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Hiking trail recommended route Stage 13

High Scardus Trail Stage 13 Rabdisht - Stanet e Hinoskes

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  • Characterize the stage 13 on the High Scardus Trail between Rabdisht and Stanet e Hinoskes: The sun-drenched mountain meadows of the Deshat Mountains
    Characterize the stage 13 on the High Scardus Trail between Rabdisht and Stanet e Hinoskes: The sun-drenched mountain meadows of the Deshat Mountains
    Photo: Trail Angels/ G.Mussnig, CC BY-ND, High Scardus Trail Organization
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A scenic border hike between Albania and North Macedonia: once the gentle crests of the Deshat Mountains are climbed again, a boundless panorama opens up.

 

>>>> 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 10.8 km
5:00 h
959 m
355 m
2,007 m
1,051 m
A strenuous start is rewarded with pure hiking pleasure: From the picturesque mountain village of Rabdisht, the ridge of the Deshat mountains has to be climbed again. The start of this day's stage is quite strenuous, because 1,000 steeply rising meters of altitude have to be overcome. Mercifully, the good path winds its way uphill through shady mountain forests before it meets up with the main trail again at the tree line and from then on leads across flowering and humming mountain meadows to the ridge top. Here again a breathtaking panorama opens up over the Peshkopi region in Albania and the untouched forest wilderness of the Marovo National Park in North Macedonia. The rest of the hike is a pure pleasure, following the gentle border ridge and then descending across wide alpine pastures back to the Albanian side. With the alpine village of Stanet e Hinoskes and its fortress-like stone houses as a worthy destination for the day.

 

Author’s recommendation

Accommodation in Stanet e Hinoskes 20€ half board and lunch
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High Scardus Trail 
Update: June 13, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,007 m
Lowest point
1,051 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; app recommended by Outdooractive) is necessary!

Start

Rabdisht (1,051 m)
Coordinates:
DD
41.684282, 20.495033
DMS
41°41'03.4"N 20°29'42.1"E
UTM
34T 457973 4614846
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Destination

Stanet e Hinoskes

Turn-by-turn directions

The beginning of this stage is quite demanding, because the hike leads you directly from the mountain village Rabdisht up to the ridge of the Deshat mountains. The well visible path leads first from Rabdisht through a beautiful rural landscape along the striking shell limestone massif and then after about an hour it splits and leads through beautiful shady beech forests some steep steps at about 1700m to a fork. Here you turn south and soon rejoin the main route of the High Scardus Trail. The further trail leads approximately at the height of the timberline over nice ground and later steadily ascending to a steep grassy flank. Here the very well laid out trail leads up the grassy flank crossing and finally flattening out to a wide saddle. This mountain saddle (1910m) is located directly on the border between Albania and North Macedonia. It offers a magnificent panoramic view, especially of the untouched mountain landscape of the Marovo National Park on the Macedonian side of the mountain. It takes about 3 hours to get here from Rabdisht. Impressive is also the view back to the main ridge of the mountains Plocha and Mali Korabit, which reaches to the steep Kol below the Grama Peak. You have crossed this col the day before. The further way leads you now good-naturedly along the Macedonian side of the ridge, reaching after about half an hour over beautiful alpine pastures the next wide pass (2030m). Here our route branches off again from the main High Scardus Trail. You cross the border to Albania again and hike downhill over wide alpine pastures past some shepherd's huts and flocks of sheep with very attentive Sharri dogs. The descent is over the easiest hiking terrain, about 350 meters in altitude and leads again to the forest border to the hut village Stane E Hinoskes. Your destination in the hut village of Stane E Hinoskes is the only hostel, an ensemble of four massive stone huts with a very hospitable host couple.

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Getting there

At the main square of Peshkopi, turn north into the road "Rruga Rasim Fetahu Bardulla", which will take you to the thermal baths of Peshkopi. The road becomes a gravel road after that - you continue to follow it upwards through the valley. At a fork in the road, choose the straight road that will take you to Rabdisht (the road on the left at the fork leads to Zagrad). Park at the beginning of the village and follow the logical path into the village on foot. 

Parking

Parking possibility at the beginning of the village

Coordinates

DD
41.684282, 20.495033
DMS
41°41'03.4"N 20°29'42.1"E
UTM
34T 457973 4614846
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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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Rüdiger Mertz 
August 23, 2022 · Community
eine sehr schöne Etappe, die Passage oben am Kamm einfach zu finden und gut zu gehen. Wir sind dann gar nicht zur Alm abgestiegen, sondern gleich den Anfang des nächsten Tages gegangen. In der Nähe der Doppelseen lässt sich gut zelten....
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.8 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
959 m
Descent
355 m
Highest point
2,007 m
Lowest point
1,051 m
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