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Gjeravica - The peak of Kosova

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Gjeravica mountain
Area name: Albanian Alps (Prokletije)
Country: RKS
Date of the ride: 15-Aug-2011
Length (km): 54.8
Elevation gain (m): 1960
Technical difficulty: ●●●●● 

 


| Elevation profile | Map | GPS tracklog | Photo Gallery of the route |


Overview

The singletrack
The singletrack

MTB route Gjeravica is situated in the south west part of Kosova on Gjeravica (croatian & serbian: Đeravica) mountain. Gjeravica belongs to the chain of Albanian Alps (croatian & serbian: Prokletije). Gjeravica peak at elevation of 2656 meters over the sea level is the highest elevation point of Kosova and second peak of Albanian Alps (Prokletije). The route starts from Deçan (croatian & serbian: Dečani) town. The ascent section is placed on the carriageway and singletrack sections. The final ascent section to the peak and the first descent section from the peak on the northern side of Gjeravica are for hiking only. No way to ride on these sections so be prepared to hike with the bike or leave the bike and cut & use the sections of the route. At higher elevation the trail is dry and rocky. At the elevations less than 1500 meters there are some muddy sections. Due to many unlabeled junctions the GPS unit with the uploaded route is a must for fast and safe navigation. The attached GPS tracklog includes the waypoints of the springs of the water.

Getting there: Europe, Republic of Kosova, Priština, Deçan (croatian & serbian: Dečani).


Description of MTB route

The starting point of Gjeravica (croatian & serbian Đeravica) MTB mountain bike route is in Deçan (croatian & serbian: Dečani) town. From Deçan proceed on the paved road to the west course. Turn left near the entrance to orthodox monastery Visoki Dečani. After few hundred meters the unpaved road turns into the carriageway. Keep the ride on the carriageway along the canyon of Ločanska Bistrica stream. Keep the ride on attached GPS tracklog. After few kilometers follows a short descent, pass Ločanska Bistrica stream and proceed on the steep and muddy carriageway. After few turns the carriageway proceeds to the west course. In Jodovo village turn right on the junction above the village and proceed on the carriageway to the west course. The carriageway is in very bad condition! After few unlabeled junctions the carriageway leads to the village below Junik mountain. Descend to the village and proceed on the steep ascent to the saddle and border line between Albania and Kosova. The carriageway turns into the steep singletrack for hiking only. After few turns the singletrack reaches the saddle where is a nice sightseeing point just at the border line. From the saddle proceed and ride on the singletrack to the north west course. The path leads to the glacial lake of Gjeravica. For about 1km before the lake starts a steep ascent for hiking only. Pass near the west coast of the lake and proceed to Gjeravica peak. Just few hundred meters before the peak on the saddle there are visible old hiking red/white labels on the stones. Follow them to the peak. From Gjeravica peak hike back to the saddle at elevation of 2550 meters and descend to the north east course. The next section of 1.5 kilometers of the descent is for hiking only. Do not leave the GPS tracklog. The path is not visible and loosing the trail can be dangerous. At the end of this section the washed red/white hiking labels will appear again. At the junction with the singletrack proceed to the north and than to the west course. Pass near the spring of the water and proceed to the next sightseeing points and the junction with the carriageway. Ride on the carriageway to the west course and descend from Gjeravica mountain to the canyon of Deçan Bistrica stream. The ruined & steep carriageway ends at the junction with the unpaved road. Proceed on the unpaved road along the canyon of Deçan Bistrica stream to the south east course. The trail ends back to Deçan town.


 
Notes and references

Best time for ride: August, September.

Due to unlabeled junctions and 100% unlabeled trail the GPS unit with the uploaded route is a must for fast and safe navigation.

 

 
 

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2012 14:24 )  

Comments   

 
#1 Bogdan Radaković 2011-08-25 08:00
Čini se da si morao u teretanu pripremajući se za ovoliko nošenja ;-)

Iskreno su me oduševili pejsaži.
Da li je to Jodovo stalno naseljeno i ima li živih iznad toga (djeluje pusto u odnosu na Golem Korab.

Zla Kolata ? :-)
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#2 Miroslav 2011-08-25 08:48
Imam snimljeno nešto video materijala sa spust vožnji po Korabu, Midžoru i Gjeravici. Spustovi su vrlo uzbudljivi i tehnički zahtjevni. Ovo pentranje je rutina, ne znam meni to uopće ne pada teško.

