We started in the small seasonal farm to the SE on the Kosovo, ascended to the ridge that forms the Albanian/Kosovar border which looks down into Tropojë and followed it until turning off to Lake Gjeravica. We encountered a large Austrian man wearing nothing but a Speedo who was swimming in the lake. From there we ascended to the ridge to the summit from the SW. The Austrian man and his entourage joined us at the summit some time later. We descended to Dobërdoll for the night.
Nice route with some good views from the top. This part of Prokletije mountain is really different from the other parts I've been to.
The day before the ascent we drove to Junik to see if we could drive the road to Erenik, the trailhead for the hike. We drove a few kilometers along the road and came to a new restaurant called Trofta Juniku. We talked to some dirtbikers coming down the mountain. Note: all conversations mentioned in the TR are a mish-mash of English, German, French, and Spanish. We talked to them and understood that the road was good for 10 km but with the rain coming down it would be bad.
We walked into the restaurant and talked to a guy who said that for 100 euros he could drive us there. The dirtbikers thought that was a ripoff but we had too much time already put into this ascent to risk losing the ride up for 30 euros or something. We agreed to meet again at 9:00 am the next morning, still unsure if it would be that same guy or if he would call one of his friends.
After the night in Pejë/Pec we returned to Trofta Junuku, arriving a few minutes early. At about 9:10, still not having seen anyone, we walked from the parking lot to the restaurant to inquire. The people there were not the same as yesterday and did not know anything about a driver, but called one of their friends who would drive us up to the trailhead and return for 100 euros.
30 minutes later a pickup truck with a man, his wife and toddler sun drove up. We shook hands, but they spoke no English and we don't speak Albanian. We got in the car, and drove up the road. It was quite steep in places, and muddy from the previous night's rain. I doubt our passenger car would have made it 3 km, but in dry weather it may be possible. Later on the road got quite a bit rougher. After about an hour on the road we arrived at Erenik, and the trailhead seems to be just the edge of the town.
The guy told us to follow the road to the end and then turn left. We did that and ended up going straight south. There are landmines on the mountain--- it's the only area of the Balkans (amongst other peaks that supposedly have landmines) that the shepherds stay on the hiking trail instead of wandering around off piste. We decided to continue, and after 2.5 km ended up on a ridge that seemed to mark the Montenegrin border. There were a few collapsed huts (remnants of the war I presume), and a road on the Kosovo side of the ridge. We followed the road and it eventually led us back to the valley we were supposed to be in. We knew that we were on the right route because we ran into some red/white trail markers, 3 km after the ridge.
We hiked along the route, sometimes a little off course because the markings were not very good, and 2-3 km later we were on the summit. We descended quickly, knowing that our driver would be waiting for us in town.
We followed the red marks all the way down, but followed them too far and ended up looking down at Erenik from a waterfall, and had to backtrack 1 km to the truck. Total distance, 16 km and 1046 m gain.
At the truck, the driver was hanging out in someone's front yard. They invited us in, and made us turkish coffee on his porch, which was excellent. They were saying that the water in Gjeravica is the best in all of Kosovo, and poured us a glass. Despite the grazing sheep directly above the stream that this water came from, we drank it to avoid being rude. It was good water, and we didn't get sick. Next they offered us wild blueberries and some alcohol, rakija or something like that. It had no label so I can't be sure. That was pretty good too!
We thanked them for their hospitality and got in the truck and drove down the mountain to our car. A very long day, but a very memorable one.
Climbed Djeravica with my daughter (15), stayed overnight at the Juniko hotel just outside of Junik (ODA E JUNIKUT, Mob 044 182 912 og email@example.com) Extremely friendly and helpful staff, organized a 4X4 ride (EUR 100 for a whole day, as long as you do not drive a Toyota Landcruiser or similar, forget to drive yourself). Anyhow, parts of the road are under construction now, and there is extensive cabin-building activity at the trailhead at Erenic. The trail up to Djeravica is now marked all the way through with red/white/red markers and white dot with red circle around. Clearly visible trail, easy to find. 2:40 up and 1:40 down at normal speed. Locals say there are no landmines, but we stayed on the path anyway - who knows...nice hike through beautiful nature!
We did ascent form Montenegro side, from Plav area and Bogicevica summer houses. The road to Bogicevica (from Plav) is about 16 kilometers long, which of 7-8 kilometers of not particularly good dirt road.
Trail itself is very accessible and well visible. However this is very long hike from this side (about 25km), but most of the time fairly gentle access, since ascent is gradual. After short while you start, you cross the border between Montenegro and Kosovo and most of the hike spending in Kosovo.
The hike was tiring but great. Views were magnificent, especially on Albanian side toward Prokletije mountain range.
Djeravica's main problem has to do with its access. There's quite a very rough jeep trail leading in about 12 km to approx 1800m, but one should only consider using it with a 4WD.
I strongly recommend hiring a (reliable) guide / driver to access the mountain, otherwise, approcahing the mountain will take quite a lot of time.
If interested, please contact for instance Mentor ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), he will arrange and organize the climb for you (only drop off with 4WD or also guiding included if you want).
If going early in the season, you can encounter some snow , especially on the normal route or if trying to access from Decani(eg : on 29.5, high lake on Djeravica at 2400 was still frozen and Under some snow, while on our route, we sent up to 2500/2550 without encountering snow) but :
- you can easily reach quite a high altitude ( approx 1844 m) with a good 4WD
N 42.31.431 / E 020.09.886
from this point one saves quite a lot of time, the cimb is straightforward and roughly only 812 m long on very easy terrain.
- climb direct on the grassy slopes to reach Djeravica South east ridge which is very easy and obvious to foillow, some very easy rocky terrain on the last 100m.
some useful way points :
- access to ridge (slight fore summit) N 42.31.711 / E 020.09.046 at 2343 m
- summit N 42°31.970 / E 020.08.441
A beautiful day out in Kosovo's beautiful green.
Started from the Visoki Decani monastery (had to register with the Italian soldiers guarding the place), made it by car to the village Koznjar/Belaje, then on foot up the valley and finally turned left towards the summit. Trip report attached to the mountain page.
It was hard to find the way on the summit sometimes. But finally we succeeded. There are at least two simply ways on the top but intentionally we chose another - quite steep.