Zeza Canyon Alpine Loop

Publiziert von detlefpalm , 12. Mai 2013 um 18:29.

Region: Welt » Albanien
Tour Datum:21 April 2013
Wandern Schwierigkeit: T3 - anspruchsvolles Bergwandern
Geo-Tags: AL 
Zeitbedarf: 5:00
Aufstieg: 684 m
Abstieg: 684 m
Strecke:10.4 kilometer
Zufahrt zum Ausgangspunkt:see http://www.palmtreeproduction.com/Hikes%20and%20Climbs/Albania%20Climbs/Zeza%20canyon%20loop/Zeza%20Canyon%20Alpine%20Loop.html

The Ishmi River Canyon - or probably better known as Zeza canyon - winds its way between Kruja and Gomnit mountains. There are two bridges over the Ishmi River - one at the entrance to the canyon, and one in the middle of it - showing the importance of the old trading route. In ancient times, part of the track used to be paved with big cobblestones.Today, the trail is falling into disrepair as the villages behind the mountain are more easily reached by new roads.

Zeza canyon is wild and dramatic, as it zigzags between the mountains. We had visited it before, until the second bridge. This time, we climbed the eastern wall of the canyon, crossed it to the other side, and returned back for a ballon hike through the Zeza Canyon. This hike opened dramatic views towards Kruja mountain, and over the canyon, from close range. These give the hike a truly alpine feeling.

The hike generally follows existing trails, though they tend to be barely visible on the upper north end of Gomnit. When reaching the crest of the eastern wall, the drops to the east appear almost vertical - simply continue a few meters along the crest and a steep but very manageable path will lead down.

Warning: At some point on the eastern side, the trail is badly eroded, with a sheer drop on one side. The conditions are quite hazardous as the ground is clay, not rock. We suggest to circumvent the hazardous stretch, either above or by making a big loop to the east down to the houses at the river and back into the canyon.

For more information, see http://www.palmtreeproduction.com/Hikes%20and%20Climbs/Albania%20Climbs/Zeza%20canyon%20loop/Zeza%20Canyon%20Alpine%20Loop.html 

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