OverviewThe Korab mountain range is an extension of the Shara mountain range. Tradtinaly it is devided in two separete mountains The northern and higher: Korab and the southern and lower mountain Deshat.
The main crest has a north-south directeion from the source of Radika river to the southermost peak Crvena Ploca. It has a length of over 45 km and does not drop below 2000 meters. The Albanian-Macedonian border is located alongside the main ridge, with Macedonia being on the eastern, and Albania on the western side of the mountain
Mount Big Korab is the highpoint of the complete range, alongside of being the national highpoint of both Macedonia and Albania.
Getting ThereMount Korab is accessible from its eastern side from a dozen of vilages on the right Bank of the Radika River. The motroway connecting the towns Gostivar and Debar run along side the river. There are several popular routes that start from the villages Nicpur, Nistrovo, Zirovnica and Bitushe.
Red TapeKorab is located on the Macedonian-Albanian border. Officially you need a permit to access the border area from the Macedonian side, but few mountaineers that climb Korab have one. The remoteness of the mountain makes it inaccessible even for police patrols. Most of the villages in the norther part are abandoned
CampingThere are no mountain huts on this range. There are local accommodation capabilities in some of the villages, but it is best to advise with a local. There are numerous shepherd shacks that may offer shelter and food in case of an emergency, but they operate only in summer.
There are no official camping sites, but you can set up a camp anywhere you think it is possible. Beware of wild animals (bears and wolves) and shepard dogs if you are walking in small groups.