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Hiking trail recommended route Stage 3

High Scardus Trail Stage 03 Brezovica - Prevalla

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  • High Scardus Trail Stage 03 Brezovica - Prevalla: tiny path through steep grassland - the most demanding passage of the whole High Scardus Trail.
    High Scardus Trail Stage 03 Brezovica - Prevalla: tiny path through steep grassland - the most demanding passage of the whole High Scardus Trail.
    Photo: Matthew Nelson, CC BY-ND, High Scardus Trail Organization
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Wild Western Balkans: on small trails and also pathless through the moors and mats along the northern flanks of the Sharr Mountains.

 

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Distance 14.3 km
7:00 h
840 m
1,050 m
2,138 m
1,394 m
The 3rd stage of the High Scardus Trail is technically perhaps the most demanding stage and also not to be underestimated in terms of fitness. On the other hand, you will be guided along the loneliest of paths (or even pathless) through the magnificent heath landscape of the northern flanks of the Sharr Mountains. A mountain lake and pristine forests at the end of the stage complete the outstanding scenic enjoyment of this stage. Hiking in the most original sense - as it was done 100 years ago, when there were still few hiking trails.

 

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Update: June 13, 2022
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Safety information

Attention 1: The stage is currently not well marked in some places, which in combination with difficult to see or pathless sections of the trail and poorly detailed maps can lead to serious orientation problems in some places. We therefore strongly recommend that you only hike the trail with a guide who knows the area. If you still want to hike on your own, great experience in using GPS devices or the use of map apps (incl. the possibility of offline map storage; Outdooractive app recommended) is necessary!

Attention 2: In very bad weather and wet conditions, this stage is not recommended in any case: the risk of slipping and injury on the narrow paths through steep grassy terrain would be too great. In addition, poor visibility does not make orientation in the pathless sections any easier, despite markings.

Note: After about half of the stage, at a fork in the trail (shortly before you reach the emergency shelter), there is the option of descending directly into the valley to the right via a marked hiking trail, thus significantly shortening the stage (you thus avoid the ascent to the mountain lake).

Start

Ski resort Brezovica at signposts 50 m ahead of the end of the road at the huge Hotel Molika (not open in summer). (1,718 m)
Coordinates:
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42.182941, 21.035289
DMS
42°10'58.6"N 21°02'07.0"E
UTM
34T 502914 4670088
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Destination

Prevalla pass at the tourist information directly at the pass.

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point of Stage 03 of the High Scardus Trail is located as described at the signposts just below the Molika Hotel in the Brezovica ski resort. You hike west below the hotel and follow the rough gravel road briefly uphill to a stone house. Above the stone house, a trail begins that takes you along the wooded slope at a roughly constant altitude to above a small valley. Now follow the markings a few metres down into the valley and hike down the other side of the valley on a path. Cross the stream again to its left and continue uphill. The terrain through which the path leads (partly marked with wooden poles) becomes steeper and steeper. You will now see a signpost at the top of a saddle - this is reached via a very steep grassy slope, through which a narrow path leads close to a small stream (unpleasant when wet).

From the saddle, you do not continue uphill to the south, but cross the slopes overgrown with blueberry bushes and alpine roses to the west on a narrow path in an easy uphill and downhill walk. Before you reach a huge cirque, the path becomes narrower again, the slopes to be crossed steeper and it goes downhill for a few metres through boulders. This passage requires sure-footedness and is to be avoided in wet conditions - after that, however, you have completed the most technically demanding passage of the High Scardus Trail!

In the cirque below the "Black Rock" peak, the trail first goes slightly upwards without any tracks, before you continue westwards at a constant altitude in the middle of the cirque and finally traverse on tracks through alpine roses and boulders to a ridge. Here, far to the west, you will see your stage destination Prevalla at the pass of the same name for the first time. Now continue to cross the slope at a constant altitude along tracks to another ridge. Here, a little below in the forest, you will see a hut, an open shelter for emergencies. However, you do not descend directly to the hut, but keep to the trail tracks near the ridge downhill through sparse pine forests and later in a slight left turn to a trail junction. The marked trail to the right leads directly down to the road to Prevalla and is the aforementioned shortcut of the stage - however, you follow the trail to the left through very beautiful pine forests slightly uphill again to the previously mentioned shelter hut.

From the hut, follow the path uphill through the forest and you will reach a small valley without trees, which you hike uphill. At a suitable point, take the ridge to the right of the valley and cross the slopes through alpine roses and over boulders to the south. After a while you will reach a crossroads and take a short detour to the lake "Liqeni i Jazhincës", 50 m away.

Back at the crossroads, take the left path towards "Forester's Hut". Again 50 m later, however, you leave the obvious path and follow the markings through trackless terrain to the left. You will reach the left side of the valley, which you continue to follow downhill through meadows until you reach a "meadow gully". Follow the tracks that slowly begin here through the gully and the increasingly clear tracks on the left side of the valley downhill into the forest. You reach a wide path, which you hike down to the left to a gravel road. Here, turn left again and walk down towards "Forester's Hut" until you are relatively close to the road towards the Prevalla Pass. Here you follow the signpost to Prevalla on the left, very steeply up through beautiful forest to a forest road - a somewhat tough climb at the end of a long stage. Now, however, pleasantly follow the forest road in a gentle up and down to the right, through a beautiful valley and on the other side of the valley continue along the forest road - finally a little uphill again - to a place above Prevalla. The road surface changes to asphalt - you hike this road downhill to the road junction in the middle of the tourist settlement directly at the Prevalla pass. You have just completed one of the most demanding stages of the High Scardus Trail!

