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Andrew Rankine.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2015

Andrew Rankine

Drove from Skopje to Strezimir in the morning, took three hours. The road that goes to Nichpur and Strezimir is dirt. Still we managed to get by in a passenger car-- a Škoda Octavia. We passed by a police checkpoint and were required to show our passports. The guy there was concerned about snakes and showed us a bunch of dead snakes they had killed... good to note but we have seen worse in Arizona. Otherwise no problems. The second police station was at Strezimir, where we parked. The police officers were friendly, and having them there made us feel better about keeping the hubcaps on the car.

From the tower we hiked up, passing a few shepards, who said they were Albanian and spoke little English. The trail was of excellent quality, for this part of the world. A little overgrown but nothing to gripe about. The ascent took much longer than expected, and while we thought we could see the peak and it would be a straight shot to the summit, we followed the path and continued along ridges for a long time, unsure when we would see the peak. Also lots of bugs and hot weather. Still the views were great. 19.3 km roundtrip, 1396 m gain.
Posted Aug 7, 2015 9:10 am

justahikerAscent from Albanian side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2015


We started from Radomire village, where we arrived from Kukes (about 2 hours of drive on very windy, but paved roads). The only last 5-6 kilometers to the village of Radomire was unpaved, but still decent road. In the village there is a small private accommodation place, like a guesthouse or hotel run by guy called Haxhi Hima's. Price is 2500 ALL per person or 20 EUR (whoever needs a contact feel free to send me a message).
The trail to Korab starts there and is sign-posted, with red and yellow symbols (apparently some Polish guys did that some time ago, Thank you). The South-Western approach route is the easier one (the one we took), but also circular trip possible (anybody needs GPS track, feel free to contact me).

The trail is very pleasant and rewarding with views, particularly on sunny day as it was when we were there.
Posted Jul 18, 2015 2:39 am

highpointaSplendid isolation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2011
A great double bagger. Started out in Mavrovo, parked the car at Strezimir, then enjoyed the solitude of this wonderful hike.
Posted Jun 18, 2013 9:27 pm

atavistClimbers without Borders  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2012


I took morning bus from Skopje to Mavrovo and got dropped off at the bridge where the bus continued to Debar. I was lucky to get picked up and dropped at the first police checkpoint. From there I walked to Strezimir tower. From there I left at 1:45pm. It was a very pleasant walk and become steep in places. The trail was easy to follow.

Throughout the afternoon, even before I reached Strezimir, there were bouts of rain and dark clouds were ever present. As I climbed higher the rain became frozen and there were loud bursts of thunder nearby. I took shelter beside some cliffs and watched. Finally I made the first ridge but still couldn't see the main peak. As I turned a corner the back country changed starkly from yellow grassland to snow covered alpine terrain. When I finally saw Korab I was blown away. It was much more magnificent than I had expected. I trudged through 3-4 inches of wet snow to the summit. Enjoyed the summit then hiked down, back to Strezimir by 7:45pm. I slept under the open sided shelter then hiked back to the main road the following day. 

(By the way, all trash from summit to the derelict outpost on Macedonian side has been cleaned as of 9/11/12)
Posted Sep 14, 2012 5:41 am

nothingmasterEarly winter accent.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2009


We were glad to see so much snow there. Four people in a place with alpine landscapes, majestic and pristine.
Posted Jan 19, 2012 6:45 pm

PUCHMANMacedonia trip


must come back when met soldier in Mavrovi :( try to get permission in Gostivar Police witout success.
Posted Nov 19, 2011 5:43 pm



I read that there are landmines around, is this true?
Did you hear of any speak while climbing?
Posted Feb 24, 2010 8:11 am

starybaranFrom Radomire  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2009
From Radomire 4 hours up. Meet few shepards on a way, they were very helpful with showing a right direction.
Posted Aug 29, 2009 10:40 am

rhpKORAB  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006


6 hours trek from the remote village of Radomire with their nice people to the very summit of Albania & Macedonia.
Ricardo Hernani
Basque Country
Posted Nov 4, 2006 8:05 pm

kamilRoute Climbed: Albania - from Radomire via Panair Date Climbed: 24 July 2005  Sucess!


Along the way given by Albinfo. Also reached the second (Albanian) summit, we thought it might even be as high as the main one or just slightly lower. Report will follow.
Posted Aug 21, 2005 4:24 pm

albinfoRoute Climbed: Albania via Panair Date Climbed: 21 June 2005  Sucess!
6 hours up without any problems. The weather wasn't too good, but good enough. Further details will follow soon!
Posted Jun 25, 2005 12:38 pm

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