To the top of Gjallica Mountain

Published by detlefpalm Pro , 19 June 2012, 21h54.

Region: World » Albanien
Date of the hike: 6 August 2010
Hiking grading: T2 - Mountain hike
Geo-Tags: AL 
Time: 2:00
Height gain: 721 m 2365 ft.
Height loss: 721 m 2365 ft.
Route:3.9 kilometer
Access to start point:Kukes is close to the border to Kosovo, and now connected with Tirana through a 4-lane highway complete with a tunnel. This puts Gjallica mountain in easy reach. For instance, it is possible to overnight in Kukes, and with an early start drive up the mountain and hike to the summit. Or (as we did) drive from Tirana through Kukes and up the mountain and camp at the trailhead. The turn off to the mountain is in Kolejsan, on the road from Kukes to Peshkopi. Starting from Kolejsan at 700 Meter, the road, for which a 4WD is recommended, climbs another 1000 meter to the camp at 1700 meter.

Gjallica Mountain towers above Kukes town, and it maintains a snowcap long into spring. One may try to hike Gjallica summit directly from Kukes, but it is also possible to drive up high on the side of the mountain, and hike from there to the top. The drive up is easy with a high-clearance 4WD vehicle and worth a trip in itself. We particularly enjoyed a night, camping at the trailhead and taking our time. The views from Gjallica summit are extraordinary, and on a fine day it should be possible to see Korabi and many peaks of the Albania Alpss.

During the summer months, sheperds and their flocks live on the mountain, and people collect berries, mushrooms or tend to small fields. We found our little camping spot under some pine trees, far enough away so not to bother each other. Bring your own water. When driving up the mountain, don't miss the sharp turn left to campsite, or you will end up in the village of Shistavec. 

For more info, including how to access the trailhead, visit: 


Hike partners: detlefpalm

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 11395.kml Climb Gjallica
 11428.kml drive to Gjallica campsite


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