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Getting there

From Prizren, take the well-maintained R115 pass road over the Prevalla Pass until shortly before the village of Strpce (alternatively, coming from the east, follow the R115 through Strpce). Now turn right (south) and follow the road towards "Brezovica Ski Resort" until you reach the ski area at the end of the road at the huge Hotel Molika (not open in summer). The official starting point is at signposts about 50 m ahead of the end of the road.

Parking

Parking directly in front of Hotel Molika at the end of the street.

Coordinates

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42.182941, 21.035289
DMS
42°10'58.6"N 21°02'07.0"E
UTM
34T 502914 4670088
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

General
  • Backpack approx. 30-40 liters with hip belt
  • Rain cover for the backpack
  • Telescopic poles

Clothing

  • Trekking shoes at least category B (preferably ankle-high for the pathless passages)
  • Flipflops or similar for the accommodations
  • 2 pairs of hiking socks
  • underwear
  • hiking pants softshell or similar (wind- and water-repellent - the High Scardus Trail runs through alpine regions)
  • Hiking pants spare (also for accommodation)
  • Shorts
  • T-shirt quick drying
  • T-shirt fast drying spare (quantity depending on the length of the tour)
  • Top long first layer (e.g. Transtex-Sleeve) + replacement
  • Top long second layer (e.g. sleeve made of fleece or merino wool) + replacement
  • Softshell jacket or similar
  • Clothing for accommodation
  • rain jacket (hardshell jacket waterproof and breathable)
  • umbrella if necessary
  • Rain pants (hardshell pants waterproof and breathable)
  • Sun protection for the head (sun hat or cap)
  • Hat (can get cold even in summer!)

Hygiene/medication/personal items

  • small travel towel
  • personal hygiene items personal medicines (important medicines in addition to personal medicines are e.g. Imodium, charcoal tablets, Bepanthen and a painkiller like Ibuprofen or Parkemed)
  • Blister plaster
  • Pocket knife, small scissors
  • Sunglasses (tight-fitting with 100% UV protection and tint category 3)
  • Sunscreen (SPF at least 30, water/sweat resistant, broad spectrum protection, not older than 1 year)
  • Lip protection (SPF at least 20)
  • Outdoor first aid kitpossibly spare glasses
  • small LED headlamp
  • bivy sack (at least a very light one)
  • Handkerchiefspassport + copycredit card/cash (at many accommodations you can only pay with cash)
  • Border Crossing Permit
  • Small dictionaries

Orientation

  • Travel documents printout
  • Orientation App (e.g. Outdooractive with Pro-Account, so you can save the map sections offline)
  • if necessary additional GPS-device
  • Cell phone (smartphone for orientation app) + charger
  • Powerbank for cell phone (not all accommodations have sockets)
  • if necessary power socket adapter

Food and drinks

  • Drinking bottles (depending on temperature and personal drinking needs 1,5-3 liters; the sources are shown in the map)
  • Food for the day (the respective shopping possibilities can be seen in the map)

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Rating

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Sophie Grandclaude
September 14, 2022 · Community
Etape compliquée dès le démarrage avec un chemin moyennement marqué le long de l'eau... puis ensuite le tracé nous fait grimper en hors piste... Le passage dans les pierriers est aussi compliqué... et la redescente après le lac n'est pas très bien balisée et très glissante après la pluie. Dure journée! Bien contents d'arriver à la route... Nous avons rejoint Prevalla à pied sur la route après toutes ces aventures.
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When did you do this route? August 16, 2022
Rüdiger Mertz 
August 22, 2022 · Community
Der mit Abstand härteste Tag des ganzen Trails. Schon kurz hinter Brezovica war es ziemlich zugewachsen, die weglosen Passagen sind mit Selbstversorger-Equipment (Zelt, Kocher, Essen) hart. Es ist sehr steil rauf und runter. Wir haben in den Blockfeldern viel Zeit verloren und fanden auch den weglosen Abstieg vom zweiten See eher nervig. Quer durch Brennesseln etc. Insgesamt haben wir etwas mehr als 8 Stunden gebraucht. Wer schon nach der Hälfte kaputt ist, für den ist der direkte Weg nach Pevalla sicher die bessere Option. Prevalla ist sehr belebt, es gibt vier oder fünf Hotels, die auch offen hatten! Ich glaube, die Macher des Trails täten gut daran, noch ne einfachere Option anzubieten. Für Selbstversorger ist das echt an der Grenze - und wir hatten gutes Wetter! Bei einsetzendem Regen wäre es kaum noch machbar.
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Sebastian Adamski
July 30, 2022 · Community
Quite an adventureous start for our High Scardus Trail journey. After heavy rainfall on the previous two days, some water crossings turned out to be quite demanding. In the end we had a good day and made it to Prevalla. The way is definetely passable, although GPS tracking information is quite essential as the marking is not optimal.
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When did you do this route? July 10, 2022
Photo: Sebastian Adamski, Community
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Photo: Sebastian Adamski, Community
Photo: Sebastian Adamski, Community
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14.3 km
Duration
7:00 h
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840 m
Descent
1,050 m
Highest point
2,138 m
Lowest point
1,394 m
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