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Hiking trail recommended route Stage 10

High Scardus Trail Stage 10 Strezimir - Radomirë

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  • Down from the big mountain: Descent from Mount Korab
    Down from the big mountain: Descent from Mount Korab
    Photo: Matthew Nelson, CC BY-ND, High Scardus Trail Organization
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To the king of the Western Balkans: the crossing of Mount Korab, with 2,764 m above sea level the highest peak of the Western Balkans, as a crowning stage on the High Scardus Trail.

 

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Open
difficult
Distance 16.4 km
7:00 h
1,320 m
1,505 m
2,723 m
1,260 m
Mount Korab is outstanding in more ways than just one: it towers over all the peaks far and wide and, with an altitude of 2,764 m, it is the highest peak in the entire Western Balkans. But not only that: also the scenic impressions on this High Scardus Trail stage, where you cross Mount Korab from North Macedonia to Albania, are outstanding. From the lonely nest of Strezimir you climb through forests and soon over alpine pastures up to the alpine regions of Mount Korab. And around every corner you will get new impressions: the ascent is so winding that you will only see the actual summit very late, whose distinctive summit sign you will reach at the end over a good-natured ridge. The 360° view is wonderful and you can see large parts of the High Scardus Trail that you have already mastered as well as the one still ahead of you. The descent is no less beautiful: at first highly alpine and later becoming more and more lovely, it goes through a huge cirque past many flocks of sheep to the mountain village of Radomirë, visible from afar, with its striking mosque - now you have arrived in Albania.

 

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Update: January 03, 2023
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2,723 m
Lowest point
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Safety information

Attention: For crossing the North Macedonian-Albanian border (green border) a Border Permit is necessary!

Start

Strezimir at the 3 small wooden huts (start hiking trail Korab) (1,445 m)
Coordinates:
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41.806610, 20.618828
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41°48'23.8"N 20°37'07.8"E
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34T 468336 4628375
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Destination

Radomirë

Turn-by-turn directions

From the three wooden huts at the start of the stages you hike up to the visible large abandoned building. To the left of it begins the marked trail towards Korab. Soon you will reach a gravel road again, follow it through a bend and immediately turn right again onto the marked trail. Follow this trail for quite a while through the wooded valley, reach the gravel road again and continue uphill.

Below an alpine pasture you finally leave the gravel road and follow the hiking trail to the left past the alpine hut. The trail is very well marked with poles and you reach a saddle over a ridge. A short steep climb takes you along the hiking trail over alpine pastures and through valleys to the slopes below the summit of Korab. Over a somewhat steeper slope you reach the summit ridge of Korab. Here the trail splits: to the left, the trail leads briefly over the ridge and then down to Radomirë, while to the right, over the ridge, you reach the striking summit pyramid of the 2,764 m high Korab in 15 minutes without major difficulty. You have reached the highest point of the Western Balkans and of course of the High Scardus Trail! If the weather is good, the view from here is breathtaking!

Until you reach the fork in the path described above, you hike back the same way over the summit ridge. At the fork in the trail, however, you now keep straight ahead. Shortly along the ridge, very briefly a little up. Then, however, you must not miss the path that is poorly visible at the beginning, which crosses the slopes down to the right. You will briefly reach another notch in the summit ridge and from there you will descend along the marked path into the huge cirque that leads down to Radomirë. The somewhat rocky cirque at the beginning becomes flatter and flatter and you descend, keeping slightly to the right, to an altitude of 2,000 m above sea level. Here you turn sharply to the left (beware that the tracks also lead straight ahead) and cross a flat area on the left.

Then follow the trail downhill again, keep slightly left at a flatter spot (trail tracks also lead straight ahead), cross a stream and enter a forest. Continue down the rough gravel path until you see Radomirë. Now you have almost made it and in another 15 minutes you will reach your stage destination Radomirë via the hiking trail.

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Getting there

From Tetovo take the A2 or E65 south (or from Ohrid the same road north) to Novo Selo. Here you turn west to the lake Mavrovo. After a few kilometers you will reach the village of Mavrovi Anovi on the western shore of the lake. Just after the village, a small road branches off to the west, taking you through a valley to Trnica, a small settlement with a hotel. Soon after the settlement, turn right at a fork in the road and follow the small road through the valley for quite a while until, after a right turn, you take a sharp left onto a gravel road that branches off into a valley. Follow this somewhat rough road until, after a sharp left turn, you see three wooden huts on the left and immediately after that an abandoned building (the last meters are steep). Here you park your car.

Parking

Parking at the cabins or next to the abandoned building

Coordinates

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41.806610, 20.618828
DMS
41°48'23.8"N 20°37'07.8"E
UTM
34T 468336 4628375
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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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)

Questions and answers

Question from Jernej Novak · July 30, 2022 · Community
Hi. I have read that the dogs might be aggressive and could cause some troubles on the trail. Any experiences and suggesstions how to behave or handle possible encounters?
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Answered by Guenter Mussnig · August 01, 2022 · Community
Hi Jernej, hiked these stages last year and we had no problems. Dogs are protecting the sheep herds & in almost every case, the herder was nearby. If you do not see the herder, shout for him. In cases of emergency, trekking sticks are helpful for defense; but as I mentioned, we had no problems during our 8 day hike.
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Rating

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Sophie Grandclaude
September 14, 2022 · Community
Nous avons commencé l'ascension à 6h15 et sommes arrivés au sommet à 10h. Les paysages étaient très beaux! Il y a de l'eau après la bergerie dans la montée. Ensuite redescente vers Radomiré pour 14h15. L'orage a éclaté juste après!
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When did you do this route? August 23, 2022
Rüdiger Mertz 
August 22, 2022 · Community
Top Etappe. Man merkt, dass der Aufstieg zum Korab viel begangen wird, der Weg ist Klassen besser als sonst. Man trifft auch andere Wanderer. Traumhaft schön, anfangs sehr steil, wird dann aber flacher. Achtung: es gibt relativ lange kein Wasser. Die Fernsicht vom Gipfel ist umwerfend. Der Abstieg nach Radomire zieht sich, ist aber schön. In Radomire gibt es nen Laden und zwei Hotels. Das Hotel Korab ist auch nur so halbfertig, der junge Wirt ist aber umwerfend freundlich und hilfsbereit. Bezahlung in Euro ist kein Problem.
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Distance
16.4 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
1,320 m
Descent
1,505 m
Highest point
2,723 m
Lowest point
1,260 m
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