Maja e Gurit Gjon

Published by detlefpalm , 16 July 2013, 08h59.

Region: World » Albanien
Date of the hike: 7 July 2013
Hiking grading: T3 - Difficult Mountain hike
Geo-Tags: AL 
Time: 3:00
Height gain: 681 m 2234 ft.
Height loss: 681 m 2234 ft.
Route:8.5 kilometer roundtrip
Access to start point:Kurbnesh is on the road from Rreshen to Lure. About 1.5 hours from Rreshen.

 Maja e Gurit Gjon is enthusiastically named a Natural Monument in the promotional picture book of the Lezha Regional Council. And when traveling the bumpy road from Rreshen towards Lure, Guri Gjon rises dramatically behind the abandoned mining town of Kurbnesh, almost like a little a miniature version of El Capitan in the Yosemite Valley.

Guri Gjon is not the high summit of a mountain, but the top of a cliff. Some higher summits can be climbed from Guri Gjon for those inclined.

Kurbnesh has had it heydays long time ago. Most of the old apartment blocks are only shells, with holes where there used to be windows and doors. There appears to be no future for the town, save for the small farming community.

For our way up, we choose a trail that scales the north face of the mountain and directly up to Guri Gjon. The path seems to have been abandoned some time ago, and was heavily overgrown in July 2013. We spent a long time clearing some of the worst spots, just to squeeze through. If you plan to follow this trail, consider taking some garden scissors or an axe to clear more of the brambles and shrubs along the way. With all this vegetation, the trail leads along steep drops and care should be taken especially where the narrow path has been eroded away. The last stretch up to the grassy slopes, and the grassy slopes leading up to ridge of Guri Gjon are very steep and without a visible path. This makes this trail not suitable for the descent, as one may find oneself at precipitous drops while on slippery ground. 

 For the descend, we took what would be the regular way up Guri Gjon from Kurbnesh. When starting in Kurbnesh, the path follows a dirt track for 1.5 kilometers. A rocky trail leads up to the main ridge. There are some places where you may miss the trail if not paying attention to the GPS. When approaching Guri Gjon from this trail, it doesn't look as dramatic as from Kurbnesh, but the views are still rewarding.

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 16808.kml Difficult ascent to Guri Gjon
 16809.kml Regular ascent to Guri Gjon


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