Across Dhoksit and Lopës to Liqeni Zi - the Black Lake

Publiziert von detlefpalm , 11. September 2012 um 12:28.

Region: Welt » Albanien
Tour Datum: 8 September 2012
Wandern Schwierigkeit: T2 - Bergwandern
Geo-Tags: AL 
Zeitbedarf: 7:00
Aufstieg: 1039 m
Abstieg: 1044 m
Strecke:18.3 kilometer
Zufahrt zum Ausgangspunkt:From south of Bulquize, take the road to Krraste (signposted). On top of the pass, take a left fork. Afetr a few hundred meter, the trailhead is nearby some dilapidated foundations of former buildings
Zufahrt zum Ankunftspunkt:Take the road from Valikardhës to Liqeni Zi (signposted). After about 8 kilometer, a private road turns off to the right to Liqeni Zi. This is a private road, with a barrier and security guard. If you cannot pass, hikers have to walk down to this barriers. If you manage to negotiate your way through the barriers (saying that hikers are to be picked up at the Lake), you may continue to Liqeni Zi. This shortens the hike by about 4 kilometer.
Unterkunftmöglichkeiten:Bulqize. Hotel "White House".

 The town of Bulqize is not known for its hiking potential, but for its chromium mines. Mali e Lopës, the mountain that looms large south of Bulqize, has been mined for many decades. Mining is hard work and often hazardous, and while it provides jobs, the conditions and remuneration will remain an issue until properly regulated and enforced.

A hike across the mountain, ending at Liqeni Zi, is not only instructive but also an enjoyable undertaking. It gives testimony that Bulqize is not a town to be avoided, but that it offers more than meets the eye.

The plateau of Mali i Lopës (the mountain of the cow) is big, and in the past surely provided grazing for plenty of livestock. Now there are no cows, nor sheep, nor dogs on the mountain. Mali i Lopës has three summits.

Dhoksit is seen from Bulquize, the second (unnamed peak) is the highest of the three with the best views, and then there is Maja e Lopës which gave the range its name. The hike entends to the Ligeni Zi, or more correctly Liqeni i Zi i Valikardhës. The lake beats the Lura Lakes hands down for its color and beauty, but is threatened by the extending exploitation and other developments.

The hike is easy but long. The hike is recorded as a one-way hike, so you need to make appropriate arrangements for transportation - first to take you to the trailhead, and then to pick you up from below Liqeni Zi.

 The hike can be done in some variations. The road from which the trail started contours the mountain, along several mines. See separate GPS track. From the end of this track, it is  possible to hike to Maja e Lopës and the unnamed peak and return to the car. Then hike to Liqeni Zi and return back to the car.

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