Peak Sandaktash

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Peak Sandaktash


6 to 8 hours



Uphill climbing

720 meters

Best period

Late May to early November

Peak Sandaktash, National Park Mavrovo

Nestled amidst the rugged beauty of the Macedonian landscape lies an enchanting peak with a name that sparks curiosity—Sandaktash, standing proudly at 1981 meters above sea level. Its intriguing moniker is derived from the remarkable rock formations that grace its slopes, resembling ancient stone chests scattered across the land.

Embarking on the ascent of Sandaktash is not merely a hike—it’s a journey steeped in the cultural heritage of the Mavrovo National Park. The trail, starting from the quaint village of Nikiforovo, winds its way through a landscape imbued with customs, events, and legends passed down through generations. Each step along this path is a glimpse into the rich tapestry of local tradition, connecting you to the soul of the land.

As you begin your ascent from the heart of the village, you’ll pass by the legendary Peti leb (Fifth Bread) spring, its waters said to hold the secrets of a young shepherd boy’s tale—a story best savored alongside a sip of its refreshing flow. From there, the trail leads onward, meandering through pastures adorned with lush grasses and a myriad of aromatic herbs, akin to wandering through a botanical wonderland.

The journey to Sandaktash offers more than just breathtaking vistas—it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless art of shepherding. At a local sheep farm, indulge in the delectable flavors of sheep cheese, renowned as some of the finest in the Western Balkans, while gaining insight into the traditional methods of tending to the flock.

Whether you opt for a circular tour, ascending neighboring peaks and embracing the panoramic views, or choose a traverse with a descent into the village of Mavrovo, one thing is certain—this tour is a fusion of hiking expertise, mountain immersion, and an exploration of Macedonia’s rich cultural and natural heritage. It’s an adventure that promises to leave a lasting imprint on your heart and soul.

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Difficulty of the tour:

Duration of the tour:

6 to 8 hours

Length of the tour:

16 km

Uphill climbing:

720 meters

Required fitness:

Panoramas and landscapes:


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Everybody has to know that the right clothing and equipment is essential for a successful mountain trip. There will be some items and travel clothes which you will want to pack for the journey which will not be required on the tour in the mountains, so these may be left at your hotel and collected at the end, a light fold away small bag is useful for these items.

The following list is a combination of suggestion, advice and our experience of what you will need. For additional information’s do not hesitate to contact us.

This is what we think essential for safety and basic comfort.

  • Compass
  • Map
Sun protection
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
Clothing – warm weather
  • Wicking T – shirt (synthetic or wool)
  • Wicking underwear
  • Quick – drying pants or shorts
  • Long – sleeve shirt (protecting from sun, bugs)
  • Rainwear (jackets, pants – waterproof and breathable)
  • Sun – shielding hat
  • Bandana or Buff
Clothing cool weather
  • Wicking long – sleeve T – shirt
  • Wicking long underwear
  • Hat, cap, skullcap, balaclava or headband
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Rainwear (jackets, pants – waterproof and breathable)
  • Fleece jacket or vest, and pants
  • Hiking Boots suited to terrain and conditions
  • Trekking socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
  • Gaiters (for snow conditions)
  • Backpack 30 – 45 liters
  • Trekking poles
  • Energy food and beverages
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Nylon cord (5 meters)
  • First aid kit
  • Knife or multi – tool, duct tape strips
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Camera
  • Wet wipes and toilet rolls
  • Small Ziploc plastic boxes
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • Money belt