Shebenik: the long slog to a remote mountain

Publiziert von detlefpalm Pro , 21. Juni 2012 um 22:10.

Region: Welt » Albanien
Tour Datum:11 September 2011
Wandern Schwierigkeit: T2 - Bergwandern
Geo-Tags: AL 
Zeitbedarf: 8:00
Aufstieg: 1280 m
Abstieg: 1280 m
Strecke:17-21 kilometers
Zufahrt zum Ausgangspunkt:The trailhead of Shebenik is on top of the pass of the road from Librazhd to Qarrishte. Leave Librazhd on the road to Burrel or Peshkopi. After a few kilometers, take the signposted turn to Qarrishte and the Shebenik National Park. After 5 kilometer the tarmac ends, after 19 kilometers you reach the top of the Librazhd-Qarrishte road. Turn right here on a bad road. Drive as far as you can (we parked after 200 meter or so). On the latest Google Earth image, the area of the mountain appears to be bare, or grassy. In 2011, there is thick bush, making orientation difficult. There is an active mine near the peak of Shebenik, with a private road leading to it. Should you find the place where it starts, you save yourself a lot of walking - for the better or worse.

Mali i Shebenikut (Shebenik) is the highest mountain in the chain south of Korab along the border to Macedonia. It gave the Shebenik-Jabllanice cross-border national park its name. We are not sure how actively the idea of the park is still pursued. Shebenik may not be more remote than many other mountains in Albania, but it certainly feels so. Our return trip clocked 21 kilometers, including occasionally getting lost. The trail runs partly on disused and overgrown forest roads, on poorly marked trails, or just across grassy slopes. On the lower slopes, we had to bushwhack through secondary growth. Perhaps it might be useful to get a local guide, though we are not sure where from. 

This is a rather long hike. Take plenty of water (there is some water in the upper reaches, and at the lakes near the summit). The hike follows mainly the summit ridges. Shebenik consists of three peaks, with the marked peak being the highest (the other two are 10 and 50 meters lower, respectively). Some white and red markings appear from time to time, but do not seem to be reliable for a summit attempt.  

The "longer version" of the trail follows a road. the "shorter version"is a bushwhack. Take your pick.

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