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Shkarpa Peak

Shkarpa is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.460m (8,070ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Kosovo and the northwest of the Republic of Macedonia. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

The road to the summit, located in the Šar Mountains, is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. The road is impassable in winters. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. During the conflict in Macedonia it was used as an observation outpost by German KFOR troops, but the ruins and concrete foundations were removed in 2013 so there's nothing left. 4x4 required. The road is so damaged that it barely can be traveled since no maintenance has been made on it since its original construction back in 2001. 

Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. On the Macedonian side you can see two small mountain lakes named 'Gorno Karanikolsko Jezero' and 'Karanikolsko Jezero'. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! Endless 360 degres landscapes can be seen from the top of the mountain. Located within the Shar Mountain National Park, at the summit there’s an abandoned concrete structure built by KFOR.
Pic: Uran Halimi

 

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