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Radomira-Fusha Korabit-Panair-Korab

 
Radomira-Fusha Korabit-Panair-Korab

Page Type: Route

Location: Albania/Macedonia, Europe

Lat/Lon: 41.78000°N / 20.54000°E

Object Title: Radomira-Fusha Korabit-Panair-Korab

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Summer

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Walk-up

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Page By: albinfo

Created/Edited: Jun 25, 2005 / Mar 7, 2006

Object ID: 165610

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Approach

To reach the village of Radomirë in Kala e Dodës, you have to travel to the district capital Peshkopi, where you can find hotels and even guides. Peshkopi is a five hours drive from the Albanian capital Tirana and is connected by coach and mini-buses. You can get there also from Macedonia crossing the border north of the city of Debar.

Radomirë is located some 25 km north of Peshkopi. The road is very bad, so it will take you two to three hours to get there. Because this road is often used for travells from Peshkopi to Kukës (the main route showed in maps seems to be even worse) you might find mini-buses that can drop you off only some three kilometers away from Radomirë village.

In Radomirë you find a small shop whith a bar. There's no hotel or pension in this village, but maybe a friendly local will offer you a room. A doctor used to live in the village. Not all mobile phones are working here.

Route Description

You have to get up to the peak from behind (east side). Getting there, you have to cross the meadows of Fusha Korabit and Panair in the north and north-east of the peak. Standing in Radomirë and looking in the direction of Korab, you see several high peaks to the left hand side in front of Maja e Korabit. At the end of this rock face (to the north), there's a small gorge. This gorge will lead you to the Fusha Korabit.

It's the best to ask in Radomirë for direction for Fusha Korabit. There's a trail leading to this alp from the end of the village on the left hand side of the valley. It will lead you through a small gorge up the rock face. You will find shepherds to ask for direction.

Fusha Korabit is a big alp at 2000 meters, a plain surrounded by high mountains approximately three kilometres in length. Shepherds are living here in summer. Ask them for direction of Panair. At the end of the alp is the border to Macedonia. Before the trail leads up to the pass in the final third of the plain, you should start to ascent on the south side of the valley. In the beginning, it's hard to find the path used by the sheep heards. You get to a small plain. Leave this plain to the south west on the east! side of a small valley.

The track will lead you to the plain of Panair. You have to surmount a small rockslide that closures the plain of Panair. Do this on the east side of the rockslide. Passing the rockslide on its west side will give you more troubles to cross the creeks on the Panair plain.

Panair is a small plain at 2200 metres, where shepheards used to meet to trade stock and to hold competitions between their sheep. Four big creeks flow down into the plain. Two from the west side, one from south and one from east. Follow the pasture on the east side of the creek in the south up to the ridge. Half way up, you can cut short directly to the peak. Reaching the ridge, follow it up to the peak.

Under normal circumstances, it takes at least five to six hours uphill, add three to four hours for coming back.

Essential Gear

From June till September, only good hiking equipment is needed. Several creeks and snowfields might to be crossed - especially in early summer.

You might find some sources with water on this route and some shepherds. They can help you in cases of emergency. But don't rely that they are able to sell you food.

Miscellaneous Info

If you have information about this route that doesn't pertain to any of the other sections, please add it here.

A web page that was helpful to find my way up to Korab on this route was Ecodibra.

Additions and Corrections

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albinfoRoute Comment

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If you do not want to stay overnight in the village or want to split the climb in portions, it's recommended to stay overnight in a tent at Fusha Korabit.
Posted Jun 26, 2005 10:46 am
kamilRoute Comment

kamil

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Great info! What do you think about direct approach from the west? On your map it looks like there's some path leading right underneath it from Radomire. Do you think there would be orientational or technical difficulties?


cheers!
Posted Jun 27, 2005 6:45 am
albinfoRoute Comment

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As you can see on the picture I added today, the west side is something for those who want to climb.





What you can see to the left of 2754 on the map is not a path. It's in blue ink - I think a creek that only sometimes has water.





You should be able to approach the peak from south on the other ridge. The path on the map leading from the village to the boundary south-west of the peak should exist.





Our guide (who only brought us to the village because he was busy) told us that the south ridge is difficult. He recomended us not to go there. But it's possible to get up there - would be nice to read about a third route.





If anybody should needs a contact/guide, a can recommend somebody at Peshkopi. Send me a mail to korab at albanien dot ch.
Posted Jun 29, 2005 5:08 pm
kamilRoute Comment

kamil

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My trip report from summer 2005 to Korab and Prokletije is here:


http://www.vbmp.serf.pl/zawodowiec/albania.htm


Unfortunately it's in Polish so only my Slavic brothers can understand a wee bit :) but you can still see the pics. I'm working on the English translation to post it here, Korab will go first.
Posted Dec 18, 2005 8:54 am

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Images

Txema TorresThe Panair plain beneath the...Fusha Korabit plainsKorab on our back