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Hiking trail recommended route Stage 12

High Scardus Trail Stage 12 Grama - Rabdisht

· 2 reviews · Hiking trail · Albania
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  • Bewitching silence: the grandiose stage from Grama to Rabdisht opens on lonely paths a magnificent mountain scenery
    Bewitching silence: the grandiose stage from Grama to Rabdisht opens on lonely paths a magnificent mountain scenery
    Photo: Trail Angels/ G.Mussnig, CC BY-ND, High Scardus Trail Organization
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One of the "king's stages" on the High Scardus Trail: a nimble routing guides you amidst breathtaking mountain scenery to the stone mountain village of Rabdisht.

 

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difficult
Distance 17 km
7:00 h
813 m
1,451 m
2,310 m
1,057 m
Long and persistently spectacular: this day's stage is without a doubt one of the highlights of the High Scardus Trail. Even the start of the hike, from the sheep pastures of Grama up into a spectacular mountain basin, is impressive. From here on, the trail artfully winds its way over the main ridge of the Korab Mountains with many a change of direction, always looking for the best possible hike, to reveal a breathtaking panorama at the top of the stage (2,330m). The steep descent below the Grama Peak requires a little caution and best dry conditions, while the rest of the stage, now already in the gentler terrain of the Deshat Mountains, is a hiker's dream. During the final descent (in total 1,300 meters of altitude) to the impressive stone mountain village of Rabdisht, your thighs will be challenged once again. But one of the most enchanting accommodations along the entire High Scardus Trail awaits you at the day's destination.

 

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Update: June 13, 2022
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Highest point
2,310 m
Lowest point
1,057 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. possibility of offline storage of maps; Outdooractive app recommended) is necessary!

Note: There is one clear exit during this stage. After the steep descent from the Grama Peak col, the High Scardus Trail is heading east at an altitude of 2.000m, following a prominent terrace. In case of an emergency, the exit offers a much shorter variant: follow another path, which proceeds descending from Grama Peak col and leads directly down to the village of Cerjan.

Start

Grama (1,695 m)
Coordinates:
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41.757571, 20.484668
DMS
41°45'27.3"N 20°29'04.8"E
UTM
34T 457159 4622988
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Destination

Rabdisht

Turn-by-turn directions

There are two different possibilities to start this stage, depending where you stay overnight: First possibility: You start at the huts on the plateau of Grama near the reservoir. From here, you follow the High Scardus Trail on the plateau. First without any ascent, after one hour the path start to gain altitude in a gentle way. Finally you will enter an impressive mountain basin, where the path from the Korabi Mounatin Camping site is joining in. The second possibility is to start from Korabi Mountain Camping. From here, you hike further up the valley, following the right course of the stream. Finally, the clearly visible path leads quite steeply up to a prominent edge of the terrain, where an impressive view of a mountain basin opens up to you. Here the main trail from the Grama plateau is joinig in, as mentioned above. From now on, the path is quite flat again and finally turns west into the large cirque. Immediately at the end of the valley the path leads you to the right (Northwest) and again more steeply uphill to cross a total of three small mountain passes in a very attractive route. Fascinating views open up here again and again, especially of the Korab Mountains, whereby the path finally leads relatively flat onto a high plateau. Shortly before the actual mountain ridge you pass one of the rows of bunkers on the Albanian - Macedonian border at 2330m - a testimony to the history of the Cold War. On the ridge, a breathtaking low view opens up, especially on the mountain villages of Albania. From the top of the ridge, a good path leads you to a very steep terrain at the foot of Grama Peak. This path makes it possible to climb the steep terrain and leads in a seemingly endless zigzag down the steep grassy slope. At the foot of the steep slope, where the terrain flattens out a bit, there is a prominent turnoff to the left while the zigzag path continues down into the valley to the village Cerjan. However, you follow the branching off path, which leads in a very beautiful terrain alternately in alpine soils and crossing steeper flanks to a striking saddle called „Shkrtec“ (2.015m). Shortly before this saddle, the trail turns again to the southeast and descends sharply over several terrain steps until the turnoff from the main trail to the mountain village of Zagrad. Here the trail descends more steeply and soon enters a shady beech forest. The trail now descends steeply for about 800 meters, alternating between beech forests and farmland. After reaching the idyllic mountain village of Zagrad, you continue to follow the path, which now leads in the compass direction Southwest and crosses a striking terrain ridge, which consists of white shell limestone, on a very beautiful cart track. Soon there is a magnificent view of the mountain village of Rabdisht, which lies amidst fertile fields. In the center of the tightly built stone village is then the destination of the stage, the guesthouse Sabriu.

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Getting there

The starting point Grama is not accessible by car. The best way to reach it is via the High Scardus Trail Stage 11 from Radomirë.

Coordinates

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41.757571, 20.484668
DMS
41°45'27.3"N 20°29'04.8"E
UTM
34T 457159 4622988
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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)

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Rating

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Sophie Grandclaude
September 14, 2022 · Community
Démarrage au camping Korabi, beau parcours sur les hauteurs. Ensuite la redescente est assez raide mais se fait bien dans les lacets... Attention de ne pas suivre le mauvais chemin dans la redescente car un conduit vers Cerjan et non Zagrad! Très belle soirée à la Guesthouse Sabriu! Nous vous recommandons cet endroit ! Très bel accueil, diner et petit déj au Top et une belle nuit au calme dans ce beau village!
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When did you do this route? August 25, 2022
Rüdiger Mertz 
August 23, 2022 · Community
Ebenfalls eine sehr schöne Etappe. Ein angenehmer Aufstieg mit wunderbarem Blick. Der erste Abstieg ist sehr steil, aber auf gut angelegtem Weg mit Serpentinen. Dann eine wunderschöne Traverse. Der Abstieg nach Zagrad ebenfalls auf gutem und viel genutztem Weg. In Rabdisht war an diesem Samstag die Unterkunft ausgebucht (ist eben auch nah an Peshkopi). Im Laden konnten wir übrigens nicht in Euro bezahlen. Am Ortseingang von Rabdisht gibt es nen mächtigen Brunnen. Wir sind noch ca. 20 Minuten der Etappe 13 gegangen und haben rechts oberhalb des Wegs am Rande der Felder gezeltet. Ging einwandfrei. Eine lange Etappe, aber die Wege sind hier besser, ausgebauter und gut erkennbar.
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difficult
Distance
17 km
Duration
7:00 h
Ascent
813 m
Descent
1,451 m
Highest point
2,310 m
Lowest point
1,057 m
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