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Beautiful Brar Mountain

Summary: Brar is a twin mountain - with two summits - very near to Tirana and just north of Dajti Mountain. Before a road was opened many years ago through the Tirana River Gorge, a path across Brar Mountain (between the two summits) was the only way to connect to the hinterland. The path used to be well-maintained and fit fur mules. Nowadays, route finding can be a problem, though the old splendor of the trail shines at many spots. The map below (courtesy Endrit Shima) describes the circular trail. We also did climb the northern summit from the highest point on the pass, which is a bushwhack and will costs you apprximately 1-2 hours as a roundtrip (and another 200 meter in altitude) 

Maximum altitude: 978  meter
Minimum altitude: 115meter
Cumulative height: 885 meter
Cumulative length: 13.5  kilometers
Difficulty moderate
Time: 8 hours
Date of this record May 2011
Download GPS info: Brar Loop Hike

General location and approach: Drive to Brar village, park at the cemetary and walk from there. Alternatively, leave your care at the factory at the turn-off to Brar, from the Arber road and hike up to the village and on. This option saves you from climbing up Brar village on your return, when you are likely to be tired.

Other Information: This is a ra long and beautiful hike, one of the best in the vicinity of Tirana. Views from Brar mountain are excellent.

GPS and trailmaps: The map and trailinformation is generated by www.wikiloc.org, based on GPS information collected from the actual hike. Waypoints can be downloaded to a GPS device from Wikiloc. If necessary, use GPSBabel to convert GPS data to different formats. For more hike descriptions by Palmtreetreeproduction, browse this website or visit Wikiloc and search for "Palmtreeproduction". You may also find nearby trails from other authors.

Google Earth: You may also view the trail in 3D by clicking "view in Google Earth" when on Wikiloc. You need to have Google Earth installed on your computer.

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