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When Mountains end in the Deep Blue Sea

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This is a short and one of the most beautiful hikes in Llogara National Park. The ascent travels through the dense forest of the national park to a saddle on the Karaburun Peninsula (1.200m). Here the western slopes plunge steeply into the deep blue Ionian Sea. Expect more panoramic views of Vlorë, the coast’s highest summit Mt. Çika and the rugged shore of the Albanian Riviera during the walk on the peninsula’s spine. The walk finishes at the highest part of the Llogara Pass, where Caesar crossed with his army two millennia ago.

The hike starts at 820 m altitude. At the moment there isn’t a trailhead sign. Follow the road for about 200 m uphill from Hotel Alpin and take a right at the trailhead next to Hamiti Hotel. The initially partly paved, but even otherwise well-trodden and clearly visible trail ascends steeply through the woods. As the lush, fairytale-like pine forest clears, the path continues along rockier terrain and passes through a small shepherd’s settlement shortly before it arrives at Qafa e Thellë pass (1215 m), rewarding you with views of the open sea.

From the pass, take the initially trailless ascent on the left side and as you keep following the ridge, aiming for the radio transmission towers, the trail soon becomes clearer. After while the path becomes a gravel road, which passes the radio towers and winds down all the way to the asphalted national road, almost the highest point of Llogara pass. There are a few restaurant right at the pass where you can reward yourself with a cold drink and more stunning views. There is no public transport to return to the starting point, but your accommodation can arrange a taxi for you.

moderate
Distance 13 km
4:32 h
680 m
680 m
1,440 m
808 m
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Landscape
Highest point
1,440 m
Lowest point
808 m
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Coordinates:
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40.213656, 19.579042
DMS
40°12'49.2"N 19°34'44.6"E
UTM
34T 379084 4452439
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Coordinates

DD
40.213656, 19.579042
DMS
40°12'49.2"N 19°34'44.6"E
UTM
34T 379084 4452439
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Book recommendation by the author

https://issuu.com/southcoastal/docs/giz_hiking_trails_himare/48

Author’s map recommendations

https://issuu.com/southcoastal/docs/giz_hiking_trails_himare/48

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13 km
Duration
4:32 h
Ascent
680 m
Descent
680 m
Highest point
1,440 m
Lowest point
808 m
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