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vicino a Balë, Kukës (Albania)
Gorani means Highlanders. Visitors will note the neatly cobbled streets in some of their villages, such as Novosele / Novosej and Borje.
Their area is unlike many others. There are not many trees, the views are expansive, and the climate and grazing is good for horses and cattle. There is heavy snowfall in winter (with emerging ski resorts on the Kosovo side), cutting off the villages from the rest of the world. The snow lingers long into spring and summer.
We went to climb Kallabaku in late May, and were delighted by the abundance of spring flowers. The best month to visit, so we were told, is June, when the flowers are at their best.
We started the climb of Kallabaku from a stan near the village of Turaj. The hike is not difficult and steep gradients can be avoided (or taken, for a shorter trail). Kallabaku can be easily climbed from all directions, though the summit has some cliffs on the eastern side.
If the weather is fine, views to Gjallicia (wikiloc #1849821) and Koritnik (wikiloc #2136924) can be had throughout. From near the summit, Korab Mountain appears very close, and the Sharr Mountains beckon.
At the trailhead, we were treated to fresh milk and - on our return - to yogurt by Mahmut Noka who runs an agrobusiness enterprise.His contact is +355684129586. He can arrange mules, horses, parties and festivities, including catering with roasted sheep and all.
For the approach to the trailhead and information on accomodation, see wikiloc # 6950817)