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5.1 mile 8.2 kilometer point to point
56% Runnable


Ascent: 5,110' 1,557 m
Descent: -18' -6 m
High: 8,165' 2,489 m
Low: 3,074' 937 m


Avg Grade: 19% (11°)
Max Grade: 62% (32°)


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A lovely trail in the Albanian Alps and into Montenegro, with about 1600 meters of ascent.

Alex Massey

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The trail is maintained by volunteers from a local guest house. The guest house sells a trail map with detailed instructions and some alternative routes. I highly recommend you go and buy the map because it's useful and because you'll be supporting the people who keep the trail open. Visit the guest house website.

There is a cafe and guest house at Kukaj which serves simple but delicious food with excellent views.

The trail briefly crosses into Montenegro near the summit, but this has no practical implications other than the trail markers being very slightly different.


The GPS track starts from the Maja e Rosit trailhead. The trail crosses the river (presumably impossible during the spring melt, but easy to do in the summer) and then makes its way along some gravel roads to a small settlement called Kukaj. There are trail markers relatively often – they start as red and yellow, but change to red and white near the cafe at Kukaj. (The cafe is well worth a visit on the way down if you have time).

After Kukaj, you run along the gravel roads for a bit longer, then turn right at a sign onto a forest track. There are points where the path splits into two or three parallel branches. The branches always meet up again, so you don't have to worry about choosing the right one.

The track comes out of the forest and skirts along some hills to a small hut. It then makes its way up to a col with a trig point, and then turns right up to the summit. The path to the summit gets steep, but never really crosses into scrambling. There is a false summit before the real one, but the real summit is very clearly marked.

Flora & Fauna

There are cows (complete with cowbells) and if you're lucky you might see some deer in the distance. The signs in the start village tell you to be on the lookout for bears, but they aren't common in that part of the world.

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