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Day 3 of Komani Lake Loop, pass crossing near Maja Ershelit, May 6, 2019

Mehrtagestour · Albanien
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Maarten Dhaenens 
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Heavy but impressive pass crossing with snow until well into May
schwer
12,7 km
3:02 h
1351 hm
556 hm
This day started hung over (see day 2 of the hike). All the way up to the pass, we used Maja Ershelit and Maja Shtrëzes as orientation points and aimed for the saddle in between. That is why losing the trail completely was actually never an issue, except maybe for the steepness of the climb. Once on the other side, we descended to 1200m altitude where we did our most challenging river crossing and spent the night near a ruin. That is where we made our first camp fire. That night it would freeze and we needed all the gear we had in order to get some sleep.

Autorentipp

Be prepared for anything on this track. There is enough water everywhere, so don't carry too much up the hill. Maybe try and get in touch with Nicolas' brother to get you over the saddle.

Schwierigkeit
schwer
Kondition
Erlebnis
Landschaft
Höchster Punkt
1654 m
Tiefster Punkt
345 m
Beste Jahreszeit
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Dez

Sicherheitshinweise

I used the app Zoom Earth from NASA three weeks up front to follow up on daily sattelite images of the mountain range. Then you should have at least two or three days with a clear sky to assess where the snow line is. Still, we got lucky, as all the precipitation is still snow at night and you could wake up with a white saddle between two white mountain peaks above your head. Also, the river crossing at the east side of the ridge is dangerous, especially if you try anything else but simply crossing it with gaiters or sandles.

Ausrüstung

Walking poles will be your best friends, as you might have probably guessed, to climb steep slopes, stay upright in the snow and to cross the river. This is the one point where you will be happy if you brought your gaiters! The night can be cold, so have your sleeping bag adapter and thermal underware ready. Be cautious when you make fire and try to leave no trace (other then the ashes buried under the stone circle).

Weitere Infos und Links

Check the Zoom Earth app from NASA and Google to assess the snow line upfront!

Start

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)
Koordinaten:
Geographisch
42.303708, 19.797003
UTM
34T 400845 4684198

Ziel

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.

Wegbeschreibung

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.

Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel

Nope

Anfahrt

You can drive from Teth to the hospital by car start the trail there.

Parken

Anywhere.
Anreise mit der Bahn, dem Auto, zu Fuß oder mit dem Rad


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Schwierigkeit
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Strecke
12,7 km
Dauer
3:02 h
Aufstieg
1351 hm
Abstieg
556 hm

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