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Trail No.5 The Wild Goat Trail - KS

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Positioning - mountain

  • Shar Mountain / south region

Starting point

 

  • Brod – B&B at Zilji Family accommodation & agrobusiness 

 

Description of the trail 

Hiking through this trail needs to be started early in the morning during summer time, because it is a very long and it is on a very high altitudes. The walk starts from the village of Brod at the 1400 m altitude in the northwest of the village and continues for 2 hours of climbing up to the old passage and to the cross-border plain. The trail continues to the north until the Peak on 2400 m/asl. It approaches the white lake where you need to avoid the peak moving on the same elevation that you are, straight left. Along this trail one can see the villages of Gora and Opoja in the Dragash / Dragaš Municipality, but also on the right side one can find the wildest Shar Mountain islands on the Macedonian side. The trail continues to Skarpa 2474 m/asl from where one can have a very good view of the most beautiful lakes (small lake and Karanikolichko Lake or Golem Gjol). The mid part of the trail is rocky and dry during the summer and requires bringing more water during the journey.

Before darkness, one has to continue on a steep slope and stay on the wide off-road path that goes directly to the black stone and the Struzhe village. There are wooden cabins where hikers can stay at night or can go camping.

The last stage of the trail is open and wide.  During the summer the area provides an opportunity for seeing many different flowers and herbs, and also few sheep folks (Note: there are dogs around sheep folks, so avoid the direction of the sheep’s and dogs). Along the trail the visitors can see perfect flora and fauna and if lucky also one can see in a distance some wild animals, mostly “Chamois” – wild goat and golden eagle.

 

Technical and touristic data:

 

Starting point altitude

  • 1600 m/asl

Highest point:

  • 2474 m/asl

Destination altitude:

  • 1630 m/asl

Height difference:

  • 874 m.

Duration of the tour:

  • 7 hours 

Length of the tour: 

  • 21 km 

Trail difficulty

  • ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Required level of physical fitness

  • ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

 

Panoramas and landscapes

 

  • At the start of the trail there is no panoramic view but in higher points, depending on the clarity of weather, there can be seen a beautiful and panoramic views, from sunrise to sunset.
  • The middle part and the highest point is one of the most beautiful panoramic views approaching the peak Zallina, Skarpa etc. The last part of the trail is hiking in height and has two lakes. The landscape consists of tall grass and rocky ground at the beginning and end of the path.

Access to the start point 

 

  • Prizren  - 47 km, Tirana 100 km, Prishtina airport 112 km, 

 

At the starting point there is a parking lot available for vehicles. 

Access to the end point: 

 

  • Prizren  - 16 km;  Prishtina 88 km; Skopje 97 km; Tetovo 106 km; and 

 

Tirana 191 km.

 

Places of tourism interest:

The most interesting place of touristic interest in this area is village of Brod, with lakes, meadows and peaks. This area is one of the wildest and most ecological areas of Shar Mountain.

  

Accommodation and food 

  • Hotel Meka, Dragash, from Brod 12.6 km 
  • Brod – B&B   Zilji Family accommodation & agribusiness 
  • Hotel Arxhena - from Brod 3.2 km
  • Stanet e Struzhës mountain cabin, Shar Mountain Hut.
  • Recommended with guide for groups 

 

Public transport: 

 

  • Local transport from Prizren to Dragash at 09:00 am, from the bus station every day

 

 

 

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