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Oct 8
Albanien   T2  
8 Oct 18
Maja e Buzes së Gurthit - from Shemri to Mafsheq
We call 'Front Range' the chain of mountains that starts with Dajti Mountain east of Tirana, and continues to the north with Brar, Gomnit, Kruja, Rakshanit. All these mountains offer exceptional hiking, which we have described on hikr and elsewhere. Next in the chain is a mountain whose name is given as Maja e Buzes së Gurthit on...
Published by detlefpalm 30 October 2018, 20h14 (Photos:6 | Geodata:1)
Oct 2
Albanien   T1  
2 Oct 18
Rock Climbing in Permet
The City Stone (Guri i Qytetit) used to be a landmark of Permet. In modern days, some of the Palati (apartment buildings) of Permet rise above the rock that sits on the bank of the Vjosa River. Many visitors do not know the rock exists, and if they see it, they do not think of climbing it. It took us several years and many...
Published by detlefpalm 30 October 2018, 21h43 (Photos:4 | Geodata:1)
Sep 30
Albanien   T2  
30 Sep 18
Attempt @ Maja e Lucës
Maja e Lucës (1833 Meter) had long been on our wishlist, from the time we got a glimpse of it from the Kurvelesh valley, and when looking at it from the Sarande-Delvine area. The summit of Maja e Lucës, as one of the high-points in the Kurvelesh-Sarande-Gjirokaster triangle, catches the first and the last daylight for a...
Published by detlefpalm 31 October 2018, 12h38 (Photos:5 | Geodata:1)
Sep 19
Albanien   T2  
19 Sep 14
Diretissima on Maja e Rrunjes
Maja e Rrunjës, with an official altitude of 2047 meters, is one of the top ranking view points in north-east Albania. We had it long on our mind, but the approach - while not particularly difficult - tends to be long and requires an overnight stay. Lukan is a somewhat remote commune, and camping is possible on the fringes of...
Published by detlefpalm 4 October 2014, 21h54 (Photos:7 | Geodata:1)
Jul 13
Albanien   T2  
13 Jul 14
Maja e Kulmakës
Maja e Kulmakes is next to Tomorri (withCuka e Partizanit being the highest, and thesouth summitwith the mausoleum of Abbas Aliu the second highest point). Even though the gaze of the tourist and adventurer is automatically drawn to Tomorri, Kulmakes is almost always in view. With 2177 meters altitude, it is one of the big...
Published by detlefpalm 16 July 2014, 23h28 (Photos:9 | Geodata:1)
Jul 6
Albanien   T2  
6 Jul 14
Maja e Muleqithit
Maja e Mulequithit is the higher of the two summits of Mali i Cukalit (the other being Maja e Cukalit). The hikes to the two summit can be combined from the common starting point, Fusha e Liqenit, which separates the two summits. Fusdha e Liqenit is a good place to camp, but bring your own water. For the access, see Maja e...
Published by detlefpalm 16 July 2014, 09h16 (Photos:8 | Geodata:1)
Jul 5
Albanien   T2  
5 Jul 14
Maja e Cukalit
When it is getting hot in summer, you want to look for shorter hikes that can be combined with interesting approaches and still offer a great outdoor experience. Cukalit is one these destination. Mali i Cukalit is the major mountain to the East of Shkodra and north of the Vau i Dejës lake and dam. It has two summits. Maja...
Published by detlefpalm 15 July 2014, 13h27 (Photos:8 | Geodata:2)
Jun 22
Albanien   T2  
22 Jun 14
We called it Bald Head - Shirokë
Bald Head has been our working title for Shirokë (or Maja e Shirokut) ever since we saw it first from Guri i Zi. Its appearance - at least from Guri i Zi - is very striking. It sits in the middle of a (still) heavily forested area, somehow in the middle of the virtual triangle that connects Librazhd, Gramsh and Pogradec....
Published by detlefpalm 24 June 2014, 23h10 (Photos:8 | Geodata:2)
Jun 8
Albanien   T2  
8 Jun 14
Arithit and Tolla
Mali i Arithit and Tolla do not just have a name that is easy to remember; a hike to both summits provides indeed for a memorable outing.   With just under the 2000 meters mark, at 1986 and 1976 meters respectively, they may not immediately attract attention. But Arithit (also called Mali i Bardhe, or the white...
Published by detlefpalm 19 June 2014, 17h43 (Photos:7 | Geodata:2)
Jun 7
Albanien   T2  
7 Jun 14
Bear tracks on Maja e Kreshtes
Maja e Kreshtës is the second highest point of the Micekut Mountains (the highest being Allamani, about 5 kilometer away as the crow flies). While Allamani is difficult to approach, Maja e Kreshtës is the house-berg of Bulquize. The hike begins in the northern part (Qyteti i Ri) of Bulquize town.   It is here, that...
