Korab-Koritnik Nature Park is a mountain paradise for lovers of glades and pastures

On the very border with North Macedonia, northwest of Šar Planina, a mountainous terrain stretches over 538.5 square kilometers, covered with dense coniferous forest, rich in pastures, valleys, rivers, glacial lakes, various caves, and canyons.

This mountainous terrain, including Korab (al. Mali i Korabit) and Mount Koritnik, offers incredible vistas as part of the Korab-Koritnik Nature Park.

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Korab, Korab-Koritnik Nature Park, Photo: Vojkan Nedkovski, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Stretching across the Kukës and Dibër regions along the border with Kosovo and North Macedonia, the Korab-Koritnik Nature Park boasts 61 named mountains, with Mount Korab as the highest peak in Albania.

Until recently, it stood as the largest protected area in the country.

 

Korab, Korab-Koritnik Nature Park, Photo: GashiMensur, CC BY-SA 4.0

 

Bounded to the north by the Luma River, with villages to the east and three borders to the east and south, the Korab-Koritnik Nature Park experiences a continental climate. This climate is characterized by wet, cold winters and dry, hot summers. The variability in elevation, coupled with these climatic conditions, fosters a rich and diverse biodiversity within the park.

As a sanctuary for wildlife and a home to numerous plant species, the park also holds the title of being the “roof” of Albania.

 

 

Mount Korab

Boasting an impressive peak soaring to a height of 2,764 meters above sea level, Korab stands as the highest mountain in both Albania and North Macedonia. Notably, it is one of the two peaks in Europe whose highest point extends across more than one country.

Extending over 40 kilometers in a north–south direction between the Black Drin and its Radika tributary, the range of Korab is characterized by a rugged mountain massif. Composed primarily of shale and limestone, the summit exhibits a challenging terrain. To the west, the mountain descends sharply over rock walls, while the north side is marked by craggy rocks.

 

Korab, Korab-Koritnik Nature Park, Photo: Anunnakey, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Mount Koritnik

Koritnik is a wooded limestone mountain between the cities of Kukës and Prizren and the White Drin River branches. The highest peak is the Peak of Sorrow (al. Maja e Pikëllimës) which reaches an elevation of 2,393 meters above sea level.

It is rich in coniferous forests and is home to alpine chamois which enjoy its high pastures.

 

Koritnik, Korab-Koritnik Nature Park, Photo: Snownjeri, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

In addition to its renowned peaks and massif, the Korab-Koritnik Nature Park is celebrated for attractions such as Lake Grama, the picturesque canyons of Bicaj and Vanaj, and numerous mountain villages that are best experienced firsthand.

 

Lake Grama, Photo: Albinfo, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

If you are a nature enthusiast or hiking lover make sure to visit them both.

 

 

 

 

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