Highest points are ranked on
So, MeK/GK ranks 12th on the Europe's Continent
Height Rank, just squeezed between Triglav of Slovenia and Djeravica of Serbia and Montenegro,
with Mont Blanc/Monte Bianco topping the rankings,
Dufourspitze of Switzerland beeing #4,
Coma Pedrosa of Andorra at #8 and so on...
down to the Rock of Gibraltar of Gibraltar at #41
and all the way bottomdown to the Vatican Hill of the Vatican City at #51.
Needless to say, no coincidence whatsoever with
the highest peak or highest mountain rankings.
It was just a bit of statistics, redundant perhaps.
The photo enclosed shows an except of the full Continent height ranking list for Europe.
Countrys are listed
in the alphabetical order, columns starting from L to R
represent Country name/Country highest point/height Feet/ height meter/Lat /Long/ Continent Height Rank/ World Height Rank
Thanks for clearing that up toc! So where does the Netherlands rank?!
Vaalserberg of Holland (1053feet/321m)
ranks #35 in Europe,
between Monte Titano of San Marino at #36
and Slaettaratindur of Faroe Islands at #34.
(Sadly, never climbed any of those myself)
Great to hear you made it! Got any idea how far can you get by normal car from the side of Kukes-Bicaj towards Radomir without breaking my suspension? I may try to approach from there this summer. Of course a repport would follow.
And do you know if there's any redtape problem crossing the Kosovo-Albania border by car?
We made it to Radomir in a normal car (first an Audi. When the fan belt broke, with a smaller one). The people in the village who have cars do have normal ones as Mercedes. This means, that the wholes in the road aren't as bad that you can't pass, but your car won't like the road.
Entering Albania by car should be possible without problem. But you have to pay an insurance tax for the car for each day you stay in the country. If you'll need a visa depends to your nationality. In the majority of cases, you only have to pay € 10 when crossing the border.
How safe is it to pitch the tent on the Albanian side of Korab? What about thugs, gun smugglers etc.?
You'll only meet some shepherds. Don't believe all the stories about everybody who goes to Albania will be killed. Watch out a little bit, do not act incautiously and you shouldn't have any problem.
I recommend to make contact with the shepherds, ask them if you can put up the tent close by. I haven't slept there, but everybody we met up there was very friendly. Several invited us to stay at their place.
Albinfo, thanks a lot, you helped us a great deal. We made it late July, got to Radomire from the north. The report will follow.
Just a quick question: You say it's the 12th highest point in Europe...what do you mean?!
Permits are issued bu the Ministry of internal affairs.
Permits are issued by the Ministry of internal affairs.
Best way to climb Golem Korab is The annual international climb that tooks part every september, this year at 04.09.2005. The climb is organized by mountain club "Korab" from Skopje. They are getting a collective permit for all the participants.
The city close to Korab mountain is Peshkopi. It's a five hours drive from Tirana. Daily mini-busses and busses are connecting the town with the capital. Do not hesitate to approach to Peshkopi from Macedonia - the roads in Albania are much bumpier as in Macedonia. The border-crossing close to Debar is some 45 minutes away from Peshkopi.
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 rea there is caled 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.
No permit is required when climbing the mountain from the Albanian side. But be aware that you're in the boundary area - do not do anything that can provoke the boundary patrols of either side of the boundary.
There are reports about mines and other weapons in the Kosovar boundary area that starts only some kilometres north of Korab mountain. It's better to stay on the paths when hiking in the area north of Fusha Korabit.
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.