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Mount Korab: A Journey to the Highest Peak in Albania and North Macedonia

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Nestled in the Balkan Peninsula, Mount Korab stands tall as the highest peak in both Albania and North Macedonia. At 2,764 meters, the majestic mountain is a popular destination for hikers and mountaineers who are looking for a challenging adventure. Whether you are a seasoned climber or a beginner, Mount Korab is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

 

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The journey to the top of Mount Korab begins with a hike through the breathtaking landscape of the Balkan Peninsula. The trail is well-marked and follows a gentle path through the lush forest, crossing crystal-clear streams and passing by beautiful meadows. As you gain altitude, the scenery becomes more dramatic and the views of the surrounding peaks and valleys become more stunning.

The city closest to Korab mountain is Peshkopi. It’s a five hours drive from Tirana. Daily mini-busses and busses are connecting the town with the capital. Do not hesitate to approach to Peshkopi from Macedonia – the roads in Albania are much bumpier as in Macedonia. The border-crossing close to Debar is some 45 minutes away from Peshkopi.

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In Peshkopi, you easily can find a place to sleep. There aren’t any hotels closer to Korab on this side of the mountain. Trained mountaineers might be able to make the trip up to Korab from Peshkopi and back in one day, even though the streets are bad. If you plan do to so, you should leave Peshkopi before 6 am.

 

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From Peshkopia, you can approach Korab on the road till the village of RadomirĂ« on 1250 Metres (the area there is called Kala e DodĂ«s). It’s a trip of about 40 kilometres – you can do it with a normal car if you do not take care about your dampers. All-wheel drive and high ground clearance is adviced. The journey from Peshkopi to RadomirĂ« takes about 1.5 to two hours.

 

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Two kilometres after Peshkopi, you leave the sealed road (the raod’s forking, take the route to the right). Five kilometres further on, you have to turn right (close to a school) in direction of the village of Kastrioti. Follow this road for another 30 kilometres. It will lead you into a gorge and with several bends up the hill on the other side. There, before you enter the village of Cereni, take a sharp turn to the right. Follow the road into the valley to RadomirĂ« (two kilometres).

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There are mini-busses on this road connecting Peshkopi with the villages and Kukës. With some luck, you can get to Cereni on public transport. But this takes even more time.
You might be able to find BASIC private accomodation at Radomirë. Try looking for help at the local store (ushqimore). Some people in the village used to work in England. Do not rely on finding a guide in Radomirë.

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Once you reach the base of the mountain, the real challenge begins. The ascent to the summit of Mount Korab is steep and strenuous, but the rewards are well worth the effort. With each step, the views become more spectacular and the sense of achievement grows stronger. The final stretch to the summit is a steep scramble over loose rock, but the view from the top is truly awe-inspiring.

 

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From the summit of Mount Korab, you can see for miles in all directions, taking in the beauty of the surrounding peaks, valleys, and forests. The view from the top is a truly breathtaking experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the power and majesty of nature.

While the ascent to the top of Mount Korab is a physically demanding journey, it is also a spiritual one. The mountain provides a peaceful escape from the distractions of modern life, allowing you to connect with the natural world and find a sense of inner peace.

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In conclusion, if you are looking for a challenging adventure and an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, Mount Korab is the perfect destination. With its stunning scenery, challenging ascent, and breathtaking views, it is an experience that will stay with you forever. So pack your bags, grab your hiking boots, and embark on a journey to the highest peak in Albania and North Macedonia.

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