Published by detlefpalm 13 June 2014, 15h22 (Photos:15 | Geodata:1)
May 25
Albanien   T2  
25 May 14
Mali i Kallabakut
Mali i Kallabakut is an interesting rocky outcrop in the vast grassy hills of the Shishtavec area. It sits on the border between Albania and Kosovo, quite close to where the borders of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia meet on a rather inconspicuous hill. Shishtavec, Novosele and Turaj are high altitude villages (between 1400 and...
Published by detlefpalm 28 May 2014, 20h18 (Photos:12 | Geodata:2)
May 7
Albanien   T3  
7 May 14
Albanian Ultra: Papingut from Permet
Mali i Nemercke is one of the Albanian ultra-prominent mountains, meaning that - theoretically - you have to descend more than 1500 meter in order to climb a mountain that is higher. In other words, its prominence is more than 1500 meter. The designation of being an Ultra does not necessarily mean that you have to climb 1500 meter...
Published by detlefpalm 19 May 2014, 18h12 (Photos:25 | Geodata:1)
May 5
Albanien   T2  
5 May 14
Dajti Crest Revisited
In May 2014, we went again on the Dajti Crest Trail. The trail markings were slowly fading away, the trail was more overgrown, and the areas destroyed by fire in late 2012 were slowly recovering.   Regardless, it remains a prime hike in Tirana.   This time we concluded the hike with a direct trail to the...
Published by detlefpalm 28 May 2014, 09h17 (Photos:7 | Geodata:1)
Apr 27
Albanien   T2  
27 Apr 14
Wolves, Snakes and Hospitality on Mali i Rencit
Mali i Rencit has been on our mind for a while, mainly as a low-altitude bad-weather escape. Rencit is the long ridge stretching along the Adriatic coast between Shengjin in the southeast and Velipoja in the northwest. There are actually two parallel ridges, with Rencit being higher with rather steep cliffs at the seafront, and...
Published by detlefpalm 30 April 2014, 23h11 (Photos:14 | Geodata:1)
Apr 18
Albanien   T2  
18 Apr 14
Milë
Milë - or Mali i Millëtit, or Maja e Milës - is a little mountain near Butrint. Visitors to Butrint tend to admire the nearby ruins and rarely direct their gaze towards Milë Mountain, which provides the backdrop to the scenery of the Butrint Lake and the Vivari Channel. Milë has a sharp drop towards the west, allowing...
Published by detlefpalm 24 April 2014, 15h28 (Photos:8 | Geodata:2)
Apr 13
Albanien   T2  
13 Apr 14
Mali i Trebeshines
Mali i Trebeshinës (or Trebeshina Mountain) is the big brother of Shendellisë. Trebeshina is more than 100 meters higher. While Shendellisë has a narrow ridgeline, Trebeshinë is rather broad and long. Its mass makes it the ideal home to probably thousands of sheep in summer time (including their dogs), and that is why we...
Published by detlefpalm 24 April 2014, 14h51 (Photos:10 | Geodata:2)
Mar 30
Albanien   T3  
30 Mar 14
Veles Traverse - Three times lucky
We had climbed the north summit of Veles a few years ago from Rraboshtë, and its main (southern) summit in 2013 from the village of Veles. The northern and the main summit are separated by an interesting ridge, about one kilometer long. For traversing this ridge, your return hike to from where you started becomes quite long,...
Published by detlefpalm 5 April 2014, 22h16 (Photos:11 | Geodata:2)
Mar 23
Albanien   T2  
23 Mar 14
Mali i Gribes
Mali i Gribes is the name of the bulky range that sits at the northwest corner of the southern Albanian mountains. It is in clear view when driving the new highway from Vlora or Fier towards Tepelene. It rises impressively over the Vjosa valley. In summer, its vast expanse is home to countless herds of sheep and their dogs....
Published by detlefpalm 28 March 2014, 21h47 (Photos:14 | Geodata:2)
Mar 15
Albanien   T2  
15 Mar 14
Mali i Stugares
We went to Mali i Stugarës, we climbed it in March, we had a good time and enjoyed it. But it was only after we continued our way towards Kakavije, that we realized how beautiful Mali i Stugares is. Mali i Stugares is the second highest summit in the mountain range separating Greece and Albania between Sarande and Kakavije...
Published by detlefpalm 20 March 2014, 17h48 (Photos:9 | Geodata:1)
Mar 1
Albanien   T2  
1 Mar 14
Thartor
With the prospect of rain for the weekend but a few dry hours on Saturday, we were looking for something not too far and not too high. Thartor is a good choice for a low altitude hike, but do not take it too lightly. The hike is part of our "erosion rambles", which are the hikes west of the Tirana - Elbasan axis. This area...
Published by detlefpalm 1 March 2014, 23h04 (Photos:8 | Geodata:1)