Location: Mt. Korab ispanning in a slightly NE to SW orientation, from Golema Korabska vrata pass (2062m) on the nordern end, to the Mali e Grames, just after the Ciganski premin pass on the southern end. A rugged main ridge as well as the summit itself do offer both great and extensive views in all directions (please, see the panoramas further down the page). Beacuse of the bordercrossing policy between two countries and the logistical issues, ascending from the one side and descending down the other side of the mountain currently is not feasible, some day in the future this may change, though.
Getting There - part oneClosest intl airports are those of Tirana (Albanian capital) and Skopje ( capital of FYRO Macedonia). To someones disbelief it may be, but geographical distance from Korab to any of those 2 airports is almost the same, mile or km more or less. Skopje has decent train connections with rest of Europe hence some major routes to Thessalon German railways connection query. By car: for the sake of convinience and accesibility by road, we`ll stick with the Macedonian route. and our main goal is to reach the trailhead at Stezimir watchtower on the Macedonian side of the mountain. In order to achieve that, we`ll going to hit the Skopje -Tetovo motorway (around 40km of that one). From Tetovo - no need to go into the town - another 30 km of surfaced roadleading SW takes us till town Gostivar where we catch with the Gostivar-Debar road. Another 20 km or so up the Gostivar-Debar road takes us to Mavrovi Anovi, Mavrovi Anovi is rather small town a common point for short trip break with several food shops, restaurants, and one Hotel. This is where we are going to refill our supplies with all the neccessary food and liquid. Only in case we didnt mind to carry those all the way from Skopje, that is.
Getting there - continued
Getting there from the west (Albania)
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.
From Peshkopia, you can approach Korab on the road till the village of Radomirë on 1250 Metres (the area there is called Kala e Dodës). 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 Radomirë takes about 1.5 to two hours.
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 Radomirë (two kilometres).
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.
Panorama from the summit - orientation NW-SW
Panorama from the summit - orientation NE-SE
CampingThere are no mountain huts on mt. Korab. If you plan to spend more than 1 day wandering around, bring the tent and sleeping bag(s). Spare option is to base yourself inside Mavrovo National Park which is not too far away.
Red Tape (update as of spring 2011)Once you reach Stezimir you are inside the Macedonian-Albanian boundary area and to do that martintaleski
Othervise, there are no summit fees, nor a parking pass or fees, hovewer visitors are supposed to leave their vehicles at the curve on the main macadam road beneath Stezimir watchtower, as described above.
Mountain conditions, weatherAs so many mountains in this part of Europe, high hiking season is July/ August. However, given the overall climate circumstances - Macedonia is characterised by cold, damp winters and dry almost subtropical summers when temperature reaches 40 degrees Celsius - June and early September will be fine..
Please, noteas well that there are many springs, creeks and plains on the Albanian side of Korab Mountain.
Crossing them can get hard when rain starts. It's recommended to climb only at dry weather.
For weather conditions, please lurk at AccuWeather forecast for Macedonia
- Macedonian Mountain Sports Federation website
Email: [email protected]
- Mountaineering Club "Korab" website
Limited info in English.
However, if you plan to climb Korab from FYROM side, we would highly reccommend to contact them for any up-to-date info.
- link for "Macedonia Yesterday and Today", book by Jovan Pavlovski & Mishel Pavlovski
Nice and informative book, not strictly hiking related, though.
Couldnt find ISBN for it.
- Offical website of mountain club "Korab" - Skopje, Macedonia
At the site there is detailed reports and photos, and announcement of Golem Korab's climb since year 2000 when mountain club "Korab" took over the organization of this biggest mountaineering event in Macedonia.
Topographic maps & more images
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