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Trail No.9 South Trail - NMK

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(Sharski Vodi / Mzdracha – Karpa – Golema Vraca)

 

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Positioning - mountain

  • Shar Mountain/ southern segment

Starting point

  • Sharski Vodi, Mzdracha River

Description of the trail 

The starting point for this trail is at the channel "Sharski Vodi", which leads to a wide unpaved road that starts between the villages Negotino and Senokos. On the channel, at an altitude of 1350 m, there is a water catchment that collects the water of the Mzdracha River and enters it into the channel. There is a building structure here and the trail to the peak starts from this point. The direction of movement is to west. The first 300 meters of the trail are going through a forest belt, crossing into a pasture area, from where the trail to the peak Golema Vraca starts and goes along the southeast ridge of the slope of Shar Mountain. It is a steep climb with attractive views over the other parts of Shara. The descent is on the southern ridge up to the saddle towards Mala Vraca or along the same trail.

Technical data:

 

Altitude at the start point

  • Sharski Vode, Mzdracha  – 1340 masl

Highest point

  • Golema Vraca Peak – 2589 masl

Altitude at the end point

  • Golema Vraca Peak – 2589  masl

Trail duration

  • 4.00 - 4.30 hours

Trail length

  • 8 km

Altitude gain

  • hike up – 1239 m

Trail difficulty

  • ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Required level of physical fitness

  • ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

 

Panoramas and landscapes

When climbing the peak, the view is to the south and to the east on the nearby peaks of Shar Mountain (Rudoka, Borislavec, Bugarski Kolibi) and the valley of the Mzdraca River. Below the peak, the Shutman Plateau opens and the we have a view of the Pashtrik and Koritnik mountains up to Prokletije in the west and Korab to the southwest.

 

Access to the start point 

  • Motorway Skopje - Tetovo, 43 km
  • Local road Tetovo – Village of Negotino, 14 km
  • Unpaved road Village of Negotino – Water reservoir, Mzdracha (Sharski Vode), 20 km
  • Next to the water reservoir there is a possibility for parking of several terrain vehicles. 

Places of tourism interest

  • from the start and end point:
  • Lake “Crno Ezero” (4 hours of walking from the Water reservoir, Mzdraca, Sharski Vode) 
  • Lake “Bogovinjsko Ezero” (5 hours of walking from the Water reservoir, Mzdraca, Sharski Vode)
  • Peak Rudoka (4 hours of walking from the Water reservoir, Mzdraca, Sharski Vode)
  • Lakes “Vrachanski Ezera” (3 hours of walking from the Water reservoir, Mzdraca, Sharski Vode)
  • Bugarski Kolibi Peak (4 hours of walking from the Water reservoir, Mzdraca, Sharski Vode)
     

Accommodation and food 

  • Different accommodation in Tetovo and Gostivar

 

Public transport: 

  • Public bus, van transport and taxi

 

 

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