Mavrovo Off The Beaten Path

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    Hike from Bituse to Golem Krchin Peak

    by Pijlmans Updated Aug 21, 2012
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    This 13 km hike starts near the village Bituse (Bitushe) in Mavrovo National Park.

    The hike starts at a place called "Draga" (1130 m) above the village Bituse. There is an old military building and a football field with goals. At this place there was also a sign describing this and other trails in the neighborhood.

    It first goes uphill to the Golem Krchin (Big Krchin) peak at 2343 m altitude, right at the border with Albania. The first 7.5 km you will climb about 1200 m, after that you descent again for the remaining 5.5 km.

    This hike is based on the 10 km long GPS track #15 from www.mkdmount.org. This original GPS track can be viewed here in more detail: www.gpsies.com.

    The trail to Golem Krchin Peak is well marked, the red/white marking starts at the end of the football field. Since the marking was so clear, we decided to follow the marking instead of the above mentioned GPS track. This was a good choice because the marked trail was not as steep uphill as the GPS track.

    The first part of the trail goes through a cool forest. Once above the treeline there's a very nice view. Just before to the small church of St Jovan we encountered a flock of sheep. We made sure that the shepherd saw us and could call off his dogs. Never try to approach sheep and dogs when there's no shepherd around, the dogs may be quite dangerous!

    The shepherds were very friendly and invited us to taste some fresh cheese at their farm about 10 minutes from the Church of St Jovan (due to this my GPS track deviates a bit from the official marked trail at this point).

    Now it was just steep uphill to the top. One of the shepherds walked a bit uphill together with us, which was nice so he could call off the dogs. At the top there are the ruins of another church that is standing half in Macedonia and half in Albania.

    Downhill from the top we followed GPS track #15 from www.mkdmount.org again. Note that this track does not really follow a trail but goes more or less "freestyle" downhill. It was not always very clear how to walk exactly, so feel free to improvise at some points, like we had to do as well. It was quite steep at some places, and high shoes and walking sticks are therefore recommended. Also: Just after the top it was not clear to us to walk left or right along a rock formation at the ridge. We went around it left, along a steep ravine, and maybe it would have been safer to pass the rock formation at the right...See the link to the travelogue for a picture.

    If you don't feel like this freestyle descent, you of course can walk back the same way you came and follow the marked trail...

    The complete hike took us 8 hours, including the breaks and the pleasant stop at the sheep-farm. Our base was Ohrid, which is a 2 hour drive by car from the start of the Golem Krchin hike.

    At this link you can have a look at my GPS track and download it: http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=yqsrzqdtepdsukoa.

    More pictures via the link below to my travelogue ....

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    Info about hiking trails near Bituse

    by Pijlmans Written Aug 21, 2012
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    This sign was placed at the place "Draga", a football field about 1 km above the village Bituse in Mavrovo National Park.

    It describes the trails

    DR1: Trail to waterfall Duf from Rostusha
    Lenght: 1.6 km
    Elevation 180 m
    Time 30-60 min
    Level: easy to moderate

    DR2: Skudrinje - Peak Krchin - Bituse
    Lenght: 27 km
    Elevation 1791 m
    Time 5-8 h
    Level: difficult

    Info on the part Bituse - Krchin Peak can be found here: Bituse - Krchin Peak

    DR3: Skudrinje - Kale (Fortress)
    Lenght: 3.5 km
    Elevation 320 m
    Time 30-60 min
    Level: easy

    DR4: Skudrinje - Prisojnica - Adjievci - Rosthushe
    Lenght: 95 km
    Elevation 420 m
    Time 30-60 min
    Level: easy

    You can contact me if you would like to have the high resolution pictures of this sign.

    I don't know how well the other trails are marked, the part from Bitushe ("Draga") to Krchin Peak was well marked in 2012...

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    Climbing Mount Korab

    by Pijlmans Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    Mount Korab

    Mount Korab (2764 m) is the highest peak of Macedonia, located in the Mavrovo National Park in the northwest of Macedonia.

    Since Mount Korab is on the border with Albania, it is not allowed to climb this mountain without authorization from the Macedonian government, which allegedly is hard to get.

    However, once a year the Mountain Club Korab arranges the annual climb during the weekend closest to Independence Day, September 8. It is a big event that attracts hundreds of mountaineers, escorted by the border police.

    For contact, see the website of the Korab Mountain Club, which is also available in English.

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    Alilica Cave

    by alex240975 Written Jul 21, 2007

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    Take a car to Tresonce - a really pretty narrow, but paved road leads along the Tresoncka river to this tiny settlement in Mavrovo national park. When you reach the church in Tresonce leave the car there and follow the signs to Alilica cave (walking time approx 1 hour). There you only have to pass the river and there you go - the first meters on your knees but afterwards you find yourself in a really pretty cave surrounded by stalagtites and stalagmites. Going deeper in the cave there are a lot of chambers, often only reachable through narrow aisles - but it's worth going deeper and deeper - I eventually had the feeling beeing a small boy again exploring the world.
    But most importing before starting: take good gear with you: trousers that can get dirty, lamps with full batteries and perhaps even a rope!
    After the cave you an follow the river - but be aware that in order to get any further you will have to take of your shoes and walk on in ice cold water - but also here its woth the effort!

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