s trail you will ride along the lake shore, and this time you will get accommodated in the coziest guesthouse (dormitory accommodation with toilets on every flour) in the region. Dinner will be served at the guesthouse balcony (fresh pork meat cooked in a very traditional way under the sach - a large metal or ceramic lid like a shallow bell with which bread dough or meat to be baked are covered).  

 

Itinerary

 

07.00 - Starting breakfast preparations


08.00 - Breakfast and packing


09.00 - Departure to the sheep farm on a horseback


12.30 - Arrival at the sheep farm with lunch and fruit desert break


13.30 - Departure to Sandaktash Peak (2011m/6597,7ft) and Mavrovo Lake on a horseback 


17.00 - Arrival in Mavrovo and CAREVEC Guesthouse

 

 

Group activities are included, such as:

Starting a campfire in the yard along with dinner preparation of pork in a traditional way.
 
* Vegetarians are required to specify their food preference in the Request for an Offer.

 

19.00 - Dinner and overnight stay at CAREVEC Guesthouse.

 

 

Day 6 Overnight Basecamp 2

(approximately 6h ride; 30 km) Mavrovo – Kamp Govedarnik (view link map for the day)
 
Good morning. Waking up at
CAREVEC Guesthouse by the lake will give you an extraordinary energy to climb high in the hills again. After breakfast, we are getting ready to set off.

Morning ride with a beautiful scenery along the lakeshore. Our guides will bring you deep into the forest above the lake to the very old Miyak village of Kichinica. After the fruit dessert and the lunch break, you will be ascending around the highest peak Medenica, and set up the base camp Govedarnik next to the Karbula Peak (2100 m. above sea level) located at the west end of Bistra Mountain with an incredible view at Krchin Peak.
 
Enjoying a stunning sunset over the unbroken horizon, we are going to prepare dinner next to the campfire. Fresh lamb directly from the nearby sheep farms, cooked in a very traditional way. Bon appetite.
 
Overnight stay in tents. Good night. 

 

Itinerary

07.30 - Breakfast (home-made breakfast prepared by the owner of the Guesthouse, Sonja)


08.30 - Starting the preparations, which will include saddling and bridling the horses


09.30 - Departure to the Miyak village of Kichinica


12.30 - Arrival in the village of Kichinica with a lunch break


13.30 - Departure to Govedarnik base camp on a horseback


15.30 - Fruit dessert brake at the top of the mountain 


16.00 – Continuing the journey to Govedarnik base camp on a horseback


17.00 - Arrival at the base camp Govedarnik

 

 

Day 7 Overnight Skopje Hotel Solun ☆☆☆☆

(approximately 3h sunrise ride;15 km and 4 h ride; 25 km) Kamp Govedarnik – Medenica – Sherpa Ranch (view link map for the sunset ride)
 
This morning will be something entirely different. Waking up before dawn, preparing the horses, riding to the highest peak of Medenica to watch the sunrise.
Enjoying the magnificent sunrise, along with a fruit dessert break at the ‘top of the world’.
There are no words to describe the majesty of this sight at daybreak. Lucky us! 
 
We are going to walk entirely downhill and ride again to the base camp Govedarnik for breakfast.
After the breakfast, we are going to ride along the uplands of the scenic Bistra Mountain with the fantastic open landscapes. On this day, finally, you are going back to SHERPA HORSE RIDING RANCH after 202 km in total for these 6 days of riding. What a pleasure. Welcome back to the ranch. 
After the final lunch with the group and the Sherpa team you are going to be transferred to Skopje for dinner and an overnight stay.

 

(the program hours can be changed according to the sunrise time) 

 

 

Itinerary

03.00 - Starting the horse preparation 


03.30 - Departure to the Medenica Peak on a horseback for the sunrise 


05.00 - Arrival at Medenica for the sunrise, and a fruit dessert break


05.30 - Departure back to the base camp Govedarnik (walking and riding downhill)


07.00 - Breakfast and packing at the base camp Govedarnik


08.30 - Departure to the SHERPA HORSE RIDING RANCH


12.30 - Arrival at the SHERPA HORSE RIDING RANCH


13.00 - Gala lunch/dinner party at the ranch accompanied by traditional life music


16.00 - Transport to the city of Skopje for a dinner and overnight stay


17.45 - Arrival in Skopje


19.00 - Dinner and overnight stay

 

 

Day 8

Breakfast and transfer to the airport (according to your flight you will be transferred right on time from your hotel)

 


ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Neda – Galichnik

Hotel “KALIN” - Lazaropole

"CAREVEC" Guesthouse

Motel “TOPILA” - Gari
☆☆☆☆ Hotel SOLUN – Skopje

Basecamp 1 

Basecamp 2 
 

Difficulty level: ★★★★☆ 

 

 

THE PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Full guidance by professional horse riding English speaking guide, Vasko from Horse-riding club Bistra Galicnik;


Vasko’s been promoting horse-back riding tourism for ten years now. Life enduring passion for the horse-riding sport and the aversion towards the cities and their noisy environment makes Vasko spends most of his free time in the mountains of the Mavrovo National Park, namely the village of Galichnik, place of his family’s origin. Besides managing his own company, he works as horse riding guide for six months in the summers, and free-ride ski guide is his passion in the winter months.

 

  • 7 overnights, 6 days riding, 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, 4 workshops (Goat milking, cheese preparation, saddling and bridling of the horses)

  • Entrance fee for NP Mavrovo;

  • Drinks at the ranch (All kinds of beverages, alcoholic and refreshments)

  • All transfers as described;

  • Helmet for horse riding

  • Tents

  • Jeep for safety backup and transport (food, tents and all other luggage)

 

THE PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Air transfer and insurance

  • Back protector for horse riding

  • Drinks at the restaurants (All kinds of beverages, alcoholic and refreshments)

  • All personal expenses not mentioned under “Included in price.”
     

Notes

On these rides, you need to take a little more care to PACK PROPER CLOTHING, as well as sun & wind protective gear.

You will ride only with a light backpack or NOTHING on your backs because our jeep will transport your luggage to the overnight destination.

We can accommodate this itinerary according to your flight.

Please NOTE that our Base Camp is 1km away from Galichnik village within the National Park Mavrovo. It's uninhabited area and there is no regular transportation to the spot.

 

 

Minimum people in a group: 2 

Maximum people in a group: 10

 

Starting location: Skopje

Ending location: Skopje

 

 

SAFETY

The SHERPA HORSE RIDING TEAM works at a high-level worldwide safety and risks management, licensed by USAID, ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association) and MKAIML (Macedonian Association of International Mountain Leaders). 
We are using a jeep and truck support for a safety backup, always connected by radio devices to your guides and safety equipment for mountain evacuation. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Organization: SHERPA HORSE RIDING TEAM

Tour guide: Vasko Velichkovski

Contact: Vasko Velichkovski

hcbistragalicnik@gmail.com

&

Dushica Velichkovska

+389 77 648 679

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