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vicino a Voskopojë, Korçë (Albania)
Voskopoje sees many visitors, not least because it is now connected with a new tarmac road to Korca. Those with a 4WD vehicle may wish to explore more of the hinterland, and take a close look at Ostrovice mountain.
The trail leads from Voskopoje to the vicinity of Mali i Ostrovicë, one of the most interesting mountains in southern Albania. Just before reaching Voskopje, turn left on a dirt road signposted to Lekas. After a little more than 12 kilometer, you reach a pass with glorious views towards the jagged ridgeline of Ostrovice mountain. The main track continues right (towards Lekas) and is the route you will return.
Taking the left fork at the pass, you will reach the village of Gjonbabas, after a little more than 5 kilometer. From here, head straight ahead down a narrow lane towards the Cemerice River, which is best forded rather than taking the bridge (which could be an option at high water). On the other side of the river, you reach the village of Marjam, and the most difficult part of the 4WD trail uphill is through the village.
The trailhead for climbing Ostrovicë Mountain is at the end of the village. This is also a good place to camp on one of the meadows (it is a good idea to ask for permission).
From here, the road to Lekas is somewhat better. From Lekas, cross the bridge across the river back to the junction, and back to Voskopoje.The roundtrip may take 3.5 hours or more.
Most of the trail is easy for a high clearance vehicle. The crux is the short drive through Marjam village. If your destination is the trailhead of Ostrovicë, and you are not sure about your car's capabilities, it might be a good idea to drive the loop anti-clockwise.
Note that the trail is marked as a ballon hike, ending at the junction of Gjonbabas and Lekas. To return to Voskopoje, add another 12.5 kilometer to the trail.
The churches (and entire history) of Voskopoje warrants a longer stay. All churches are locked and it may take an effort to find the persons with the keys.
Hotel Academia (or a few other hotels) in or near Voskopoje offer reasonable accomodation.