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High Scardus Trail Stage 04 Prevalla - Gornje Lubinje

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  • High Scardus Trail Stage 04 Prevalla - Gornje Lubinje: Hiking on the summit flanks of the Sharr Mountains.
    High Scardus Trail Stage 04 Prevalla - Gornje Lubinje: Hiking on the summit flanks of the Sharr Mountains.
    Photo: Matthew Nelson, CC BY-ND, High Scardus Trail Organization
The mild side of the wild side: Enjoyable hiking on the more gentle counterpart to the previous stage 03 along the northern flanks of the somewhat less wild Sharr Mountains to be found here. 


>>>> ATTENTION: Detailled informations on how to plan your trip, safety instructions, regulations for border crossing etc. are provided by the official website <<<<

Distance 14.4 km
5:30 h
644 m
1,080 m
1,982 m
1,048 m
Stage 04 of the High Scardus Trail from the tourist spot of Prevalla to the authentic mountain village of Gornje Ljubinje is something like the less wild counterpart to the previous stage: it leads along the northern flanks of the Sharr Mountains - but the mountains are less steep and high here. And the length of the stage is also more moderate. What is the same as in the previous stage, however, is the unbelievably beautiful landscape of heaths and mats, through which you hike below the summit ridges on narrow paths or sometimes pathlessly in great solitude. The destination Gornje Ljubinje gives you a great insight into the lively village life of a typical Kosovar mountain village (note: the currently only accommodation "Guesthouse Papradjina" is located about 3 km south of the village directly at Stage 05 of the High Scardus Trail).


Author’s recommendation

In September, plan enough time for the incredibly good blueberries along the stage!
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Update: July 20, 2022
Highest point
1,982 m
Lowest point
1,048 m
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Safety information

Attention: The stage is currently not well marked in some places, which in combination with difficult to see 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!


Prevalla directly at the top of the pass by the small box at the tourist information office. (1,508 m)
42.174148, 20.962150
42°10'26.9"N 20°57'43.7"E
34T 496873 4669112
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Gornje Lubinje in the centre of the village opposite school and medical station

Turn-by-turn directions

From the start of the stage at the tourist information box, cross the pass road and walk up the same road to the south that you walked down during the previous stage. Just outside the settlement, past the Hotel Krojet, you will reach a fork in the road where you came from the left during the previous stage - today, keep to the gravel road on the right. Follow this into the forest, choose the (obvious) left path at two crossroads and after a small yellow memorial bridge you will come to a signpost.

Here you leave the forest road and walk up the path to the left through the forest towards "Vejce/Lubinje e Epërme". At first, the path is quite steep - soon, however, the forest disappears and you walk through a beautiful heath landscape, always ascending to the west, crossing around the peak of Guri i Çarë to above a small valley (you will see a wide saddle in the direction of walking, which you more or less head for. At this point, do not miss a path on the right that is difficult to see and leads down into the valley (do not follow the more obvious path straight ahead). Go up through the valley (or right of it) until you reach a signpost at the top of the wide saddle (rather a large flat).

Now head west briefly through flat marshy terrain to an alpine road and down this to the right for a short while. Now you must not miss a path that branches off to the left and is difficult to see. Follow the path tracks or pathless through blueberry bushes uphill and downhill and later up onto a ridge until you reach a marker post. Continue in the same direction (to the west), traverse pathlessly through heaths until you reach another ridge and descend a few metres to another marker post. Cross around the ridge again and down to a spring, where a path begins again, which follows the slope in the same direction (west), first rising and later at the same height.

At a rocky point you will soon see a ruined sheep hut below you. Walk down to it and you will soon see the indicated path crossing the slopes to the west. The path becomes more and more obvious and the slopes to be crossed become flatter and flatter until the path becomes quite unobvious again in a meadow area. Keep walking in the same direction and continue to descend until you soon reach an Alm road. Walk along this road to the left (west), take the left road at the next fork and soon reach another fork. Here you leave the alpine road and a path leads straight ahead to meadows. Walk diagonally left down this path through a few copses until you reach a green shelter with a fountain after a few minutes.

Now follow the barely clear tracks down through the meadows until you reach a somewhat clearer road. Turn left and walk uphill and then downhill until you reach a crossroads. Turn left again here and follow the pasture road down to Gornje Lubinje.

At a yellow signpost at the beginning of Lubinje, the paths divide: turn left to Guesthouse Papradina and continue on to Vejce - to reach the actual end of the stage, however, you have to choose the small street straight ahead through the village. At a crossroads, take the right-hand uphill street and you will soon reach the centre of Gornje Lubinje with its sports field, mini-market, 2 cafés and cemetery - you have reached the official destination of High Scardus Trail stage 04!

[You will find the directions to Guesthouse Papradina about 3 km south of Gornje Lubinje in stage 05 Gornje Lubinje - Vejce].

By road

From Prizren via the well-built pass road R115 to the Prevalla Pass. The starting point of the stage is directly at the top of the pass at the tourist information box on the left of the road.


Parking at the top of the pass


42.174148, 20.962150
42°10'26.9"N 20°57'43.7"E
34T 496873 4669112
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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


  • 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


  • 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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Rüdiger Mertz 
August 22, 2022 · Community
Das ist wie Etappe 3, aber erträglicher. Der Aufstieg ist schön und gut zu finden, dann wird es kurz etwas unübersichtlich in einem Kar. Der lange weglose Abstieg ist etwas kürzer als bei Etappe 3, aber ebenfalls hin und wieder überwachsen. Mit Selbstversorger-Gepäck wünscht man sich einfach bisschen mehr Weg und bisschen weniger Gebüsch ;-). die letzten Kilometer nach Gornje Lubinje sind dann wieder viel leichter. In Gornje gibt es nen Laden. Die genannte Übernachtungsmöglichkeit drei Kilometer außerhalb hatte zu (bzw, bot keine Übernachtung an), aber an der Straße da hin finden sich prima Zeltplätze und jede Menge Brunnen.
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Sebastian Adamski
July 30, 2022 · Community
Less demanding stage with nice views and a great decent to Gornje Ljubinje.
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When did you do this route? July 11, 2022
Photo: Sebastian Adamski, Community
Photo: Sebastian Adamski, Community
Photo: Sebastian Adamski, Community
Photo: Sebastian Adamski, Community

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5:30 h
644 m
1,080 m
Highest point
1,982 m
Lowest point
1,048 m
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