Tempo  un giorno un'ora 38 minuti

Coordinate 481

Caricato 2 ottobre 2012

Registrato settembre 2012

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29,01 km

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vicino a Voskopojë, Korçë (Albania)

We updated one of our frequently selected 4WD routes.

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.

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Waypoint

Gjokshtiras

Fiume

Gjonbabas

Road
rifugio custodito

Hotel Academia

Hotel Academia
Intersezione

junction

junction
Waypoint

Lekas

Lekas
campeggio

Marjam

30-SEP-12 16:18:36
fotografia

Voskopoje

4 commenti

  • Foto di Endrit Shima

    Endrit Shima 4-ott-2012

    Nice shoot! Like a little park in the middle of nowhere. :) https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/voskopoje-to-marjam-to-lekas-loop-3424561#wp-3424562/photo-1513248

  • Foto di Endrit Shima

    Endrit Shima 4-ott-2012

    Nice pic & funny discription :) https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/voskopoje-to-marjam-to-lekas-loop-3424561#wp-3424564/photo-1513255

  • Foto di Bon-P-Lan

    Bon-P-Lan 9-mar-2020

    Hello,

    this was in 2012. How is the road now ? I have a VW transporter 4W drive. So it isn't a real 4W drive. Is it possible to reach Marjam to do your Ostrovice? Are there other treks to do in that area ?
    Thank you

  • Foto di Palmtreeproduction

    Palmtreeproduction 9-mar-2020

    Roads have improved in many parts of Albania. I have not been in Marjam since 2012. Looking at Google Earth, I think you should be able to reach Marjam with a VW Bully, either from the southern or the northern loop. The main difficulty used to be the short passage (about 200 meters) through the village of Marjam itself - very steep and rocky and perhaps not possible with your transporter.

    In this case, just park in Marjam (no matter from which side you approach it) and walk from there. Ostrovice is a very nice mountain!

    Good luck

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