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Koritnik from Pashtrik.jpg
Mount Koritnik on the left from Pashtrik
Highest point
Elevation 2,396 m (7,861 ft) [1]
Listing Ultra
Coordinates 42°5′0″N 20°34′0″E / 42.08333°N 20.56667°E / 42.08333; 20.56667Coordinates: 42°5′0″N 20°34′0″E / 42.08333°N 20.56667°E / 42.08333; 20.56667
Location Kukës, Albania
Parent range Korab Mountains[2]
Age of rock Triassic[3]
Mountain type Limestone

Koritnik (Albanian: Maja e Koritnikut) is a wooded, limestone mountain, located in northeastern Albania and southwest Kosovo between the cities of Kukës and Prizren.[4] The mountain is entirely surrounded by branches of the White Drin river. The highest point of Koritnik massif, Maja e Pikëllimës reaches an elevation of 2,393 metres (7,851 ft) above the Adriatic. Gryka e Vanavës (English: Vanave Gorge) separates the mountain from Gjallica. The gorge has a length of 3.5 km (2.2 mi) and a width of 30 m (0.019 mi), and a deepth of about 300 m (0.19 mi).[5]

The massif falls within the Balkan mixed forests terrestrial ecoregion of the Palearctic Temperate broadleaf and mixed forest. The slopes of the mountain meadows are mostly covered with coniferous forests. The Koritnik mountain because of its high pastures contains a population of 60 chamois.

Koritnik falls within the Korab-Koritnik Nature Park, forming the European Green Belt. It has been recognised as a Important Plant Areas of international importance by Plantlife.[6]

Snow on the peak
View from the mountain
Forests of Koritnik

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TREGUES SIPAS QARQEVE INDICATORS BY PREFECTURES" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  3. ^ Kosovo: Sehenswürdigkeiten und Schönheiten (Dr. Dragan Ćukić ed.). Uros Maksimovic. pp. 11–12. 
  4. ^ Quaternary Glaciations - Extent and Chronology: Part I: Europe. Elsevier. p. 383. ISBN 9780080540146. 
  5. ^ "Kanioni i Vanave". akzm.gov.al (in Albanian). 
  6. ^ IUCN, World Wide Fund for Nature, Plantlife. "Important Plant Areas of the south and east Mediterranean region" (PDF). portals.iucn.org. p. 75.