PALM TREE PRODUCTIONS
Dajti Mountain Trail
Summary: Dajti Balcony is rightfully a top excursion from Tirana. At roughly 1000 Meter, it offers grandiose views across the sprawling city, and on to the Adriatic. It can be reached in many ways - by car, by cable car, or you can walk from Linza or Tujan village. The summit of Dajti can be easily reached from the balcony. Perhaps not so widely known is the Dajti Mountain Trail (Dajti MT), which explores the backside (eastern side) of the mountain.
The Dajti MT was originally designed as a trail also to be used by vehicles - possibly to provide an escape for the VIPs hiding in the military base on the plateau, just in case. The trail is now only used by people and mules. If "mulepath" sounds boring to you, think again. The path is carved into the - sometimes almost vertical - rockface of Dajti, and while there is no real risk to the hiker it passes some sheer drops. The views are dramatic.
With just under 10 kilometers in length, the trail is not particularly strenuous, as long as you manage the logistics of reaching the trailhead at Qafe Molle. We used two cars, positioning one near the mountain station of the cable car, which is the end of the hike. Alternatively, you may use a furgon (minibus) to reach the trailhead, or make other transport arrangements.
|Maximum altitude:||1117 meter|
|Minimum altitude:||786 meter|
|Cumulative height:||425 meter|
|Cumulative length:||9.33 kilometer|
|| 3 hours 15 minutes
||Date of this record
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General location and approach: The trailhead is near Qafe Molle, behind Dajti Mountain. The road up Dajti Mountain is under re-construction, in January 2014. If you don't have to pick up your own car at the trailhead, you can use the cable car down to Tirana.
According to the owner of Bar Luli at the Qafe Molle trailhead, furgons to Qafe Molle and beyond leave from Kinostudio in Tirana daily at 7 am. You are advised to be at the bus station at 6:30 am. The furgon station is next to the Bar Kinostudio at the Kinostudio's Alp Petrol station. The driver of the furgon is Sami Balla. There is no scheduled return bus from Qafe Molle in the afternoon. You may however walk from Qafe Molle to Qafe Priske, to catch the last bus coming from Shengjergj to Tirana at 4 pm. To avoid the risk of getting stuck, we recommend to start the hike at Qafe Molle.
Other Information: We rated the hike as generally easy. While the trail is - in most places - fairly wide, be aware of some unsecured steep drops. These make the trail unsuitable for small children., 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.
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