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Hiking trail recommended route Stage 5

High Scardus Trail Stage 05 Gornje Ljubinje - Kobilica Hut/Vejce

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  • High Scardus Trail Stage 05 Gornje Lubinje - Vejce Hut: Descent to the Hut
    High Scardus Trail Stage 05 Gornje Lubinje - Vejce Hut: Descent to the Hut
    Photo: Matthew Nelson, CC BY-ND, High Scardus Trail Organization
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Welcome to the other side: From the Kosovar mountain village Gornje Ljubinje in a beautiful heath landscape over the Sharr Mountains to the Vejce Hut.

 

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

moderate
Distance 11.8 km
5:00 h
1,128 m
564 m
2,173 m
1,048 m
Already from the mountain village Ljubinje the two peaks Kobilica and Treskavec catch your eye: like guardians they stand in the ridge of the Sharr Mountains south of Gornje Ljubinje. And they accompany you the whole day: first you hike rather flat through a valley always towards the mountains in southern direction, then through pristine forest up into the wonderful heath landscape - always the two mountains in view. They accompany you up to the ridge that you cross just east of the peak Kobilica. Now you are back on North Macedonian ground and hike through alpine pastures down to the Kobilica hut, which is located high above the mountain village of Vejce.

 

Author’s recommendation

If an overnight stay at the Kobilica hut is not possible, there is another option in Vejce (one-hour steep descent from the hut). 
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Update: July 20, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,173 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 little detailed maps can lead to serious orientation problems in some places. Currently we strongly recommend to hike the trail only with a local guide. If you still want to hike on your own, great experience with GPS devices or the use of map apps (incl. the possibility of offline map storage; Outdooractive app recommended) is necessary!

Attention: For crossing the Kosovar-North Macedonian border (green border) a border permit is necessary!

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Start

Gornje Lubinje village square (1,072 m)
Coordinates:
DD
42.146725, 20.859619
DMS
42°08'48.2"N 20°51'34.6"E
UTM
34T 488400 4666076
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Destination

Kobilica Hut above Vejce

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point is the village square of Gornje Ljubinje: you walk back east along the road through the village that you know from the previous stage. At the place where you came down from the top the day before (signpost), keep to the right and continue following the road through the village. At the end of Gornje Ljubinje the road becomes a gravel road, which you continue to follow more or less flat to the south. You ignore the turnoff of the trail to Donje Ljubinje, cross a valley floor and continue on the other side of the gravel road, now steeper up to the guesthouse Papradjina (nice place to stay overnight).

You continue to follow the now rougher dirt road until once left at large markings a trail branches off. The trail leads you through a beautiful forest until you reach the tree line. Shortly after, the path splits: the right unmarked path leads to the unmanaged hut, the "Citadel" (former KFOR base). However, you follow the left climb further uphill over a ridge through a beautiful heath landscape. The ridge flattens out and the trail curves to the right, leading very pleasantly up to the saddle "Qafa e Kobilicës", which is already visible from afar and is 2,175 m high.

Here you cross the border from Kosovo to North Macedonia and it's all downhill: you follow the path down the slopes towards the already visible houses of Vejce. After a short time the path splits: the left eroded path is the marked one, but the other path joins the marked one further down. After some time you pass two wells and reach an overhanging and partly walled rock. Shortly after that, do not miss the path to the left (the path leading straight ahead is already part of stage 06 from the Kobilica hut to Veshala/Bozovce). A short time later you will see the Kobilica hut below you. The path passes 50 m to the east (left) of the hut and joins the road to the hut at the same level as the hut.

[If you don't want to stay at the Kobilica hut, but in Vejce instead, don't walk the last meters to the hut, but go down the dusty road/path towards the houses of Vejce. There are several trails here, but they all end in the village of Vejce. The official end point of the stage is at the lower end of the village by a bridge, while the guesthouse is a bit above in the middle of the village.]

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Getting there

From Prizren, take the well-maintained pass road R115 east towards the Prevalla Pass until you reach the village of Rečane. Here you turn right and follow the small mountain road to the mountain village of Gornje Lubinje (be careful not to go to Donje Lubinje at a fork, but turn left to Gornje Lubinje). You follow the small roads through the village until you reach a kind of main square with cafes, snack bars and the school. At the east end of the square the stage begins.

Parking

At appropriate places in the village (no designated parking).

Coordinates

DD
42.146725, 20.859619
DMS
42°08'48.2"N 20°51'34.6"E
UTM
34T 488400 4666076
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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

4.3
(3)
Sophie Grandclaude
September 14, 2022 · Community
Beau parcours en forêt puis sur les chaumes! Allez voir le bâtiment de la Kfor! A l'arrivée à la HUt, personne... Nous avons installé notre tente devant! Nous avions accès à l'eau grâce au robinet extérieur.
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When did you do this route? August 18, 2022
Rüdiger Mertz 
August 22, 2022 · Community
Steil rauf und auf der anderen Seite wieder steil runter. Aber deutlich leichter und einfacher zu finden als an den vorherigen Tagen. Achtung: auch die Kublica Hut ist nicht ständig besetzt, aber man kann neben der Hütte gut zelten. Und außen an der Hütte gibt es nen Wasserhahn.
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Sebastian Adamski
August 16, 2022 · Community
Less demanding stage with nice view over the the Sharr Mountains.
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When did you do this route? July 12, 2022

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.8 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
1,128 m
Descent
564 m
Highest point
2,173 m
Lowest point
1,048 m
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