Nicolas pointed us a shortcut to Abat, about 200 South of the hospital, just passed the little creek on your left. If you miss this unmarked trail, you will have a 3km detour as an alternative by making the loop north, over roads. (345 m)
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We slept near a ruin on the river bed. This is again a deserted field that can harbour at least 5 tents and more if you do not prioritise on a flat surface. This was the highest point we slept and it froze, early May. But that made the sunrise at 5:50am that much more poetic.
Nicolas had offered us to meet his brother in Abat, but we unwillingly missed out on him. That turned out to be bad news, as we had to climb a good part of the pass pathless. He did however point us to a shortcut to Abat, about 200 South of the hospital, which is not marked, nor on any map. Steeply climbing passed another middieval settlement, we arrived in Abat, but moved on immediately. We lost the markings passed the hairpin bends from Abat and asked a local old lady the way by pointing towards the pass (see pictures). She did not look too surprised about us wanting to get over there, but she did point out her personal route, not the marked one. After lunch in a nice creek bed, we crossed a field and started following a water supply tube, which eventually led to nowhere. The two mountain tops are always visible however and the path crosses the pass close to Maja Ershelit, which is the right hand side of the saddle. We walked over alpine meadows filled with flowers with amazing views of the valley. At the end, we were happy with the remaining snow near the top, because that allowed us to make little stairs to climb the final steep meters. As we crossed back to the east side of the mountain range, we left Kükes County behind and the markings turned back to red and white. We never lost the track again. The descent was rocky but easy, up until the river crossing next to our camp site. Because I had been asked to leave my gaiters in Belgium to save weight, we had to try several "dry" options, which all turned out pretty dangerous. The wise men crossed the river on sandles and got frozen feet as a refreshing treat.