Ma kakva pustoš!? Gledaj Crvenkapu sa Gjeravice kako se smiješi:



Imam i GPS točku gdje je Crvenkapa al ju nedam :).

Ima dosta ljudi na Gjerovici, svi su bili ljubazni, zvali me na piće. Inače Kosovo je u nevjerojatnom zamahu...........

Maja Kolatu tek treba dobro premjeriti. Mislim da službeni geodetski premjer nije još napravljen, a greške po visini u TK25 su prisutne. 4 vrha su unutar petnaestak metara, CG je sva u žalosti što je Durmitor otpao :)). Bio sam tamo ali sam zbog vremenskih prilika odustao.......
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#3 Brda 2011-11-15 10:11
Jesi li negdje noćio u Dečanima? Kakav je put od Skoplja do Dečana?
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#4 Miroslav 2011-11-15 11:43
Divlje kampiranje pored rijeke Dečanske Bistrice. Asfaltna cesta, bilo je dosta gužve na cesti od Prištine do Dečana. Sve ok.
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#5 Brda 2011-11-15 11:45
Jel moš reć kojim si putem išao od Makedonije do Crne Gore?
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#6 Miroslav 2011-11-15 12:08
Skopje - Pristina - Dečani - Peć - Rožaje - Murino - Gusinje.

Ove godine će biti vjerojatno otvoren g. prelaz od Peći na Murino preko Rugovske klisure što je bitno skračenje vožnje autom. Cestovne GPS karte koliko sam vidio imaju sve ove smjerove krivo označene (prohodnost Rugovske klisure). Oznake uz cestu su ok i ne možeš se izgubit.
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#7 Brda 2011-11-15 12:17
hvala puno
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#8 lelleprinter 2012-01-07 21:24
Hello! I´m looking for a MTB competition in ksovo, if possible in may. Do anyone know anything about that please write.
LP
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#9 Vlade 2012-01-21 13:07
Imam jednu zamerku: Zar je tako teško za manastir Visoki DeĆani staviti ispred reč srpski.
Što se tiče toponima i hidronima, nije mi jasno zašto koristiš čas originalnu
srpsku reč, čas albanizovanu verziju koja je tako nama kao i strancima manje razumljiva. Reč Kosovo se u svim međunarodnim dokumentima piše u svom originalnom obliku, a ne nekakvo "Kosova", za Albanske alpe još nisam čuo, mada ih nisu nanovo otkrili.
Krajevi su jako lepi, ali ih valja izbegavati zbog radioaktivne zagađenosti - međunarodni naučnici kažu da su muškarci u Metohiji, naročito oko Dećana sterilni.
Biciklistički pozdrav i nadam se na mogućem susretu (i ja vozim cannondale).
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#10 Miroslav 2012-01-21 15:47
Hvala na posjeti! Vjeruj mi, sa upotrebljenim nazivima nisam želio izazvati bilo čije nezadovoljstvo. Ukratko: prolazeći pored bilo koje crkve - manastira eventualno joj dodijelim naziv po vjeri, katolički, pravoslavni, muslimanski, prvenstveno ako znam napišem Sveti ovaj/onaj itd, tako da sam i u ovom slučaju napisao samo orthodox. Ne volim "naciju smjestiti u neku crkvu" ako ništa drugo jer vjerujem da ima ljudi koji su neke nacije ali nisu vjerski opredjeljni.... ..... Albanske Alpe termin koristim od davnine, prisutan je i u literaturi, svakom strancu ako se kažu Alpe približava se i njihov izgled, naravno tu je termin Prokletije koji je vrlo dobro poznat. Kosova umjeto Kosovo sam odabrao po sličnom kriteriju. Članak je pisan da se netko odveze tamo biciklom, a ne sa namjerom da ulazim u neke jezično - povjesne interpretacije. Žao mi je ako sam izazvao suprotan efekt kod bilo koga.

Brojne planine koje sam prošao imaju dvojezične nazive, neke su na samoj granici i svašta nešto, nije bilo problema do sada, izgleda lakše se popesti na Gjeravicu nego napisati nešto da bude po mjeri.....

A što se tiče zračenja, možda se zato sada tako loše osjećam :).

Eto, ostalo nam je malo od biciklizma.

Sretno!
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#11 Bogdan Radaković 2012-01-22 18:13
Quoting Vlade:
(i ja vozim cannondale).


Američki?
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